June 28, 2020
Now that sweet and tender nectarines are in season, this recipe for poaching the fruit in apple juice is one of my favourites. You can make a batch and keep them in the fridge for a week of quick and delicious breakfasts, served with a spoonful of Greek yoghurt on the side. Gorgeous!
There’s a reason the mantra says we should eat like a king at breakfast. Studies have shown that eating soon after we wake can help to balance our blood sugar and hormone levels to give us vitality and mental focus for the day ahead. Rather than opting for carb-loaded refined breakfast cereals, aim for a breakfast that contains a balance of wholegrain carbohydrates, protein and fats for sustained energy release. Think of it as a meal, not just a pre-work snack.
Physiologically and psychologically, eating a good breakfast gets us off to the best start. Knowing you’ve eaten well helps you to feel empowered and in control, so you’re more inclined to keep up the good eating practices. When you’re constantly having to react to hunger and cravings, you’re likely to lose focus. Surges and dips in sugar levels causes you to feel drained and lose mental clarity. A healthy breakfast makes you satiated and energised, so you’re less likely to reach for snack foods, biscuits and sugar-laden cereal bars to keep you going until lunch.
I recommend having protein at breakfast – something like poached eggs, full-fat Greek yoghurt with fruit, or a bowl of porridge with nuts and seeds, as the combination of slow-release energy from the oats and protein from the topping is a winner. If you’re on the go or you’re someone who can’t face a bigger meal at the start of the day, one of my Nourish Drinks is a good option, as they’re nutritionally balanced to contain all the carbs, protein, vitamins and minerals you need for a complete meal replacement.