Lola Berry’s ultimate healthy breakfast guide!

That old cliché about breakfast being the most important meal of the day is so true. It is vital to eat a healthy breakfast. It kick-starts your metabolism and is important for boosting your moods and brain-health. So if you start the day with no breakfast, or a poor brekkie like a piece of toast with jam, you’re not setting yourself up for a productive day.

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On the flipside, having the right breakfast will help you lose weight, make you more productive at work, give you sustained energy and make you happier. Yes, you read that right, eating breakfast naturally stimulates serotonin production in the brain. Which is also known as the happy hormone!

Here are some great breakfast options to suit any situation!

If you’re trying to lose weight…

Go for complete protein to keep you sustained for longer periods of time. Poached eggs, spinach and mushrooms would be a great way to start the day. Just leave out the bread if you’re trying to drop weight.

If you’ve just done a workout…

Straight after a workout your metabolism will be burning everything off at a much higher rate. This is when your body wants natural good-quality protein and carbs. Blueberries and banana buckwheat pancakes are both gluten-free and dairy-free and much easier than you’d think!

If you’re eating out…

Go for eggs. That way you’re giving your body protein to keep you sustained for hours and this will prevent you snacking. An omelette is a great option. Always order a side of greens for a nutritional hit. Also, don’t be afraid of ordering a lunch menu item for brekkie, such as a salmon and quinoa salad. That way you’re getting a complete protein hit in first thing!

If you’re in a hurry…

Let’s face it, we’re all usually in a rush! Smoothies are great when you don’t have much time. My fave combo consists of frozen banana, blueberries, a handful of baby spinach (yes it makes it green but it tastes great!), almond milk and honey.

Oats with banana, cinnamon and any nut milk is also a great idea. Use organic maple syrup to sweeten it a little more if needed. It has less fructose than honey and loads of minerals the body thrives off. Try making bircher muesli at the start of the week. Then you fold through yoghurt and grated an apple. Or a gluten-free brekkie, quinoa porridge is also a goodie! I love it with figs, coconut milk and nutmeg. It’s all about making a brekkie creation that you love.

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