As the weather is getting chillier by the day and mornings a little darker when the alarm starts to buzz, jumping out of bed to start the day with your usual enthusiasm can sometimes be a challenge.
We know that what you eat for breakfast can impact your energy and food choices for the remainder of the day. So, here are the best foods to help wake you up in the morning!
The 5 Best Foods To Start Your Day
1: Hemp and chia seeds
Hemp and chia seeds have a few things in common, including being a good source of plant-based protein, source of fibre, antioxidants and most importantly a source of essential fatty acids.
Breakfast is the ultimate time to get a dose of these healthy fats because eating healthy fats at breakfast is a good way to aid satiety and support your appetite and energy levels throughout the morning. (Read more about hemp here)
2: Chilli peppers
Chilli peppers may be a surprising pick but don’t discount them before you read on! Chilli peppers contain the active compound ‘capsaicin’ which is believed to alter body temperature and keep you awake.
Chilli can be added to omelettes and scrambled eggs, smoothies or sprinkled over avocado on toast.
Eggs undoubtedly spring to mind when talking breakfast foods and for good reason! Whenever I recommend eggs for breakfast to my clients they notice an improvement in energy levels and stabilised blood sugar during the morning.
This is because eggs offer a good source of protein to help stabilise appetite and B vitamins, which are necessary to covert food into energy and help the nervous system adapt to stress. In addition eggs contain iron, which supports the formation of red blood cells and cellular energy production. (Try these baked eggs – yum!)
Mushrooms offer a source of B vitamins such as B2, folate, B1, B5 and B3, which help the body convert food into energy and are also necessary to help form red blood cells. B vitamins also support the nervous system, which help us react to stress in a more favourable way.
Mushrooms also contain any array of minerals such as copper, selenium, phosphorus, potassium and chromium, which support overall vitality. (Read why mushrooms are the new superfood here)
5: Natural Yoghurt
If in a rush or you don’t have much appetite in the morning, natural yoghurt, including the high protein options now available, is a good breakfast to keep you satisfied until lunch.
Pair the yoghurt with some vitamin C rich berries, pineapple, papaya or kiwi fruit to support adrenal gland function and also some hemp/chia or LSA for some healthy fats (like in this easy recipe).
Now you’re full of energy and ready to go!
Zoe Bingley- Pullin is a celebrity chef and nutritionist who is also one of the experts on Channel 7’s House of Wellness. She is also the author of several successful cookbooks.