Today I’m VERY excited to share with you 5 foods and drinks I recommend to kickstart your day. I recently emailed these out to everyone on my mailing list and had so much great feedback that I thought I’d share them with you all here on the website. They are all SUPER easy to prepare, and most of the items you will find in your kitchen or they can be easily purchased at your local supermarket. I’ve recently added most of these into my morning routine, and have been feeling their positive benefits ever since!
I’m sure we’ve all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day? It wakes our metabolism, gives us the energy to start a new day, and has been linked to many health benefits, including weight control and improved performance. Often people who skip breakfast are unlikely to make up their daily requirement for vitamins and minerals that a simple breakfast would have provided.
So without further ado, here are a few of my recommendations to kickstart your morning!
First up… Lemon water.
- Lemon Water
I love to begin my morning with a big glass of filtered water with a generous squeeze of lemon juice. Lemon water is a simple and healthy internal cleanser that flushes out the toxins in our body, stimulates our liver and gives our immune system a boost. I love the way it’s sharp taste wakes me up and gets me going. I’ve read that it’s best to use room temperature filtered water as chilled water can be a bit of a shock to your digestive system when you’ve only just woken up.
I LOVE berries! I love their flavour and their long list of health benefits. Berries are rich in nutrients, antioxidants and phytochemicals, whether eaten fresh, frozen or dried. Try adding a cup of fresh or frozen berries to your morning porridge, yoghurt or smoothie.
I’m obsessed with porridge at the moment, after returning home from a recent trip to England. I have eaten it for breakfast almost everyday (creature of habit). Oats contain beta-glucan, a type of fibre that’s been shown to help lower cholesterol when eaten regularly. Oats are also rich in omega-3 fatty acids, folate, and potassium. In their raw form they are the ultimate superfood. Try to avoid the flavoured kinds, which can be packed with sugar. Instead, sweeten your bowl with milk and a bit of honey, and top with fruit and nuts.
Green juices and smoothies provide our body with loads of minerals vitamins, enzymes, antioxidants, and phytonutrients. Because of their liquid form our bodies can easily digest and absorb their nutrients with minimal effort. Green juices are also a convenient way to ensure we’re consuming a large amount of fruit and vegetables for the day. One of my favourite green blends is my Super Green Blend recipe... it’s a winner!
- Green Tea
Green tea is considered by some as one of the world’s healthiest drinks and contains one of the highest amount of antioxidants of any tea. I’ve read that the natural chemicals called polyphenols in tea are thought to provide anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic effects. Green tea also contains a relatively small amount of caffeine. If you drink more than one cup of coffee a day, why not try replacing one with a green tea instead?
Well I hope these recommendations have been valuable and you’ve learnt something new. Why not start by implementing one of these steps into your morning routine? The benefits are sure to follow!
What do you eat or drink to kickstart your morning? Let me know in the comments below, I’d love to hear from you!