It is no secret breakfast is thought to be the most important meal of the day.
And with the doom of exam season fast approaching, there’s no better time to get a good breakfast in. I was going to write a blog post about revision tips but honestly the best one I can give is EAT BREAKFAST. For you know energy, memory and brain function – you get my gist. But breakfast is also the meal I usually struggle with the most as it can get quite boring and repetitive. I’m always on the hunt for new breakfast ideas and when I was kindly sent Amelia Freer’s new book ‘Nourish & Glow: The 10 – Day Plan’ I was super excited about trying the breakfast recipes out.
The book is split into two halves. The first provides her basic principles of nutrition such as encouraging the consumption of healthy fats, complex carbs, protein, and of course fruit and veg. Along with advice for if you are wanting to completely change your lifestyle. The second half is made up of the 10-day plan full of recipes for breakfast, lunch and you guessed it – dinner. Her aim is to get people planning, shopping, cooking and eating a nutritious, varied diet. This philosophy is adapted from the Mediterranean diet – well known to have many health benefits. However, the recipes are also gluten, dairy and refined-sugar free with vegan alternatives too. This is not something she advises for everyone and could easily be altered to fit your lifestyle.
P.S. that is totally not my lifestyle lol
For each day, you are encouraged to prep the night before and with a simple shopping list, leftovers are used for the following days foods such as leftover roasted chicken made into a soup. This makes the plan a lot more realistic than others I have seen before. All of the recipes are quick and easy and 100% insta worthy. The food photography in the book is also some of the best I’ve seen in a cookbook and I’m not ashamed to say I find myself flicking through just to look at the colourful, delicious dishes.
Rather than following the guide, I have preferred to use it as a regular cookbook for recipes, ideas and inspiration. I am of the opinion people should eat whatever they want and so following a plan is not something I would find easy to stick to. Some days I might follow it and eat the specified day’s cottage pie, others I might fancy a McDonald’s. BALANCE PEOPLE. But, if you are wanting to try the 10-day plan, go in with an open mind and don’t forget it’s not the end of the world if you decide it’s not for you. But if you find you are struggling she does offer tips and tricks to help you keep going.
So on to the foooooood!
Breakfast 1 – Herby Green Omelette
I have to say, I am not the biggest omelette fan. In fact, it’s my least favourite form of egg… but this was fresh, light and easy to make. Packed full of spinach, peas, spring onion and herbs it’s flavoursome and delicious. This was also speedy to make – perfect for if you have less time in the morning. And you cannot deny eating green food makes you feel like a healthy goddess bosssin’ life, no? Packed full of protein, veg and healthy fats – it’s a great recipe to have up your sleeve.
Breakfast 2 – Baked Pear Breakfast Bowl
I don’t know about you, but I looove pears. These are baked with fresh orange juice, vanilla, nuts and seeds of your choice and sprinkled with orange zest. I made these the night before as suggested in the 10-day plan as these can be served hot or cold. I decided to serve them with Greek Yoghurt for extra protein and drizzled with honey and a sprinkling of chia seeds. This is an excellent choice if you’re more into sweet breakfasts. And I have never tasted a pear as flavoursome as this. I was a bit sceptical about adding the vanilla but trust me – it works! This of course contains nuts, seeds, fruit, protein and healthy fats. Mmmm
Breakfast 3 – Pea & Sweet Potato fritter
And finally, my favourite! This was the best breakfast of the 3. A hot fritter made with peas, sweet potato, herbs and the zest of a lemon all bound together with an egg. Fried to form a big patty it was incredible. If you love sweet potatoes – you’ll love this. The mixture can be prepped the night before and the recipe uses leftover roasted sweet potatoes so time isn’t an issue with this. This can be eaten on its own or topped with anything you like – it’s super versatile and filling. Veg, protein, carbs and healthy fats – it’s an all-rounder.
P.S. Can you believe how orange those yolks are?? They’re the brand Clarence Court and taste phenomenal. If you’re an egg person you’ll know.
So maybe skip the cereal one day and try one of these tasty breakfast recipes from Amelia Freer’s Nourish & Glow : The 10 – Day Plan book. Available to buy online at Amazon, WHSmith, Waterstones and in store in supermarkets.
Leave a comment below telling me your go to breakfast!
Thank you for reading,
* This post was in collaboration and sponsored by Penguin Random House, but as always, all opinions are my own.