sponsored: brought to you by W.K. Kellogg

We know mornings are never easy, so to help you get each day off to a flying start, we teamed up with W.K. Kellogg to host a good morning masterclass on 27 November. More than 30 guests attended the interactive breakfast session at The Hundred Wellness Centre for a morning of wellness, nutrition and empowerment. Our guests heard inspiring stories and advice from nutritionist Rime Raya and chef Lyndsay Bettles of I Eat My Peas, and were among the first to try the new W. K. Kellogg range of No Added Sugar Granolas from the Kellogg Company, paired with smoothies and coffee.

Feel-good food

W.K. Kellogg is an all-new range of plant-based products including No Added Sugar Granolas, Ancient Grains Flakes & Clusters, and Organic Wholegrain Wheats, designed to give you the fuel you need to power you through your day. Named after the Kellogg’s brand founder William Keith Kellogg, the range focuses on its heritage as a grain-based company that delivers an array of delicious and nutritious plant-based foods. The range celebrates the power of plants, helping you “Be a Force of Nature” to accomplish your ambitions and goals. The full W.K. Kellogg range is available in hypermarkets and supermarkets across the United Arab Emirates and other GCC Nations.

A healthy start with nutritionist Rime Raya

Why is breakfast the most important meal of the day?

Breakfast is key to jumpstarting your metabolism after a long night’s fast, and essential for providing you with the energy you need to get through the morning. Breakfast is also essential in helping you achieve adequate intakes of nutrients such as protein, fibre, vitamins and minerals. Studies have shown that those who miss breakfast are more likely to not achieve the recommended intakes of certain nutrients in their diet. Moreover, there is a very strong association between eating breakfast and achieving lower body weight. Regular breakfast consumers tend to have a lower Body Mass Index (BMI) and are usually less likely to be overweight than those who do not eat breakfast at all. Finally, in children and adolescents, breakfast intake has been shown to have an impact on cognitive and academic performance.

What kind of foods should we eat at breakfast to fuel us for the rest of the day?

A balanced breakfast is one that includes at least three of the five food groups. It is recommended that our breakfast include a source of grains – preferably whole grains or high fibre – a source of protein or dairy and a source of fruits or vegetables. Opting for a high-fibre cereal with low-fat milk or yoghurt and a serving of fruit is a great example of a balanced breakfast. In addition, a cereal breakfast with milk is a great source of vitamins and minerals such as iron, calcium, B vitamins and vitamin D. Fibre-rich foods are an essential component of any breakfast, as they can slow down the breakdown of sugars in your blood and give you a steadier release of energy during the day. W.K. Kellogg cereal contains 7 grams to 10 grams of fibre per 100 grams of cereal. It’s a great way to get more fibre into your diet! And, of course, extra fruit at breakfast is a very smart addition.

How can the food you eat affect your mood?

What you eat may have both a short-term and long-term impact on your health and wellbeing. The food you choose to incorporate into your diet can impact your energy levels, your cognition and might even impact your sleep, all of which will influence your mood during the day. How often you eat is also important. Food is your fuel. It’s what keeps you going. If you skip breakfast, for example, you would expect to feel your energy levels wane during the morning as your blood sugar levels are lower. Try to have a meal or a snack every three to four hours. Don’t wait too long before your next bite! Also, studies have shown that high-fibre foods can promote digestive health and the health of your microbiome, which can in turn enhance your wellbeing and overall mood.

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