There’s no doubt breakfast is the most important meal of the day. And with that being said, we should always strive to make the most out of the day’s first meal. After all, we have to get all the energy and brain power we need to tackle the tasks that lie ahead.
It all boils down to how we choose breakfast food that enhances our productivity throughout the day. In these times when daily dietary requirements are changing, it pays to be meticulous about the things we eat.
Here are just some of the most effective ways to turn any breakfast into a power meal.
Many people who have to work 8 to 9-hour shifts understand the importance of coffee. If anything, a great deal of them just can’t go through the day without having a hot cup of joe. But although machine-brewed coffee offers a convenient way to kickstart the morning, you can still use a manual coffee dripper to prepare something bolder and aromatic. For one, poured over coffee brings out the full flavour of every bean. But on top of providing a richer taste, it also activates essential antioxidants your body needs for cell regeneration.
If you are an athlete in training, a power breakfast should always include potassium-rich sources. Potassium, after all, contains electrolytes, and no other food contains this essential element more than bananas. Yes, those elements found in your favourite sports drinks are also found in a fruit. To give your banana-infused breakfast a good boost, make a smoothie by mixing together some fruit yogurt and a banana in a blender to create a refreshing and healthy drink.
I know what you are thinking: “This is not the early 20th century!” True, but you have to realize that diets back then were based mostly on carbohydrates, and people had yet to mass produce cereals and other breakfast goodies. In this sense, oatmeal is still an important early morning meal as it packs all the energy you need to get you through the day. If people in the 1920s would still do well in their careers with oatmeal as a primary breakfast component, then you won’t have to worry about surviving the modern grind with beloved brands like Quaker and Mornflake.
Quinoa and fruit porridge
Who doesn’t like quinoa? Another timeless breakfast staple, these grains are a good way to fuel your mind and body with essential elements such as folate and magnesium, which go hand in hand in keeping the body fit, no matter the situation. What’s more, quinoa is also rich in antioxidants and, coupled with your favourite berries in a bowl of hot porridge, it can give you a good boost.
Whole wheat bread
Want a good dessert to go with your fruit porridge? You can always add a slice of whole wheat bread to your meal to complete your morning. Give it a dab of margarine or strawberry jam and you will have a delicious after-breakfast treat without the excessive calories.