|~ Breakfast is the first meal of the day.
~ Breakfast meals vary widely in different cultures around the world but often include a carbohydrate such as cereal or rice, fruit and/or vegetable, protein, sometimes dairy, and beverage.
~ Nutritional experts have referred to breakfast as the most important meal of the day.
~ Citing studies find that people who skip breakfast are disproportionately likely to have problems with concentration, metabolism, and weight.
~ Why does eating breakfast help
~ From Katherine Zeratsky, R.D., L.D.
~ With Mayo Clinic nutritionist
~ Halloumi Tyganito (Pan-fried Halloumi Cheese)
~ Mesoyiaki Omeletta (Mediterranean Omelette)
~ Omeleta sto Fourno (Oven Baked Omelette)
~ Psomakia me Kolokithakia (Zucchini Mini Bread)
~ Yogurt with Honey & Baked Oatmeal Muffins
~ Eating breakfast reduces your hunger later in the day, making it easier to avoid overeating.
~ When you skip breakfast, you may feel ravenous later and be tempted to reach for a quick fix, such as candy from the vending machine.
~ In addition, prolonged fasting, which occurs when you skip breakfast, can increase your body's insulin response, which in turn increases fat storage and weight gain.
~ In fact, skipping breakfast actually increases your risk of obesity.
~ Eating breakfast gets you on track to make healthy choices all day.
~ People who eat breakfast regularly tend to eat a healthier diet, one that is more nutritious and lower in fat.
~ When you skip breakfast, you're more likely to skip fruits and vegetables the rest of the day too.
|~ Eating breakfast gives you energy, increasing your physical activity during the day.
~ A healthy breakfast refuels your body and replenishes the glycogen stores that supply blood sugar (glucose).
~ Skipping breakfast is associated with decreased physical activity.
~ Unfortunately, more Americans are skipping breakfast.
~ If you're one of them, whether you're trying to save time or cut calories, you may want to reconsider, especially if you're trying to control your weight.
|~ In Greece and the Islands, various kinds of pastry constitute the traditional Greek breakfast. Tyropita, Spanakopita, and Bougatsa (particularly in Northern Greece) are eaten, usually accompanied with Greek coffee.
~ Simpler breakfasts include Plain Yogurt with honey, honey, marmalade or nutella cream (as well a Greek variation thereof, Merenda) spread over slices of bread.
~ Children typically drink chocolate or plain milk.
~ In Cyprus, breakfast consists of white cheese Halloumi (National Cheese), feta or yellow cheese, fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, black and/or green olives, butter, Plain Yogurt with honey, honey and a boiled egg or two.
~ Breakfasts can be very elaborate for company or on weekends, and may include a variety of breads, pastries, and spreads, and several fresh fruits and vegetables in season.
~ Breakfast is always accompanied with a Greek Coffee. Children typically drink chocolate, plain milk or some kind of juice.