Breakfast is back in vogue, and it’s looking pretty darn good…
What’s your main concern when the alarm goes off in the morning? I have to admit, mine is the complex mathematical task ahead: exactly how many more minutes can I stay snuggled in the folds of my featherdown; how many times can I press the snooze button and how many minutes will that leave me to get out the door. Nobody likes to be a statistic, but unfortunately my morning habits place me firmly in the ‘one-in-five who skip breakfast to stay in bed longer’ category.
I missed breakfast again this morning and here I am, bang on 11am and true to form, tucking into some custard creams with my coffee. Yes, I’m living up to the reckonings of our statisticians: those who skip breakfast are twice as likely to reach for a mid-morning snack as those who have fuelled their body with something more nutritious when they woke. These brekkie-related statistics have come from research conducted for Farmhouse Breakfast Week (20th-26th January). It revealed that 47% of people skip breakfast at least once week and 15% don’t eat it at all. This actually doesn’t come as a huge shock. Most of us here at Fed Up and Drunk would class breakfast as one of our favourite meals – not because we eat it every day, but because for a lot of us it’s become a weekend treat. Who doesn’t look forward to leisurely cooking up a plate of eggs Benedict while watching Saturday Kitchen? But it’s simply too much of a hassle during the working week. Yet we all know how important a good breakfast is for our health; we know it’s better for our metabolism, that we need it to ‘keep hunger locked up ‘til lunch’ and keep us from the dreaded energy slump. Maybe we all just need a little shake-up…
Nadia Sawalha’s Breakfast Tips
The Farmhouse Breakfast Week team are certainly inspiring us lazy lot with their breakfast-loving ways. Their Shake Up Your Wake Up campaign begins on January 20th – and we’ve jumped right on board. Have a gander at their videos, take a picture of your breakfast, get your kids involved or even the whole community – by posting your pictures on Twitter and Instagram you’ll be in with a chance of winning a super prize. If you’re struggling with ideas, go to the recipe section of the website and enter the kind of breakfast you’re looking to create (vegetarian, low-calorie, on-the-go, or perhaps a family feast), the amount of time you’ve got to spare, and the servings you require. You’ll find everything from full, cooked breakfasts and baked goods to smoothies and new ways to jazz up your porridge. Each one can be adapted if need be and all list nutritional values.
Nadia Sawalha’s Breakfast Scones
My personal favourite is the toast topper – quick, easy and super-scrummy. I’ve already planned a slight modification and will be covering my chunky wholemeal bread in onion hummus and topping with olives and seeds. I can already see dietician and Shake Up Your Wake Up supporter Nigel Denby beaming at my choice. He would definitely approve of my wholegrain base, as wholegrain foods help keep you feeling fuller for longer. Studies have even shown wholegrains may help lower the risk of certain types of cancer, type 2 diabetes and stroke. Chickpeas are a good source of protein, so my hummus is a good shout, and Nigel advocates combining carbs with proteins (so, bread and hummus) at breakfast for a good nutrient hit for your body. And I’m pretty sure that the onions and olives count towards one of my five-a-day.
Check out the online resources and recipe ideas, read up on nutrition and where our wholegrains come from, and we’ll see you on Twitter and Facebook every morning next week with our breakfast goodies.