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Breakfast isn’t just the first meal of the day, it’s also the most important: it gives your body the energy it needs to face the day. So it’s crucial that your breakfast is well-balanced and that it provides the right amount of calories… especially if you’re a sporty type!

Having established the importance of breakfast, here are three interesting ideas to try straight away:

THE NUTRITIOUS BREAKFAST: for a meal bursting with energy we suggest milk or yoghurt combined with muesli, whole grains, honey or dried fruit. Milk and yoghurt are good sources of protein, calcium, riboflavin and probiotics. Skimmed milk is also an excellent alternative. Muesli, whole cereals, honey and dried fruit, on the other hand, supply sugars, fats, water, mineral salts, vitamins and dietary fibre.

THE TONING-UP BREAKFAST: if good muscle definition is your priority it’s important to increase the quantity of water and fibre in your food, reducing the calories and portion sizes to a minimum. There are lots of alternatives to choose from: skimmed milk or Greek yoghurt with cereals, wholemeal toast and orange juice, wholemeal rusks with ricotta and fruit.

THE CREATIVE BREAKFAST: a high-protein and original option is a plate of goat’s cheese and avocado served with wholemeal rusks, or fresh ricotta or Parmesan together with the fruit of your choice (fresh and dried).

AND TO FINISH…. LET’S BANISH A FEW MYTHS: BREAKFAST WITH CROISSANTS, FRUIT AND COFFEE

“I’LL HAVE A CROISSANT!”: unfortunately for the sweet-toothed among you, breakfasting on a croissant or a pastry (especially if it’s packaged) isn’t a healthy choice. About 40% of these products are saturated fat, and the fibre and vitamin content is zero.

“IS IT GOOD FOR ME JUST TO EAT FRUIT?”: yes, that’s a healthy choice. Fruit is made up of 90% of water, with the remainder providing the sugars, fibre and vitamins that our body needs.

“I’LL JUST HAVE A COFFEE ON THE GO”: all too often we don’t give breakfast the time it deserves or even skip it altogether, just making do with a coffee. But a few sips of caffeine can’t give you the same energy as a good breakfast, and it’s always a good idea to accompany it with something solid!

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