Guest Blogger: Fresh Heather - Breakfast
Hi Everyone! Heather from ‘Fresh Heather’ for the month to inspire you all with some healthy recipes, tips and ideas!
My blog posts will start at the beginning of your day: breakfast! I really do believe that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It gives you a burst of energy to wake you up in the morning and sets you up for what the rest of the day has to offer.
Your breakfast should ideally include at least one portion of fruit or vegetables as well as a source of protein and complex carbohydrates to give you slow releasing energy.
If you are someone who isn’t really a breakfast person but you always have time in the morning, try and make your breakfast as interesting as possible. Put it in a fancy glass, dress it up like dessert and toppings, toppings, toppings! If you don’t really have time in the morning for breakfast, I’ll include some recipes that you can make the night before and some that you can eat on the go!
This is my go-to breakfast. It’s quick and easy to make but keeps you going through the morning thanks to the oats which are full of dietary fibre and are low GI, perfect for sustained energy.
You Will Need:
1/3 cup oats
1 cup water (or your preferred milk)
1 small banana, mashed
2 tsp organic peanut butter (optional)
2 tsp cacao / dark cocoa powder
1 tsp of your preferred sweetener (honey/ agave/ maple syrup)
Pinch of cinnamon
Add the oats, water/ milk, banana, peanut butter, cinnamon, cocoa/ cacao and sweetener to a saucepan. Bring to the boil then stir continuously for one minute until cooked and combined. Serve topped with some banana slices, goji berries, nuts/ seeds and more nut butter and sweetener if desired.
Healthy Vegan Flapjacks
Perfect to make at the weekend for breakfast on-the-go through the week! This is a quick and easy recipe with ingredients that you will probably have at home right now!
You will need:
2 very ripe bananas
2 tbsp peanut butter
2 tbsp coconut oil
2 tbsp coconut sugar
4 chopped dried dates
2 tbsp protein powder (optional - choose a plant based powder, if using)
1. Melt the peanut butter and oil in a saucepan over a low heat.
2. Mash the bananas thoroughly before adding in the peanut butter and oil mixture.
3. Combine all dry ingredients (oats, protein powder and coconut sugar
4. Add in the banana mixture and mix thoroughly before stirring in the chopped dates
5. Spread into a lined baking tray and bake in a preheated oven at 180 C | 350 F for 20-25 minutes until golden and crispy.
6. To top, melt 1 tbsp of peanut butter - drizzle half over the flapjacks, stir in 1/4 tsp cacao powder and drizzle over the rest! Leave to cool, cut into squares and enjoy!
Also with breakfast, I like to have some peppermint tea. Peppermint tea is considered as a stomach healer and is a great way to reduce bloating by aiding in digestion. It also boosts the immune system which is said to help provide stress-relieving qualities. I then have a cup of chamomile tea before bed at night; this is said to encourage a good night’s sleep and alleviate anxiety!
Both Chamomile and Peppermint also have great benefits for the skin. Chamomile hydrates and calms whilst Peppermint soothes and cools. This is why they are such perfect ingredients to use in the bestselling Jurlique Herbal Recovery Advanced Serum!
Have a great day everyone! Stay tuned for my next post which includes a delicious but healthy lunch recipe! What is your favourite thing to have for breakfast?
See Fresh Heather make her Healthy Homemade Vegan Flapjack Recipe.
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