Why breakfast is the most important meal of the day
Breakfast, you either love it or loathe it! Whether you wake up each morning eager to open the fridge and satisfy your morning cravings for food, or can’t face the thought of food until at least mid-morning, we can’t deny that breakfast is a super important meal, in fact it’s regularly cited as being the most important meal of the day.
Weetwood Hall explores some of the reasons why breakfast is regarded as a meal that shouldn’t be missed.
An energy provider
Whilst our energy requirements differ from person and person depending on our gender, age, lifestyle and size, we all need energy to give our body a boost in the morning.
Having a wholesome breakfast that comprises of different nutrients including protein, carbohydrates and fats, provides us with a valuable source of energy to help keep us going until lunchtime. By providing us with energy, breakfast helps us avoid a ‘mid-morning slump’ and improves our ability to concentrate throughout the day.
Help maintain a healthy body weight
Studies have proven that eating a healthy breakfast can help us maintain a healthy body weight. This is primarily due to the fact that if we skip breakfast, hunger rears its head well before lunchtime, meaning we are more inclined to snack on foods that give us a quick energy boost, typically those that are high in sugar and fat.
By feasting on a hearty breakfast in the morning we help provide our bodies with many of the essential vitamins and minerals we require and refrain from snacking throughout the morning, thus helping us maintain a healthy body weight.
Improves brain function
Just like every other organ in our bodies, our brains need energy to work properly. When we eat breakfast we restore glucose levels that are essential for cognitive function. By giving our brain a boost, as well as helping to improve concentration and memory levels, breakfast can help lower stress levels and improve our mood.
Long-term health benefits
As well as the immediate benefits eating breakfast provides, having a healthy, varied breakfast is also associated with long-term health benefits.
According to the National Health Service:
“Eating breakfast has long-term health benefits. It can reduce obesity, high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes.”
Breakfast has also been proven to help lower cholesterol levels.
What are the best breakfast items?
Naturally breakfasts are only worthwhile if they are healthy and doughnuts and biscuits simply won’t suffice if you want your body to benefit from eating breakfast.
Ideally breakfasts should comprise of plenty of fresh fruit, which is a great source of vitamins and minerals and will mean you are on your way to eating the recommended ‘five a day’ fruit and vegetable portions.
Cereal and oats are also great ingredients at breakfast, being well-known for their excellent nutritional composition, including protein, carbohydrates and a great source of Vitamins B and E.
Eggs are synonymous with a hearty English breakfast and are packed with nutrition, including protein and essential vitamins A, D, E and the B group. Eggs are also bursting with other important minerals, including iron and zinc, designed to keep the body strong and healthy.
Milk is a popular breakfast ingredient, whether it’s poured on cereal or drank by the glass. Milk and other dairy products like yoghurt and cheese provide our bodies with calcium and protein, important for keeping our bones and teeth healthy and strong.
If you stay at Weetwood Hall in Headingley on the outskirts of Leeds, you can enjoy a hearty, delicious and healthy breakfast to help get your day off to a flying start.
From a fresh and natural yoghurt selection to a full cooked breakfast made from local ingredients, guests at Weetwood Hall can feast on a comprehensive and diverse breakfast menu designed to satisfy all breakfast tastes. You never know, our breakfast menu may even convince non-breakfast eaters to start eating and enjoying the most important meal of the day!