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Eating breakfast helps weight maintenance

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

An article published in Obesity journal found that eating breakfast reduces food cravings, while those that skip breakfast can end up snacking and overeating, especially at night.

Currently it is thought that as many as six out of 10 adolescents skip breakfast; so researchers at the University of Missouri conducted a three-week study of a group of teenagers who usually skip breakfast.  One group continued to miss breakfast while the other group now consumed a 500-calorie breakfast containing cereal and milk.  At the end of each week volunteers completed a questionnaire and underwent a brain scan. 

Finding show that those who ate breakfast felt fuller and less hungry throughout the day than breakfast skippers.  Brain scans show that breakfast eaters experienced less activity in the areas responsible for controlling food motivation and reward. has several related resources for various age groups.  For 7-11 and 11-14 year olds we have complete sections on balancing energy input with energy output which also includes a section to design ones own breakfast.

Breakfast Blog

Friday, January 21st, 2011

As bright sunny days smile down upon us it is difficult to believe that just a few weeks ago the footpaths and hills were covered in a white snowy blanket.  Or that it is indeed still January; the month of new beginnings, new resolutions and usually gloomy grey weather.  But onwards and upwards, what does the rest of January have to offer us …


Farmhouse Breakfast Week: Sunday 23 – Saturday 29 January 2011

20110121 ShakeupyourwakeupOnce again January plays host to Farmhouse Breakfast Week – an annual campaign run by HGCA and now in its 12th year.  The aims are to raise awareness of the benefits of eating a healthy breakfast; and demonstrate the variety on offer.

With one in four people regularly skipping breakfast, HGCA are challenging the nation to Shake Up Their Wake Up!

Everyone can get involved in the celebrations…

- Hold an event

- Try a quick and easy breakfast idea

- Offer a breakfast product promotion 


But why eat breakfast?  Wouldn’t one be better off spending more time in bed?  NO!  Research has found that:

- breakfast eaters tend to be slimmer than breakfast skippers.

- eating breakfast can aid concentration and mental performance at work and at school;

- breakfast provides you with the nutrients and energy needed for an active lifestyle;

- breakfast eaters are less depressed and have lower levels of stress than breakfast skippers.


On site…

Here on the site there are a variety of breakfast-based activities and resources.  For both 7-11 and 11-14 year olds there is the Design a Better Breakfast unit, which also boasts three helpful videos to support the work.  The aims are to encourage breakfast consumption by demonstrating that there is an almost infinite variety of options of what to eat to break your night-long fast.  Ideas for toast toppings and assorted cereal supplements should ensure that, with a little forethought and planning, everyone can design and prepare a nutritious healthy breakfast to suit their taste, timeframe and budget.


Alternatively you could try one of the delicious breakfast recipes on the site in our Best Breakfast section; eggs and berries feature heavily – even together.  (As pancakes!)


20110121 Breakfast poster

Also available is a classroom poster: Breakfast From Around the World, which is available free of charge.  Investigate whether breakfast meals differ in hot and cold countries; which nations eat out most at breakfast time; and which feast upon leftovers first thing.  To order your copy please email us at



Why not show younger children where their breakfast foods come from.  Bring the grain chain process to life using our From Wheat Seed to Table section which pictorially demonstrates the journey from tiny seed to slice of toast.  You could also investigate how cereal products feature in so many of the foods we associate with breakfast.


Elsewhere on the site …

20110121 HedgerowFor the 14-16 year old age group we have a range of case studies, including Wheat Farming and Sustainable Development.  New technology has made wheat farming in the UK more productive. However production has to be sustainable.  Productivity today cannot be enjoyed at the expense of production tomorrow.  Visit this unit to discover some of the considerations and initiatives facing wheat growers today, including integrated farm management; fertilisers; biodiversity and other environmental initiatives; and non-food uses for cereal crops.