This is the time of year when we all look at our waistlines and sigh (if you’re reading this and thinking ‘not me’ – then lucky you!)
It’s the time when we give up all those things we enjoy in the hope that THIS will be the year that we attain our body goals. The last of the Christmas chocolates and booze finally gone, we fill our cupboards with fresh veg, seeds, perhaps some coconut water or low fat yoghurts as a special treat…
I’m a big believer in starting the day right. A healthy breakfast is great motivation to stay strong and stick to the straight and narrow. Let’s face it, if you’ve had a big, greasy full english for brekkie, then it’s very easy to write off the whole day as far as healthy eating goes and to put off the start of the diet until tomorrow.
These breakfasts don’t work miracles but they are quick and easy to make and they’ll give you a spring in your step and a start to the day which sets you in the right direction.
A boiled egg. Such a simple concept but with SO many cooking variations out there. For me, I add my pierced egg to a small pan of boiling water and at the same time put a slice of wholemeal toast in.
4.5 minutes later, out comes the egg, to be eaten with buttered toast soldiers dipped in the still runny yellow yolk and a little salt and pepper. Pretty much perfection as breakfasts go.
Filling up on a few portions of your five a day is pretty satisfying, both in terms of appetite and(perhaps more importantly) the rather smugness-inducing knowledge that you’ve been good to your body.
It’s not just your body that will feel better though, who can help feeling a little bit happy in the presence of the wonderful colours and smells of fresh fruit?
Here are a few ideas to get your started…
There are some great varieties on sale – check out the options at your local supermarket or health food shop. Mixed with some fresh berries and creamy natural yoghurt, this is a great way to fill up on nutrients and to fill up till lunch.
Alternatively, have a go at making your own granola, filled with your favourite things. Here’s an example to get your started 🙂
Talk about unprocessed, right? No kitchen skills required, no cooking or long list of ingredients. Just beautiful, fresh fruit, full of goodness and absolutely delicious.
Grapefruit is one of my favourites. I always used to add sugar but one day decided to try it without and now find it tastier ‘au natural’.
Why not try some beautiful, juicy melon or mango?
Some sliced pineapple, some papaya with a squeeze of lime juice or even just a good old banana?
There is a world of possibility when you start adding things to toast. Marmalade, jam, Marmite – obvs. But here are a few other ideas to keep things interesting…
Banana and peanut butter
Mashed avocado with a squeeze of lemon
Nothing ground breaking – just a few of the healthier breakfasts that I enjoy and hopefully a bit of inspiration to brighten up your morning routine.
Here’s to us all achieving our perfect bodies this year! 🙂
I’m not vegetarian, and probably never will be. I don’t eat a lot of meat but I’m not sure I could give it up completely. A simple roast chicken, a beautifully tender, melt in the mouth steak, pork crackling….they’re all just too good. When I’ve spoken to veggie friends of mine, I’m always impressed (and slightly disbelieving) when they say they don’t miss any of that. However, there seems to be one exception where pretty much all of them are concerned – and that’s the humble bacon sandwich.
At first, it seems such a basic concept – a couple of slices of bacon stuck between a couple of slices of bread and hey presto! (Actually, I think my favourite ever description of a bacon sandwich came from Ina Garten on her show The Barefoot Contessa where she was doing an episode on all things English. To explain the concept to her US audience, she said something along the lines of ‘picture a BLT without the L or the T’. Brilliant!) Anyhow, I digress… the point I’ve been rambling towards, is that a bacon sandwich is anything BUT simple. Just think about it… First there’s the bread. Brown or white? Sliced? Roll? Ciabatta? Then when you’ve got that sorted we move to the bacon. Smoked? Unsmoked? Thick cut or thin? Maple cured? Grilled or fried? Crispy or not? THEN you’ve got the sauce to consider. First of all should there be sauce at all? If so, then should it be ketchup? HP? or perhaps some cheeky chutney? As if these weren’t enough decisions to contend with there’s the added complication of accoutrements. Should there be any salad? Or maybe a gherkin or two? Well, I’m sure you all have your preferences but if you’re looking to mix things up then here are mine…
(these words come from Elizabeth Bennet Browning’s beautiful sonnet – little known fact; she was actually talking about a bacon sarnie!)
I find it hard to admit this because I normally always go for brown bread over white, but when it comes to a bacon sandwich then I have to confess, I think white is a must. Two thick slices of crusty white (preferably fresh from the oven or bakery!)
Grilled (until crispy but not burned), thick cut and SMOKED. Definitely smoked. Mmmm….that smell!
Now I love a bit of brown sauce – with a pork pie, in a cheese sandwich, yum – but NOT in a bacon sarnie. It overpowers the bacon and just isn’t for me at all. There are three different sauces that I enjoy with my bacon sandwich and they are tomato ketchup, English mustard (just a smidge) and chilli jam. The latter two options add a very agreeable kick which I love. Tomato ketchup adds sweetness which goes so well with bacon. I should clarify here that I DON’T mean all these sauces together in one sandwich! Ugh…
Don’t get me wrong, I’m perfectly happy with just bacon in my sandwich – more than happy in fact. That being said, if there are extras on offer then my inner piggy won’t allow me to say no! I’m not bothered about any salad bits – salad has its place but that place is not in my sandwich. The obvious bedfellows are sausage and/or egg (fried) and I would cheerfully gobble down either. Another fave of mine is Cheddar cheese, which I put on one of the slices of bread and quickly shove under the grill to melt. YUMMMMM….
If pushed to get off the fence and pick just one favourite bacon sarnie then the below is what it would be…
1 white muffin (cut in half horizontally)
2 slices thick cut, maple cured smoked bacon
1 handful grated Cheddar
(photos courtesy of Pinterest as I was too hungry and scoffed my sandwich before thinking to take a piccie!)