Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Healthy Breakfast Ideas

We thought we would start off our blog in the same way that we start our day...with Breakfast! Before we started eating more nutritious food, we were those kind of people who didn't see the importance of breakfast, but since eating healthily we are now fully on board with the claim that it is 'the best meal of the day'. Here are a few of our favourite breakfast options that we alternate on a weekly basis:

Porridge - A popular choice of breakfast amongst those into their fitness. Porridge oats are a slow releasing carb that allow you to maintain your energy levels throughout the morning, and keep you going until lunchtime. We like to combine ours with almond milk and half a mashed banana per person, before baking it in the oven for around 6 minutes on a medium heat. Using the oven creates a more crispy effect, that actually makes the porridge taste almost like a dessert! We like to mix and match our toppings but a few of our favourites include apple and cinnamon, blueberries and dried fruit. 

Granola - There is a common association that Granola is always full of sugar, but if you search around there are many on the market with much more natural ingredients, having said this Granola should generally be eaten in moderation as it still remains higher in calories then other breakfast alternatives. Add your own sweetness through ingredients such as fresh fruit or cinnamon for a tasty way to start your morning.

Pancakes - Like most people, we love pancakes. However, we have discovered a much more nutritious recipe, that we both genuinely believe is so much tastier! To make our protein packed pancakes combine one egg with a splash of almond milk, a handful of oats and one mashed banana until you get a fairly liquidy consistency. Pour the mixture into a saucepan and cook on one side where you can add any toppings, we love blueberries! Then flip them over until cooked through, and serve with any extras.

Eggs - This option is more of a 'Brunch' choice for us, which we love to have after a lie-in or before a gym session. We either poach our eggs for a few minutes, or scramble them with almond milk using 1 whole egg mixed with 1-2 egg whites per person. We love to combine this with a source of protein such as Omega rich Smoked Salmon, and the meal goes perfectly with some sort of fruit or vegetable source such as half a sliced avocado or wilted spinach which we love to combine with chilli flakes for an added metabolism boost.

Smoothies - We love fruit, and smoothies are the perfect way to get some way to your five a day. Buying fresh fruit can be expensive, so we usually use a combination of fresh and frozen. We generally buy a bunch of bananas and chop them up when fairly ripe before freezing them, as they are always useful to have stored. We love a range of fruits in our smoothies, such as berries, mangos and grapes, but it really is adaptable. For a 'greener' blend you could try adding vegetables such as spinach, celery and kale which creates a lovely fresh tasting smoothie. Simply blend the ingredients with almond milk and you should be left with a delicious, fresh breakfast.

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