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Shake Up Your Breakfast Routine

Shake Up Your Breakfast Routine
Mornings, they’re like Marmite, right? Maybe you’re one of the lucky ones who springs out from the duvet and has your trainers at the end of the bed ready for your early run or session at the gym. One of the ones who always describes mornings as “the best part of the day” or that a lie in is “a waste”. Good for you early riser.
 
Alternatively, you may be the flip of this. One of those people who’s favourite time of the morning is 3 a.m. on a dance floor somewhere, or 11 a.m. in your local brunch spot. 7 a.m. is not your mate and you don’t much care for their partner in alarm clock crime 7.10 either.
 
Well we have good news whichever camp you fall into, for we have spoken to lifestyle blogger John Bingham to get some tips on what’s best to have for breakfast. It may give you even more motivation for those early morning workouts, or it may give you the motivation to get out of your pit. And, spoiler alert, there’s no Marmite.
 
 
Blueberries

 
Those little blue balls are pocket rockets of the breakfast world.
 
They have one of the highest levels of antioxidants amongst commonly consumed fruit and vegetables, which is great for fighting illness and ageing.
 
They are low in calories but high in vitamin C and K, fibre and manganese. They’ve also been named in studies on lowering blood pressure, preventing heart disease and improving memory.
 
Try them with overnight oats, in pancakes or just by themselves.
 
Lemon Shots

 
Those little ginger shots you can pick up from Pret promise a lot, but at home it’s as simple as squeezing a lemon.
 
It may sound a bit strange, but fresh lemon juice contains vitamins C, B6 and E as well as calcium zinc and iron. It’s basically a one way ticket out of lethargy (or hangover) country.
 
If the thought of necking lemon nectar shot straight up is too much then add it to a pint of cold water. Rehydration and a plethora of goodness, win-win.
 
Black Teas

 
Many people reach for the intense caffeine hit of coffee to get them going in the morning, but in many countries including Japan (where the life expectancy is above the UK) black tea is the norm.
 
Get yourself a strainer and go for a loose leaf option. They’re often high in antioxidants and great for digestion. In addition, they don’t tend to dehydrate like black coffee.
 
Bingham recommends jasmine tea in particular but there are a huge number of varied, interesting and healthy options.
 
Avocado


 
Australians were onto something when they teamed avocado with toast.
 
Though they’re high in fat, it’s the good stuff, and far more beneficial than that found in a bacon sarnie. These bad boys can help to prevent heart disease and lower blood pressure and are an excellent source of fibre and potassium, which is great for your digestive system.
 
Add squeezed lime, red chilli and coriander for a Mexican vibe or pickled red onion for added zing.

 

 

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