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A healthy breakfast: the secret of winners

A healthy breakfast can give you and your family the energy you need for the day ahead. Breakfast is often referred to as the most important meal of the day.

Here I share some suggestions for healthy breakfast options and tips on how to ensure you and your family won't skip this important meal.

Why eat breakfast?

> It boosts energy and provides essential nutrients. If you, or the kids, skip breakfast, you can miss out on valuable nutrients, which may not be made up throughout the rest of the day.

> It regulates your appetite and means that you avoid over-eating later in the day. A high-fibre breakfast can help you feel fuller for longer.

An example of a tasty and healthy mid-week breakfast would be:

> 2 slices of wholegrain toast spread with Flora

> A glass of juice or a piece of fruit

> A tub of yogurt or glass of milk

This breakfast provides essential fatty acids, omega 3 and 6, calcium, iron, fibre, vitamin D, B vitamins, folic acid, magnesium, and zinc.

Prepare breakfast in advance

We all lead busy lives, but rather than rush or skip breakfast, prepare as much as you can the night before:

> Get bowls and spoons ready for cereal or porridge

> Wash, slice and portion out fruit

> Hard-boil eggs

> For older kids, have a selection of 'do-it-yourself' breakfast foods, such as cereal, fruit, milk, juice and muffins.

Healthy weekend breakfast

At the weekends we tend to have more time to spend on breakfast. Healthy and tasty choices for weekend breakfasts include:

> Scrambled eggs on wholewheat bread, spread with Flora

> Smoked salmon on wholegrain bagels

> Fruit salad with yogurt

Flora Dietician, Harriette Lynch