We are constantly on the search for easy breakfast options. They have to tick all the boxes: Healthy, Easy, Quick, delicious! Now that doesn't sound too hard or does it? Still we are seeing stats that nearly 75% of Australians aren't having breakfast in the morning. Now why is this so shocking? Breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day...
Think about it, you have just starved yourself for the last 10-12hrs. That is why it is so important to not only hydrate your body first thing in the morning, but also eat a well balanced meal of carbohydrates, protein and healthy fats. Basically all those stores need to be topped up to start you day off well, and most importantly set yourself up for the day.
You need carbohydrates for energy - aka those little glucose molecules that are found in your blood, as well as stored in your cells as glycogen. It is actually the preferred energy source for most of your organs and muscles. Yes thats right, opposed to popular opinion carbohydrates are actually the preferred source of energy for your brain. So top up on them in the morning to ensure that your brain has lots to work with.
That is where it is important to bring in the healthy fats and protein. This will stop you from crashing from the influx of carbohydrates. Protein in particular, is important for satiety - in basic terms it keeps you full for a long time. BUT once again we are seeing stats that 50% of people don't get protein until noon!!!
If you include protein in your breakfast, it will not only keep you full for longer, but also prevent you for diving for the sugary snack come morning tea, and help you to prevent those cravings hitting you at full force.
That is why when the Jamie Oliver team shared the Food Revolution recipes with us this year I was excited to see breakfast fruit wraps. What is my take on that?
A mixture between a crepe and pancake made predominantly from oats to provide a slow release of carbohydrates and high dose of fibre. There is also egg in the pancake for protein and then top it off with peanut butter (or your favourite nut butter) for a dose of protein and healthy fats. Lastly topped of with berries and cacao nibs for a delicious burst of flavour and antioxidants!
The pancake its self has no sugar in it, because I prefer to drizzle it will a little honey on top (can anything beat peanut and honey??). This also means though that this pancake works perfectly with savoury ingredients, so if you swing the savoury way try top it with tahini, peas and feta!!
1/2 cup oats
1 tsp bi carb soda
1/4 cup milk
1tbsp peanut butter
2 tsp honey
Berries or preferred fruit
1tsp cacao nibs (optional)
What is your favourite breakfast recipe? Comment below and share the love!!