Morning Start

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Despite the fact that I am absolutely NOT a morning person (I don't think I become truly human until around 11am) my favourite meal of the day is without a doubt breakfast! In fact if it wasn't for a rumbling stomach and the promise of a caffeinated beverage to motivate me out of bed in the morning I would live happily as a nocturnal creature. We've all heard about the incredible health benefits of a nutritious breakfast to start the day (if not from your own Mother) so I'm not going to bore you there, instead let's talk about three things every girl wants when it comes to food... quick, easy and good for the waistline.

I don't know about you but in the wake of warmer months when we are all coming out of winter hibernation and trying to shake off our winter food habits (most in an attempt to shake off the extra kilos that came with them) my diet starts to change and I become more focused on what is going into my body. These days I try to be a more relaxed when it comes to food and focus more on making healthy choices rather than just calorie conscious ones. I, like most women though have been a slave to the calorie count and while I haven't completely broken the habit I've thankfully found ways to combine to two. I mean let's face it... food is far to glorious to feel guilt over or miss out on and I'm not interested in living on cardboard just to maintain a goal weight.

So with that in mind I thought I would share some of my favourite breakfast recipes. These are all meals I eat day to day and I find them delicious. They tick all the guilt free boxes by being low in calories (nothing over 420) while comprising of healthy ingredients high in protein and antioxidants and they are super quick and easy to put together. Perfect for anyone who is time poor so no more busy excuses. For most of you, you will have these ingredients already so you shouldn't need to go crazy buying a whole heap of things you don't have and will probably never cook with again (anyone else do that?.. "insert raised hand emoji here") and with a little bit of imagination they are easily adaptable to suit your taste buds. Enjoy!

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Avo & Egg

Approx 326 Calories per serving | Prep & Cook Time 15mins

Ingredients:

1 egg poached (or fried if you're time poor)

Thin spread of cottage cheese

1/4 Avocado

1 piece of rye or wholegrain toast

Salt and pepper to taste

 

Simply toast your bread and top with cottage cheese and avocado. Once your egg is poached place it on top and season with salt and pepper.

TIP: If you're not a Masterchef like me and can't seem to conquer the art of poaching an egg, try "Poachies" which are a small paper bag that allows you to poach your egg with minimal stress. They are available at coles. I cook mine for 4mins for the perfect runny centre.

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Protein Pancakes

Approx 320 Calories per serving | Prep & Cook Time 20mins

Ingredients:

1 egg

1 scoop of Vanilla Protein (I use Giant Sports Vanilla)

1tbsp psyllium husk

1/4 cup coconut milk

3-4 Strawberries chopped

4-5 Raspberries

Spray coconut oil

20g Maple Syrup 

Teaspoon of Chia Seeds

 

Start by whisking your egg lightly in a bowl and then add the psyllium husk, protein powder and milk. Mix everything together to form the pancake batter and cook them the same way on a lightly sprayed fry pan. Top with berries, chia seeds and maple syrup.
TIP: This will make about 4 small pancakes so I like to layer the berries between each pancake so I get some with every bite.

 

Berry Oats

Approx 416 Calories per serving | Prep & Cook Time 15mins

Ingredients:

1/2 cup Uncle Toby's Quick oats

1 cup of Coconut Milk (I use Pure Harvest Coco Quench Organic)

3-4 Strawberries chopped

4-5 Raspberries

Small handful of walnuts crashed

20g Maple Syrup 

Small sprinkle of Chia Seeds

 

Place the oats and milk into a microwave proof bowl and cook in the microwave for 2mins. Top with berries, walnuts, chia seeds and maple syrup. You may need to add a little more milk to the oats after they come out of the microwave if they are too gluey.

TIP: I have also substituted the berries in this recipe for some home stewed apple which is also delicious.

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Breakfast Brochette 

Approx 285 Calories per serving | Prep & Cook Time 15mins

Ingredients:

1 egg poached (or fried if you're time poor)

1/2 tomato chopped

4-5 fresh basil leaves chopped

Small handful of low fat feta crumbled

1 piece of rye or wholegrain toast

Salt and pepper to taste

 

Simply toast your bread and top with the tomato, feta and basil. Once your egg is cooked place it on top, season with salt and peper and enjoy.

TIP: If you're time poor chop your tomato, feta and basil the night before and keep in a container in the fridge. It will make it super quick in the morning... no prep needed, just pile on your toast.