I'm sure we've all heard of the phrase 'breakfast is the most important meal of the day' but whether or not this is true has been brought into question in recent years. Breakfast has long been hailed as important for health but it's not as clear cut as that.
So should you eat breakfast daily?
Whether you are a breakfast person or not is up to you! If you don't want to eat breakfast then it's not the end of the world. Just remember that if you are skipping breakfast then you may need to make up for missing nutrients elsewhere. The type of breakfast you're choosing is really important too as this can have an affect on your energy levels, nutrient intake, digestion and weight management.
If breakfast isn't your thing then all of these recipes can double up as snacks. You can also mix it up! For example you can have some of the granola sprinkled on top of the pancakes or mix the chia seed pots with granola.
So the three recipes I'm sharing with you today are...
Carrot cake granola
Chocolate chia pots
Carrot cake granola
A combination of mixed spice, grated carrot, walnuts and oats makes for breakfast that tastes like everyone's favourite cake! Walnuts are a good source of Omega 3 and oats are a great source of beta glucan, a soluble fibre which has shown to be beneficial for heart health. Packed with fibre, healthy fats and plenty of vitamins and minerals, this granola makes for a delicious and nutritious option.
350g oats 2 tsps mixed spice 125g walnuts, roughly chopped 1 large carrot, peeled and grated 75g oil (if using coconut oil, make sure it's melted) 1-2 tbsps sweetener (honey or maple syrup) 30g raisins/sultanas
Preheat your oven to 180C and then line a baking tray with parchment paper or foil.
Squeeze out the excess liquid from the carrot and then add all the ingredients minus the raisins/sultanas into a large mixing bowl and pour out onto the baking tray.
Bake for around 20-25 minutes, stirring through halfway.
Then add the sultanas/raisins and bake for another 4-5 minutes, checking that they don't burn.
Leave to cool and then serve with yogurt and fruit or store in an airtight container for 5-6 days.
Chia chocolate pot Chia seeds are high in protein, fibre and healthy fats and makes for a great breakfast to help maintain energy levels throughout the morning.
Ingredients 60g chia seeds 400ml milk of your choice 1/2 tsp vanilla extract (optional) 3 tbsps cacao powder or cocoa powder 1 tbsp sweetener (honey or maple syrup) Fruit (to serve)
Method Mix everything minus the fruit together in a bowl and place in the fridge overnight to set. Banana pancakes With soluble and insoluble fibre, satiating protein and energy packed complex carbohydrates, these pancakes are a great breakfast choice.
Ingredients 100g oats 1 banana 160ml milk of your choice 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar 1 tsp baking powder Pinch of cinnamon 1 scoop of protein powder (optional) Method Blend all the ingredients together in a blender and then heat up a frying pan with a little oil. Pour out a little batter at a time to make the pancakes. Flip halfway through cooking and then serve.
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