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BNF Healthy Eating Week 2017 -

Thursday 15th June 2017

This year's BNF Healthy Eating Week will run from 12 to 16 June 2017 and is open to all schools, nurseries, universities and workplaces wishing to take part.

The purpose of BNF Healthy Eating Week is to provide a dedicated week in the year where we can all come together to focus on healthy eating and drinking, and physical activity, in order to encourage healthy living. 

Today’s BNF Healthy Eating Week challenge is to have a healthy breakfast (including a drink) every day! For more information about all BNF challenges, see

Why is it important to have breakfast?

·         Breakfast helps get the day off to a good start by providing some of the energy and nutrients the body needs for good health (e.g. starchy carbohydrate, fibre, B vitamins and iron).

·         Eating breakfast has been associated with beneficial effects on cognitive performance.

·         Having breakfast, particularly one which includes protein, may help you to stave off hunger for longer and reduce snacking on less healthy foods.

What makes a healthy breakfast?

·         Choose higher-fibre, wholegrain varieties of starchy foods, such as wholemeal bread or wholegrain breakfast cereals.

·         Include at least one of your 5 A DAY at breakfast (e.g. chopped banana, a handful of berries).

·         You could include dairy foods or dairy-free alternatives (e.g. milk, soya drinks, yogurt). Choose lower fat and lower sugar options.

·         You could include a source of protein (e.g. eggs, beans, kippers, ham, nuts).

·         Always include a drink so you start the day hydrated – water, unsweetened tea and coffee, and lower fat milk are good choices. 100% fruit juices and smoothies count towards one of your 5 A DAY, but should be limited to a combined maximum of 150ml per day.

For more information about healthy breakfasts, see:

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