You’ve most likely have heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But are you one of many people who doesn’t feel like eating in the morning? Or maybe your breakfast is to grab a coffee on-the-go? And then again, maybe you do make time for breakfast, and your breakfast consists of cereals or toast and some fruit juice?
Now, here’s a question for you. Do you find yourself getting hungry only a couple of hours after breakfast and then craving for a pick-me-up – usually something sweet or high in carbs – some time after lunch? If so, then this is absolutely for you.
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This is especially true from our body’s perspective. What we eat and when we eat, will determine if we feel energised and how that energy is maintained throughout the day, not to mention its impact on appetite and food (especially sugar) cravings later in the day. It has a direct impact on our metabolism and how we physically feel.
We all need energy to function. Even if we’re having a lazy day and not being particularly active, our body needs energy just to function. Yet, it’s so easy to want to just grab a bowl of cereals, or a slice or two of toast and maybe some fruit juice and a coffee or even forget about breakfast altogether. Sure, that gets you energy, but to what extent does it sustain you? I don’t want for you to just make it through the day; I want you to thrive, to feel energised and clear, and to provide your body with the building blocks it needs to keep you in optimal health.
A breakfast of cereals or toast, fruit juice and/or coffee is laden with sugar. What this means is that if you do have this kind of breakfast or skip breakfast altogether, you’re climbing on board the “crash and crave” roller coaster for the entire day. Yep, that’s right – the entire day – with fluctuating and increased insulin levels, causing even more cravings for quick pick-me-ups (are you picking at snacks before dinner?) and causing increased storage of fat. Over time, this can also be detrimental to your health.
What to do instead? Cue, smoothies.
Smoothies truly are a breakfast god-send. But first, let me make it clear, I’m not talking about the average sugar-laden smoothie made with a pile of fruits and not much else, nor am I referring to juicing. What I am referring to are nutrient-dense smoothies packed full of goodness.
Here are the top five reasons to regularly indulge in a delicious and healthy smoothie for breakfast.
(1) Quick and Easy. For those of us who are super-busy (who isn’t?), it’s super-quick and easy to prepare, taking just five minutes, even less, if you’re organised.
(2) Healthy AND Yummy. Smoothies are delicious and made with the right ingredients, they are nutrient-dense, chock full of vitamins, anti-oxidants, enzymes and minerals, meaning radiant and glowing skin plus strong, shiny hair and nails.
(3) Energy Boosting. A well-balanced low-glycemic smoothie gives you the fuel your body needs providing you with sustainable energy, without giving you fluctuating insulin levels I mentioned before. Hint: For a well-balanced smoothie, be sure to make sure your smoothie has these 3 elements – protein, healthy fat and fibre.
(4) Mental Clarity. The nutrients in your smoothie are easily assimilated, giving your body a break from having to work as hard at breaking down the nutrients from your food. Less energy is needed for digestion, releasing more energy for mental clarity, focus and concentration.
(5) Give Your Cravings a Kick! A smoothie that contains ample protein, healthy fats and fibre with minimal carbohydrates helps to stabilise your blood sugar levels. The protein keeps you full, the fats help you feel satiated and the fibre provides bulk for your digestive tract. By building further on this foundation on which you start the day, you’ll experience fewer cravings later on in the day.
There are umpteen different healthy smoothies that can be had, giving you plenty of breakfast variety. Simply toss in some greens, a little fruit and a healthy liquid like coconut water or almond milk, plus some protein into a blender and you’re good to go. You might even decide to amp it up in both the taste and nutrition stakes with some spices or superfoods.
Are you ready to give it a go? Head on over to our Recipes section right now for a delicious smoothie that’ll set you up for the day.