I’m a firm believer that you are what you eat. But that’s where my similarity with Gillian McKeith ends. Well I hope it is anyway!
We should breakfast like a King, as the old adage goes, and I’ve always subscribed to that. Mainly because I just like to eat a bit too much and have never given up an opportunity to stuff something delicious into my mouth. Like most people, I’ve tended to eat the same thing day in, day out for months until a time for change is signaled and I move on to the next thing.
Over the years my fads have included such culinary delights like Coco Pops and Alpen. But in recent years, and especially since Emmie started eating solids, I’ve tried to pay more attention to the quality of the calories that we eat and their macronutrient make-up.
Although she asks for it 3 days out of 7, I can count on one hand how many times Emmie’s had cereal. Mainly because they are loaded with sugar, the major enemy when it comes to concentration and because they are hugely unsatiating and sure to guarantee hunger before lunchtime. Sugar can cause brain fog and hyperactivity, (I’ve suffered from the former) cereal just isn’t the best start to anyone’s day.
A good breakfast tends to combine protein, healthy fats, complex carbs and fruits or vegetables. Here are some of my ideas below for quick, easy, filling and nutritionally good breakfasts:
1. Strawberry banana green smoothies. A glass of milk, a handful of frozen strawberries or forest fruits, one banana, a dash of honey and a quick blend. I add spinach to mine after I’ve served Emmie’s and sometimes throw in oats and flax seeds too.
2. Porridge with blueberries. Or made in the slow cooker overnight with a touch of cinnamon, honey and apple. So easy as it’s ready to go as soon as you get up. No stirring on the stove.
3. Pancakes. Mummy’s or Daddy’s or Banana. Mummy’s are English pancakes or crêpe type affairs. I’ve started using coconut flour and they work a treat. Daddy’s are American style ones and banana are my delicious paleo pancakes.
4. Eggs. Boiled, scrambled, poached, easy omelette, eggy bread. Eggy bread is a firm favourite with my two, especially with a splash of honey or maple syrup. My default is scrambled eggs EVERY day but I try and mix it up by adding tomatoes, (bell) peppers, spinach, kale or mushrooms.
5. Waffles and fruit. A Sunday regular with our new waffle maker. James over caters so that we have some to pull out for the week or for snacks.
6. Picnic breakfast – a pick n’mix of bread and butter, fruit, cheese, sausage, sultanas and carrot/cucumber batons.
7. Bircher muesli – oats and raisins soaked overnight with a splash of milk, some natural yogurt and grated apple.
8. Greek yoghurt, peaches and honey. A staple after our annual holiday to Greece. Lidl Turkish yogurt is the bomb.com.
9. Homemade Lara bars. Lara bars are an American brand of dried fruit bar. Very delicious and made with just a few ingredients. The link has loads of different flavours, but my go-to is Apple Pie; a mix of dried apple, mixed almonds and walnuts, dates and cinnamon.
10. Last night’s leftovers. If you can have breakfast for dinner, why can’t you have dinner for breakfast? You can in our house!
If you have any other ideas, please throw them my way.