Banish breakfast boredom in your patients by sharing on these easy-to-incorporate tips from dietitians. They’re nutritionally sound and – we think you’ll agree – downright delish.
From Accredited Practising Dietitian Geraldine Georgeou, director of Designer Diets
Tip: “I find that adding veggies to my breakfast makes it so much easier for me to reach the recommended five serves per day. I like to add tomato to a cheese wholegrain toasty, zucchini and capsicum to an omelette or some avocado and baby spinach with egg on wholegrain toast.”
Tip: “Greek or natural yoghurt is another great option for breakfast. I like it because it’s portion controlled, tasty, and nutritionally well-balanced. Yoghurt provides a great source of low GI carbohydrates, protein and fat that helps keep me fuller for longer. I throw in some berries to boost the antioxidant content and sprinkle on a small amount of nuts and seeds.”
Hannah Brown – Accredited Practising Dietitian
Tip: “I see breakfast as an opportunity to add in as much nutrition as possible, so I like to fill my brekkie with fresh fruit and nuts. it’s a great opportunity to add vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and healthy fats into my day. Adding fruit also helps me reach 2 serves a day before I even leave the house!”
Tip: “There are some simple practical measures I take to make sure that I don’t skip breakfast. I find that a little bit of prep the night before goes a long way. I put out my bowl and cutlery on the table before I go to bed – this reminds and motivates me to make sure I eat breakfast. I also pack a piece of fruit, some nuts or a muesli bar in my bag so on those manic mornings I still eat breakfast, it might not be ideal but it’s a lot better than skipping it!”
Harriet Walker – Accredited Practising Dietitian, Sports Dietitian
Tip: “For me breakfast needs to provide the fuel I need so that I can make the most out of my training sessions, especially when I am doing high intensity or endurance work. I like to make a large batch of overnight oats, soaked in milk and yoghurt with a serve of fruit and portion it out into smaller serves to have on hand for when I’m running out the door. I find it’s a fantastic time saver and it makes sure I am always ready to make the most out of my workouts!”
Tip: “I make sure to add fibre to my breakfast, usually in the form of bran to my muesli mixes or smoothies. Not only does this keep me full, but feeds healthy gut bacteria with beneficial prebiotics and promotes a healthy digestive system.”
Have some great, easy breakfast ideas to share? We’d love to feature your breakfast creations and practical tips to inspire more patients to kick-start their day. Please email us to be featured in the next issue of Scoop on Breakfast.