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Sunday, 18 May 2014

How To Have a Healthier Breakfast

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Scientific research has proven that people who eat breakfast are generally slimmer and healthier, as it revs up your metabolism, makes you feel energised and helps to reduce cravings throughout the day.

Cereal - Aim for cereals that are high in fiber and avoid those that are loaded with sugar. I love RudeHealth muesli and Nutribrex with almond milk, and I always add fruit, typically chopped banana and fresh berries.

Porridge - This is oatmeal that has been boiled and prepared slowly until a thick consistency is reached. Health benefits of porridge include appetite regulation, higher energy levels, oxygen transport, muscle recovery, strong bones and boosted immunity. I like to add a drop of Manuka honey or agave syrup, a sprinkle of cinnamon and a few walnuts which are high in fibre, protein and essential fats.

Eggs - There are so many different types - poached, scrambled, fried, boiled, omelettes… The egg-white are rich in protein, vitamin B, vitamin D and minerals such as zinc, iron and copper, whilst egg yolks are a source of cholesterol, calcium, vitamins A, D, E and K.

Smoothie - Fruit smoothies can be an easy way to nourish your body with essential nutrients. All you need is a blender, fruit and a base (water/milk/yoghurt). I don't use recipes when making smoothies; instead I just blend together a few of my favourite ingredients. I usually put one banana, a handful of blueberries and strawberries, a spoonful of chia powder and flaxseeds, a squirt of natural honey and 250ml of either almond milk or soya milk. 

Pancakes - Who said pancakes can't be healthy? A simple way to make them healthy is by adding mashed, grated or chopped fruits or vegetables to your pancake batter, enriching it with vitamins and minerals as well as flavour. Try mixing in banana, pumpkin, zucchini, pineapple, cranberries or sweet potatoes. Another trick is to swap regular wheat flour for quinoa, oats, flaxseed, rice or corn flour, which are suitable for celiacs or people following a gluten-free diet like myself! My favourite toppings include maple syrup and lemon juice, or melted dark chocolate with berries.


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