WE recognise the importance of breakfast as the most important meal of the day, but are we doing it right to ensure we consume the right nutrients?
This was the core of the discussion for the recent Getting It Right at Breakfast webinar, which highlighted the importance of having a healthy and nutrition-balanced breakfast to kickstart the day - especially in these trying times, where maintaining a healthy diet plays an important part in creating and maintaining a strong immune system.
Featuring Nutrition Society of Malaysia (NSM) nutritionist Dr Tan Sue Yee and Herbalife Nutrition Malaysia and Singapore senior director and general manager Steven Chin, the session is part of a series of jointly produced educational content between Herbalife Nutrition and NSM in conjunction with Herbalife Nutrition’s Healthy Breakfast Month Campaign to impart knowledge on good nutrition, especially breakfast,to Malaysians.
During the session, Dr Tan - whose notable works include the MyBreakfast Study, the largest nationwide study on breakfast habits involving both primary and secondary children - shared insights into the importance of breakfast, breakfast trends, the best type of foods for breakfast and dispelling common breakfast myths.
She stressed that while having a healthy breakfast to give your brain and body the ‘best fuel’ to stay focused throughout the day, after the recommended eight hours of sleep, most Malaysians tend to neglect the most important meal of the day.
“All too often, we rush to get our day started and forget about consuming a nutritious meal in the morning. Now that most Malaysians are staying at home, let’s ensure we set aside 10 minutes to have a quick yet wholesome breakfast every day.
“Healthy and balanced meals come in many different forms and - contrary to popular belief - can be easy to prepare. Malaysians can make use of healthy ready-to-eat breakfast foods to prepare a quick meal such as yoghurt topped with fruits, rolled oats or instant oats, or blend soy milk with fruits to make a smoothie.
“We just need to follow the right proportions of each food group to match our dietary needs. For instance, incorporating an amount of protein in your breakfast will help keep you satisfied for a longer time, and in turn, can reduce the urge for any unnecessary snacking,” she shared.
According to the recent Asia Pacific Breakfast Habits survey by Herbalife Nutrition, 75% of the Malaysian respondents think it is important to have a healthy breakfast daily, with the top barriers being that healthier breakfast options are expensive (30%), they do not matter to them (28%) and that they are not readily accessible (26%).
Moreover, 50% of those who do not consume a daily breakfast reported lack of time and appetite in the morning as the two key obstacles. To help Malaysians gain easy access to a breakfast that is convenient and healthy is the Herbalife Healthy Breakfast Pack, said Chin.
He added, “In fact, one can easily overcome the obstacles by waking up 15 minutes earlier to prepare something healthy and fast. This is why we have introduced the Healthy Breakfast Pack to make it really easy for consumers to prepare a tasty, nutritious, healthy breakfast every day.”
Herbalife Nutrition’s Healthy Breakfast Pack consists of the Formula 1 Nutritious Mixed Soy Protein Drink, Herbal Aloe Concentrate Mix and Tea Mix to ensure the body is nourished, hydrated and energised to kickstart the day.*
Step 1: Get your hydration up and support your body’s nutrient absorption with the Herbal Aloe Concentrate Mix first thing in the morning.
Step 2: Boost, revitalise and energise with the Tea Mix with Hibiscus, which combines the natural extract of green tea and orange pekoe tea.
Step 3: Start your day right with the Formula 1 Nutritious Mixed Soy Protein Drink nutrient-dense milk shake, which may provide nutrients needed by the body such as calcium, protein, fibre and antioxidants.
For more information on the pack, please visit herbalife.com.my.
* All information is intended for general knowledge only and is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment for specific medical conditions. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any diseases. This information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice.