Food for thought!
Recently, I’ve had several people ask me what I eat as I’m currently on a plant-based diet (i.e. meat and dairy free). As I’m sure you’re well aware from reading my other blogs on nutrition that I’m passionate about putting quality food into my body. As breakfast is by far the most important meal of the day I thought it might be fun to share what eat on a typical morning. So here’s my dairy-free breakfast...
The first thing I do in the morning is to drink some water. After several hours of not taking in any fluid during sleep, your body is certainly in need of hydration. The reason why your early morning pee is darker is a due to lack of water in your system. The colour of urine is a good indicator of your hydration levels. The clearer it is the better. If it’s the colour of Guinness then drink some water, quick! By the way, it’s better for your system if you sip water rather than gulp it.
Next I boil the kettle and make myself a mug of lemon in hot water. Slice a thin piece of lemon into some hot water (organic, unwaxed is ideal). Squeeze the juice from the lemon slice into the hot water, leave the slice in the water and wait 5 minutes for it to cool a little. Drinking lemon-infused water first thing in the morning has many incredible health men-ifits:
1. Lemon contains potassium, calcium and magnesium which hydrates your body
2. It’s great for your joints
3. As lemons contains citric acid it aids digestion
4. It cleanses the liver by stimulating the release of toxins
5. Lemon is great for sore throats etc as it has anti-inflammatory properties
6. It has mood-boosting benefits as it contains potassium
7. It cleans blood vessels and arteries
8. Lemon water helps to lower blood pressure
9. It has an alkalising effect on your body and raises your PH which helps your body fight illness
10. It contains vitamin C which is great for the skin
11. It helps dissolve kidney stones
12. Relieves tooth pain
So what are waiting for? Go get some lemons!!
I generally wait half an hour and then toast a slice (or two!) of organic rye bread and top it with coconut oil, almond butter and slices of banana. Rye bread is a great alternative to regular bread. There are several varieties of rye bread but generally speaking it is a dense bread so it’s filling and far healthier than white bread. Look for wheat and gluten-free options especially if standard bread tends to make you bloat. Organic, raw virgin coconut oil is a wonderful alternative to butter or margarine and protein-packed almond butter is nutritionally better for you than peanut butter (which often contains sugar, salt and processed oils).
Bananas also have several fantastic properties. Here’s just a few:
1. Increases serotonin, which boosts your mood
2. Protects against cramps during workouts
3. Contains large amounts of vitamin B-6 which protects against diabetes, reduces swelling and strengthens the nervous system
4. Low in salt and high in potassium which protects against strokes, heart attacks as well as lowering blood pressure
5. Aids digestion
6. Assists the growth of healthy bacteria in the bowel
7. High in fibre
8. High in anti-oxidants
Please note: If you’re watching your weight, simply reduce the amount you use as these toast toppings are calorie dense.
Finally, I’m a massive porridge fan. Using a small sized saucepan take a small cup (tea cup) of oats, add a cup of water and a cup of oat or rice milk and put on the hob to cook on a medium heat until it starts to thicken then reduce the heat and stir regularly. Organic rolled jumbo oats are the best for texture. Add chia seeds (pumpkin, sunflower seeds are great too), a small handful of nuts (especially almond and Brazil nuts), a teaspoonful of coconut oil, splash of local honey and a sprinkling of washed blueberries. And voila, a perfect, nutrient-packed breakfast spectacular. Great nutrition has never tasted so good. It’s a party in your mouth!
So there you have my dairy-free breakfast: a window into The Gorgeousness Coach’s morning food routine. I always make time to eat a great breakfast as it really sets my energy levels up for the day ahead especially if I’m hitting the gym. Even if you generally eat meat and dairy why not try a meat/dairy-free breakfast a couple of days a week just to mix things up a little bit and break out of your food comfort zone because what you eat and drink is essential to all everyone who wants to look and feel their best.
So what do you have for breakfast? If you have any recipes, feedback or general thoughts on this subject please leave a comment and get in touch!