Nutrition

Why Breakfast Is the Most Important Meal of the Day

woman eating scrambled eggs and toast for breakfast

When following a weight loss plan, it’s often thought that skipping breakfast is an easy to way to cut calories. But this is a common misconception – breakfast is arguably the most important meal of the day, especially when you’re trying to lose weight.

yoghurt with berries for breakfast

The Benefits of Eating Breakfast

Eating a proper breakfast is essential to keeping you feeling full and nourished throughout the morning and the rest of the day. If you skip breakfast, you’re much more likely to be tempted to curb your hunger with unhealthy snacks, consuming extra calories as a result.

Instead, it’s better to eat a breakfast that’s centred around lean protein, high fibre, and whole grain carbohydrates that can help to keep you feeling full longer. For example, eggs, oats and bananas are all good options for a filling and nutritious breakfast, keeping you feeling full until lunchtime.

banana and oat smoothie

Check out our banana pancakes recipe, which features bananas and eggs, and contains just 280 calories per serving.

OPTIFAST Breakfast Options

OPTIFAST Shakes make an ideal breakfast when you’re following our total diet replacement plan, with 20g of protein per serving and they’re high in fibre too.

You can add some variety into your meal replacement plan by customising an OPTIFAST Shake Mix, turning it into a tasty smoothie. Try our OPTIFAST Green Smoothie recipe, which combines spinach and cucumber with our Vanilla or Strawberry Shakes.

Our OPTIFAST Mocha Smoothie is another great option, combining an OPTIFAST Chocolate Shake with instant coffee and ice.

OPTIFAST Bars can also be a quick and filling breakfast option, thanks to their high protein and fibre content.

Choose from Berry, Cereal, Chocolate or Cappuccino flavours and add variety to your mornings.

Low-Calorie Breakfast Ideas

When you’re no longer on a total diet replacement programme and continuing your weight loss journey with an Intermittent Fasting or Partial Meal Replacement plan, you’ll begin to reintroduce more conventional foods.

You’ll still want to follow a lower-calorie diet, so we recommend ensuring your breakfasts are packed with fresh fruit, fibre, low-fat dairy products and lean proteins.

Here are a few ideas from our collection of low-calorie recipes:

  • Immunity Boosting Smoothie (150 calories)
  • Spinach and mushroom omelette (218 calories)
  • Fruit toast with ricotta and strawberries (222 calories)
  • French toast (327 calories)

Find the full recipes for these low-calorie breakfasts here:

Low-Calorie Fruit Toast Recipe

Recipes

Low-Calorie Fruit Toast Recipe

This low-calorie fruit toast recipe makes a delicious breakfast.

2020-11-25 08:38:01By Health & Nutrition Expert



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