3. Jun, 2018

Is breakfast really so important?

RIIINNNGGGG !!!!!!!!! The bed side alarm goes off and the brain starts to worry: “We have to get up and we have to eat” ............Call the first neuron you have on hand and send a message to see what availability there is of blood glucose. From the blood they respond: Here there is sugar for about 15 to 20 minutes, nothing more. The brain makes a gesture of doubt, and says to the messenger neuron: Okay, go talk to the liver to see what is in reserve. In the liver they consult the savings account and they respond that at most the funds will be enough for about 20 to 25 minutes. In total there is only about 290 grams of glucose, that is, it reaches 45 minutes, time in which the brain has been begging all the saints to see if it occurs to us to have breakfast. Well this is how the brain functions but the real question here is: "Is breakfast really so important? " Plenty of people skip breakfast every day — some just aren't hungry first thing in the morning, some would rather catch up on sleep than spend time making breakfast, and some are trying to save the calories. A few studies have backed the breakfast-skippers, including one in which a group of college students saved about 400 calories a day by omitting breakfast, even if they tended to consume a bit more at lunch. Other researchers have tried to find out whether skipping breakfast leads people to consume more calories later, with inconclusive results. Other studies found that breakfast does have benefits, including decreased risk of Type 2 diabetes and heart disease.  An overall review of these studies, not surprisingly, concluded that there is still much research to be done.

There are, however, two issues on which there is universal agreement. We can argue on the importance of breakfast for adults, but it is essential for kids. And all breakfasts are not created equal. A bowl of cereal and a doughnut with a side of juice will not give you the benefits of a protein- and fiber-packed meal. Simple carbohydrates paired with sugar will give you a short rush of energy but won't do much else for you. Protein gives longer-term energy, is essential for keeping bones and muscles healthy, and helps boosts immunity. Fiber lowers your cholesterol, regulates blood-sugar levels, helps you feel full, and "keeps things moving" (if you catch our drift). So if you are a dedicated breakfast-eater, say goodbye to the Froot Loops (a brand of sweetened, fruit-flavoured breakfast cereal produced by Kellogg's) and Orange Juice and opt for eggs, whole-grain toast, oatmeal, creamy goat's cheese, tomatoes,  fruit  and don't forgett a few drops of extra virgin olive oil..Quinoa is also fantastic, most people call quinoa (pronounced "keen-whah") a grain, but it's actually a seed — one that originated thousands of years ago in the Andes Mountains. Dubbed "the gold of the Incas," it's treasured because of its nutritive value (more protein than any other grain or seed!). I love it for its yummy, nutty flavor.

Quinoa Fruit Salad with Honey Lime Dressing. Spice up a plain old fruit cup with a scoop of quinoa. Toss the whole shebang around until the quinoa is evenly distributed. Add a dressing of honey, lime, and basil for a little extra body. I am a fruit fanatic, especially in the summer. I eat fruit with every meal and snack on various fruits throughout the day. When it is hot outside, sometimes all I want to eat is fruit. My latest obsession is this. It is light and refreshing and perfect for a hot summer day. For this particular Quinoa Fruit Salad, I used blueberries, strawberries, and mango. Feel free to use whatever fruit you like-peaches, blackberries, raspberries, kiwi, and pineapple are great options. I like to mix it up with whatever fruit I have in the fridge. I also used red quinoa, but any variety of quinoa will work. I just like the pop of colour the red quinoa adds to the salad. The Honey Lime Dressing is easy to whisk together and is the perfect ending to the colourful Quinoa Fruit Salad. I also added in a touch of fresh mint because our backyard is being taken over by mint…and it adds a refreshing kick. If you are looking for a new fruit salad to make this summer, give this easy and healthy Quinoa Fruit Salad with Honey Lime Dressing a try! It goes well with any summer meal and is a great way to enjoy all of the fine fruits summer has to offer.

Some days for breakfast, I love to put together on a small plate a whole-grain toast previously spread with creamy goat’s cheese, topped with softer and mature goat’s cheese, apricot jam and a few slices of red apple. Sprinkled with chopped chives on top of each portion. Apricot jam is one of my favourites. Well, I have to admit that it is when I make it at home, since I can choose the apricots at the market and make sure they are at their optimum ripeness. Not to mention when I can use apricots from a good friend or local farmer. I absolutely love goat cheese!!! I normally have for breakfast the fresh one but sometimes I had a few pieces of slightly aged one. Goat cheese can be milky, creamy, tangy, pungent, earthy or strong tasting. Its texture ranges from soft to creamy to crumbly, semi-firm, or firm, and it can be fresh or aged, marinated, rolled in herbs, edible flowers, a variety of spices! You can buy it as a disc, a slice of a wheel, a whole wheel or a log. An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away. Apples are a storehouse of powerful antioxidants, phytochemicals, flavones, polyphenols, vitamins, and minerals. These nutrients contain heart-healthy and immune boosting compounds. Apples are said to have originated from Kazakhstan in Central Asia. Today, there are over 7,000 different varieties of apples and China is now the major producer of apples in the world.Munch on red apples regularly for a wide variety of health benefits, from strengthening your immune system to averting asthma.  

There is nothing as comforting as a plate of warm, creamy scrambled eggs, unless those scrambled eggs are accompanied with tomatoes and avocados. This dish just works really well as the creamy texture of the avocados pairs beautifully with the eggs, fresh herbs and the ripe tomatoes adding both flavour and colour. I recommend this healthy dish for the weekend, serve it with some toasted whole grain bread and yes don’t forget the dash of extra virgin olive oil. Avocados are a stone fruit with a creamy texture that grow in warm climates. Their potential health benefits include improving digestion, decreasing risk of depression, and protection against cancer. Also known as an alligator pear or butter fruit, the versatile avocado is the only fruit that provides a substantial amount of healthy monounsaturated fatty acids. Avocados are a naturally nutrient-dense food and contain nearly 20 vitamins and minerals. Eating a diet that contains plenty of fruits and vegetables of all kinds has long been associated with a reduced risk of many lifestyle-related health conditions. Numerous studies have found that a predominantly plant-based diet that includes foods such as avocados can help to decrease the risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and overall mortality while promoting a healthy complexion and hair, increased energy, and overall lower weight. Please make leave a comment on my page.