Posted 27th Jan 2016
Breakfast Week (24th to 30th January) is an annual celebration of the most important meal of the day. The campaign is run on behalf of UK cereal growers and processors and aims to encourage people to eat breakfast regularly. To celebrate we spoke to Gary Durrant, Head Chef at Hunter 486 in London, to find out how we can get our mornings off to a healthier start
There are many benefits of eating breakfast as part of a healthy, balanced diet, as many breakfast foods provide a good source of nutrients such as calcium and iron. Research for Breakfast Week shows that if these nutrients are missed at breakfast time, then they are less likely to be compensated for later in the day.
So, to help you get your day off to a healthy start, chef Gary Durrant shares his top tips:
1. Have a quick breakfast: It’s easy to skip breakfast when you're in a rush, but by missing out on this meal you can increase your calorie intake as it causes you to snack more throughout the day. Have a breakfast that you can enjoy on the go such as fresh fruit, nuts, seeds and berries with green or black tea.
2. Plan and Prepare: To avoid eating unhealthy food it's best to plan and prepare your breakfast in advance. Go for easy but healthy options such as porridge, wholegrain bread or cereals. You could always try your hand at making homemade granola too.
3. Go for egg whites: Eggs are very nutritious and really quick and easy to cook. Egg whites are full of protein, low in fat and cholesterol-free. Why not try making an egg white omelette?
4. Make a smoothie: It's easy to make healthy smoothies at home – you just need fresh fruit, yoghurt and a blender. Go for low sugar fruits, such as berries, and experiment by adding greens like spinach. You’ll be surprised how much spinach you can add without changing the taste.
5. Try something different: Cook a bowl of brown rice in the evening and when you wake up in the morning add honey, raisins, apple, milk and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Brown rice provides lots of energy and is a great alternative to cereal.
6. Have pizza for breakfast: A slice of last night’s pizza isn’t the most nutritious breakfast, so instead you could try wholegrain bread topped with low fat cream cheese, tomatoes, a pinch of salt and pepper and a drizzle of oil. For extra protein add eggs or bacon.
As part of the celebrations for Breakfast Week, London restaurant Hunter 486 will be offering complimentary fruit or vegetable smoothies with its healthy breakfasts served between 7am and 11am. Hundreds of other events will also be taking place around the country, from promotions to activities. For more information about Breakfast Week, including local events ,visit www.shakeupyourwakeup.com.