I love real-food! And, I want to help other people enjoy real food too. So over the next ten weeks, each Thoughtful Thursday will be a tip to help you switch to a real-food lifestyle.
Breakfast has to be one of the hardest meals to switch around – probably one of the most important though. Not because ‘breakfast is the most important meal of the day’ – all food is important, and I think eat it when you’re hungry. But because a conventional breakfast that aligns with the nutritional guidelines, (i.e. the food pyramid) is probably the most crap-filled. I’m talking the typical cereal or toast with a glass of juice or coffee. If you look on the packet of that cereal in your hands, you will be astounded by the amount of sugar involved. It has next to no fats, proteins, or micronutrients, is probably ‘cholesterol-lowering’ and ‘fortified with vitamins and minerals’. … Both marketing ploys that won’t actually help you… perhaps a blog post for another day. Bread is a refined carbohydrate that behaves much like sugar when metabolised, and it usually contains harmful oils. In short, they are processed foods, which is never a good thing. But I understand that it is super difficult too figure out what kinds of real food you can actually eat for breakfast. The options are limitless, but it is difficult to rewire your thinking. So, here are ten ideas!
- Smoothies – definitely the easiest and a great starting point. Experiment with the endless flavours. All you need to do is throw everything in the blender; milk, fruit (frozen berries and banana are great for beginners), leafy greens or zucchini, a handful of nuts and seeds, sweet spices like cinnamon and nutmeg, coconut oil for some good fat, cacao powder for some chocolaty goodness. I suggest looking up some recipes online first (just watch for sugar). A basic banana smoothie is always good, and you can build up from there. See my recipe here! Make plenty of it to keep you going!
- Eggs – if you like them, free range eggs are another great go-to. A quick scramble with a handful of spinach leaves, sprinkle of fresh herbs and a dash of cream (if eating dairy), is always a winner that takes five minutes to whip up.
- Chia Puddings – kind of like a smoothie with chia seeds added, made the night before. The chia seeds soak up the moisture, and voila! You have a thickened pudding to eat in the morning. See my recipe here.
- Gelatine puddings – Similar to chia puddings but slightly more jelly-like. I have no gelatine recipes on frankleehealthy.com just yet, but watch this space!
- Mug-cakes – A 2 minute cake in a mug! Winning! See my recipe here.
- Yoghurt bowls – A mixture of yoghurt and all the real-food goodies! Nuts, seeds, berries, fruit, coconut, cacao, chia seeds, nut butters, tahini, chia jam, coconut yoghurt, cacao nibs and wherever your imagination takes you!
- Leftovers – such a good option. Don’t be afraid to reheat last night’s dinner for brekkie! Put an egg on top if it makes you feel better.
- Homemade Bread Alternatives – there are lots of alternative ‘bread’ recipes out there now, like cauliflower bread and pumpkin bread. Look them up. They don’t have processed flours etc. and give you a serve of veggies! Yay!
- Fry-ups – fry up a big plate of mushrooms, tomato, halloumi cheese, spinach and leftover kumara from last night’s dinner in butter. Yum!
- Breakfast Salad Bowls – usually containing a good hunk of avocado and other cooked or raw veggies, and maybe some egg or halloumi. Might seem a bit weird at first, but definitely something to work up to! Again, search for some on the Internet.
Real food will start to sustain you nicely throughout the day once you get off the processed stuff. If these recipes don’t feel satisfying to begin with, have a boiled egg with them to start with. Your body will change, balance out. You will stop craving refined sugars and carbohydrates after a while. Your blood sugars will level out and you’ll feel satiated for longer. Your taste buds develop to really taste and enjoy the wonders of real food flavours. It is exciting stuff!
So go for it, make the first change towards a real-food lifestyle; eat real breakfast.
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By Franklee Healthy
A little message at the end: These blog posts are simply to help me process my own learning. I have no medical, health-science-y background… although I am studying towards a diploma of nutritional science, and I do my best to consult reliable research. If you see any info that doesn’t quite look right, then great! Comment away with your thoughts, because I would love to know more.