5 ways to boost your breakfast

By Jade Harding

You’ve only got 10 minutes to get out the door… check out these fab suggestions for a quick, nutritious start – and not a bran flake in sight…

High protein

Avocado and poached egg on toast is quick and easy to make and a superb source of protein to start the day. Peel and mash an avocado with a dash of olive oil and lemon juice, to prevent it browning. Top with a poached egg, and serve on a slice of wholewheat toast. A breakfast fit for a king – or queen – and all yours in less than 10 minutes.

Fibre rich

Chunky peanut butter on wholewheat bread makes a good filling choice for breakfast. It’s packed with protein, vitamins E and B6, and the fat in peanut butter is the healthy unsaturated variety that helps to lower cholesterol. For an extra vitamin boost, top it off with a few slices of banana, which contains potassium and vitamin B, good for long-lasting energy.

Low carb

Yogurts are excellent sources of calcium, potassium, protein, zinc, and vitamins B6 and B12, but Greek style is strained more times than traditional yogurt. The thicker, concentrated formulation has more protein and probiotics, is lower in lactose and has twice the protein of regular yogurts – great for weight control as it keeps you feeling full longer. Top with fresh fruit.

Juice to go

Sometimes you just can’t stomach food in the morning, which is where juicing comes into its own. Get yourself a dedicated juicer or blender to make it quick and easy to whip up a fruit and veg-packed treat every morning. Try spinach, banana, Greek yogurt, ginger, pineapple, ice cubes and coconut water. Pour into a reusable, insulated cup, and you’re good to go.

Whole grain

Researchers at Harvard University say that whole grains, such as oats, are the key to living longer. Stock up on packs of instant oats, mix up with semi-skimmed milk and pop in the microwave for two minutes. Top with apricots, raisins, flax seeds and a few chopped nuts for a filling, warming start to the day.

 

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