Healthy breakfast tips: a healthy breakfast is a great way to kick start your day. With the right ingredients, you can feel better and, hopefully, stay medication-free.
A friend once told me that I put everything in my breakfast or my bath. She’s not wrong! (I’ll save the bath confessions for another time.)
With intermittent fasting, I normally try and eat around 10 am – 11 am. At least then I’m not hungry by lunchtime!
A few people have asked for my ‘recipe’ – so here goes:
Yoghurt, of course
Whichever you prefer – low, medium or full fat – just as long as it has live probiotic cultures. These are so unbelievably important for gut health.
I like the more sour Greek-style yoghurt. Makes me feel like it’s less processed and interfered with?
Some stores (Tescos and Aldi in UK, Dischem in SA) stock ready-made mixed seeds, usually made up of:
- Sunflower seeds
- Pumpkin seeds
- Linseed or flax seeds
- Sesame seeds
Each seed variety has its own set of benefits, but overall, they’re a great source of fibre, protein and ‘good’ monosaturated fats, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
These happy individually-wrapped fruit bombs are rich in potassium, vitamins and minerals and low in sodium.
If you think an apple a day keeps the doctor away, try a banana.
Go for the greener ones if diabetic as the sugar content is lower before it’s fully ripe.
Berries are some of the healthiest foods you can find. They’re low in calories but high in fibre, vitamin C and oxidants.
Mix them up to get all the goodness you can – blue, black, red, rasp and straw!
An animal protein product (usually beef), gelatine is derived from collagen which provides a unique combination of amino acids.
For vegans, agar (seaweed) is a good alternative.
I bet your other healthy breakfast tips never included jelly?
This age-old spice, Turmeric and especially its most active compound, curcumin, have many scientifically-proven health benefits.
It’s a potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant and may also help improve symptoms of depression and arthritis.
Not only delicious, it’s one of the healthiest spices you can get!
Loaded with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, cinnamon is especially good for diabetics (assists with insulin resistance) and those fighting fungal or bacterial infections.
Its active compound, piperine has powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
It’s also said to aid the absorption of Curcumin (in Turmeric) by 2000%!
Wrapping it up
And that’s it. I’ve been eating this breakfast for well on 3 years or so. I feel great and don’t take any medication whatsoever – I may add some vitamin C and D and zinc in wintertime to ward off colds and flu, but that’s it.
And it’s a whole lot easier and tastier than swallowing a handful of pills.
Please give it a go? And let me know how you get on after a few weeks.
Recipe - Quantities
- A handful of mixed seeds
- 1 x Sliced banana
- A handful of berries (frozen will do)
- 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon powder
- 1/2 teaspoon gelatine powder
- A twist of black pepper
For variety, add nuts – almonds and walnuts are especially good, coconut shavings, raisins, gogi berries or whatever else takes your fancy.
It’s your breakfast. Enjoy!
Disclaimer: always discuss with your health practitioner before changing your eating plans.