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Breakfast Dishes For Endless Energy

breakfast dishes for endless energy

I’m sure you don’t need me to tell you that breakfast is the most important meal of the day!

Choosing which foods to fuel your body and mind with is such an important decision — especially first thing in the morning! It can mean the difference between abundant energy and feelings of fatigue, and is fortunately something you can generally have full control over.

If you want to eat well — and to feel better throughout your day to day — but are unsure where to start, then the following recipes could be just what you’re looking for!

Why Is Breakfast So Important?

Before we get into the recipes, let’s talk for a moment on why breakfast is so important.

Your first meal of the day will usually be the first time you have eaten in the last 10 to 12 hours, although of course this depends on what time you had your last meal the night before. This means that your body will be running low on fuel, and ready to receive a dose of goodness.

When your breakfast is a healthy dish full of nutrients, then you are going to give both your body and mind an energy boost. On the other hand, if you skip breakfast, or do not eat enough, then you are going to be missing out on this important building block for a great day.

Granola With Pumpkin Seeds & Goji Berries

Although granola is largely marketed as a health food, the shop bought varieties are actually often packed full of sugar. If you take a look at the granola in your cupboard right now then you will likely see that sugar is one of the first ingredients on the list!

Sugar is problematic health-wise for a number of reasons, but can be especially disastrous for your energy levels. A sugary treat will give you a burst of energy, but this is not a sustainable boost, and you will soon come crashing back down.

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The fantastic thing about making your own granola at home is that you are in full control of what goes into it and what gets left out.

The following recipe is for six portions.

  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 90g rolled oats
  • 170g buckwheat groats
  • 60g walnuts, chopped
  • 35g pumpkin seeds
  • 55g goji berries
  • 2 tbsp raw honey
  • 2 tbsp coconut palm sugar

Method

Preheat your oven to 180°C/160°C fan/gas mark 4. You can then begin by melting the coconut oil in a saucepan, before leaving to cool.

When the oil has cooled, mix all ingredients in a bowl using your hands. You should then spread the mix thinly on a baking tray and bake for 10 minutes. Allow your granola to cool before serving, and store any excess in an airtight container in a cool, dry place.

Buckwheat Porridge With Papaya Topping

You may think that this looks like a complicated recipe, but in reality it is actually quite simple. A handy tip for making this easier in the mornings, is to prepare all of the ingredients the night before.

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For the porridge:

  • 170g buckwheat groats
  • 480ml water
  • 120ml almond milk, or any other plant-based milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice

For the papaya topping:

    • 1 large papaya
    • 1 lime, zested
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    • 2 tablespoons raw honey (or any other natural sweetener)
    • 2 tablespoons pumpkin seeds

Method

Soak the buckwheat groats in the 480ml water for at least 1 hour or overnight. After soaking, strain and rinse well.

To make the porridge, put the soaked groats, almond milk, vanilla extract, and lime juice in a blender or food processor and blitz well.

To make the topping, peel the papaya, then cut it into chunks and place in a large jar or container.

Add the remaining ingredients to the container and mash together with a large spoon – this will release the juices from the papaya, but be sure to leave a few good chunks.

Cover your jar or container with an airtight lid and place in the fridge to marinate if you have time. Again, this is a great one to get ready the night before. Once marinated and ready to go, put your porridge in a bowl and spoon the papaya topping all over.

Chia & Coconut Flour Pancakes With Blueberry Baobab Sauce

Pancakes are always an amazing breakfast treat, and it’s even better when you can put a healthy twist on this dish!

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The following recipe makes about 12 small pancakes

For the pancakes:

    • 6 tablespoons chia seeds
    • 270ml water
    • 60g coconut oil, melted, plus extra for greasing
    • 300ml almond milk
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 50g coconut palm sugar
    • 100g coconut flour
    • 100g buckwheat flour
    • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
    • Maple syrup, for drizzling (optional)

For the blueberry baobab sauce:

  • 150g blueberries
  • 100g coconut palm sugar
  • 120ml water
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon xanthan gum
  • 1 tablespoon baobab powder

Method

To make the blueberry baobab sauce, heat the blueberries, coconut palm sugar, 120ml water and lemon juice in a small saucepan. Stir frequently, then bring to a low boil. Use a fork to mash the blueberries to help release some of the juices.

Slowly stir in the xanthun gum – this helps to thicken the sauce – and the baobab powder, then simmer until the blueberry sauce is thick enough. Leave to cool.

Combine the chia seeds with the 270ml water in a bowl and leave to soak for 20 minutes. Put the coconut oil, almond milk, vanilla and coconut palm sugar in a large bowl and add the chia seed mixture. Stir in the coconut flour, buckwheat flour and baking powder.

Grease a non-stick frying pan with coconut oil and heat over a medium heat. Pour one-quarter of a cup of batter into the pan for each pancake and cook for 2 minutes on the first side and 1 minute on the other, until they are golden brown. Don’t be alarmed by how thick the batter is – this is due to the coconut flour.

To serve, stack the pancakes and smother with the blueberry sauce. Drizzle with maple syrup, if using.

Healthy Eating For Energy

Getting into the habit of adding more nutritious foods into your diet is a great way to protect your health over time.

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