You know how the saying goes: breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It wakes up the body, boosts energy, and sets you up to tackle the tasks ahead. If you’re already eating a healthy brekkie every day, that’s amazing! Now, let’s take it to the next level. To make your morning meal even better, try throwing in these three foods…
These black and white seeds may be tiny, but they pack a powerful punch. Loaded with omega-3 ALA fatty acids (the kind our bodies can’t produce on their own), protein, fibre, calcium, magnesium and antioxidants, chia seeds have a long list of health benefits. They boost brain function and help to combat high cholesterol, blood pressure and heart disease. Thanks to their protein and dietary fibre content, they’ll keep you feeling fuller for longer. And if that wasn’t enough, they also protect the liver and work as an anti-inflammatory. Pretty impressive, right? Now, let’s talk about how to get these babies in your belly every morning. We love soaking chia seeds in water overnight to make a pudding, or sprinkling them on yoghurt, muesli and smoothies. For an even easier fix, grab The Chia Co Oats & Chia. Made with Australian-grown oats, coconut milk, and the highest quality chia the world has to offer, all you need to do is add hot water. The result? A deliciously creamy porridge that’s dairy-free and bursting with nutrients.
The biggest multi-tasker on the health scene, coconut oil is one thing you definitely want to be getting a dose of daily. High in natural saturated fats like caprylic acid, lauric acid and capric acid, coconut oil is called a superfood for a reason. These fats increase healthy (HDL) cholesterol in the body, and convert ‘bad’ (LDL) cholesterol into the good stuff. By doing so, coconut oil helps to prevent heart disease and high blood pressure. It also has antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties, meaning it’ll give your immune system a boost every time you eat it. It revs up your metabolism, burns fat and lifts your energy, releasing it slowly over time. Plus, it reduces inflammation and gets the digestive system moving, which is why it’s so great to have first thing in the morning. Add it to your smoothies and omelettes, or just enjoy a tablespoon on its own every day. Then, sit back and let the benefits (and compliments!) roll in.
As one of the most nutrient-dense foods, blueberries have plenty of reasons to show off. First of all, they’re low-GI, low in calories and high in fibre, so they’re a great staple if you’re on a weight loss mission. Plus, they’re incredibly rich in antioxidants like proanthocyanidins, phenols and resveratrol. If those buzzwords are going over your head, that’s okay! Here’s what you need to know: together, these antioxidants combat ageing and inflammation, protect the body from oxidative stress, boost focus and memory, lower blood pressure and cholesterol, and promote heart health. Oh, and blueberries can help to reduce damage from sun exposure – something a lot of Aussies are dealing with. Go on, then, munch on a handful of blueberries – bonus points if they’re organic!
Which of these superfoods will you be adding to your breakfast?