Eating a balanced breakfast of proteins, carbohydrates and fats is vital to transforming your body from blah to bridal babe. Fortunately this delicious protein oats recipe ticks all the right boxes!
As we sleep our body uses the fasted state to repair and recharge cells, tissues and organs. The first morning meal breaks this fast and influences how our body uses energy for the rest of the day.
Imagine visiting the spa. You are deeply relaxed as the therapist rubs expensive lotions onto your face, hands and feet. In that spa you feel fresh and renewed but once outside a truck drives past, dousing you with exhaust fumes and splashing mud onto your polished toes and legs. You feel shocked and annoyed, no longer pretty and fresh.
Our bodies spend 7-10 hours revitalising and healing at night. Why hit them with the ‘mud’ of donuts, sugary cereals or highly processed pastries and bagels? A complete breakfast boosts metabolism, aids weight loss, and keeps you feeling clean and fresh for the rest of the day.
Every meal and snack needs a protein, carbohydrate and fat to be complete and breakfast is no exception.
A plain bowl of oatmeal is not a complete breakfast, despite what the food pyramid might tell you. Simple carbohydrates such as cereals and bread quickly convert to sugars in the blood stream, especially when they are not balanced by slow burning fats and proteins. When we consume too many sugars our bodies cannot learn to use fat as an energy source. Not cool for your wedding night lingerie!
Protein is a component of food made up of essential nutrients called amino acids. Proteins are crucial for constant regulation, repair and maintenance of the body. They are used to produce hormones, enzymes and haemoglobin that carry oxygen to the blood. Proteins are found in your skin, bones, muscle and all your organ tissue.
A balanced breakfast rich in proteins and healthy fats supports weight loss and a healthy metabolism by stabilising blood sugar and curbing appetite throughout the day. I’m sure you know that hungry brides are more likely to chow down on sugary snacks and caffeine to get them through the day – a mistake that prevents them from getting the body of their dreams. And no, coffee is not a substitute for breakfast, even if it is a latte!
A nutritionist friend gave me this breakfast recipe and it is now a mainstay in my breakfast rotation as a tasty and satisfying start to the day. It combines proteins with energy efficient carbohydrates from oats and berries, plus healthy fats from almond butter and cacao nibs.
Protein Oats Recipe (serves one)
1/2 cup thick rolled oats
1 egg, whisked
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1/2 tablespoon almond butter
1/2 tablespoon raw cacao nibs
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon rice malt syrup or honey
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk (to serve)
Bring oats plus 1 cup water to boil in a saucepan, reduce to simmer and cook for 6-10 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking. Keeping the heat low, add egg and stir consistently for 1-2 minutes until cooked through (the oats will have thickened and expanded when the egg cooks). Allow to cool for 5 minutes before stirring in remaining ingredients. Serve with almond milk if desired.
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