Another small step you can take towards improving energy levels and overall health, is to start the day with a nourishing breakfast. Eating within 2 hours of waking means your body doesn’t have to produce extra stress hormones to support your blood sugar levels. When this happens, your energy stores are playing ‘catch up’ for the rest of the day and you are likely to find yourself reaching for sugar and caffeine fixes to keep going.
This recipe-roundup is packed with creative ideas for your first feed of the day.
Some of the recipes are super quick whilst other may take a few more minutes to prepare, and they will all keep you energised till lunch (or ‘dinner’ as we call it here in Yorkshire!)…
P good protein source
Ve vegan (or vegan option)
GF gluten free
DF dairy free
Sweet Potato Hash Egg Skillet from Naturally Ella: P GF DF
Save time by using leftover cooked sweet potatoes from the day before in this protein and antioxidant packed breakfast. You can swap sprouted seeds for watercress or rocket – and in case you’re wondering, pepitas are pumpkin seeds!
Fluffy Breakfast Quinoa from Food Heaven Made Easy: P GF DF Ve Again, this one involves a bit of pre-prep to save time in the morning. Cook a large serving of quinoa at the start of the week and dip into it for breakfasts and lunchtime salads.
Grab & Go Chia Yoghurt Parfait from 101 Cookbooks: P GF swap to a plant based yoghurt for DF Ve This one really is for the super-quick breakfast people!
Buckwheat Pancakes: GF with options for Ve and DF. Add ground seeds or a protein powder to boost the P content. Perfect for when you have a bit more time to enjoy breakfast; discover this and other warm breakfasts (that aren’t porridge!) over in the Recipe Section
Wild Mushrooms on sourdough toast: from My New Roots: use olive oil to make it Ve & DF, and non-gluten bread for GF Regular mushrooms can be used in place of wild ones, and as Sarah says in the post, keeping a packet of dried mushrooms in the store cupboard means you can add them to any mushroom dish for deeper flavours and higher nutrient value. Mushrooms are a fantastic source of fibre, immune-supporting nutrients, and vitamin D.
Greek Chickpeas on Toast: from Lazy Cat Kitchen P DF Ve and GF option
A warm breakfast packed with protein, fibre and antioxidant plant nutrients from the herbs & spices!
Butternut, Spinach & Sausage Egg Cups: from Real Food Whole Life P GF DF Make these in advance and you have a ready-to-go breakfast option for days and days. They freeze well too. If you prefer a meaty version there’s an option for including good quality sausage or bacon.