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Win the breakfast battle with these quick fixes
After last week's tumultuous headlines, the US remains in a state of uproar – although this time, for a much different reason.
A pesticide — one used heavily on GM crops — has been found in some cereals sold across US supermarkets. Cheerios and Kellogg's Corn Flakes were among those found to have traces of glyphosate, a "probable human carinogen", according to the World Health Organisation.
On this side of the pond, our cereals remain relatively safe and pesticide-free. But that doesn't mean they're good for you. The majority are laden with hidden sugars and full of things that you shouldn't really be eating, especially first thing in the morning.
Instead, try one of our six easy breakfasts wins. They'll start your day the right way, will have you lasting until lunch and won't demand attention from the World Health Organisation.
1. Fight off cancer with blueberries
What?When it comes to fruit, blueberries are the real MVP. Those blue bundles of goodness come with an arsenal of do-good factors that your body will relish.
Why?Blueberries contain vitamin C, vitamin A, and a bunch of other phytonutrients that’ll help protect your cells from damage such as tumor growths, inflammation and several types of cancer. And if that’s not enough, it can keep diabetes at bay, lower blood pressure and boost bone strength. Winner.
(Related: Build a six-pack at breakfast with eggs)
How?Add them to your porridge for a wholesome oatmeal punch.
2. Improve heart health with cocao nibs
What?Fun to say, fun to eat: cacao nibs are fragments of the same bean that can be found in hot chocolate and candy bars.
Why?Cocao nibs are full of antioxidants that can help you live longer, combatting the damaging effects of oxidative stress – a harmful imbalance that’s been linked to premature ageing, Alzheimer’s and cancer.
A recent study published in the journalNutritionalso revealed that they can lead to a healthier heart, too, with eaters less likely to die from cardiovascular disease.
(Related: Eat breakfast to burn more calories)
How?Throw them on your cereal or blitz them in a smoothie. The choice is yours – we’ll see you on your 136th birthday.
3. Lose weight with cinnamon
What?This is the cinnamon challenge that you’ll actually want to try.
Why?A dash of cinnamon will begin to thin your blood. But don’t worry, it’s not a bad thing – research shows it helps increase circulation and boosts your metabolism.
If you know of an easier way to increase heart health and lose weight, we want to hear it.
How?Stir it into your overnight oats for a cinnamon crunch.
4. Boost your metabolism with avocados
What?Oh yes, avocados. The fruit of the moment. Of every moment. A real versatile character, no matter what time of day it is. Split them open, bin the pip and you’ll find myriad health benefits.
Why?Avocados are full of natural fats – the good kind, don’t forget – which helps lower cholesterol, improve heart health and even enables hormones to torch fat quicker. They also contain more potassium than bananas, are loaded with fibre and bursting with vitamins. Oh, and if that wasn’t enough, they also switch off fat storage hormones.
It’s no wonder why they are so popular.
(Related: 7 more reasons to eat avocados)
How?Whizz them into a green machine smoothie or serve alongside your eggs of choice.
5. Get a six-pack with salmon
What?While we’re not promising that a salmon could be a core-crunching personal trainer, it has the opportunity to eradicate fat from your waistline.
Why?Chock full of omega-3s, salmon boosts insulin sensitivity – which can reduce those pesky fat areas that are found near your waistline. It's also a great source of protein, helping feed chest day.
(Related: Why you need to eat more salmon)
How?Slice up a salmon, add to scrambled eggs and get it on some toast. Simple.
6. Become smarter with dates
What?8,000 years. That’s how long we’ve been cultivating dates. 8,000 years of the sweet stuff must be a good thing, right?
Why?Fresh or dried, it’s up to you, either way, they’ve got plenty of good stuff packed in. They’ll give you a healthy fix of fibre, potassium, copper, and – most impressively – a boost to your brain health. Studies have even found that sufficient levels of vitamin B6 (found in dates) is associated with increases in brain performance and better test scores. They’re good for a hangover, too, which'll help, especially if you’ve had a big one the night before.
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