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SHOULD you go for a whopping breakfast or finish the day with a hearty meal?

According to the experts breakfast is better for you than a plate of haggis and neeps before you jump into bed.

After going around 12 hours overnight without energy from food, reserves are low and your body and brain need fuel.

Farmhouse Breakfast Week aims to promote the benefits of a nutritious start to the day with a raft of healthy and tasty recipes.

What you choose to eat for breakfast can affect your mood and physical and mental performance. And it can also help determine your weight and general long-term health. And to dispel the myth, you won't cut calories by skipping breakfast.

If you miss this meal you are much more likely to get hungry mid-morning and reach for a calorie-laden snack like a chocolate bar or a tempting bag of crisps.

Surveys reveal that people who skip breakfast often have a higher body mass index than regular eaters.

For a healthy start to the day, try this quick recipe for raspberry porridge: Preparation: Two minutes Cooking time: Five minutes Serves: Two.

Ingredients: 50g oatmeal, plus extra for serving 450ml semi-skimmed milk; 2 tbsp (40g) heather honey; 125g pack raspberries Method: Place the oats, milk and honey into a saucepan. Bring to the boil over a medium heat, then simmer for 4-5 minutes, stirring throughout, until thick and creamy.

Remove from the heat and stir in the raspberries until they begin to break up and release their juice.

For more information visit www.hgca/com/breakfast
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jan 25, 2005
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