Happy Belly Happy Heart

A blog dedicated to nutrition, wellbeing and happiness. I believe the key to a good life begins with what you choose to put into your body. A happy belly = a happy mind = a happy heart.

Breakfast Like a King

on March 16, 2013

breakfast table laden with foodTo breakfast or not to breakfast? That is the question. It’s a no-brainer as far as I’m concerned. A decent breakfast makes you feel good, gives you energy and sets you up for the day.

According to a survey by The Telegraph around two thirds of people in Britain don’t eat breakfast but most nutritionists agree it’s the most important meal and if you’re trying to lose weight this certainly isn’t the way to do it.

As Angela Tella, a dietitian and spokesperson for the British Dietetic Association (BDA), warns in the Telegraph article: ”Breakfast is a very important meal and provides a lot of nutrients, such as glucose, that aid concentration and mental strength. And research shows that people who eat breakfast are generally slimmer.”

The reason for this, according to researchers from Imperial College London is that missing breakfast increases the appeal of high-calorie foods, leading to a higher intake of calories at lunchtime. It can also result in mood swings and a feeling of hunger throughout the day, which is not what you want when you’re trying to lose weight. Skipping breakfast sends messages to your brain that your body may be going into hibernation mode, so any calories that you do consume will get hoarded for later use, i.e. stored as fat.

So, the next question is: what should we be eating for breakfast? The possibilities are endless: from toast, bagels and pancakes; to yoghurt, cereals and fruit; to eggs, bacon and beans. I have a bit of a reputation in my office for eating the healthiest breakfasts so I thought I’d share some of my personal favourites with you.

Now, I’m definitely not one to shy away from a hearty Full English (veggie of course), a delicate Eggs Florentine or a delectable stack of pancakes smothered in maple syrup, bananas and blueberries. But here comes that familiar motto again…. altogether now: Everything in moderation!

I’ll splash out on a brekkie treat now and then, tend towards a post-practice coffee and croissant on a Sunday and favour 2 slices of wholemeal (or gluten-free) toast with Marmite and peanut butter (not together – ew!) at the weekends. But my standard, weekday, post-practice, at-the-desk staple is this:

  • breakfast bowl, muesli & rice milkA base of Doves Farm gluten-free cornflakes.
  • Followed by a handful of oats granola or, better still, homemade muesli (see below).
  • Freshly sliced banana layered on top.
  • A sprinkling of homemade nut & seed mix (almonds, sunflower, pumpkin, sesame, poppy & chia seeds).
  • A spoonful of some healthy powder! Currently Linwoods’ milled flax, sunflower, pumpkin & sesame seeds & goji berries; soon to be replaced by Pulsin’s hemp protein powder.
  • All topped off with a generous portion of rice milk.

Sounds complicated but it’s so delicious and nourishing and keeps me going for hours.

I’ve only just started making my own muesli, inspired by a recipe my sister passed on to me in New Zealand. It’s so easy and much cheaper than buying it ready made. This is how to do it:

  • Mix 170g of rolled oats with 35g of dessicated coconut, 2tbsp of neutral oil (try grapeseed oil), 85g of runny honey, 1/2 tsp of ground cinnamon and as many nuts and seeds as you fancy.
  • Combine thoroughly, spread into a baking dish lined with greaseproof paper and bake at 180 degrees for about 20-30 mins, turning regularly.
  • The muesli will turn a lovely golden brown colour. If you prefer it more toasted, bake for longer, but keep turning it regularly.
  • Remove from oven and once cooled add dried fruit to your liking, e.g. raisins, sultanas, cranberries, apricots, dates, etc.
  • Eat and enjoy!

Lapsang Souchong teaAnd of course no breakfast would be complete without a strong smokey cup of Lapsang Souchong tea to wash it all down with! (The first meal of the day seems to warrant a little more leniency with the half-hour rule…)

I’m looking forward to the morning already!

Advertisements

One response to “Breakfast Like a King

  1. […] different foods have on the body. I’m used to eating oats in the morning, in the form of homemade toasted muesli which is a lot like granola, and they really keep me going for hours. But when I’m only […]

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Sweet Exploration of Life Fulfilment

An exploration of the SELF - developing self-awareness, self-compassion and self-love

IRISH ASHTANGI

~ a classical journey through eight limbs

C'est la vie de Suzy

La vie en rose

Activated For Life

On this page, clean, healthy and sustainable eating is the norm... not junk

Cook Up a Story

Super Foods for Growing Families

The Health Care Spectator

Your Ultimate Resource for Healthy Empowerment

Yoga & Joyful Living

{ tools to inspire and empower you to live, not just exist }

The Happsters

Spread Positive Vibes. Give Love. Be Happy.

%d bloggers like this: