The perfect breakfast to set you up for the day ahead
We were lucky enough to have a sit down with expert food and nutrition blogger, Madeleine Shaw, to discuss some of the key ways in which we can all be leading healthier, happier lives through what we eat. In this series, we’ll explore how our relationship with food and drink can have an impact on our day-to-day lives, and divulge some of Madeleine’s tried-and-tested tips to improve our diet and be more productive during the day.
Take a look at the other articles in the Madeleine Shaw series on the Bensons blog.
Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day, what you eat for breakfast will affect the rest of your day – including your energy levels and how you sleep the following night.
What kind of breakfast is ideal to have before work?
While a croissant or slice of toast with jam may seem like a delicious way to start your day, it can often result us crashing mid-morning and reaching for a cup of coffee, or even more carb-filled snacks to see us through until lunch. However, adding more protein to your breakfast is a great way of avoiding that crash, and can contribute to a happier, more productive morning by balancing out your blood sugar levels. Here are some quick-and-easy protein-packed breakfast ideas:
Scrambled eggs on rye bread
Adding a scoop of protein powder into your morning smoothie
Sprinkling some nuts or seeds on your porridge
What about if you’re rushing out of the door? What sort of breakfast should I grab if I’m in a hurry?
A handful of nuts and a banana is a great choice for anyone on the go – it’s quick, doesn’t need to be heated up, and has a good dose of that all-important protein.
However, if you don’t feel like eating before you leave the house there’s a lot of research to show that longer you wait between evening meal and your breakfast the following day, the better your digestion. So waiting until you get to work before having something to eat is a great way to give yourself more time to get ready in the morning, and means you’ll be able to make something a little more substantial, such as porridge. Basically, just eat when you’re hungry, and eat when you can.
I have a long commute to work, are there any breakfast recipes you can recommend to wake me up in the morning?
One of the most important tips to consider is to eat after your commute, not during. Let’s say your on a train, this can be quite a stressful environment, and eating under these conditions can be harmful to your digestion, and can lead to you feeling bloated. Instead, use your commute as a time just for you – read a book or listen to your favourite podcast instead of rushing your breakfast.
Top Tip: for breakfast on the go, why not make some overnight oats the night before? Get yourself a glass jar, fill half of it with oats, and add some almond milk and seeds to keep your energy levels up. If you’re looking for even more of a boost, you could add some matcha powder too!
For more exclusive health tips, view the full conversation with Madeleine Shaw on Bensons for Beds Instagram.