January blues are kicking in. The weather is grim, I’m pale, bloated from Xmas and poor. Oh what a wonderful time of year!
So to rid me of my glutonous guilt I thought I’d jump on the bandwagon and go on a bit of a health kick. If you google detox millions of results will appear – and that is motivation enough, oh and the fact I need my bikini body a bit earlier this year!
So far it’s only been a week but I thought I’d share a couple of healthy detox breakfast recipes with you all – as I find breakfast is one of the hardest meals to find something easy and nutritious. With everything in the media this week being focused on the dreaded 5 lettered word SUGAR and how bad it is for you, it’s made me seriously think about what I’m eating and what does processed food have hidden in it?
Browsing through the cereal cupboard was a bit of a shock, what you think are healthy breakfast cereals turns out to be the devil! Watch out for hidden sugar in simple things like porridge sachets, granola and bran flakes. Adding extra dried fruit adds even more sugar!
To be honest, I’m 22 years old, so there is no way I can cut out sugar from my diet right now. I’m a pretty healthy eater making sure I eat plenty of fruit and vegetables, rarely drink fizzy drinks or squash and hardly snack, especially on crisps and chocolate (unless it’s a low day!). So I thought to kick start 2014 in a healthy manner I’m minimising sugar intake – still eating fruit as I feel this is healthy and needed in moderation, cutting out dairy for a week and minimising carbs. Also I love the app My Fitness Pal – it really helps you keep track of what you’re eating in terms of nutrition and calories great motivation when you’re tempted to cave!
So here’s a couple of breakfast options I’ve whipped up this last week.
Porridge is a great start to the day as it’s filling and the energy is slow releasing meaning you feel fuller for longer. Use plain porridge oats and make your porridge from scrap – this means you can really see what’s going into your food. I’ve been making it with half soy milk and half water – this way it’s non dairy and reduced fat but still tastes great. This Porridge is a mixture of cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla extract and topped with apricot, papaya and blueberries. Mix the spices in while cooking then serve with the fruit – it tastes amazing and will see you through till lunchtime or longer!
I also experimented with Carrot Cake Porridge. Sounds weird, I know. However this gem tastes delicious and is perfect for breakfast or a sweet snack (with little added sugar).
I had a look at a few recipes on various blogs, take a look at these and see what you think. I mixed ideas from Cinnamon Soliloquy and Rabbit Food For My Bunny Teeth and voila came up with my own simpler mixture.
It may not look the best, but believe me I love carrot cake – and if you’re on a ‘diet’ this is the next best thing (woah is life).
To Create this use about 50g porridge oats per person to 240ml of Soya Milk and Water mixed (half and half). Bring the liquid to the boil and keep stirring, as it’s boiling add grated carrot (1-2 carrots pp) and then the spices: Cinnamon (1 1/2 tsp), Nutmeg (1tsp) Ginger (pinch) and Vanilla extract (2tsp). Mix in a handful of sultanas and serve straight away. mmm…. (if you’re after something a little sweeter mix in a tiny bit of honey and you’re there)
If you’re not a fan of Porridge try a simple Juice – this one is apparently an amazing detoxifying juice for your whole bod. The secret ingredient is parsley, which contains chlorophyll. This green herb apparently stimulates the body’s digestion and filters it from toxins, it also reduces inflammation and decreases water retention cleanses your kidney and purifies the blood from toxins. Blah, Blah, Blah… in other words it’s pretty damn good for a detox.
Try this juice which actually tastes way nicer than it looks and is pretty filling. For one person blend a quarter of a cucumber, two handfuls of fresh pineapple, the juice of half a grapefruit and a handful of parsley together until a smooth consistency and serve over ice. Now, DRINK THE GOODNESS.