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Porridge may protect against cancer, Harvard study suggests  Healthy breakfast tips for all the family. Getting the best start to the day by having a good breakfast is an important part of being healthy.

Healthy breakfast tips for all the family.

But many of us are missing out, choosing breakfast options that are high in sugar or fat, or not having anything at all. Eating breakfast gives us the energy we need until lunchtime and can help to cut-down on snacking throughout the morning. But many of us are missing out, choosing breakfast options that are high in sugar or fat, or not having anything at all. Breakfast4Life has simple tips and fun activities to help us choose healthier breakfast options, or help us find ways to fit in breakfast if we skip it altogether. Good breakfast foods The following foods are all great ingredients for a healthy breakfast.

Fruit and vegetables: all fruit and vegetables that are fresh, tinned, dried, frozen or in juice form are good for you. Go easy on breakfast spreads that are high in fat, sugar and salt - e.g. jam, butter and yeast extract. Healthy breakfasts (for people who hate breakfast) Get into the habit of eating breakfast with these simple breakfasts designed to whet the appetite of even the most habitual breakfast skipper.

Healthy breakfasts (for people who hate breakfast)

Not hungry first thing in the morning? Pushed for time? Trying to lose weight? These calorie-counted treats will tempt you to rediscover the pleasure of breakfast. From an energy-boosting "apple pie" porridge and protein-packed scrambled eggs, to a nutrient-rich green smoothie and sugar-free granola bars, there's something for everyone. "Creating the habit of eating in the morning is something you can build towards," says dietitian Alison Hornby. "After a while, your morning appetite will naturally increase and you'll probably find you eat less throughout the day, including snacks.

" Research suggests that people who eat breakfast are slimmer because they tend to eat less during the day, especially high-calorie snacks. Energy-boosting breakfasts 'Apple pie' porridge Throw all the ingredients into a saucepan. Or you could try: Protein-packed breakfasts. BBC Food - Porridge - but not as you know it. 4 October 2013Last updated at 16:33 By Anne Gibson BBC Scotland Porridge's exact origins have "been lost in the mists of time", but new flavours, different grains and its nutritional benefits have catapulted it into a modern healthy breakfast staple.

BBC Food - Porridge - but not as you know it

The simplicity of porridge is also its beauty. There are few foods that can be made as easily as a bowl of water mixed with oats, perhaps with a sprinkle of salt (the traditionally Scottish way) or sugar. Or that can be transformed with the addition of berries or fruit, spices, nuts, honey, syrups, milk, cream or even booze. Couple this with its healthy appeal, and sales of oats and ready-made porridge in the UK are skyrocketing.

However aficionado John Boa's attempts at blending flavours in the annual World Porridge Championships in Carrbridge, in the Scottish Highlands have not always been successful. "Keeping it simple is my philosophy when it comes to the speciality section," he says. Why the increase in popularity? Granular differences: Why oats are good for you. When it's cold outside, a bowl of hot oats makes a warming and comforting breakfast.

Why oats are good for you

If you're a Scottish traditionalist, your porridge will be made with oatmeal, soaked overnight with water, salted, then served with creamy milk, and you'll view rolled oats, cooked quickly and garnished with sweet additions, as an outlandish foreign aberration. Classic Scottish porridge is indeed hard to beat, but a bowl of steaming oats of any type offers is such an obligingly blank canvas, it's tempting to turn sorcerer's apprentice. Whether you top with nuts and seeds, stir in frozen berries, add a blob of cold natural yogurt, drizzle over honey, cap with soaked dried fruits, dust with grated coconut, or slice in fresh fruit – oats are endlessly versatile and interesting.

Why are oats good for you? Oats contain beta-glucans, a type of soluble fibre that slows down the absorption of carbohydrates into the bloodstream. Where to buy and what to pay 1 Mix the oats and salt and add the milk.