Breakfast. Now breakfast, that is my religion. I would eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner, everyday, if I could.
When it comes to breakfast, ideally we should be enjoying something that is healthy, that will keep us full, give us the energy to power us through the morning and of course, taste delicious. So here are my three key tips to ensuring your breakfast ticks all these boxes.
1) Choose some wholegrain carbohydrates for long-lasting energy. This can be in the form of rolled oats, muesli, high fibre cereals, wholegrain breads and wraps.
2) Then add some protein to help keep you full. Milk, greek yoghurt, cheese, eggs, peanut butter, tahini & nuts will do the trick. New research published last week showed that half a million Australians are adding spreads like peanut butter to their cereal, and 10 million are adding nuts.
3) Lastly, add some fruit or vegetables to ensure a variety of vitamins and minerals, plus that fibre to keep you full and your bowels regular! And look, we know it’s hard to get your 2 serves of fruit and 5 serves of vegetables a day, so why not kickstart your targets with breakfast.
So with all of this in mind, I’ve put together some ideas:
In your breakfast bowl
∗ Porridge + peanut butter + banana (make your porridge with cow or soy milk rather than water to boost the protein and calcium content)
∗ Porridge + nuts + apple
∗ Porridge + tahini + carrot (plus a few extra spices as per this recipe)
∗ Muesli + greek yoghurt + berries
In your blender
∗ Oats + greek yoghurt + banana +/- peanut butter
∗ Oats + greek yoghurt + frozen berries
∗ Smoothie bowl (suggestions here)
On your plate
∗ Wholegrain toast + ricotta + banana or strawberries (plus a sprinkle of cinnamon + honey)
∗ Wholegrain toast + egg + avocado
∗ Wholegrain toast + egg + spinach + mushrooms
∗ Wholegrain wrap + egg + avocado
∗ Wholegrain wrap + ricotta + banana + honey (toasted)
∗ Fruit toast + ricotta + honey + banana/strawberries
Okay that’s enough, I’m hungry.
Try something new this week, even post it on social media. You’ll be part of the almost half a million Australians doing it, and just an fyi, men are three times more likely to post a photo of their breakfast on social media than women. How about that?
I’m off to eat a delicious bowl of porridge with peanut butter and banana. Yes.
Have a ripper weekend,