Right now it’s Diwali season. For those that don’t know, Diwali is the festival of light signifying new year in the Indian culture. It also means there are events, lots of dancing, lots of fireworks and of course, lots of food! And not necessarily the good stuff! Whilst it’s incredible to spend time with my family and relax my normally healthy eating habits, after a day or so the novelty wears off and I’m itching to get back to my routine.
After planning my next weeks food shopping (after the last and final event is over this afternoon!) I thought I’d share my breakfast’s, which get me on track to feeling super healthy and energised, and also carry the double edged advantage of putting you on the path to a leaner physique and flatter stomach. Breakfast is a meal where people always get stuck for idea’s. Oat’s, different cereals, and toasts are staples on most tables throughout the country in the mornings but there are better options out there to get you kick starting your day in the best possible way.
When it comes to cooking or choosing breakfast, I always stick by the thumb rule of including mainly protein and fats and a just little amount of carbs if I need them. The reason to opt for protein and good fat options is that eating them at the start of your day will keep your blood sugar levels stable and reduce gut inflammation, compared to if you ate a bowl of Kellogs. It’s also more nutrient dense! I find this combination helps keep me full, stops those mid morning hunger pangs, and improves my mental alertness and energy.
1. Coconut Yogurt Breakfast Bowl
I love this for breakfast as it feels like a treat even though its completely good for you. It maybe a saturated fat, but it’s one of the good ones you can regularly intake. Coconut yogurt (my brand of choice so far has been Coyo) can be bought in any Whole foods, Planet Organics and even some supermarkets. I believe you can order Coyo on Ocado now too. It is a perfect option for those that are dairy intolerant. I scoop some out in a bowl and top mine with seeds, and a few blueberries. The yogurt itself is really delicious, and perfect for low carb diets; five grams carbohydrate per small pot. The fat content is quite high, so you guaranteed to be be completely stuffed by the time you’ve finished! I love having a black coffee with a sprinkling of cinnamon on top alongside it!
2. Open Spinach and Mushroom Omelette
So so easy to make and just one variation of how you can cook eggs. Literally heat a small pan with a drop of oil, and after whisking your eggs, pour them in the mixture and cook gently both sides, turning (or flipping!) the omelette halfway. You can get creative here and add in small pieces of chorizo, or peppers if you fancy, but topping it with iron rich spinach and meaty mushrooms does the trick for me. Light on the stomach, but still leaves you satisfied.
3. Steak and Eggs
People are funny about having steak in the mornings, even though they will happily eat sausages or bacon! A better option of meat than the latter two mentioned as the protein content is high, it’s leaner and full of iron and b-vitamins. You can pick a small piece like a minute steak to ease your way in or go for a sirloin. Another option is making your own beef patties with herbs, and if beef is too much you can use turkey mince as a leaner, lighter tasting option too. Chock full of protein to keep you full, and the red meat intake in the morning will enhance your mental alertness.
4. Poached Eggs, Smoked Salmon and Nutty Rye
My favourite kind of breakfast! Nice runny poached eggs, with delicately soft smoked salmon (great source of omega three fats) and homemade nutty rye bread. There is a good balance of fats, protein and some fibrous carbohydrate. Rather than pick up the thin sliced ‘rye’ in the supermarkets, go to your local bakery, or even a scandinavian cafe for the proper homemade version. You can even make some quickly at home using my recipe.
5. Protein Pancakes
Another tasty breakfast option, thats so quick to make it would be rude not too! You can find my recipe for protein pancakes here. This is where you can get inventive. You can change the flavour of protein…there are so many options! I prefer chocolate but you can pick up bags of strawberry, banana, coffee, vanilla…list is endless. I prefer using Optimum Nutrition Whey as I find it is the best tasting protein I have tried so far, with minimal rubbish and good quality whey. I use a few oats and a drop of almond milk to bind, but you can use cottage cheese if you prefer.