Sunday, 27 March 2016

7 Healthy Breakfast Recipes | Getting Back to Fitness #notlambFIT Update No.2

Getting back to fitness | Breakfast recipes
I'm already four weeks into my #notlambFIT series, where I'm documenting my journey back to fitness after my pre-Christmas injury. This is is my second update, and this time I'll be focusing on what I put into my body after talking about getting my mind back into a good place where my health and fitness is concerned (A.K.A. finding your mojo). This post contains 7 healthy breakfast recipes - all wheat-free, high in protein and delicious!

Before I talk about my diet plan, I'll make a confession and say that this week I purposely haven't done a weigh-in. I did say I would do it every two weeks but as this weekend was Easter and we also just had a birthday in the family - meaning [ahem] large meals and birthday cake - I did indulge a little more than usual... eeek!! But I'm not too worried, as long as those sorts of indulgences are infrequent and I keep the exercise up. Therefore, in order not to get upset about any potential weight gain or a plateau, I thought I'd skip it till next weekend when I've worked hard to get back on track (and backed off from the cake) during the week.

AS THIS WEEKEND WAS EASTER AND WE ALSO JUST HAD A BIRTHDAY IN THE FAMILY, I DID INDULGE A LITTLE MORE THAN USUAL... AND WHY NOT, AS LONG AS THOSE SORTS OF INDULGENCES ARE INFREQUENT AND I KEEP THE EXERCISE UP.

With hindsight I also think photographing myself every two weeks is too often to really see a change, so I'll do it once every four weeks instead - the next standing-in-my-leggings photo will be in update no.3 on Sunday 10th April.

Read on for my healthy breakfast recipes...!

7 Wheat-Free, High Protein & Healthy Breakfast Recipes | #notlambFIT
So as promised, this week I'm talking about the food (specifically breakfasts) I eat. In general I have a pretty healthy diet, my problem (when I've fallen off the wagon) is that I eat everything unhealthy on top. I find it hard to say no to puddings and chocolate and ice cream when they've been offered to me - I most definitely have a sweet tooth.

I NEVER, EVER DRINK FIZZY DRINKS, ONLY WATER (COKE IS LIKE THE DEVIL'S DRINK TO ME - THERE'S NO WAY I'M PUTTING THAT SUGARY C**P IN MY BODY OR RUINING MY TEETH)

But over the years I've trained myself to substitute certain foods, go off others altogether, and generally think about what I'm putting inside my body on an everyday basis. Here are some of my permanent habits:

  • I always eat breakfast (and a lot of it)
  • I never drink regular tea or coffee, only green or herbal tea
  • I never, ever drink fizzy drinks, only water (Coke is like the devil's drink to me - there's no way I'm putting that sugary c**p in my body or ruining my teeth)
  • I eat protein with every meal, e.g. whey protein powder, eggs, oily fish, chicken
  • I have almond milk instead of cow's milk
  • I don't add sugar or salt to anything, either during cooking or at the table
  • I never eat sliced white bread and tend to have rye bread instead of other breads
  • I very, very rarely eat takeaways/fast food (I can't even remember the last time we did)
  • I try to limit the amount of fruit I eat and stick to apples and berries only
  • I try to eat a selection of vegetables every day
  • I ensure I get some essential fats into my diet every day, e.g. nuts, oily fish, avocados

My healthy diet daily essentials:

Healthy diet essentials | BPA-free water bottle, whey protein, smoothie blender
BPA-free water bottle | MyProtein True Diet Whey Protein | Breville Blend-Active blender (a cheaper - but excellent - alternative to the very popular NutriBullet)

The whey protein powder that I use is the MyProtein True Diet which comes in chocolate, strawberry and vanilla. I haven't tried chocolate but I can say the strawberry and vanilla make delicious smoothies and the vanilla also works really well in one of my pancake recipes (see below).

IF I'M HAVING TO RUSH OUT THE DOOR IN THE MORNING, I'LL OFTEN MAKE A SMOOTHIE AND TAKE IT WITH ME, THAT WAY I NEVER, EVER MISS BREAKFAST.

If I'm having to rush out the door in the morning, I'll often chuck all the ingredients for a smoothie into my smoothie maker, blitzing it in a few seconds to take it with me (the bottles come with sports-bottle lids which is really handy). That way I never, ever miss breakfast and don't have to succumb to croissants or sugar-laden muffins on the hoof.

Do note that for the following recipes I've had the pancakes and green smoothie ones written on Post-Its for years where I scribbled them down from a magazine or similar, so they're not originally mine. So do please let me know if you've seen the recipes anywhere so I can credit the person that came up with them...!

Here are a few examples of some of the breakfasts I regularly make.

Breakfast recipes

Healthy, nutritional breakfast recipe | Porridge with linseeds and strawberry protein smoothie

HOMEMADE PORRIDGE WITH LINSEEDS

⅓ cup plain porridge oats
⅔ cup water (or just use twice as much water as oats)
Agave nectar
1tsp linseeds
A dash of almond milk (optional)

Mix the oats and water and cook for two minutes in the microwave. Stir in a squeeze of agave nectar and sprinkle on linseeds and milk (if required) and serve with a glass of strawberry and banana protein smoothie (see below). Oats are a great slow energy-release food so will keep you full for much of the morning.


STRAWBERRY AND BANANA PROTEIN SMOOTHIE

200ml almond milk
One scoop strawberry whey protein
A handful of strawberries
Half a frozen banana
1tbsp chia seeds

Blend all the ingredients together and serve. Switch up the strawberries with raspberries or blueberries for a change. This smoothie is very high in protein from the whey protein powder and chia seeds.


BANANA AND APPLE SMOOTHIE (a variation of Bob Harper's Skinny Meals Apple Pie Smoothie recipe)

200ml almond milk
One scoop vanilla whey protein
½ frozen banana
½ apple, cored
Freshly grated nutmeg
A sprinkle of cinnamon

Blend all the ingredients together and serve. Tastes strangely similar to apple pie, but very delicious and filling - and again, very high in protein.


GREEN SMOOTHIE WITH APPLE, PEAR AND AVOCADO

A handful of spinach
½ apple
½ pear
½ avocado
⅓ cucumber
1tsp chia seeds
200ml coconut water

Blend all the ingredients together and serve. This smoothie covers most of your five-a-day, so even if you don't get any other vegetables all day you've done pretty well with this.


Healthy, nutritional breakfast recipe | Scrambled eggs on rye bread with mushrooms and tomatoes with green smoothie

SCRAMBLED EGG ON RYE BREAD WITH TOMATOES AND MUSHROOMS

2 eggs
Pinch dill and black pepper
Cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
Baby mushrooms
1 slice rye bread (toasted)

Scramble the eggs with the dill and black pepper. Lightly fry the mushrooms and tomatoes and serve with the eggs on the toasted rye bread and a glass of green apple, pear and avocado smoothie (above).


WHEAT-FREE DROP PANCAKES

1 egg
50g low-fat cream cheese
¼tsp baking powder
½tbsp vanilla whey protein powder
Agave nectar, to sweeten
Handful blueberries and/or raspberries

Mix the egg and cheese together, then mix in the protein powder and baking powder. Drop batter in 1tbsp-sized amounts into a hot frying pan. Cook till lightly golden on both sides. Drizzle over agave nectar and berries. Eggs and whey protein powder make this breakfast very high in protein.


Healthy, nutritional breakfast recipe | Protein cinnamon pancakes with berries

PROTEIN CINNAMON PANCAKES WITH BERRIES

4 egg whites
½ cup oats
Pinch cinnamon
½tsp vanilla extract
Agave nectar, to sweeten
Handful blueberries and/or raspberries

Mix the egg whites, oats, cinnamon and vanilla extract together and drop batter in 1tbsp-sized amounts into a hot frying pan. Cook till lightly golden on both sides. Drizzle over agave nectar and berries. These have a delicious wholemeal-like taste to them due to the oats/cinnamon mixture - completely different to the wheat-free pancakes which are smoother and creamier.


DO YOU THINK YOU'LL BE TRYING ANY OF THESE BREAKFAST RECIPES? WHAT WORKS FOR YOU FOOD-WISE WHEN YOU'RE TRYING TO GET BACK TO FITNESS? COMMENT BELOW, OR TAKE IT TO TWITTER @NOTLAMB!



Catherine

P.S. FOR MORE EASY-PEASY WEIGHT-LOSS SOLUTIONS, CHECK OUT 11 HEALTHY EATING HABITS TO ADOPT!

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8 comments

  1. I'm really liking the sound of you wheat free pancakes!
    I get where you're coming from as regards always eating breakfast and never drinking pop (fizzy drinks). I never ate breakfast when I was young, now that I do I have so much more energy.
    I'm also a bit of smoothie fan, they're just so easy and darn tasty :)
    Michelle
    http://www.thebarefacedchic.co.uk

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    1. Ohh the wheat free pancakes are dee-lish, Michelle! They're one of my favourite things to whip up quickly if I'm feeling peckish and want a treat.

      I used to eat a rubbish breakfast - always sugary cereals like Coco Pops(!!!!) but now I think a bowl of bran flakes is also a bit of a treat ;)

      Let me know if you cook the pancakes and what you think...! Thanks sweetie xx

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  2. I'd definitely like to try some of the smoothies and the pancakes too. I tried banana and egg pancakes once but they were awful lol. Maybe this is a good alternative! Like you, I only have almond milk (I'm lactose intolerant) but I love it and it's full of protein too (I think!). Some really good options here, Catherine. Thanks for sharing them with us!
    Suzy x
    www.suzyturner.com

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    1. My pleasure, Suzy! My husband has cooked the banana pancakes before and they were really nice, but I don't know what recipe he used (I'll have to found out). I started on soya milk after trying a detox many many years ago - I totally went off cow's milk and after switching from soya to almond that's all I have have. The thought of semi skimmed milk made me want to throw up... It'd be like drinking cream, bleurgh!!!!!

      Thanks for commenting my lovely, hope you enjoy some of the recipes! x

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  3. the pancakes look wonderful I will be whipping these up asap! thanks for sharing #tastytuesday

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  4. Your diet sounds a lot like mine! I don't eat gluten, wheat or sugar but I eat incredibly well and feel wonderful! Keep up the good work x

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  5. Your diet sounds similar to mine bar the nuts I can't eat-so varied and delicious. Thanks for linking up to #Tastytuesdays x

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  6. Some really great healthy breakfast recipes here! I love your smoothies and pancakes sound great too, I would just use whole egg, not only egg white.
    #TastyTuesdays

    Petra
    www.behealthynow.co.uk

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