I hate to sound like your Mom, but breakfast is THE most important meal of the day. Let’s get it right!
You can’t expect to have a successful, productive day if you don’t fuel your body properly in the morning. I’m going to divulge my top tips for a tasty, refreshing breakfast to get you ready for a superb day!
My Breakfast Rules
We live in such a busy world. We’re always moving, and always trying to do everything bigger and faster than before. The rise of social media means we’re always connecting and getting distracted. And although I love my Instagram and Facebook page, I do not let them get in the way of a relaxing breakfast!
I see it this way: how you spend the first hour of your day sets the tone for the rest of it. So make it a great start.
My morning routine is to wake up, have a glass of water, prepare an awesome breakfast and sit down at the table with a good article or book and just enjoy slowly waking up to the world.
In my opinion. a get-up-and-go attitude that includes omitting breakfast is detrimental to the rest of your day. Even if you have to wake up slightly earlier than before, believe me it’s worth it.
My Favorite Breakfasts
I often get queries on social media asking if oats are in fact gluten-free.
Oats are naturally gluten-free, but are often grown alongside products containing gluten and so they become contaminated. Buying specifically gluten-free oats is easy and not that expensive.
I urge you not to cut oats out of your diet! They’re a magical food that helps lower cholesterol, aid immunity, improve digestion and – most importantly – are a terrific source of filling fiber, making them perfect for breakfast.
I love how much you can vary this dish with toppings like berries, nuts, peanut butter, preserves and honey. You could have it for breakfast every day and not feel bored. Can you tell I’m a HUGE oatmeal fan?!
I know this a staple for most, but I just love eggs for breakfast. They’re often my weekend go-to. I love them in so many forms: scrambled, poached, fried or in a decadent tomato sauce as shakshuka.
They’re a fantastic form of protein, so truly brilliant if you cut meat out of your diet, plus are rich in vitamin D and minerals such as iron. I just love the many ways you can create a healthy savoury breakfast with this humble ingredient.
Berry Oatmeal Bake
In the mood for a variation from your usual oatmeal? How about my delicious Oatmeal Bake, food for those of us who like an injection of sweetness in the morning.
Great to make early in the week and reheat each morning, saving you precious time. It’s also delicious as a healthy dessert served with natural yoghurt, or maybe ice cream if you’re in the mood.
2 cups GF oats
1/4 cup slivered almonds
1/4 cup shredded coconut
1/3 cup honey/maple syrup/brown sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1.5 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp sea salt
2 cups almond or coconut milk
3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2-3 ripe bananas, cut into 1/2″ slices
1 1/2 cups mixed berries (blueberries, raspberries strawberries etc) 2-3 types
Switch your oven to 375 F.
Grease an 8″ square pan with extra coconut oil.
Line the bottom of the pan with banana pieces then sprinkle 2/3 of berries on top.
Mix the oats, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, almonds and coconut and sugar (if using) in one bowl.
Mix the liquid ingredients – milk, egg, vanilla, coconut oil and honey/maple syrup (if using) in another bowl.
Cover the berries and bananas with the oat mixture, and then slowly pour liquid mixture over to fully cover all areas and let the oats soak into liquid. Scatter the remaining berries on top and an additional handful of almonds or coconut.
Bake for 35-40 minutes.
Are you going to try my Oatmeal Bake? Or want to share your winning breakfast? Get in touch and tag me in pictures at @simplycaro. Can’t wait to hear from you!