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Striking the right balance at breakfast

A better day begins with brekkie A better day begins with brekkie

A better day begins with brekkie

When you first wake up in the morning, your body’s running on empty. As you slept, it was busily using nutrients to repair damaged tissue, fuel growth and keep your biological processes running. So once you awake you need to break your body’s fast. Eating breakfast kickstarts your metabolism and helps replenish your body’s nutritional reserves, so it’ll have enough energy to get you through the day.

A better day begins with brekkie A better day begins with brekkie

SO WHAT MAKES A GOOD BREAKFAST?

To get your day started right, you need a mix of nutrients – carbohydrates, protein, fats and fibre, plus vitamins and minerals. It sounds like a lot, but it’s surprisingly easy to get the balance right. Just have something from each of these groups, and you’ll get everything you need.

*Adjust the number of serves according to the nutrition needs of you and your family. Serving sizes are based on the Australian Dietary Guidelines. For more information, go to wwww.eatforhealth.gov.au

Serving up a proper serve of cereal

Every cereal is a different size and shape, so the amount that makes up a serve varies. This chart gives you a guide, but you may find you need more than one serve depending on your energy needs.

Tasty ways to jumpstart your day

Try these easy breakfast ideas to give yourself the energy you need to get your day started.

– Whole grain flake cereal with reduced fat milk and berries.
 
– Hot oats with reduced fat milk, diced apple and brown sugar.
 
– Untoasted muesli with reduced fat yoghurt and stewed fruit.
 
– Quick porridge with skim milk, stewed rhubarb and cinnamon.
 
– Granola with yoghurt and chopped banana or peach slices.