Kick start your day and get your energy levels up with these five healthy morning breakfast ideas.
ACAI BERRY BREAKFAST BOWL
The acai berry is packed full of nutrients. Grown in South America, they are low in sugar but full of iron, calcium, fibre and vitamin A. You can buy acai berry based smoothie mix at most stores. Just make up the mix adding water or apple juice and top with pomegranate seeds, banana, anti-oxidising blueberries and some grated coconut. Add a crumbled plain granola bar or oatmeal for texture and you have a nutritious breakfast bowl.
AVOCADO TOAST WITH EGG
This one is super easy. Toast some wholegrain or wheat bread. Mash up a ripe avocado and spread it over the toast. Top with a poached egg and salt and pepper to taste. Avocado’s are a good source of protein and omega-3 fats while eggs supply a good dose of protein and are a nutrient dense superfood.
OATMEAL WITH ALMOND MILK
Store bought, ready-made oatmeal sachets are full of additives and sugar and it really isn’t that difficult to make your own from scratch. If you buy easy cook rolled natural oats you can have a bowl of oatmeal in less than 10 minutes. It’s perfect for microwave preparation but everyone likes a different consistency, so you’ll have to experiment a little with this. Try adding almond or coconut milk to your oatmeal as an alternative to cow’s milk, cook for 3-7 minutes according to your taste and you’re ready to go. Top your oatmeal with whatever you wish: a drizzle of honey, a spoon of natural greek yoghurt, fresh fruit or a combination of all three. You can’t go wrong and you will be surprised by how full you feel.
A MEAN GREEN SMOOTHIE
The beauty of juices and smoothies is that they can often be prepared the night before and you can grab them from the fridge on your way out of the door. For a healthy punch of energising nutrients juice/blend: 1/2 cup of lemon juice, 1 cup of spinach or kale, 1/2 cup of parsley, 1/3 cup of fresh mint, 1 apple, 1 cucumber, 1 stick of celery and 1/2 tsp of ginger powder. The result is a zingy delicious smoothie that will wake you up and get you ready for the day ahead.
SPINACH AND EGG WHITE OMELETTE
This is a low-calorie option and quick and easy to make. Whisk 2-3 egg whites together. Tear up a handful of spinach and add it to the egg mixture. You could add a couple of tablespoons of low-fat soft cheese at this point or a generous grating of parmesan. Add the egg mixture to a medium-hot skillet with a little olive oil and cook until set. Add salt and pepper to taste and serve with wheat/wholegrain toast. Who said breakfast had to be hard?