Tomorrow is a big day - make sure you start it off with a good breakfast


Having a filling, well balanced and nutritious breakfast is a great way to begin the day; however this often gets neglected in our quick paced existence and in the regular day to day rush we slip into the rut of grabbing whatever is to hand. Back in April when my mind was focused on long distance endurance running and the desire to avoid the convenient, time efficient and sugary chocolate laden cereal packets (as favoured by my four daughters) I shared with you three ideas for grain-free breakfasts.

Ideally breakfast should be a good balance of all the macro nutrients that we need: carbohydrates, protein and healthy fats. Unless you need to avoid grains for specific health reasons then why not try:

  • a tasty bowl of porridge; there’s loads of toppings out there to sample

  • your usual Weetabix but crumbled into some natural yogurt with fruit

  • freshly toasted bread to dip into a soft boiled egg

If you are looking for a complete change then here are some cereal packet free ideas to freshen up your morning routine and grab a great start to your day!

Three ideas for balanced breakfasts:

Banana pancakes

Pancakes are much quicker and easier to knock up than you might imagine and with this recipe you needn’t save them just for special treats!


When cooking with wholemeal flour we benefit from a good source of carbs, dietary fibre, calcium, iron, and other minerals and vitamins that we need on a daily basis. The sweetness of the banana is what makes these pancakes yummy (and removes the need to add refined sugar) and a healthy source of carbs as well as dietary fibre, vitamins C and B-6 and the minerals potassium and manganese. Potassium is an important mineral in the regulation of blood pressure, organ health and muscle integrity; so it’s important to have a good supply to help minimise cramped and tired muscles.

Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • 2 ripe bananas

  • 2 heaped tablespoons wholemeal flour

  • 2 eggs

  • Knob of butter (or you can use oil)

  • Honey or maple syrup to top - optional

Method:

  1. Beat the eggs in a bowl using a fork or a whisk until well mixed

  2. Mash the bananas finely

  3. Add the wholemeal flour to the banana and mix well

  4. Now combine the banana-flour mixture and the egg and beat well again

  5. Heat a frying pan and grease lightly with the butter or oil