*Recipe at the end of the post*
I am a big believer of eating breakfast in the morning. Before I lost weight and began eating healthier I’ll admit that I rarely ate breakfast and sometimes I would even grab a bar of chocolate! Looking back it is no wonder that I piled on the pounds. I’m sure we have all heard the phrase – breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and it really is true. It breaks the fast and kick-starts our body for the day, you could look at it as fueling for the day. Eating a nutritionally balanced breakfast could prevent you from weight gain. Skipping breakfast, or infact eating a sugar laden breakfast, means you are more likely to reach for an unhealthy snack mid-day or binge on food to make up for the hunger – leading to weight gain. If you plan your breakfast right you can also fill your body with all the essential nutrients it needs and you can get a good amount of protein. (Protein is great for making you feel fuller for longer) But what is considered a good healthy balanced breakfast? Depending on how much time I have in the morning I will generally have something with eggs. I’ve found that when I have eggs for breakfast I am full until lunch time and don’t need a mid morning snack. I have eggs in a variety of ways: Poached on toast, soft boiled with wholemeal soldiers, dry fried with mushrooms and tomatoes and on a weekend I sometimes have time to make an omelette with mushrooms and spinach. On days where I have a little less time I opt for porridge (homemade, I avoid instant oats as they are full of sugar) or in the Summer overnight oats. Oats release energy slowly so again make you feel fuller for longer and topped with peanut butter or banana offer a great protein hit aswell as one of your five a day. For days when I literally have no time for breakfast I make a smoothie. It’s filling and quick enough to make and take on the go. I’m sharing the recipe I use for my banana, peanut butter and oat smoothie. I’ve made this a hundred times and now I don’t even bother measuring the ingredients, but I estimated the quantities I use – feel free to add more or less of certain ingredients. I don’t use a sweetener in my smoothie, but a tablespoon of honey and a pinch of cinnamon would work quite well. It may not be the most pretty looking smoothie (it’s a very dreary grey colour), but it has a healthy dose of protein and calcium and it is one of your five a day. So please don’t judge it on its appearance!
Banana, peanut butter and oat smoothie
1 Medium sized banana (sliced)
1tbsp Peanut butter
120ml Milk of your choice
1 tbsp Greek full fat yogurt
1. Blend all the ingredients together and serve. Simple!