Start the Day Right
There are many theories out there about eating. One such theory believes that you should eat certain foods at certain times of the day. Generally speaking, there are several nutritional dos and don’ts that should be abided by. However, if you have certain dietary requirements, you should always consult with a doctor or specialist first.
When you skip breakfast, it sets you up to be incredibly hungry later on. This could lead to making bad choices, such as sugary treats or fast food fixes, which depletes your blood-sugar level intake. That’s why breakfast is the most important meal of the day as it kicks off your metabolism and gives you energy to hit the ground running.
Ideally, breakfast is the best time to have something that is high in protein and low-GI. Low-GI stands for low glycaemic index, which indicates how quickly certain foods are broken down into your system, therefore keeping you fuller for longer.
Some delicious low-GI meals include:
- Cooked oats with one tablespoon of chopped almonds, walnuts and blueberries .
- Yoghurt smoothie with fresh berries, banana and one tablespoon of peanut butter.
- Homemade muesli comprising nuts, grains, seeds, whole oats and dried fruit .
Furthermore, as a tip to keep in mind throughout the day, use refined sugar and honey in moderation.
This booster should be jam-packed with healthy nutrients to provide you with that kick you need to push through the rest of the day. A carbohydrate-heavy meal can make you sleepy, as your body shuts down to process the energy.
That’s why something lighter, with protein, good fats, vegetables and a small amount of carbs should do the trick:
- Chicken wrap with fresh salad ingredients, including seeds and nuts.
- Stir fried vegetables with beef strips.
- Tuna and mayonnaise on rye crackers or whole grain bread .
During the course of your day, keep a snack pack of trail mix, nuts, and air popped popcorn or a piece of fruit when you’re on the go. This can avoid unhealthy food decisions and low blood sugar, which leads to mood swings and hunger pangs.
As the saying goes, eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper. This implies that your last meal of your day should be the smallest. It should also contain little, to no sugar (which includes sweet vegetables, like corn) and carbohydrates because you typically won’t be doing any activities to burn off the calories.
Examples of heartier meals to keep you full until you go to bed include:
- Meatballs cooked in an oregano -infused tomato sauce
- Julienne courgettes as a substitute for spaghetti
- Homemade beef patties on Portobello mushrooms as burger buns
Stock your fridge with healthy snacks and fresh produce and eat yourself towards an energy filled 2016. And remember to always consult a professional if you’re unsure of your dietary requirements.
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