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26Jan

It’s National Breakfast Week!

If you usually skip breakfast or have the same old thing every morning, this is the week to shake things up and start each day with something healthy and delicious!

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day!

Firstly, it provides you with the energy you need to make it through ’til lunchtime and therefore makes you less likely to give in to food cravings. Secondly, it provides your brain with fuel, allowing you to focus and concentrate better.

Some research also suggests that it can reduce obesity, high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes.

But there’s more to breakfast than just cereal and toast!

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Here’s a few ideas for you to try this week!

1) Smoothies

Shop-bought smoothies can be really high in sugar, but if you make your own, you can use a combination of fruit and veg to reduce the amount of sugar in them. Try beetroot & blueberry or kale & kiwi!

2) Overnight Oats

Overnight oats are ideal for busy mornings. You just soak the oats overnight in a liquid, like almond milk, and then add fruit! You can also mix chia or flaxseeds in with the oats and mash in some banana if you want! Just a little bit of prep the night before, then, in the morning, you’re ready to go!

3) Stuff on Toast

Peanut butter and banana is always a good shout, on either wholemeal bread or rye. But there are also loads of other nut-butters out there! Why not try almond butter, cashew butter or pecan butter? There’s even seed butters like sunflower seed butter and pumpkin seed butter!

I also love peanut butter with mashed raspberries – it’s like peanut butter and jelly!

You could also try mashed avocado on toast with a squeeze of lime and some black pepper! I also add chilli flakes, but I know that chilli wouldn’t be everyone’s first choice in the morning!

You can also make healthier alternatives to things like jam and chocolate spread, using natural ingredients, for a more indulgent breakfast – for example chocolate spread made with coconut oil, cocoa powder and hazelnuts, or jam made with berries, chia seeds and a natural sweetener like honey or maple syrup.

4) Homemade Granola

Shop-bought cereals can have loads of hidden sugar, but it’s so easy to make your own and control exactly what goes into it! Honestly, you won’t believe how easy it is! You just need oats, nuts, coconut oil and a little fruit or fruit juice! Plus a small amount of natural sweetener like honey or maple syrup. Mix & bake! Done!

5) Coconut Porridge

Porridge doesn’t have to be made with cow’s milk. You can also make it using half water and half coconut milk for a creamy, coconutty porridge! It’s delicious! Serve with your favourite fruits and maybe a few nuts and seeds.

6) Chia Pudding

If you add liquid to chia seeds and leave for a few hours, or overnight, it forms a gelatinous, pudding-like consistency! You can use almond or coconut milk, for example.

Chia seeds are full of omega 3s, fibre, minerals and antioxidants, making this a healthy and power-packed breakfast. All you need is one part chia seeds to two parts liquid. Add banana for natural sweetness. Then just top with your favourite fruits!

7) Nana Ice-Cream

Yes, you can have “ice-cream” for breakfast! If you have a food processor! All you need is slices of frozen banana, some frozen berries (or other frozen fruit) and a splash of almond milk. Blitzed together, it creates something that tastes just like ice-cream! Top with a few nuts and seeds!

8) Pancakes

Not shop-bought pancakes! And not the kind where you load on lemon and sugar! You can make pancakes with just three ingredients: eggs, baking powder and mashed banana. Really! Then just serve with your favourite fruit.

9) Eggs

Whether it’s poached eggs on toast or a mushroom omelette, eggs are a good, healthy source of protein in the morning. But if you’re vegan and don’t want to eat eggs, you can use gram flour (chickpea flour) to make something suspiciously like an omelette, which is still a good source of protein.

10) Breakfast Bars

Again, shop-bought breakfast bars may sound healthy, but can contain hidden sugars. If you make them yourself, you know exactly what’s inside! You can make them with just oats, bananas, medjool dates and some nuts and seeds.

Recipes for all of these can be found online.

Happy Breakfast Week!

  

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