Dr Sarah Brewer
Breakfast is considered the most important meal of the day for, as its name suggests, it breaks your overnight fast and fuels your metabolism to get you going. Eating the wrong types of food at breakfast can soon leave you feeling lethargic and hungry within a couple of hours, while eating the right types of food, can keep you alert and satiated until lunchtime.
Our ancestors ate a natural breakfast that they foraged and hunted themselves. It was high in protein, fibre and healthy fats while relatively low in sugars and starchy carbohydrates. This helped to ensure stable blood glucose levels, unlike some modern breakfast choices that are highly processed such as sweetened cereals, baked pastries, concentrated juices and other processed and refined sources of carbohydrate that trigger a roller-coaster of blood sugar highs and lows. By selecting the most natural breakfast foods you can prepare your mind and body for a productive morning without compromising on taste.
I am a great fan of coconut water and coconut milks which have a deliciously unique and natural taste that doesn’t have to be overly coconutty. In fact, when coconut milk is diluted with water it can taste remarkably similar to dairy milk and can be used in teas and coffees, making it a great natural alternative for those who are lactose intolerant, have a cows’ milk protein allergy, are following a plant-based diet or choose to avoid dairy for other reasons.
For example, increasing numbers of people are adopting initiatives such as Meatless Mondays and Veganuary as a way of supporting their health as well as the environment.
Did you know? Koko’s coconut milk, yogurt and cheese alternatives are fortified with added calcium, vitamin D2 and B12 to match the nutritional content of dairy products. Koko Super Milk is also a source of iodine.
My ideal, natural breakfast is therefore one that features coconut and which is a good source of protein, fibre and healthy fats and relatively low in sugar while still providing some ‘slow’ carbohydrates as a steady source of energy during the morning.
While most of us seek variety in most things in life, we tend to be creatures of habit when it comes to breakfast. Many people eat the same thing every single day to break their fast – sound familiar? That’s why my ideal natural breakfast would also allow variety so you could make a different version every day of the week to delight your taste buds. That’s where my Blissful Breakfast Bowl comes in. Based on thick, creamy, Greek-style coconut yogurt, it also provides protein, fibre and healthy oils from nuts; vitamins, antioxidants and fibre from fruits; and healthy carbs from natural grains.
About Dr Sarah Brewer
Dr Sarah Brewer qualified from Cambridge University with degrees in Natural Sciences, Medicine and Surgery. While working as a hospital doctor and GP, she recognised that many illnesses have a dietary basis and studied for a Master’s degree in Nutritional Medicine from the University of Surrey. As well as being a registered Medical Doctor, Sarah is also a Registered Nutritionist, a Registered Nutritional Therapist and an award-winning health writer. Sarah writes widely on all aspects of health and nutrition and is the author of over 60 popular self-help books. drsarahbrewer.com
Dr Sarah B’s Blissful Breakfast Bowl
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You can mix this up with whatever fruit selection you have, from banana and kiwi to pomegranate and pink grapefruit!