It’s no secret that I’m a self-confessed Breakfast Skipper. I just never seem to find the time. Between getting kids ready for school/breakfast for them/lunches/teeth/hair and coffee and a shower for myself, before I know it it’s time to go and I haven’t eaten anything.
I’m aware of it. I know it’s not a good habit and I know that I function so much better if I’ve had nourishment of some kind to start the day. This is why we call it the most important meal of the day, it kick starts our metabolism and breaks the overnight fasting – re-energising us for the day! Hence the name ‘Break Fast’.
Being the first meal of the day it’s a fantastic opportunity to get many nutrients and goodness into your system straight away. But for me, I’m now looking at my children and the role I’m modelling for them. Yes, they eat cereal. It’s something I’m working on. But we have to pick our battles when we can, right? I go through stages of just not buying cereal and the kids do fine. They have yoghurt, fruit or (if I’ve had my coffee early enough) eggs before school and deal with it. But at the moment they’re having cereal and it works so I’m not fighting the invisible fight with them. I’ll ‘forget’ to buy it again soon and we’ll have another trial of options.
I’ve been trying to think of quick ways to have a nourishing breakfast and hopefully inspire the kids to have that along with me. This week I’ve been smoothie-ing it up. I stocked up on frozen fruit and am using the gems I find in my cupboard and fridge to add extra goodness to my liquid breakfast.
I’m avoiding Bananas at the moment as I’m currently on a restricted diet due to an immune response test (working on my alopecia with my amazing naturopath) so I’ve found that I have to be quite inventive with my smoothies, as I’d usually reach for the bananas and cacao. I straight swapped Bananas with frozen Raspberries and that worked really well. I usually add a teaspoon of mesquite powder (rich in minerals), lactose-free or cashew nut milk, spinach, a pitted date or two and blend.
Other combo’s I love is anything yellow. Mango, turmeric, ginger and coconut milk. Sometimes I add some of The Healthy Mummy’s Smoothie Powder to bulk it up a bit (and add a little sweetness) as well.
My next venture will be into pre-making batters so all I have to do in the morning is fry tablespoons of it off and eat. I particularly love a Cauliflower Fritter batter from Michelle Bridges latest cookbook.
I’m making a conscious effort to include a variety of fruit and veggies in my breakfast, but like any human, it doesn’t always work. But I figure, at least I’m trying, so that has to count for something, right?
What do you usually have for breakfast?