Summer is a time ripe with festivities, which doesn’t come without its challenges. We are faced with guests to entertain in silly season, and come January, we want to knuckle down and cultivate healthier lifestyles. A central force here is food, and with so much to consider it can all be overwhelming.
Thankfully, we have Lisa Holmen, nutritious recipe guru and founder of food and travel blog, Lisa Eats World. For our new Summer Series, Lisa joins Carlisle homes to deliver nutritious recipes and expert advice so you can hit the ground running with a delicious summer.
This week, it’s all about starting your day off right with a scrumptiously healthy breakfast.
Lisa Holmen from Lisa Eats World joins us with expert advice on how to start the day right! Photography: Her Golden Point Photography.
Whether it’s smashed avocado on toast, a supercharged green smoothie or soft-boiled eggs on wholegrain, here’s some tips to get your day off to a perfect start with a healthy breakfast.
Breakfast is called the most important meal of the day for a reason. It gives you the nutrients you need to kick start your metabolism, balance your cortisol and provide long-lasting energy throughout the morning.
Include a healthy balance
The ideal breakfast should include a healthy balance of lean protein, healthy fats, fibre and low GI carbohydrates. Think healthy wholegrains like oats, wholegrain toast and cereals topped with fresh fruit. It’s important to include foods high in protein like free range organic eggs, cheese, lean meat and smoked salmon. For vegetarians and vegans there are plenty of plant-based protein options like tofu, nuts and seeds like chia seeds. Porridge is a great choice for a healthy breakfast since it is full of nutrients and soluble fibre which helps you feel fuller for longer and regulate your blood sugar. Smoothies are also a great way to sneak in extra nutrients. Try adding a handful of spinach to your next smoothie or a sprinkle of chia seeds, psyllium husks or nut butter.
Steer clear of sugar crashes
It’s best to avoid fruits with high sugar content or fruit juices with added sugar for breakfast since they are high in sugar and can cause erratic changes to blood sugar and unwanted sugar crashes throughout the day. There are plenty of ways to naturally sweeten your breakfast like fresh fruit and unrefined sugars like maple syrup and honey.
Work breakfast into your morning routine
A healthy breakfast doesn’t have to be time consuming to prepare to taste delicious. Think a comforting bowl wholegrain porridge sprinkled with nuts and seeds, soft boiled eggs with smashed avocado or a green smoothie bowl packed full of superfoods. If you’re particularly time poor or in rush with school drop offs or the dreaded morning commute, why not meal prep breakfast for the week ahead? Dishes like chia pudding, overnight oats (rolled oats soaked in milk overnight) or even savoury muffins are perfect options to make in bulk.
Be mindful about your morning routine and take ten minutes out for breakfast to enjoy breakfast in your own kitchen, even if it means setting the alarm slightly earlier.
Here are 3 great recipes that will help you get your day off to a perfect start.
A delectable breakfast option that regulates your blood sugar and helps you stay fuller for longer!
Banana and Peanut Butter Porridge
Get those extra nutrients in and give your body a boost with an easy-to-prepare Matcha smoothie bowl.
Green Matcha Smoothie Bowl
This recipe infuses their 100% Certified Organic Matcha into a delicious and super easy smoothie bowl. The combo of caffeine and L-theanine in this product gives you a lovely and slow sustained release of energy in the morning if you’re needing an extra boost.
Fresh and full of goodness! Add these simple, savoury fritters to your repertoire and kick start your metabolism each morning.
Zucchini and Pea fritters
Now that breakfast is under control, explore our special guide to planning the ultimate dinner party here so you can entertain like pro!