- losing weight
- staying clear headed
- keeping up your energy levels
- avoiding metabolic diseases like diabetes
What is low GI?
GI means Glycemic Index, and it’s not a diet fad, it’s a real, scientific basis for decisions about what is good for you. The Glycemic Index is a way of measuring the “spike” in your blood sugar that different foods cause. Foods with lots of sugar and starches (high Glycemic Index) cause a sharp spike as your body produces insulin to deal with them. Research shows that they cause far too much insulin to be around with a whole range of negative consequences for your health – both short term ones like a blood sugar hangover on the downside of the spike, and long term ones like heart disease and diabetes.
Foods with a low Glycemic Index cause a long slow rise in your blood sugar, a sustained period of high energy, clear-headed feeling good, then a long slow drop towards feeling hungry again. You reduce your risk of chronic disease, you feel better, and you find it much easier to resist the “quick fix” of high sugar, high starch foods that put on weight.
You can find out more about the Glycemic Index here.
What is a healthy breakfast?
Breakfast is a key meal for setting up your blood sugar levels for the day. A healthy breakfast with a low GI is important for both kids and adults.
Some examples of low GI breakfasts are porridge, Weet Bix, wholegrain toast, eggs, and fruit and yoghurt.
Enter the Breakfast Recipes Competition
Post your breakfast ideas and recipes in the “Reply” box below. Vote for your favourite recipe by clicking the little “Thumbs Up” icon. There are three prizes!
- Every submission will go in the draw for a copy of the beautiful full colour Healthy Food Fast cookbook with more than 100 delicious recipes that are quick, easy and full of fruit and vegies.
- There will also be a special prize of Healthy Food Fast and a hamper of local produce (valued at $100) awarded for the best idea submitted, judged by our own Community Health dietitian Anneliese Davidson.
- And there will be a “Readers’ Choice” prize for the recipe with the most votes.