Pack a punch with your breakfasts

The end of the year (and the possibility of much-deserved holiday time) is just around the bend.  That final push at work is already starting.

Early mornings, late nights and year-end deadlines can take their toll on our bodies, so it’s important to give them what they need to stay healthy and keep going. How do you do this? Make sure you exercise – even just 30 minutes a day is better than nothing; make time to do something that makes you feel energised and/or rested, and of course, eat well!

Breakfast is a great way to kick-start a healthy day and keep your immune system strong!

  • We need to eat to get fuel so starting our days with some food gives us energy to do to get through the day.
  • A well balanced breakfast should give us enough energy for a couple of hours, so we’ll be less likely to reach for high-sugar, low-nutrient snacks.
  • Add fruit to your smoothies, oats, granolas or yoghurt for a nutrient and fibre boost before the day gets going. Berries, pineapple, apples, pears, grapes, bananas and kiwis are full of vitamin C, antioxidants, fibre, vitamin B6, vitamin E, potassium and resveratrol.
  • Eggs are full of protein and protein gives our breakfasts an extra punch – making our energy last longer and keeping us feeling full. Add some green, yellow and red peppers, baby marrow, mushrooms or spinach to your eggs for a mix of fibre, vitamin C, iron and more.

We love that tasty, colourful foods can give our bodies the immune boost they need. Do yours a favour and make healthy, informed decisions when it comes to eating. Looking for some good ideas to start? KAUAI has some great breakfast options on their summer menu:

  • The Good Morning Wrap filled with a flavourful combination of free range scrambled eggs, smoked beef rashers, cheddar, fresh salsa and tomato. You can opt for a LC wrap (40g less carbs than the normal wrap) for an extra R8.50.
  • Another new one: the Breakfast Bowl – a satisfying and tasty combination of low-fat yoghurt, strawberries, banana, chia seeds, pineapple, toasted almonds and honey.
  • Looking for a fruit-based breakfast option? Try the new Chia Charge smoothie with banana, dates, chia seeds, cinnamon, fat-free milk and low-fat frozen yoghurt. If you’re watching your carb intake, the new Carb Conscious smoothie is definitely worth a try – a good-for-you blend of guava juice, strawberry and low-fat yoghurt.

Written for the Virgin Active SA blog

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