Growing up, I was always told about the importance of breakfast. That it is the most important meal of the day. That it should never be skipped.
Of course, as soon as I left home, I often went off to my university classes on an empty stomach and ended up bingeing on whatever junk food I could find until lunch. It wasn’t until a few years later when I decided to focus on my health again, that I understood its real value.
So Why Is Breakfast So Important?
The most accurate description of why breakfast is so important comes from a good friend of mine Naz Maghounaki, a plant-based nutritionist, and owner of Plants&Pilates.
She says that you wouldn’t take your car anywhere without any fuel. What would the engine run on? The same applies to your body.
Research shows that eating breakfast has the potential to give nutrients to the body and stabilise blood sugar levels, helping you to get the energy you need to function effectively throughout the day. Your remaining meals then serve as ‘top ups.’
Easier Said Than Done
Of course, you already know why breakfast is the most important meal of the day…you were told when you were a child just like I was! The tough bit is actually having it. Between the late nights, the kids, walking the dog and wanting an extra 30 minutes in bed, breakfast often takes a back seat which is why we came up with these four simple tricks to make it a little easier.
Meal prep. If you prep your lunches the night before then make your breakfast at the same time. Overnight oats, smoothies, and even fritters can be prepared the night before and eaten the next morning.
Have a choice. Cereals, instant and overnight oats, protein bars, frozen fruits, granola, greek yoghurt, honey and jam all give different and quick options if you know you’re short on time.
Eat on the go. OK, not ideal advice but I’m realistic. Take advantage of long commutes and traffic jams.
On weekends and holidays make breakfast a priority. Go out for breakfasts (Dubai has some incredible breakfast brunches), invite people over and have a breakfast party, teach the kids to make pancakes or waffles. Anything that creates happy morning memories.
- 2 handful oats (blitzed in a processor to form powder)
- 2 tablespoons buckwheat flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 large banana (mashed)
- 1/4 teaspoon Himalayan salt
- 2 tablespoons almond milk
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla essence
- Maple syrup to top
- Strawberries (optional)
- In a large bowl mash up the banana
- Stir in the remaining ingredients
- Heat a large non-stick frying pan on medium heat
- Take a large spoonful of mixture and drop it into the pan making small circles
- Fry on each side for around 2 minutes
- If the mixture gets too runny, just add a bit more buckwheat flour
- Use cookie cutters to create cute shapes
- 1 banana
- Half stick celery
- 1 large handful spinach
- 1 large handful kale
- Half a pear
- 1/4 inch ginger
- Juice of half a lemon
- 200ml coconut water
- 100ml filtered water
- Add all the ingredients to a blender and blitz for around 1-2 minutes
- For a sorbet, freeze the ingredients the night before and blitz straight from the freezer