In a rush? On-the-go? Don’t forget about breakfast!
It’s considered hugely important as it breaks the overnight fasting period, replenishes the glucose supply and provides other essential nutrients to keep your energy levels up throughout the day. Eating breakfast within 2 hours of waking up is associated with successful weight loss and weight maintenance. Eating breakfast, especially one high in protein, is thought to have a stabilising effect on blood sugar levels, resulting in fewer cravings later on in the day.
Like the cover photo for this post – compliments of Wazoogles (my new and most favourite addiction)
I am so hooked on Wazoogles Chocolate Moondust Superfood Protein Shake for breakfast. An amazing team of two creative brothers have come together to formulate the best tasting ‘protein shake’ around. The deliciously chocolaty flavour is combined with plant-based protein and nutrient-dense ingredients, making a successful breakfast option. It has an amazing 25g of protein per serving. This consists of perfect combination of chia, hemp and water extracted french yellow pea protein, covering all amino acids in the spectrum [all essential and non-essential]. These are some of the most easily absorbable and digestible proteins on the planet. I blend mine with 1 frozen banana, but there are loads of exciting recipes on their website.
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Not your cup of tea?
Try one of these easy breakfast options:
- Drue’s special homemade granola
(You can either soak this in hot water, or add it to natural, full cream yoghurt for a balanced breakfast option. The granola is a good combination of carbs, fat and protein and has been specifically designed to meet the needs of a busy lifestyle. Turmeric is added as a natural anti-inflammatory and cinnamon for blood sugar control. Soak it in water for a lower calorie option, or add it to yogurt for a high energy breakfast) Find the recipe here
- 1 slice of gluten free or wholewheat bread with 1 boiled egg and 1/4 avocado
(This supplies a balanced source of low glycemic carbohydrates with protein and essential fatty acids. Combining a carbohydrate with a protein source is thought to slow the release of sugar into the bloodstream, keeping the body fuller for longer and avoiding the post-meal dip. Essential fatty acids, known as omega 3s, are essential because they can only be supplied through the diet and work as natural anti-inflammatories in the body). Recipe for gluten-free bread here
- 1/2 cup natural, full cream yoghurt, 1/4 cup berries and 1 Tbsp linseeds/flaxseeds (lightly ground)
(Yoghurt is considered a pro-biotic food, contributing to gut health. Berries are excellent antioxidant foods. (read more on berries here) Antioxidants protect the cells in the body from oxidative stress caused by tobacco, alcohol, bad food choices, stress and environmental pollutants. Linseeds contain omega 3 fatty acids as well as protein).
Conveniently enough for all the Cape Townians out there, I have a friend who sells a variety of frozen berries by the kilo! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to make your order today.
- 1/2 cup oat porridge with 1 tsp cinnamon and 1/4 cup berries
(Oats are considered to be a low glycemic carbohydrate as well as a protein source. Cinnamon has shown to have a naturally beneficial effect on blood sugar levels, as well as acting as a natural remedy for inflammation. Berries, as well as cinnamon, are loaded with anti-oxidant properties).
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Whatever you choose to do, try to start off your day on the right foot with a nutritious, nutrient-balanced breakfast.