I have been wanting to do this post for a while, giving you a recipe for one of my favourite breakfasts, and the importance of having something to eat in the morning. Like a lot of people, I go through phases with breakfast, going for months without having any, then absolutely needing it in order to leave the house. I have felt the effects of both not having it and having it, as well as the implications such as weight loss and general health. As much as those extra few moments in bed are tempting, I now am able to get up in order to have something to eat fuelling myself for the day. Not only have I found that I can maintain my weight when eating breakfast, I have also found that I start to lose weight if I have a proper breakfast and eat well during the day. In order to force myself up, I have developed a few tips for eating a healthy breakfast, and creating recipes that actually excite me and make me want to get up to make and eat them. Even though I have developed quite a few healthy recipes, I am not too fussed about being super strict with myself. A lot of calories get burnt during the day, so if I want a spoonful of Nutella for breakfast, I would much rather have it in the morning than the evening.
Breakfast provides the body and brain with fuel after an overnight fast. This is where breakFAST originates from!
“Eating breakfast has long term health benefits. It can reduce obesity, high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes”
Pick two or three different foods including one from each of the following nutritional groups: bread and grain; dairy; fruit and veg.
Mix things up. Don’t go for the same breakfast everyday. Try and develop a few easy and simple breakfasts, and rotate through the weeks.
Choose some portable breakfasts from the supermarket. Sometimes I do manage to run out of time for breakfast, so I always like to have something that I can just grab and eat in the car. This is usually a Nutrigrain cereal bar, however I also take some fruit to have soon after as this doesn’t fill me up completely.
With your morning coffee (or tea) have a glass of fruit juice. I am a big fan of a good glass of OJ, however any juice is good. I also like to make myself orange juice shots, using two whole oranges. I usually have these at the weekend.
Get up 15 minutes earlier. This was the hardest thing for me to begin with, and to be honest is still a little challenging – hence the cereal bars. This is why I like to have some nice food in the house, that I get excited about eating. It makes it much easier to get up. I also like it when I have breakfast first. If I get up that little bit earlier, I can make some food and a coffee, and then get back into bed with it for about 15-20 minutes, having it and checking my phone!
Plan ahead – plan your breakfasts for the week. This way you know that you have the right food in ready for the day, and being more organised automatically makes it easier to follow a plan.
In order to complete this post, I wanted to do a little research to better my knowledge. I found out that breakfast can have many more benefits that I realised, such as lowering the chance of heart disease, improving cognitive functioning and has proved to be key in weight loss. This who ate breakfast and a certain amount of calories lost an average of 17.8 pounds over three months, whereas those who ate the same calories but skipped breakfast did not lose as much. I also found out that eating breakfast can lower a woman diabetes risk. All this information suggests to me that breakfast really is that important, and it probably now become my favourite meal of the day.
Weetabix Porridge Bowl
2 Weetabix Biscuits // Splash Milk // Natural Yoghurt // Berries // Honey
Start by crushing the weetabix with a fork in your bowl. Add a small splash milk, and mix together. The weetabix should be softer, however not drenched in milk. Then top with the yoghurt. I prefer plain yoghurt, however if you want more flavour you could add a flavoured one, such as vanilla.
Top with a heap of your chosen berries. Add plenty as they give a lot of sweetness to the bowl. I love blueberries and raspberries as a combination. Then, finish with a drizzle of honey, for an added sweetener which isn’t too unhealthy!
This bowl contains three different foods from three different nutritional groups, and provides you with a lot of slow releasing energy – perfect for a long day. The berries and honey give the bowl a sweet kick, making it much more desirable… as well as pretty!
Breakfast On the Go:
– happy eating –
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