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You might have heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day -but is this true?

Breakfast’s certainly important - its literal meaning is to break the fast and it provides energy to start the day.

Research shows if you’ve had breakfast then you’re more likely to stick to a more balanced diet for the rest of the day.

Missing breakfast means it’s more likely that we’ll snack on unhealthy foods later on such as crisps or chocolate for a mid-morning fix.

It’s shown to be very important to school children as it helps them with concentration, performance and behaviour at school.

So what is a healthy breakfast? One that’s based around the main food groups is a good choice.

This includes starchy foods but try and use porridge, wholegrain cereals and wholegrain toast instead of sugary cereals and white bread.

Try to include at least one of your five a day fruit or veg such as chopped fruit or raisins on cereal, a small glass of fruit juice or a low sugar fruit smoothie.

Meat isn’t essential at breakfast but it might help you feel fuller for longer. If you absolutely must have your traditional breakfast then grill instead of fry your bacon or sausages and chose the leanest cuts.

Eggs are a good choice but boil or poach instead of frying them while milk and dairy makes for a good source of calcium.

Eating breakfast regularly is a good habit to get into. If you really don’t like to eat first thing in the morning then starting small with a low fat yogurt and drink will help you to get used to it.

If you simply don’t have time or really can’t face food in the morning try the following for a breakfast on the go:

  • Snack on a box of non-sugary cereal
  • Fruit bun or bagel with low fat cream cheese
  • Fruit such as a banana or apple
  • Remember to drink – water is very important to stay hydrated.

Get more tasty breakfast ideas on NHS Choices.