The importance of breakfast

Did you know it’s Farmhouse Breakfast Week?

The aim of the campaign is to raise awareness of the benefits of eating a healthy breakfast and demonstrate the variety on offer.

With one in four people regularly skipping breakfast, the challenge for the nation is to re-think the morning routine. For further information see

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.Breakfast is so important

When you wake up your energy reserves are low. What you choose to eat at breakfast affects your mood, physical and mental performance, weight and your general and long-term health.

If you miss breakfast you are likely to get hungry mid-morning and grab a snack that is high in calories and fat but low in nutrients and fibre.

Studies show that children who regularly eat a cereal based breakfast are healthier and less likely to be overweight. In fact teenagers who ate breakfast cereals more than five times a week weighed less, had a smaller waist size and lower blood sugar levels than those who rarely ate cereal.

But it is not just children that perform less well if they miss breakfast, other studies show that adults who ate breakfast tended to work faster, made fewer mistakes in logic tests and had better memory recall compared with breakfast skippers.

Research among adults shows that people who eat breakfast are more likely to be within the ideal weight range than people who skip breakfast.

So I won’t be skipping breakfast again! I do enjoy muesli and fruit, but at the weekend I often fancy something a little different. Eggs Florentine is a favourite – hearty, healthy and very quick to prepare.

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