Sunday, 1 January 2017

3 Quick, Easy & Cheap Ways To Supercharge Your Breakfast

Great Breakfasts Help Wellbeing & Health

When we wake-up in the morning, breakfast serves to quite literally “break the overnight fast!” It refuels our body and brain, stopping us from running on empty. What’s more, as well as giving us a kick start energy boost, breakfast can also be an excellent source of essential heart-healthy nutrients such as B-complex vitamins, Vitamin C and cholesterol-lowering beta-glucan dietary fibre. And the final triple whammy is that a breakfast rich in protein and dietary fibre will also help keep the mid-morning munchies at bay, by helping us to feel fuller for longer.


The Hidden Enemies to a Good Breakfast

However, it’s not so easy to make healthy breakfast choices, especially when we’re short on time. The hidden enemies to a good breakfast include:

  • sugar-laden breakfast cereal served with full-fat milk
  • nutrient-poor white bread toast thickly spread with high-in-saturated-fat butter
  • cooked breakfasts of fried, salty, processed foods such as bacon and sausages

However, it really doesn’t to be this way, so here’s my top 3 ways to supercharge your breakfast:


1. GO GREEN!


Yep, add those leafy greens to breakfast. And the easiest way to do this is with a delicious, plant-based Green Breakfast Smoothie, combining non-dairy plant milk with a selection of nutritious fruits and leafy greens such as fibre-packed kale or spinach. They taste fantastic and are great for breakfast on the go too. If you’re not sure where to start, take a look at my step-by-step Green Smoothie recipes here, including my Cinnamon Fig Green Smoothie (pictured left) or my Plum Crazy For Granola Green Smoothie (pictured top).



2. OATS GET MY VOTE!


Oats are a fantastic breakfast food, as they are an abundant source of cholesterol-lowering beta glucan dietary fibre. Cheap, heart-healthy, naturally gluten-free and so very versatile. A steaming bowl of hot porridge is a great way to start a cold winter’s day, and overnight oats must be the definition of a convenient morning time-saver as all the prep is done the night before! My best tip for money-saving though is to make your own crunchy, taste-tastic, healthy granola, you’ll be shocked at just how easy it is to do, I’ll show you how here.


3. SPREAD A LITTLE (HEART)-HAPPINESS!


Instead of topping your toast with high saturated fat butter, why not spread on a nut-butter instead? Bursting with heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, which improve blood serum cholesterol levels and can lower your risk of heart disease. Unfortunately, store-bought nut-spreads can also include some less healthy ingredients such as sugar, palm oil and salt, so fire up the blender or food-processor and make your own, like my Roasted Almond & Cashew Nut Butter here.


Lots More Breakfast Recipe Inspiration

You can find many more morning recipes in my Brunch & Breakfast Cookbooks, I have one for those looking specifically for gluten-free, celiac (or coeliac) breakfast recipes and another for those looking for low fat and low cholesterol options and these are available as a paperback or Kindle book from Amazon or as an ebook from iBooks, Nook or Kobo, links are below. 


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