Sunday, 2 March 2014

Breakfast to Make You Smile

Over the past six months or so I’ve been making more of an effort to clean up my diet. The proposal has given me the kick in the butt I need to finally get real to allow me to look and feel my best.  So I decided to start with cleaning up my breakfast and I wanted to share with you my recent favourite.

You’re gonna need…

-       Raspberries
-       Blackberries
-       Blueberries
-       Granola
-       Yoghurt
-       Chia Seeds

I tried to come up with some super suave and technical way to describe how to concoct this dish but you basically just throw it all in a bowl, give it a quick mix and you’re away!

One of the reasons I love this so much is that it satisfies my sweet craving with none of the nasties.  I mean, this dish is pretty damn good for you.  Let me explain…

As well as being amongst your ‘5 a day’ berries contain lots of fibre, vitamins C and K as well as lots of other good things to keep our bodies ticking along nicely.  Blueberries in particular are being crowned a ‘super food’ these days due to their powerful anti-oxidant properties and their ability to lower cholesterol.  

I love to throw in a little granola to provide a little crunch.  Just be careful which one you choose as some can be quite sneaky and have loads of hidden sugar in them.  The one I’ve chosen is sweetened only with honey, a healthier alternative.

Next you gotta have some yoghurt to bring the whole thing together.  You can go for plain natural, greek, flavoured, just whatever tickles your fancy really.  I’m a vanilla girl at heart so I either go for this Rachel’s one or just a bit of good old Activia. 

And now for the pièce de résistance…

Some of you may be unfamiliar with the little wonder that is the chia seed.  Allow me to enlighten you.  These bad boys are jam packed full of goodness.  They are high in fibre and gluten free.  Chia seeds contain high levels of Omega 3 to support brain and heart health as well as iron, potassium, vitamin C and all 8 essential amino acids.  But, wait! There’s more.  Chia seeds are a good source of protein and as these little seeds absorb water they keep you fuller for longer once inside your tummy.  Pretty cool, eh? Now I know what you’re thinking, surely something which is this good for you is going to taste nasty.  Think again, my friend.  They do not have any recognisable taste.  Mixed in with this berry concoction of mine all I noticed was a slight crunch. 
I hope you enjoyed this post and are perhaps inspired to try this out for yourself.  If you do then let me know what you think and send me photos of your concoctions via Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Do you have any suggestions for a healthy breakfast?  Let me know in the comments below or via any of my social media.

Maxine xxx

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