Breakfasts to Make You Thrive
Have you ever heard the saying ‘Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper.’? Breakfast sets us up for the day. It’s the first message we give our body. All night, our body has been resting and repairing and what we feed it in the morning is its first fuel of the day. Remember, we eat to make us, so if the first thing you put in your body for breakfast is not actually food, then you are not going to be giving your body the raw ingredients it needs to thrive.
Mornings can be chaos. You’ve got to get up, showered and dressed for work. You may have a whole tribe of children, who also rely on you to dress, feed, water them, and get them to school on time. So you may ask how on earth you are also going to find time to make sure that you sit down and eat a healthy breakfast. Don’t worry, I’ve got this covered.
So, let’s get your breakfast options enable you to not just survive, but to thrive.
Below are three suggestions to help you:
- Overnight Breakfast – Preparation is the key. This takes less than five minutes to prepare, so make time to do it the night before. It will soon become a habit before going to bed. In a medium sized Kilner jar, place eight tablespoons of oats or buckwheat, two tablespoons of seeds, one tablespoon of chopped dried fruit, one tablespoon of nuts and then cover with plant based mylk. Add any extra favourites, such as cacao nibs, cinnamon, or a drizzle of yacon syrup. Close the lid and leave it to soak overnight. In the morning, you can open the lid and enjoy, or, if you are in a rush, put the jar in your bag to enjoy at work.
- Smoothie Bowl – Again, it makes life easier if you prepare this the night before. Make double the amount so that tomorrow is sorted, or you can have it as a desert later. Your blender is your best friend when it comes to smoothie bowls. You can be creative – just play, play, play! My simple go-to recipe is to whizz up one avocado and one banana with 350ml of plant mylk and two teaspoons of cacao powder. Scoop the mixture to one side of the bowl. Don’t worry if it spreads, you are just aiming for it to be placed on one side. Then, scoop in your favourite dairy free, sugar free organic yogurt into the other side. In the middle, place chopped fruit (such as kiwi) and sprinkle with berries and hemp seeds.
- Chocolate Congee – You have two options here to help you prepare. You can either cook whilst getting ready in the morning, or leave cooking overnight in a thermos food flask. If you chose to cook in the morning, place half a cup of short grain brown rice in a saucepan as soon as you get up, along with one and a half cups of plant-based mylk and one tablespoon of sultanas. Bring it all to the boil and simmer until most of the liquid has been absorbed and it looks shiny and hydrated. This can take up to an hour, but congees improve the longer they are cooked and the more liquid you add, so you can keep it going for longer by just adding more liquid. Stir in one tablespoon of cacao powder before serving.
So, which breakfast will you choose? Leave your comments and photographs of your delicious breakfast below to let me know how you are planning your morning to start moving from surviving to thriving.
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