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Monday, 4 September 2017

Why You Should Never Skip Breakfast

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I’m sure most of you know by now that I swear by breakfast. For me, breakfast is such an important part of my life and always has been. My Mum always told me never to skip my breakfast and it’s a rule I’ve lived by for a very long time. Today I wanted to talk about why breakfast is so important and give you an update on some of my favourite breakfasts. 

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#1: It’s a way to kick start your day - I try to get as much goodness into my body as possible when I wake up, that way, I’m kick starting my day with the best nutrients and the best energy throughout the day. According to Herbalife, breakfast should provide between 15-25% of the total daily energy intake. This doesn’t mean just eating anything it means having a healthy and nutritious breakfast. I wanted to back this up with facts, so had a chat to someone in the know. Carel Le Roux Ph.D of Herbalife’s Nutrition Advisory Board tells me that “breakfast is the most important meal of the day but it has to be balanced with low glycaemic index carbs, the right fats and protein. The problem for most people is that they don’t use breakfast to get enough protein – which we all know is important for developing and maintaining muscle. Eating it all in the evenings means the body can’t cope with the load and hence gets rid of some through urine.”
I always see my body as a car, it needs fuel to work efficiently so I fuel it up at the start of the day with the right stuff. I swear by porridge with blueberries for antioxidants, a scoop of greens powder and chia seeds. Alternatively, I’ll have healthy pancakes (read my healthy pancake recipe) alongside a shake. I’ve been using Herbalife Formula 1 Nutritional Shake Mix in vanilla to pep up my smoothies. If I add a scoop along with some of my favourite ingredients like blueberries & spinach, I can create a really nutritious breakfast.  Breakfast means ‘break the fast’ and I see it as a way to renew and repair my body from the night before. A healthy combination of vitamins and minerals can help reduce fatigue so you avoid that mid-morning slump which often happens if you skip the first meal of the day.
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#2: There is research* that shows skipping or eating a breakfast lacking in goodness can make you more likely to reach for high-calorie/unhealthy foods later in the day - According to research, individuals who consume good quality breakfast apparently have a healthier daily food pattern. This is something my Mum has always told me.
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#3: Healthy skin - We all know that beautiful skin starts with nourishment from inside. I swear by waking up to water with lemon and then having a matcha or a green tea. 
#4: Boost your metabolism – Research* does also show that eating breakfast and having smaller portions helps to balance energy and can boost the metabolism.
#5: Brain power - another thing my Mum always told me. You apparently have an improved mental performance, concentration and mood if you have a good breakfast. I get irritable and very tired without it. No wonder my Mum always made me sit down and enjoy breakfast before exams. 
acai bowl

#6: Me time - I push the idea of me time quite a lot as I think it’s extremely important for your wellbeing. Remember, physical health is just as important as mental health. Take time to enjoy your breakfast, don’t rush out and eat and drink on the go, just sit down for ten minutes and let it sink in, enjoy it, breath.  You don’t want a hangry Em that’s for sure! 
Herbalife healthy meal
Now, for Em’s super shake recipe! These are the basic ingredients, you can make it as sweet or not as you like depending on how much you put in. Taste it and test it!
- Handful of Blueberries 
- 1x Banana
- Handful of Spinach 
- Drizzle of honey (I use Manuka Doctor)
- Sprinkle of Chia seeds
- Dash of Cinnamon 
- Scoop of Matcha Tea (I use Bloom or Teapigs)
- 1x scoop of Herbalife Formula 1 Nutritional Shake Mix in vanilla 
- Almond milk 
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Favourite breakfast options: Omelettes, dippy eggs and soldiers, toasted sourdough, home-made chia jam, poached eggs, healthy pancakes, porridge, fruit and greek yoghurt, healthy shake, acai bowls! Remember, even if you are busy, you still have time for breakfast, with porridge, I used to make it the night before and a shake is SO easy to make! I usually have one before or after the gym. 

Remember, life is about balance, I don't believe in deprivationMove more, eat better, not less but don't beat yourself up for enjoying life! Read my top fitness and health hacks here.
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Do you believe in eating breakfast? What are your favourite breakfast dishes? 

Lots of love, Em x

*I worked with Herbalife on this but as always it's 100% my honest opinion.

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