A 17 year old girl, fitness enthusiast and dedicated Olympic style weightlifter and non-competitive Irish dancer. I'm determined to live a healthy lifestyle and take care of my body whilst influencing other young people to do so. I never doubt my ability to achieve something; I just change what I'm doing until I succeed.
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Personally, I love eating breakfast every morning. I feel physically and mentally weaker when I don't eat. However, this may not be the same for everyone. You may wake up in the morning and never feel hungry until lunchtime. In this post, I'm going to discuss the importance of breakfast, how you can start eating in the morning (if you don't already), what makes a good morning meal and some examples of what I eat for breakfast.
Why is breakfast important?
Breakfast is the first meal you eat in the day, as you are 'breaking your fast''. This means that because you have been asleep for a long amount of time, you haven't eaten. When you're asleep, you lose calories, energy and your blood sugar drops. Therefore, when you first wake up your body will want to restore your energy and blood sugar levels to help you get through the day. Although a teenagers brain isn't scientifically at its best until 10am, you will want to have enough energy to make sure you're as mentally and physically prepared for school as you can be. If you don't eat until lunchtime, you may feel more irritable, sleepy or less productive at the beginning of your day. Breakfast is especially important if you are active first thing in the morning. If you don't eat anything before doing sports in the morning, your body may be weaker and not have as much energy. This could cause you to feel ill and affect your performance.
Struggles with eating breakfast
In primary school, I wouldn't always feel like eating breakfast as I would feel sick in the morning. Other times, I wouldn't have much time to eat before school. These are just two reasons why you may not eat breakfast, there could be many more. I can't remember how I began eating breakfast again, but I do have some good tips now on how to start eating in the morning.
What makes a good breakfast?
Its obvious that some food is better than others for breakfast, but I'm not going to discuss that in this post. However, I will talk about food which I eat for breakfast and what I don't recommend eating first thing in the morning. First of all, if you cannot get hold of healthy breakfast food then simply make the most of what you have and perhaps convince whoever does your shopping that you'd like to try something else. If I'm in a rush, I'll usually grab something quickly like fruit or granola with yoghurt. But usually I'll eat something like protein weetabix, porridge, banana pancakes, acai bowls, toast or some form of egg. Most of these things i'll eat with fruit and sometimes yoghurt. I recommend eating any food which is high in protein, fibre and carbohydrates in the morning but try to avoid sugary cereals, chocolate, sweets and energy drinks. There's no problem in having a small amount of these foods later in the day, but in the morning your body will receive a huge rush of energy which could result in a sugar crash. This would mean you'd feel fatigued and weak, preventing you from working hard and thinking as clearly than if you'd eaten a proper breakfast.
Healthy breakfast examples
Banana pancakes are probably my favourite thing to eat for breakfast and they're especially nice to eat whilst relaxing in the morning sunshine on a weekend. I use two bananas and two eggs (you can use one banana and one egg or other numbers of these ingredients depending on how many pancakes you want). Once I've mixed them together, I simply pour the mixture into a greased frying pan (left to heat on medium). After that, I'll flip them to let them cook on each side before serving them with yoghurt and fruit. Before I'd made these, I had very little confidence and knowledge when using a frying pan but soon began to try making different food after trying this recipe. Its easy, tasty and definitely healthy.
Another example of something easy to make for breakfast is an acai bowl. Now if you aren't sure what an acai bowl is, then let me explain. Acai bowls are commonly made by some health cafe's in America (sadly there are few in England) and health freaks like me. It consists of blended fruit/ frozen fruit, sometimes protein or acai powder and fruit juice or milk. To top it off, you can add more fruit, seeds, raisins, nuts, granola and other toppings. The word Acai is a type of fruit which used to be served with fish in Amazonian countries as a dinner recipe. Eventually the trend passed around to Brazil and now many people create their own around the world. There are some places where you can buy acai bowls, however I have never tried store or cafe bought ones (I will eventually). I don't use Acai berries and I have no clue if this means that what I make isn't a 'Acai bowl' but it still tastes nice. You can use a blender to mix your fruit and liquid together, however I think it's much quicker to use a fork to mash up the fruit you're using. Overall, this breakfast recipe is fun to make, colourful and tastes great.
Thank you for reading this post, writing this has made me hungry for some pancakes! Want more breakfast ideas? Why not check out my Instagram?