Should you eat breakfast?

granola [lisafederer]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

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