What Can I Eat for breakfast?
I have spent many an hour considering what I will eat if I cut out the foods that are adverse to a healthy lifestyle, as well as those that have now manifest as allergies (according to my stomach!). Going cold turkey on some foods that you genuinely enjoy can be tough and can lead to binging. You have to get your head around it…. and then you need to get organised so that you always have the healthy alternatives on hand. And it gets easier from there…. once you start on a healthy and nutritious regime, your body thanks you for it and craves more (and more importantly stops craving the not-so-healthy foods).
So now that you’ve read the post about the 5 fat storing foods to avoid, we can start to think about the alternatives…. what they are and how/when to serve them up to boost your metabolism and keep your fat burning abilities maximised. If you are over 40 years of age then it is a time to begin these good routines, and if you have begun menopause and are still eating the ‘bad foods’ then you can start on a new track to fabulousness today! Keep in mind that the healthier you eat, the more it will assist to reduce the symptoms of menopause (I have certainly noticed that the symptoms are reduced dramatically now that I’m doing minimal sugar and dairy). Not to mention that feeling and functioning better will have all sorts of benefits on your emotions at this time too, including your self-esteem and sense of control.
Just the knowledge that you are being kind to yourself and taking responsibility for your long term health gives a sense of well-being like no other.
So what can you eat for breakfast….
Eggs – Anyway you like them! I adore eggs and my first thought in the morning when I awake is often ‘scrambled or poached today?’
Here’s some suggestions –
- Scrambled eggs with wilted spinach and a small tin of drained tuna
- Scrambled eggs with sliced avocado and thinly sliced turkey
- Omelette with two types of mushrooms (sautéed in butter) and sprinkled with herbs
- Soft boiled eggs with asparagus spears
- Soft boiled eggs (shelled and sliced) with smoked salmon and avocado
- Toast (bread from the health shop, gluten free and full of seeds) with a slice of turkey and poached eggs on top
- Avocado on toast (as above) with poached eggs on top
- Weekend brunch of poached eggs on toast with baked tomatoes, wilted spinach and bacon
- Breakfast frittata of green vegetables and a handful of herbs. Add feta if you wish (and/or bacon)
- A dish of Spanish style baked eggs with tomatoes, courgettes, herbs, olives (and chorizo sausage if desired)
** Check out Nicole Joy’s ‘Poached eggs with Moroccan Sweet Potatoes’.
** Check out Luke and Scott’s ‘Sesame Scramble with toasted Quinoa and Kale Chips’.
The New Cereals – I’ve had to ditch wheat because it was causing my stomach to bloat. I think a lot of people would notice a positive improvement in their digestion by doing the same. There seems to be a ground swell of opinion that champions replacing the traditional wheat, rye, oats, barley and corn with the ancient grains. I will have oats occasionally, when only oat porridge will do, or when I’m making Abigail O’Neill’s wonderful muesli. Sometimes I’ll make a rice pudding but in general now I reach for spelt, quinoa or tapioca, and I’ve even made polenta porridge with raisins and lemon (really yummy). I also love a weekend treat from time to time of buckwheat pancakes with blueberries and coconut syrup.
There are also a bunch of breakfast options (that double as desserts) that you can make from good wholesome ingredients such as nuts, seeds, dates, cacao, coconut and superfoods like goji berries and chia seeds. For me, it has been a real thrill to find these recipes as these are all foods I love but I didn’t know how to put them together to make recipes that would usually have flour, sugar, butter etc to get the required consistency. It’s amazing to be able to indulge in something sweet and delicious but also incredibly healthy –
- Quinoa porridge with stewed berries
- Tapioca with mango or banana or grilled figs
- Organic lemon polenta porridge with raisins and a dollop of coconut cream
- Oat porridge with cinnamon, honey and raspberries
**Check out Abigail O’Neill’s ‘Couture Pancakes with quinoa & wild carob’ or her ‘Shoot Protein Bars’.
**Check out Nicole Joy’s ‘Spelt Ricotta Hotcakes with Lemon & Blueberries’ or her Banana & Cinnamon Mousse with Walnut Crumble.
**Check out Susan Smith Jones’s ‘Orange-Blueberry Buckwheat Pancakes’ (Recipes for Health Bliss).
Did you know – Buckwheat is actually a fruit seed, not a cereal grain. It is suitable for people who are sensitive to wheat or other grains that contain gluten. It is also full of essential amino acids, vitamin C, magnesium, potassium, zinc, calcium and folic acid.
Smoothies – You can have any combo of fruits and liquid that you care to have really, but some are healthier than others, and some aid getting your metabolism firing in the mornings too. If you want to go super healthy then stick to berries as your fruit of choice (or a banana in an evening smoothie). Keep your liquid to water with the addition of coconut water, coconut milk or almond milk. If you are ok with dairy then consider a Whey protein smoothie for energy, endurance and maintenance.
Here’s a super shake for anti-ageing, energy, inflammation, metabolism, heart and brain function…. thanks Dr Jonny Bowden.
- almond milk
- whey protein powder
- cacao powder
- 2 x ice cubes
- blueberries and/or raspberries
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- ¼ c almonds
- a nob of grass fed butter
Note the good fat (grass fed butter) is there to encourage the right insulin messages and prompt a fat burning metabolism.
**Check out my Boost your Smoothies post for adding extra goodness to your morning smoothies.
Make your smoothies even more fun – and ascetically pleasing – with fabulous jars and straws.
Also check out Good Morning Metabolism for a morning coffee with a difference.