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Having a British breakfast is not actually as hard as it seems. You can start with some delicious home-grown British eggs (free range always taste better), British butter, British milk, British bacon, British sausages, British grains and cereals and British bread.

Without even realising it, breakfast might just be your most British meal of the day and why not? British farmers have been the kings of breakfast since, well forever. They are up and about before most of us already working before they have had breakfast themselves. Breakfast is so important and it is so fantastic that you can make it almost all British.

We always hear that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Why?

1. Eating breakfast wakes up your metabolism and gets your mind and body activated.

2. Studies show that people who eat breakfast are more alert and do better on tests than people who skip breakfast.

3. If possible breakfast is a great time for a bit of family bonding and communal well being.

Breakfast of Champions! Home made Kefir yogurt with home made muesli, and local wild blackberries

The all important question looms, what shall we eat? A full English, especially after a couple of hours in the veg patch. Or healthy whole-oat porridge, cereal, or granola with fruit, before the commute to work to give you energy to power through the whole morning. What about kippers, kedgeree or fish cakes. Or go to work on an egg or two, free range of course!

As our national tastes have changed, you’ve probably noticed that there have been huge improvements in the range of cereals available in recent years, primarily because we’re a lot more interested in healthy foods. It is fantastic to see over sugared processed flakes, puffs and crisp stuff, with little nutritional value, lose favour to carefully blended granola and muesli with nuts and fruit, which help provide essential oils and vitamins together with nutrients and energy to last till lunchtime.

Likewise huge sums are now spent on yoghurt and pro-biotic drinks, although the latter provide questionable health value. Previous blog about these here.

So take time to find your, and your kids, perfect breakfast. There are some great ideas and recipes. You can find all the best local ingredients from real free range eggs to handmade sausages to real bread and bacon using our local food map. Or buy granola, real probiotic Kefir and linseed meal omega 3 in our MarketPlace.

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