Breakfast – we all know it’s the most important meal of the day, but how many of us actually take action to make sure we’re putting the right thing in our body early in the morning? Well, with the help of Geeta Sidhu-Robb, founder of the award-winning Nosh Detox Plans, we give you tips on exactly what to eat for the kind of day you expect to be having.
As the saying goes, ‘You have to be in it to win it.’ For your energy, focus & clarity on any given day, that conversation starts with breakfast.
Now, I’ll be honest, I hate breakfast and have always hated it. Having to eat at that time in the morning is really a turn off. I’m struggling to stay awake, let alone eat. [And I have always really resented people who stuff their faces that early……especially if I have to watch them!]
But I’ve now learnt that what I eat in the morning, totally affects how my day will go. The rhythm it creates in my eating for that day is invaluable.
What I mean by this is, the days that I don’t eat breakfast are the days I eat more sporadically and a lot more junk food makes its way onto my plate.
But when I eat breakfast, I’m much more disciplined about the rest of my day. And my mental and physical energy is markedly better too. So breakfast has taken a huge leap to the forefront of my mind!
Generally, we end up eating the nearest and easiest thing in front of us. Because doing something different takes time and effort, and we don’t have it.
I’ve done the thinking for you and I’ve created a menu of suggestions for different breakfasts tailored for various scenarios.
I appreciate these suggestions may seem wildly weird to some of you, but try just one and see how you feel. It’ll give you the results you need to continue experimenting.
What Kind Of Day Are You Going to Have?
Racing around town
Raw Porridge made of oats soaked in oat, almond or coconut milk with crushed nuts, pumpkin seeds and goji berries. Why? Because of the slow release complex carbs, good proteins in the nuts and seeds plus added goji berries full of antioxidants to help with your stressful day dashing around! Also the beauty of slow release is it won’t spike your sugar levels, meaning you shouldn’t crave that mid-morning muffin.
Working out before I go in
For a pre-workout brekkie, I recommend Millet & Amaranth porridge with turmeric, salt and greens. I really miss salty breakfasts! However if you prefer it sweeter, simply add agave, coconut milk and cranberries instead. Why is it so good? The millet digests easily post-workout without making you feel bloated. But best of all, Amaranth has key vitamins & bio-available minerals and turmeric decreases inflammation. So less aches and pains after you’ve hit the gym or park!
Meetings, meetings, meetings
We all know those days when you’ve got to be on your A-game, engaging your brain. The best breakfast for this is Pan-fried tofu on gluten free toast with fresh rocket and sliced tomatoes. Oh my gosh this is fantastic; if you’ve never tried it then just dive on in and run don’t walk! Why is it so good? Tofu is an excellent source of protein and essential amino acids needed for powering through the meetings as well as the fresh veg hit from the rocket and tomato. So you are energetic, not frenetic. And skipping the gluten helps to avoid the afternoon energy slump.
Admin, may die of boredom
Perk up your morning (even of your day is looking dull!) with a Superfood smoothie – banana, pears, spinach and spirulina or superfood mix. Why? It’s not too much food but very nutrient dense. Spinach is an excellent source of iron. Natural sugars in the fruit to keep you going. While the super foods help to remove toxins from the blood and boost the immune system. And the best part is it will keep you alert and focused despite the boredom!
Ho hum, nothing much on
Got a chilled out day in front of you? Go for Avocado on gluten-free toast with capers and sliced red pepper and seaweed salt. Why? Avocado is loaded with fibre, which contributes to weight loss, reduces blood sugar spikes and is strongly linked to a lower risk of disease. Red pepper is also high in Vit C. So, you can spend your time thinking of how much good you are doing your body… even if you’re just relaxing with a book!
Geeta is the founder of Nosh Detox, a company that aims to support high performance individuals through delivering tailored juice and diet plans delivered to your home. The health solutions offered run the gamut from B12 shots to a simple juice fast. See more on www.noshdetox.com and follow @noshdetox on Twitter