There is a lot of debate about breakfast these days.
Some still say that you need to recharge in the morning, while others believe that fasting until lunchtime is a good way to lose weight and keep the body in shape.
When packing a meal before work, some choices are healthier than others.
Today Jane Atkinson puts three options to the test. . .
This is usually oatmeal that has been soaked overnight so that it is plump and tasty in the morning.
Now Rude Health has developed a quick version that requires no preparation.
I tried their Apple Cinnamon Instant Bircher Muesli, which came out just in time for fall.
It consists of 88 percent oats, ten percent apples and some apple powder and cinnamon. Nothing else.
It contains a decent 12 percent fiber and only nine percent sugar as well as 5.5 g protein and 178 kcal per 50 g serving.
And it does what it says on the packaging.
Add milk and enjoy Bircher muesli immediately thanks to the super soft oat flakes.
Tastes great with grated apple on top and really keeps you full thanks to the slow release of energy.
£3.50 for 375g at waitrose.com
Start your day with Rollagranola Energize – an oat muesli with cappuccino coffee and white chocolate.
This is a “nootropic” cereal, meaning its ingredients are intended to improve cognitive functions such as logical thinking and memory.
I actually think this bowl of cereal gave me a good start to the day.
And it tasted great.
The strong coffee makes it bitter, then comes the sweet chocolate, with pieces of macadamias and pistachios for bite.
You feel healthy when you eat it.
Brain-boosting ingredients include caffeine, ginseng, lion’s mane (a mushroom), mat-cha green tea, and alpha lipoic acid (an antioxidant).
With a high sugar content of 20% from the chocolate, 8.4% fiber and 4g of protein, with 172kcal per 40g serving, it costs an eye-watering £7 for 350g. Ouch!
ELEAT’s protein-rich cereal is a new launch after 15 months of development.
Coming in four flavors, it is a smart idea if you want to keep fit and consume proteins.
I tried Strawberry Blitz, which contains 193 calories per 50g serving and a whopping 12.9g of protein.
You get 20 percent fiber with 10g per serving, including 7.5g of additional prebiotics for gut health.
All with just 2.9 percent sugar, sold in resealable 250g bags and 50g individual portions.
Made from rice and chickpea flour, with protein, inulin, natural flavors and sweeteners, these are small, crunchy balls that taste great.
Snack straight from the travel pack or with milk. Brilliant idea.
From £22.10 for 4 x 250g bags, eleatcereal.com