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  • The advantages of a good breakfast

    One of the most common complaints I hear from people embarking on a healthier way of life is that they just don’t have time, and in particular they don’t have time for breakfast. I’m often told that they could just about manage to pour some milk over some Frosties, but that they certainly don’t have time for any of that ‘twice toasted, rye sprouting, bee pollen topped healthy stuff’ in the morning.

    Firstly, let me tell you that a healthy breakfast can take just seconds to make, but I will come back to that in a bit..

    Secondly, let me say that breakfast is IMPORTANT. Research has shown that those who eat breakfast are more likely to make healthier choices throughout the day, probably because they are not starving by 11am and reaching for the nearest edible item, which more often than not tends to be a doughnut, chocolate bar or similar. Eating a good breakfast also gives you more energy and helps to increase your focus and concentration.

    Now, when I say breakfast is good, I mean a healthy breakfast, not ‘breakfast biscuits’, cereal and milk, or toast and jam. By eating refined carbs for breakfast you will cause a sugar surge, followed by a sugar crash and a craving for something sweet. Sugar is also known for creating inflammation in the body – the cause of many ailments and illnesses, from digestive issues to obesity. The answer then is to eat a balanced breakfast containing ‘good’ fats, protein and carbohydrate – giving your body slow release energy that it can use.

    By also making your choice from a range of natural ingredients, rather than processed foods such as protein bars or cereals, you are again giving your body the fuel it needs and can use effectively, while also providing yourself with a range of essential vitamins and minerals.

    So, here are a few ideas for quick, easy and healthy breakfasts you will love:

    1. Smoothies

    - If you’re really struggling for time then a smoothie is one of the quickest things you can make.

    - Simply put some unsweetened non-dairy milk – oat, almond etc (many people struggle to digest cows milk, and the chemicals used in processing can also add to inflammation) into a blender with plenty of green veg such as spinach or kale, a small amount of fruit – maybe a banana or some mango, some hemp or raw protein, a handful of nuts or nut butter, and blend it together. If you have them you can also add things like bee pollen or maca for additional nutrients.

    - There are loads of fab smoothie books on the market now for a range of ideas.

    2. Omelettes

    - A couple of eggs, some veg, seasoning and coconut oil, a couple of minutes in a pan and you have an omelette. It doesn’t get much simpler.

    3. Greek yogurt

    - If you can tolerate dairy then Greek yogurt with nuts, seeds and berries is another quick, easy and tasty idea.

    4. Overnight oats

    - Soak some oats in rice, oat or almond milk overnight – soaking helps your body to digest them. In the morning top them with berries, nuts, seeds, nut butter, or maybe even a scoop of raw chocolate protein or cacao if you fancy a chocolate hit.

    5. Poached eggs with spinach and avocado

    - Very quick, simple and completely delicious. Simple poach a couple of eggs, steam the spinach, scoop out half an avocado, add it all to a plate and serve.

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