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Lose weight - Five healthy breakfasts

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A good breakfast can help give you the energy you need to face the day. There is some evidence to suggest that eating breakfast can help people control their weight.

Some people skip breakfast because they think it will help them lose weight. But skipping meals is not good for you because you can miss out on essential nutrients.

A healthy breakfast can provide some of the vitamins and minerals you need for good health.

So why not choose one of these five delicious breakfasts and add a glass of fruit juice for a healthy start to the day?

1. Porridge made with semi-skimmed milk topped with a selection of dried fruits

Oats are a good source of insoluble fibre and may help reduce the amount of cholesterol in the blood. Oats also release energy slowly, making you feel fuller for longer. A tablespoon of dried fruit (30g) is part of your  5 A Day.

2. Muesli, fresh fruit and low-fat yoghurt

Fruit that is added to your muesli counts towards your fruit and veg 5 A Day. Low-fat yoghurt provides calcium and protein and is low in fat, making this a healthier way to start the day.

3. Wholegrain breakfast cereal with semi-skimmed milk

Whole grain breakfast cereals are a good source of fibre, which can make you feel fuller for longer. Choose a breakfast cereal that has been fortified with vitamins and minerals.

4. Boiled egg with wholemeal toast and low-fat spread

Eggs are a good choice as part of a healthy, balanced diet. They are a good source of protein, minerals, vitamins A and D and riboflavin. Wholemeal bread contains B vitamins, vitamin E, fibre and a wide range of minerals. White bread also contains a range of vitamins and minerals, but it has less fibre than whole grain, wholemeal or brown bread.

5. Grilled mushrooms and tomatoes on a whole grain bagel

Grilling mushrooms and tomatoes is a quick and healthier way to cook. Mushrooms and tomatoes count towards one of your 5 A Day. Whole grain bagels contain B vitamins, vitamin E, fibre and a wide range of minerals.

More information

There are more recipe ideas for you and the whole family in Healthy recipes.

Learn more about a healthy, balanced diet in Food and diet.

Get information and advice on losing weight in Lose weight.

Medical Review: August 17, 2013

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