Marketing gimmicks and television shows have led to most Australians having breakfast meals with terrible nutritional value. To start with, the majority of cereals are high in sugar and provide little for your body. Yes, it is easy to just drop some Coco Pops in the bowl and pour milk on it and away you go, but you don’t need much more effort to have a proper healthy breakfast.
If you can’t handle chucking a couple of eggs on the stove to boil, you might as well stop reading and go hire a maid. But for most people, boiling eggs is a simple process and it doesn’t get much healthier either. A lot of people tend to avoid the yolk. But do this and you’re missing out on a solid amount of protein and vitamin B12, which is good for fat breakdown and your muscles. There was a theory about cholesterol in egg yolk, however researchers at the University of Connecticut have discovered that men who ate three large whole eggs per day in fact increased their HDL (good) cholesterol by 20 per cent without impacting their LDL (bad) cholesterol. Blokes who ate a cholesterol-free, fat-free egg substitute saw no changes.
In the western world, you would be called odd to eat any meat for breakfast other than bacon or sausages. But if you can get your head around it, the morning is the best time you should have your meaty meal. Rather than having it sit in your stomach while you are lying down asleep, your body will break it down easier when you’re up and moving. Plus it will keep you full for longer. It’s especially good for those looking to increase their muscle mass.
Sugar-free peanut butter
Peanut butter in its natural form is very high in protein and good fats, however many types are also packed with sugar and salt. If you opt for the sugar and salt free kind, you’re looking at a jar of goodness. The taste may take a little getting used to, but if you sprinkle a little sea salt it should suffice. Your tastebuds can be trained to crave less sugar.
Dairy options other than milk
The magic animal that is the cow produces some good products for our bodies that go beyond a glass of milk. Cottage cheese and Greek yoghurt are much better than their liquid cousins as they’re higher in protein (cottage cheese is one of the highest protein dense vegetarian foods around) and calcium as well as lower in carbohydrates. Just be careful not to select versions with added sugars for flavour. Often ‘low fat’ options are given extra sugar or sodium to improve taste, so be wary of those.
The smashed avo may be keeping young Australians out of the housing markets, but at least it’s keeping them healthy. Avocados are packed with monounsaturated fat (that’s a good fat) as well as fibre, vitamin C and vitamin B-6. The best thing about avo’s they go with just about anything.
Keeping on the high in good fats theme, nuts are not only great for being healthy they’re also great for the time poor. Nuts for breakfast is as easy as grabbing a handful as you walk out the door.
Of course a healthy breakfast is helped by a healthy lunch or dinner and the variety is aplenty at MaZi. With fresh salads to seafood platters, you’ll be able to fuel your body with what it needs. We’ll even bring it to your table for you. To book a table in MàZi, call our friendly Reception team on 8037 8200.