“It is health that is the real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver”- Mahatma Gandhi
I love to workout and stay active but on the other hand, I’m probably one of the most biggest junk food lovers out there! I’m not your average fast food fanatic. You won’t catch me blowing money in McDonalds or drooling over a KFC menu but I do love snacking on crisps (24 pack maybe…), a pack of digestive biscuits and rich, moist and flavourful cakes from the more premium supermarkets such as Marks & Spencer and Waitrose.
The sad reality is, being active and eating junk food doesn’t go hand in hand. Some people put on weight after a few bits of pineapple pizza whilst others can indulge in a lamb doner with fat fried chips, washed it down with a bottle of Supermalt and still maintain a decent waist line…unfortunately for me, I’m not one of those people!
They say real weight loss is 80% diet and 20% exercise. And as I can testify to this (through my own experience), I’ve decided to take my diet more seriously, starting with breakfast. I’ve never been a huge fan of the first meal of the day. From 13 years of age, Ive always skipped breakfast for many (invalid) reasons.
This morning, I whipped up a bowl of oats, topped with a sliced banana, blueberries, two strawberries and flaxseed; to give me the best start to my day.
Heres a list of benefits this meal contains and why it is the perfect food for fuel:
- Flaxseed– contains “good” fats such as Omega-3, lignan’s and antioxidants. It also reduces the risk of cancer, cardiovascular diseases and helps boost your immune system. It is said that flaxseed also enables lower body weights.
- Banana– loaded with potassium, iron, magnesium, riboflavin and many other minerals, banana/s has its many benefits and is the perfect addition to a bowl of porridge/ cereal or any breakfast meal. It also stands strong alone as a quick post workout snack. Lets not forget, its also one of your five a day.
- Strawberry– this sweet and vibrant fruit not only adds life and colour to a dish, but it also contains a lot of nutrients and vitamins you would find in bananas. Regular consumption of strawberries also helps maintain normal blood pressure, reduces cholesterol and helps prevent heart disease.
- Blueberries– helps improve the digestive system and improves fat regulation. Not only is it sweet and juicy, it also helps maintain healthy skin; which is probably why I enjoy consuming it so much.
- Oats– is perfect if you’re looking for a low calorie breakfast meal and like the other ingredients mentioned above, it is also great for lowering cholesterol and contains rich antioxidants.
- Almond Milk– (unsweetened) is rich in vitamin D, dairy free and helps reduce the risk of heart disease. I used to roll my eyes at the idea of drinking almond milk as I grew up on cows milk but now, I can’t get enough of the stuff! It also helps strengthen your bones and is low in calories.
I hope you guys enjoyed reading this post! If you have any suggestions on healthy breakfast meals, please leave a comment below.