There are two types of people in the world... those who eat breakfast, and those who don't. Within that sub category of 'breakfast eaters' we have the sweet and the savoury preference. As long as you are eating something, that's great.
Why is breakfast so important?
Whilst you are sleeping, your body is using up the energy and burning the calories that you have consumed in the previous day. What your body does in it's sleep is pretty clever and scientific, which I will save for another post... however in terms of food and refuel when you wake up it is time to replenish your starved cells. You are 'breaking-the-fast' which is necessary to boost your metabolism and begin your day with ENERGY from food. If you just are not that hungry when you wake up, have something small like a banana or a piece of fruit and eat your bigger meal a bit later. Essentially swapping your morning snack and your breakfast around.
I hear a lot 'I just don't have time for breakfast' but my only answer he is 'make time :)' if it means getting out of bed 10 minutes earlier or pre-making your breakfast the night before to eat on-the-go, you have to fit it in somehow.
Don't forget to drink water too!! As soon as you wake up, get yourself a cup or two (or 5) a hot lemon water or green tea... just drink up!
These pancakes are my favourite, they are so filling, extremely tasty and totally clean. The great thing with these pancakes is that if you make a couple of batches you can pop in the fridge and take on the go in a zip-lock bag. NutriPaige Protein Pancakes
There are so many ways you can eat your eggs.. scrambled, poached, fried, omlette and on top of bagels, toasts or even with a side of avocado. I will always aim to use 1 egg and 2 egg whites whatever I am making and mix vegetables in to up my greens for the day! If I am extra hungry it will be with toast, depending what else I had already eaten that day.
I like to eat granola on it's own with almond milk, or to top Greek yoghurt and mix with berries. It is pretty versatile and another recipe that once already made, super quick to just grab-and-go. The great thing with making your own granola is you know exactly what ingredients are going into it. There are a few store brought brands that are good, but 99' of cereals have way too much refined sugar in (yes, even if the packaging leads you to believe it is the 'healthy option') so give making your own a go, there are SO many recipes online.. I have a pretty basic one linked >> Granola
A delicious warming, winter meal. Oats, Porridge, Oatmeal.. whatever you want to call it, this carby goodness is a perfect post workout meal if you have got your early morning workout in. Refuelling your energy and they taste so damn good. I have a Banana Boat Oats recipe which is my absolute favourite, but you can really be as creative as you want when it comes to ingredients and toppings. Soak oats in the fridge overnight and take to work with you, all you need to do is heat it up in the microwave when you get in. YUM
Greek yoghurt is a goo source of protein, and can be brought in individual pots so are perfect to have stocked up in the fridge if you need to grab one quick or as a late night snack. In the below picture I have blueberries with a little maple syrup and cinnamon. What Yoghurt is Best?