The perfect breakfast.

Ever heard the saying 'breakfast is the most important meal of the day'? Well as it turns out, there is actually a lot of truth in that, which is why breakfast was the first meal I aimed to transform when starting my healthy lifestyle journey back in February. I did plenty of nutritional research beforehand, and when I asked last week quite a few of you requested healthy meal ideas so here is my perfect breakfast! No matter what your reason for getting healthy - weight loss, toning up or general wellbeing (in my case it's a combination of all three) a balance of protein, fruit and whole grain carbs is where it's at. This mix will keep your blood sugar stable, and puts off hunger for longer, thus reducing early sugar cravings and the longing for elevenses. Compared to branded cereals, which are ridiculously high in sugar and additives, and carb catastrophes (also known as pastries) it's truly a no-brainer. 

Banana's are a great source of heart-protecting potassium, fibre and calcium so I always include a fresh one chopped as the base of my bowl. Then I tend to add two other fruits - mango makes for a lovely tropical addition and is full of Vitamin A, C, E and cancer-beating antioxidants. Raspberries, melon and grapes are also great for your tastebuds and your body, and let's not forget blueberries; full of fibre, vitamin C and every antioxidant under the sun - no wonder they're a superfood! 

Although a lot of people are on the fence when it comes to dairy, and I have significantly cut down on my milk intake since February, I love yoghurt and cannot imagine myself replacing it with a vegan variety anytime soon - I don't feel the need to, seeing as it's full of bone-building calcium, vitamins and probiotics. I tend to buy Yeo Valley as it's organic, but I also get Onken and Activia - all three are fat free and available in vanilla, blueberry, raspberry, mango and passionfruit... the list of flavours is endless! Natural and greek varieties are arguably better for you, but they're flavourless so I end up adding honey (defeating the difference!)

Onto granola, my favourite is 'Tropical oat crunch' from Lidl, as it contains oat clusters and sunflower seeds like many other supermarket variations but also has added dried papaya, pineapple, coconut and banana. You can make your own granola but for those who don't have time to, like me, just check on the packet that the fat and sugar content is under 20g per serving. I've also recently started adding milled linseed (this one, again from Lidl, has sesame, blueberries and raspberries added) as just two tablespoons of the stuff achieves your daily recommended intake of fibre and omega 3, plus it's gluten free and acts as a great sweetener for smoothies, hot drinks and pancakes.

So there you have it, my perfect breakfast, in three easy steps. I'd love to know if you're going to try this, and what you think of it!

Wednesday Want: Sweet satchels


As the weather is hitting fifteen degrees today, I thought it was about time I purchased a new spring bag. Now don't get me wrong, I love a big black faux leather tote, but this season my sartorial eyes seem to be drawn towards the smaller, more colourful variety; namely cross body satchels in every shade of pastel from dreamy lilac, cornflower blue and classic mint, to creamy nude, baby pink and sherbet coral. Particular favourites include the Brit Stitch 'with love from' collection (how adorable is that heart motif?) and the Asos seatbelt lock number which reminds me more of the catwalk than the high street!

What style of bag will be on your arm this summer?

My week in food #10


Monday
Breakfast - One banana, kiwi and red grapes with fat free vanilla yoghurt, tropical oat granola and mixed linseed.
Lunch - Romaine lettuce, green peppers, tomato, onion and cucumber with parmesan cheese and a sprinkle of garlic crutons.
Dinner - Two eggs, salmon, broccoli and tomatoes with garden peas and diced peppers in basmati rice.
Snacks - Two handfuls of red and white grapes.

Tuesday
Breakfast - One banana, kiwi and red and green grapes with fat free raspberry yoghurt, tropical oat granola and mixed linseed.
Lunch - Romaine lettuce, green peppers, tomato, onion and cucumber with parmesan cheese and a sprinkle of garlic crutons.
Dinner - Mackerel in a tomato sauce with pan fried red pepper, tomato, spinach, garden peas and basmati rice.
Snacks - A handful of red grapes, a birthday cupcake.

Wednesday
Breakfast - One banana, diced mango, blueberries and raspberries with fat free natural yoghurt, tropical oat granola and mixed linseed. One glass of fresh orange juice.
Lunch - Romaine lettuce, spinach, green and red pepper, tomato, onion and cucumber with parmesan cheese and a sprinkle of garlic crutons.
Dinner - Three eggs scrambled (mixed with low fat cheese) with stir fried tomatoes, red pepper, spinach and pine nuts.
Snacks - A handful of diced mango, blueberries and raspberries.

Thursday
Breakfast -  One banana, blueberries green grapes with with fat free natural yoghurt, tropical oat granola and mixed linseed. One glass of fresh orange juice.
Lunch - Spinach, red pepper, cucumber and tomatoes.
Dinner (from the local chippy) - A lightly battered fish.
Snacks - One Malteaser bunny, a portion of red grapes.

Friday
Breakfast - One banana, blueberries and kiwi with with fat free natural yoghurt, tropical oat granola and mixed linseed. One glass of fresh orange juice.
Lunch - half a freshly cooked burrito made with chicken, tomato rice, roasted peppers and tomatoes, kidney beans, lettuce, onion salsa and cheese.
Dinner - A portion of fresh lasagne made with lean beef mince.
Snacks - One banana and a handful of strawberries with low fat mango and passionfruit yoghurt.

Saturday
Breakfast - One banana, kiwi and raspberries with with fat free natural yoghurt, tropical oat granola and mixed linseed. One glass of fresh orange juice.
Dinner - Cicilian sausage meat, tomatoes and spices in wholewheat pasta.
Snacks - A small bag of yoghurt covered banana coins.

Sunday
Breakfast - One banana, kiwi and honeydew melon with fat free natural yoghurt, tropical oat granola and mixed linseed. One glass of fresh orange juice.
Lunch - Sun dried tomato, spinach and mozarella pasta.
Dinner - Fresh turkey breast and honey glazed ham with cabbage, garden peas, green beans, carrot mash and herb stuffing. A third of a slice of freshly made easter egg cheesecake.

Proud of...
Admittedly, due to having a load of party food left from last weekend, and starting theatre performances this week, I have indulged in quite a few cake based treats. However (getting a tad deep here) instead of dwelling on the past - after all, I enjoyed it so why regret it - I am looking forward to getting back on track instead. Starting with the purchase of a rather swish set of gym wear... oh you heard right my friends, I am joining the gym.

Goal for next week
Breakfast: Actually get back on the smoothie bandwagon.
Lunch/Dinner: Get inventive with quinoa.
Snacks: Keep calm and eat fruit (not cake)