The importance of a healthy, protein rich breakfast
We’ve all heard the adage that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but with over a third of people in the UK admitting to skipping breakfast at some point during the week, it’s clear we’re not all taking this advice to heart.
It’s suggested that eating breakfast in can improve memory and concentration levels throughout the day, and also stops you reaching for snacks mid way through the day. This is supported by the NHS, who suggest that people who eat breakfast can control their weight better than those who choose to skip it.
But it’s not just about making sure you have breakfast. It’s about making sure you have a healthy, nutritious breakfast.
Sugary cereals, croissants and pastries aren’t great – often containing empty calories that are likely to leave you feeling lethargic by mid morning.
Breakfast biscuits and breakfast drinks that are designed to meet our increasingly busy ‘on the go’ lifestyle are also rising in popularity, but these can also contain alarmingly high amounts of sugar.
Recent studies have suggested that a breakfast high in protein is the ideal – reducing hunger throughout the day, preventing body fat gains and stabilising glucose levels.
But unfortunately this doesn’t give us the go-ahead for a protein rich full English breakfast each day – the majority of advice suggests that this is still something we should only enjoy in moderation.
So which protein rich breakfast foods should we be eating?
We spoke to one of our favourite healthy food bloggers, Saskia from Naturally Sassy, to see what she would suggest for a healthy, nutritious (and enjoyable!) protein rich breakfast meal.
She was kind enough to share a beautiful recipe for Creamy Quinoa Porridge – we’ve tried it, and it’s every bit as good as it looks!
Saskia gave us some insight into where the idea for the recipe came from:
“This deliciously creamy porridge recipe didn’t start out as expected to say the least.
I was initially introduced to quinoa porridge through an uninspired friend who believed that she should be eating it rather than actually wanting to eat it!
Through perseverance and random recipe creations, I finally managed to produce this absolutely to-die-for creamy cashew concoction.
The quinoa provides a nutritiously dense amount of protein, which is perfect for setting you up for the day ahead – and more importantly, will keep you going all morning.
With the addition of the cashew butter (or any nut butter of your choice) you also get an unbelievable creaminess. You also have the option to sprinkle a wonderful array of toppings, such as sliced banana or cacao nibs.”
Creamy Quinoa Porridge by Naturally Sassy
What you need:
1 cup quinoa flakes
2 cups dairy free milk (oat milk, brown rice milk, coconut milk or almond milk)
2 tablespoons cashew butter
a drop of vanilla extract
2 teaspoons raw honey/date syrup
Topping Ideas: Sultanas, Goji Berries, Berries, Sliced Banana, Cacao Nibs.
What you do:
Add the quinoa flakes, milk, cashew butter, vanilla extract and a touch of natural sweetener to your saucepan.
Bring to the boil, and simmer, for 5-10 minutes until creamy. Stir in any of your toppings – and serve!