Why you shouldn’t skip breakfast…

How often do you skip breakfast?

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Eating breakfast is an important part of a healthy diet. It is important to know that eating breakfast and more so eating a healthy breakfast can cut your risk of gaining weight and is vital for your health.

Whether it depends on time or not wanting to eat first thing in the morning, incorporating breakfast into your day is important for your health.

There are quick options to eating a healthy breakfast in the mornings that doesn’t require a lot of time or preparation. Smoothies are a good alternative and quick if eating a meal is not favored first when you first get up.

There are many products on the market today but if you like muesli, making your own mix is a good option. The beauty of making your own muesli or creating your own smoothie recipe is you’ll know exactly what you’re eating and what your own mix contains.

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Muesli mixes are very easy and extremely healthy for you. You decide exactly what ingredients you prefer to add and if you are in a rush in the mornings, this mix can be taken to work.

The best place to source the ingredients is from a fresh food market, the health food section in the supermarket or any health food shop.

Some ingredients you can mix together in equal quantities, depending on what you like:-

OATS, ALMONDS, SUNFLOWER SEEDS, COCONUT, FLAX SEEDS, GOJI BERRIES, CHIA SEEDS.  DRIED FRUITS (SULTANAS, APRICOTS).

When adding chia seeds to your mix, you’ll find they will thicken as they absorb the liquid. The best way to absorb chia’s nutrients is to soak them. Chia seeds and oats especially, will make you feel full for a longer period of time which will cut your risk of gaining weight. 

soy milkSoy, coconut, rice and almond milk are great alternatives. The muesli mix is very flavorsome if heated in the microwave for approximately 1 minute. You’ll notice the chia seeds will thicken your muesli mix,  so you may want to add more milk depending on your own requirements.

Adding natural yoghurt, honey and berries are also healthy accompaniments.  

Smoothies are very versatile and you can add anything together to create your own wonder mix. Using as many non-processed foods as possible is best.

As a basis for smoothies, using coconut milk or coconut water is a healthy option. Some people prefer to use just water.

For breakfast, fruits, nuts and greens are a great way to start your day.

If you’re wondering what greens can be added to your smoothie, leafy greens such as baby spinach, kale and broccoli are widely used in smoothies.

Listed below are two recipes that would be a great start to your day:-

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1 cup strawberries chopped

1 apple chopped

1/2 cup chopped pineapple

1 tablespoon of honey

1 cup coconut water/water

                                                

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2  cups baby spinach

3 kiwi fruit

1 tablespoon honey

1 tablespoon chia seeds

2 cups coconut water/water

 

 

You’ll begin to feel the benefits of eating a balanced diet, when you incorporate breakfast into your day. There are many simple and non-time consuming meals that you would be able to easily incorporate, to make eating breakfast an enjoyable part of your daily, healthy living.

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