Breakfast has always been the most important meal of the day in my books . And, I may or may not frequently have breakfast food for lunch and/or dinner… I mean breakfast food is surely the best kind of food right?
We know it’s important to start the day right with a big drink of water, some exercise and a delicious breakfast. But not all breakfasts are created equally. Many aren’t as good for us as they seem, containing cheeky hidden additives and refined sugars.
We spoke with Celebrity Chef and Nutritionist Teresa Cutter to get her top 3 breakfasts to support digestion, gut health and your overall wellbeing.
3 Gut Friendly Breakfasts
What we eat and drink builds the foundation of our health. We eat to obtain nutrients for our muscles and organs, to promote the growth and repair of our tissues, and to support our immune system in fighting disease.
Common dietary culprits that may be affecting your digestion include poor quality food choices.
These are things like:
- too much refined sugar,
- artificial sweeteners and processed foods,
- consuming inadequate fresh fruits and vegetables,
- eating too fast,
- food sensitivities (gluten, wheat and lactose intolerances),
- spicy foods,
- rich or oily foods,
- heavy meats and
- eating large portion sizes.
Breakfast is the best time of day to infuse your body with goodness, so give it a powerful dose of greens or a protein rich smoothie every day.
It’s also important that breakfast is balanced with protein, healthy fats and carbohydrates to sustain energy levels and curb unhealthy cravings before lunchtime. Have gut-friendly nutrients that come from fruits and vegetables to help with digestion and to support total wellbeing.
Here are my top 3 gut-friendly breakfasts that will change your mornings:
YOGHURT + HEALTHY CHEF SUPERFOOD
One of the easiest and most delicious breakfasts I love to prepare is my Superfood Muesli. I simply mix natural coconut yoghurt with 1 tablespoon of Healthy Chef Organic Superfood and then top it with luscious berries and some nuts for added protein and crunch.
The delicious berry flavour of Healthy Chef Organic Superfood marries well with the yoghurt and is a delicious source of both pre-biotics and probiotics. These help to stimulate regularity and good gut flora in the digestive system.
HEALTHY CHEF GREEN SMOOTHIE
I designed the Healthy Chef Green Smoothie to support my own digestive health requirements and busy work schedule.
It’s an alkalising blend of organic green superfoods and probiotics, which is great for people who are looking for a daily greens powder they mix into water or add to a protein rich smoothie.
I personally love to blend Healthy Chef Green Smoothie with a frozen banana, whole peeled orange, water or homemade almond milk, Healthy Chef Protein and ice. It makes the most delicious, gut friendly start to the day. A smoothie like this also ensures you are getting the fibre, vitamins and minerals to support your total wellbeing.
HEALTHY SAVOURY MUFFINS
These muffins are high in protein and gluten-free, which means they will keep you satisfied and full of energy all morning.
Instead of flour, which is found in most store-bought muffins, I use quinoa and almond meal. Both of which are high in protein providing the body with amino acids for growth and repair. The addition of kale and baby spinach in this recipe helps to provide fibre, antioxidants and restorative minerals. The chia seeds add plant-based omega 3 and fibre for healthy digestion.
How do you start your day?
Celebrity chef, nutritionist and entrepreneur Teresa Cutter has successfully pioneered the world of health + wellness with her nutritional product line of functional food supplements and healthy cookbooks.
Teresa Cutter says she feels more fabulous in her 50’s than she did in her 20’s. She credits her glowing skin to her diet and product range that has been specially designed to help support glowing skin, healthy hormones, gut health as well as a lean toned body.
“I don’t do extreme diets and consume mainly a plant-based diet including leafy greens, salads, fruits, vegetables, olive oil and clean, hormone-free proteins like fish.”
In my book Perfect Digestive Health, my two-week meal plan and recipes are based around a diet free from gluten, dairy and refined sugars to give the digestive system the best chance of resetting and having a fresh start.