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Breakfast literally means breaking the fast of sleep. As we sleep, our bodies deplete glucose, which calms us (sending us to sleep) and yes, you do also actually burn some calories. So as we enter a new day, naturally our bodies require energy to help support us. ✨😃
The common mistake is eating the minute we wake up. One of the most important and often overlooked aspects of breakfast is that we should wait until we feel hungry and eat intuitively rather than by habit. This way, we allow a sense of connectivity to our bodies and limit eating in excess. For example, if you went out for a big dinner the night before with friends, and ate something you rarely eat (let’s say, a gluten pasta spag-bowl), then chances are you might feel slightly bloated the day and the last thing you want to do is force yourself to eat a bowl of porridge. Simply wait until you're hungry enough. ⏰
Hopefully however, if you maintain a good sense of rhythm in your day-to-day life, your body should feel hungry at the same time. This is a massive plus, because this helps keep our insulin sensitivity high (a (low insulin sensitivity is related to diabetes / poor blood sugar control)! 😃
The question is then; what should I eat? Or, what should I not eat?
If there is a golden rule to breakfast, it’s that we should limit high sugar meals. This includes foods such as white bread, pastries, oats, fruit, jam, flavoured yoghurts, cereal, which also all often lack in fibre and protein. But why? Well, it will cause a spike in blood sugar which in turn will simply leave you feeling tired before lunch, probably craving a coffee or another pick me up. 🍞🥐
In order to maintain a slow release of energy, the body needs high fibre foods as well as a source of protein and healthy fats! These foods include porridge, eggs, vegetables (broccoli, avocado), whole fruits (especially strawberries and pears) as well as grass fed proteins. Such ingredients allow for a slow and consistent release of energy, which means you’ll have less need for snacking! Bingo! 🥙 And what’s more, these foods (especially healthy fats) are essential for our brain, hormones, nervous system, energy production and organs protection! ❤️
Of course, one reason why we often skip breakfast in the morning is because we simply don’t have time. We have to go to work or take the kids to school (often even both!) and so it’s easier to have a slice of toast with a mug of coffee and say “I'll eat later.” We at SimpleFoods thought of this and decided to change things. That is why we brought out our breakfast range, so people such as yourselves reading this could enjoy whole, healthy & slow-energy releasing breakfasts without any compromise. 😍
First up is our range of delicious porridges which come in three flavours; Chocolate & Hazelnut, Berry & Almond Butter and Matcha Raspberry & Coconut! Our porridges are made from 3 different grains; gluten free oats, red quinoa and buckwheat which have been specifically chosen to support digestion and slowly release energy throughout your day.
What’s next? Well if you are in a rush-rush and don’t have time to make our porridge (which only takes 3 minutes to prepare!), then try out Raspberry & Maple Baked Porridge Squares. The perfect on-the-go breakfast, these are made with the same three grains as our porridge, packed with fresh raspberries, topped with pumpkin seeds and baked until golden.💫
We also have two heart-warming breakfast dishes with a vegetarian and a flexitarian option. First up is our Smoky Breakfast Beans with Avo. This plant-based breakfast is made with black beans and kidney beans, cooked in a smoky tomato sauce and topped with avocado, coriander and lime - 100% guaranteed to keep you feeling full and energised! Our chef’s tip? Simply serve over a slice of toasted sourdough. 😍
For flexitarians, we've made our Breakfast Beans with Chicken Sausage. We've sourced these delicious free range chicken sausages with all natural ingredients from Pipers Farm in Devon. They are free from any preservatives or chemicals! What's more, Pipers Farm has been honoured with some of the country's top accolades including: BBC 4 Food & Farming Best Producer, The Times Best Butcher, The Independent Best Meat Box, 3 Great Taste Golden Forks, Great Taste Top 50 Best Products and over 40 Great Taste Awards. 💫🙌🏼 A classic, yet lean British breakfast without the nasties; perfect as a post-workout or if you simply have a little more time to indulge in at breakfast time!
And last but not least, are our two chia seed puddings; dragon fruit & strawberry and mango & passion fruit. High in omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants, chia seeds are a another great way to start the day. We've whizzed them up fresh fruits to create tropical and refreshing toppings. 🍓
Pro tip: Put your chia pudding in the fridge overnight and it will be ready & cool for brekkie!
So if you’re a champion, then it’s time to start eating some breakfast! 🔥🙌🏼
by Harry Woodward
Harry Woodward is our Social Media Manager. He loves coffee in the mornings and margharitas at night, and can usually be found building a salad when when he's not strategising up-and-coming content.