People often ask for my expert advice on the best options for their first ‘most important’ meal of the day. There really is no right or wrong answer but I thought I’d share some of my favorites and the reasons why they set me up for my day!
So when it comes to breakfast it really does depend on my mood. What day I think I’m going to be having in terms of activity level, and perhaps the need for more focus if I’m attending team strategy meetings or on Zoom calls all day!
Firstly, I like to follow an #intermittentfasting ‘way of life’ so my first meal is usually around 4 hours after I wake up. During this time I drink my hot water with lemon and either a Celery or Cucumber juice. Follow @medicalmedium on #Instagram for more information about the healing properties of Celery juice and the nutritional benefits of Cucumber juice!
When its time to eat – it also depends on whether I’ve prepared anything the night before, like my simple #Chiaseedpudding (made with Chia seeds, Almond Milk and Honey) or #Overnightoats (made with Oats, Chia seeds, Coconut milk and Maple syrup). These are both amazing grab and go options which have huge health benefits which I have listed below.
- Oats contain more protein than most grains (Approx 5g per serving).
- Oats and Chia Seeds are both High in fiber – good for blood sugar control, cholesterol levels and gut health
- They’re high in antioxidants which may help lower blood pressure levels.
- Chia Seeds are high in protein which can help towards building lean muscle
- Chia seeds contain healthy omega-3 fatty acids, carbohydrates, protein, fiber, antioxidants, and calcium – good for overall health and helping you feel fuller for longer.
I am also a HUGE fan of Avocado and often go for a 1/2 Avocado on a slice of toast with some scrambled eggs. I add some Turmeric, Paprika or Cayenne Pepper to my eggs to spice things up a little. These 3 spices are a staple in my home and used in most dishes I make.
Whatever I choose, I ensure I always go back to basics with the fundamentals of a healthy balanced meal and try to include the following in my diet….
- Whole grains. Including whole-grain bread and bagels, hot or cold whole-grain cereals
- Lean protein such as eggs, lean meat, legumes and nuts.
- Low-fat dairy.. (In my case, non – diary alternatives)
- Fresh fruits and vegetables
I hope this gives you a few more ideas for nutritional ‘go to’s’ for that fist meal of the day! x