You might remember that a few weeks ago I wrote about the Rama Good Breakfast campaign, and how this new initiative is aimed at getting people, and particularly school kids, eating better breakfasts each day.
According to their experts, a good breakfast has a mix of good carbs (ie something that will give a slow release of energy), protein, fibre and good fat. When I did the Rama breakfast health check a few weeks ago, my breakfast ticked none of these boxes, and I was inspired to change things for the sake of my weight, and my energy and mood throughout the day (PS: if you want to see how healthy your breakfast is, you can do so on the Rama website).
At the time of the check, I wasn't having breakfast at home, and was getting something from the canteen at work, usually a scone which was quick and easy, and yes, I know, just a carb. After doing the check and embarking on trying to improve things, here's what my breakfasts now look like:
- Two slices rye toast with poached eggs, and a little bit of margarine
- Fruit salad, yoghurt and muesli
- Seeded loaf "French toast", dry fried in the pan with a mixture of egg whites and milk
- Rolled oats, plain fat free yoghurts, sprinkled with pumpkin seeds and linseed
Since the Rama breakfast programme is targeted mainly at kids, I tried to improve my son's meals too as he also wasn't getting an amazing balanced start to the day, and was often eating something sugary like a cupcake (I know, I know) before heading to school. My son loves eating fruit and vegetables, so the challenge is not getting him to eat healthier breakfasts. Rather, the challenge is in allocating a few extra minutes each morning to preparing something decent, and giving him time to eat, rather than handing him something quick and convenient that he can consume before rushing to schooo.
Here's some of what he's now been eating in the mornings:
- French toast
- Scrambled eggs and toast
- Toast with margarine, and an apple
- Strawberry yoghurt, and a banana
- Slices of tomato, and a slice of toast with peanut butter
I hope we can keep up our better ways. I can't promise that I won't have another scone, or that my son won't have a cupcake, but it will likely be the exception rather than the norm. I'm enjoying NOT being hungry these days at 10am owing to a more balanced breakfast, and it feels good to be fuelling in a smarter way.
For ideas on good breakfast equations, head to the Rama site for inspiration.