Eating or not eating breakfast is a constant debate, but the general consensus is that a protein rich meal to start your day is beneficial. After all you body has been starved for at least 8 hours and needs kicking back into action but be careful what you eat – refined carbohydrate breakfasts such as sugary cereals or refined pastries will cause your blood sugar to rise dramatically and crash just as badly, leaving you hungry and wanting snacks. A protein rich breakfast, such as yoghurt – have you tried my favourite Heija with added protein and a low GI? – with berries and a sprinkling of nuts or oats or granola has been shown to prevent unhealthy snacking later in the day. Here’s my favourite receipe for home made granola:
Gill’s BEST GRANOLA EVER:
6 cups of oats
1 ½ cups mixed raw seeds
1 ½ cups mixed raw nuts
1 cup desiccated coconut
2 tsp. dried ginger
2 tsp. ground cloves
¾ cup honey
¾ cup olive oil
1 cup raisins
1 cup dried fruit mix
Mix together oats, seeds, nuts, coconut, ginger, cinnamon, cloves in a large oven tray.
Heat the honey and olive oil over a gentle heat and stir this into the oats mixture.
Toast the granola in a warming drawer or @ 70 C in your oven for about 3 hours, until light golden brown. Remember to stir the mixture every 30-45 minutes.
Add raisins and dried fruit as soon as you take the granola out of the oven.
Picture credit: lisafederer.com
Inspiration: MindBodyGreen.com – articles by Dr Nancy Simpkins 17 September 2015 & Dr Ronald Hoffman 5 February 2015