Five Healthy Morning Meals
Breakfast. The clue to its benefits is in the name - break…fast. When you wake up, your body has been without food for roughly 12 hours. It needs something to feed on. Donuts and sugary cereal might be delicious, but they’re devoid of nutrients and won’t give you sustained energy.
A healthy breakfast—packed with protein, fibre, and antioxidants—can help you maintain energy levels, stave off hunger, and keep your mood balanced. As barbers, we’re on our feet all day, so we know the importance of starting the day the right way. In this post we share five of our favourite healthy breakfast ideas.
On the flip side, intermittent fasting—eating an early dinner and then no meal until lunchtime the following day i.e. skipping breakfast—has become popular recently. If you’re a morning person, and especially if you exercise first thing, breakfast is vital. But for those looking to maintain or lose weight, intermittent fasting could be part of the answer. Find out about intermittent fasting.
One of the biggest issues people face when it comes to preparing a healthy breakfast is lack of time. But when you consider the benefits, it’s worth taking a few extra minutes to give your body and brain the best kind of fuel.Now, who’s hungry?
Blueberry and spinach smoothie
Smoothies are a quick and easy way to start the day healthily. Cow milk can be challenging for the body to digest so we suggest using alternatives such as coconut or oat milk in your smoothies. It’s worthing noting that a smoothie made only from fruit, although delicious, is basically liquid sugar and won’t keep you full for long. There are an infinite number of ways to combine smoothie ingredients, but this blueberry and spinach delight is one of our top picks.
This tasty smoothie is packed with healthy fats that support brain health, thanks to the addition of avocado, which is rightfully known as a superfood. Avocados contain Vitamin K, which protects the brain from strokes, and folate, which is essential for brain function and memory. Complementing the avo — blueberries and nuts, both full of antioxidants. Some studies show walnuts may even help improve sperm quality. Great if you’re trying for a rug rat. Finally, the banana adds fibre, and a rich smoothness for a fuller-longer feeling.
The name of this dish is enough to make us drool. It’s a filling and nutrient-stuffed Mexican classic. The rural folk of Central America cook up variants of this dish before a hard day’s work on the farm, so you know it’s got the stuff you need to keep cranking all morning. It sounds exotic but really it’s dead simple. Eggs are full of protein, of course, but if you don’t fancy funding animal misery, choose the highest quality organic eggs you can find. To keep carb levels down, swap the corn tortilla for sprouted grain tortillas or sourdough bread. Or eat the eggs on their own. Buen provecho.
Pan rattling isn’t appropriate every morning but when it is you can’t go wrong with an omelette. This omelette has it all—protein, fibre, antioxidants—and will keep you satisfied right the way till lunch. Spinach might not cause instant muscle bulging, Popeye style, but it is one of the most nutritious foods you can eat. We recommend swapping the milk in this recipe for a dairy-free alternative, and feel free to leave out the cheese if you feel breakfast time is too early to be gobbling off milk.
The humble oat has been sating appetites since long before Goldilocks and the Three Bears went head-to-head. Sadly, for many of us, oats spark memories of boring, stodgy breakfasts. For that reason they’re often overlooked. It’s true that oats are pretty flavourless on their own, but with the right additions you can turn this healthy, high-fibre grain into a incredibly toothsome breakfast. Avoid expensive supermarket oat packs and make your own oaty breakfast with this recipe.