This Is The Ideal Time To Eat Breakfast According To A Nutritionist

When to rise, shine and dine.

Breakfast. It's the most important meal of the day. A well-balanced breakfast gives your bod and brain the energy they needs to power through the rest of the day -- or at least until lunch.

That's all well and good, but it begs the question: what's the best time to chow down on b-fast?

As soon as poss after hopping out of bed? Or is it best to wait a bit for our stomachs to er ... wake up?

To find out the perfect time to rise, shine and dine, we asked holistic nutritionist and food lover Kate Spina for her expert brekky opinion.

"Eating between 30 minutes to two hours after waking is pretty sound advice for most people," Spina told ten daily.

The exception are people who are able to wake up, not feel hungry or lightheaded and function well until lunchtime. According to Spina, this group responds better to an approach called "intermittent fasting" but noted that she's only seen this in a minority of clients.

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For most of us, brekky is a good idea.

People who have breakfast have better heart heath and have more stable weight. They report increased energy and better cognition throughout the day.

On top of that, research out of the University of Bath, UK, suggested that a good brekky could help "prime" the body to burn carbohydrates during exercise -- and speed up your metabolisim post-sweat sesh. That's more bang for your gym-going buck.

It kinda goes without saying then that skipping breakfast is a big no-no.

"Skipping breakfast sets you up to make 'hangry' choices at about 10 or 11am," Spina said.

What stops you from hangrily reaching for a chocolate bar or a second -- or third -- coffee comes down to science.

A breakfast with fibre, protein and healthy fat helps stabilise blood glucose levels and regulate insulin. That basically means your body won't fall into that dreaded mid-morning slump.

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So, what does the perfect breakfast look like? For Spina it's a simple, quick and easy Bircher muesli.

"You can prep it the night before -- it's just equal parts plain rolled oats, yoghurt and milk or water. You could even substitute in kombucha."

Spina loves to throw a handful of fruit and nuts on top before tucking in, and suggests adding a bit more water and blending the whole lot for a brekky on the go.

The reason Bircher muesli gets Spina's tick of approval is because it contains key ingredients that stabilise blood sugar and keep us feeling full:

  • fibre -- from the oats, fruit and nuts.
  • protein -- from the dairy and nuts.
  • healthy fats -- from the nuts.

So at the end of the day -- or, more accurately, night -- the exact time that you tuck into your brekky is less important than what you're actually eating, Spina told ten daily.

With that in mind, we're going straight to bed right now so breakfast comes 'round that much quicker.

G'night, and may your brekky be bountiful and (hopefully) bircher-like.

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