Tired of the same old soggy bowl of cornflakes every morning? Nutrition student Ruairi Robertson gives advice on the best foods to start off your day
Breakfast is referred to as ‘the most important meal of the day’ for a reason. Eating a good breakfast kicks your metabolism into motion for the day, ensuring that your energy levels are up and your hunger levels stay down. We’re all too familiar with the undesirable routine of running out the door to a morning lecture with a slice of toast and a head-clearing energy drink, but spending that extra ten minutes enjoying some proper food will ultimately prevent you falling asleep in that mind-numbing geography lecture or spending your precious drinking money on an 11am pack of Tayto and Snickers.
Protein is known to keep you full for longer, more so than carbohydrates or fat. The most common source of protein in a normal breakfast comes from eggs, so next time you cringe at the thought of paying €5 or €6 on a packaged sandwich and a flapjack in college, consider a ‘sunny-side up’ fried egg when you crawl out of bed. If you’re a tree-hugging vegan, or just can’t hack the smell, a good old tin of Heinz beans will do the trick and provide you with that hunger conquering protein.
A cup of coffee is considered breakfast for certain people, but although your ‘Venti, sugar-free, non-fat, vanilla soy, double shot, decaf, no foam, extra hot, Peppermint White Chocolate Mocha’ may fill you up initially, your stomach will have long forgotten it come lunchtime when the caffeine high has worn off. Instead, wean yourself off caffeine with a bowl of porridge or a couple of Weetabix, which are full of slow-release carbohydrates that will keep your energy levels up and wallets somewhat full.
Finally, try to incorporate some fruit into your morning meal so that you start the day the healthy way. A smoothie or piece of fruit is to be recommended over juice which may contain the same vitamin content, but eliminates the essential fibre component.
Once you’ve started a good breakfast routine, you might even find it easier to get out of bed in the morning.