Break-fast, meaning the “morning meal” or since the 15th Century “break-fast” literally meaning the meal that breaks the fast of the evening. But before that, this meal was referred to as “small dinner” coming from the French word “petit-déjeuner”, which was usually enjoyed at noon.
We all know the age old saying: “Breakfast like a King, Lunch like a Prince and Dine like a Pauper” – This is the healthier way of eating and we also remember Grandma saying that ‘breakfast is the most important meal of the day’.
Why is it then that we “grab” something for breakfast and generally it is toast and jam with coffee or a muffin / rusk coffee at the desk? Granted ….. some people simply cannot face food as soon as their eyes open, but then at least have something healthy at hand when you do ‘face food.’
Breakfast sets the tone for your day – mentally and physically. Having enough fruit and or vegetables (yes! vegetables for breakfast can be done!) provide the antioxidants and phyto-nutrients needed for the body to perform its functions optimally.
There are those who think that skipping breakfast (eggs, sausage, fried tomatoes and toast) helps get the much desired skinny waistline. And YES! It will; if you skip the breakfast of eggs and sausages and toast etc, but having a breakfast high in nutrition WILL help you lose weight and have energy for the day ahead. There was a study done in 2010 which showed that people who skipped breakfast for weight reasons actually gained weight as they snacked too much during the day and ate larger a lunch…. interesting but true!
I believe that there is place for intermittent fasting by delaying breakfast until about 11am. The body provides a spike in blood sugar to cope with the natural fast we just had coming through the night – and if we eat breakfast, (and this is generally high in carbohydrates and mostly low in nutritional value) then our blood sugar shoots up and this increases our insulin resistance and can lead to type 2 diabetes.
Who decided that cereal needed to be the only breakfast food to eat? (I could blame Mr Kellogg here but I will refrain from doing so… well today at least!) Why can’t we have a stir-fry or a salad with a boiled egg or a plate of fresh fruit or a mono-fruit meal?
Many studies have linked eating breakfast to good health, including better memory and concentration, lower levels of “bad” LDL cholesterol and lower chances of getting diabetes, heart disease and being overweight. On condition of course that you do make wise choices concerning the food you face in the morning.
It is hard to know, though, if breakfast causes healthy habits or if people who eat it have healthier lifestyles.
What we do know though, is that we need to make wise choices when it comes to breaking the fast (breakfast).
Be creative with “other” non-breakfast foods and be clever with getting the littlies to eat healthy meals at the start of their day.
We invite you to submit your healthy breakfast options – post the pics on our Facebook page (FB: Zucchini & Zest) let’s share ideas of new break-fast options.