Take your breakfast staples to the next level by adding immune-boosting ingredients and some rather intriguing newbies on the superfood scene.
It can be really hard to leave your duvet behind on a chilly morning. And even though Spring is just around the corner, getting through the last few weeks of miserable winter can be hard. That’s why it’s really important to ensure that you set your day off to a healthy and fulfilling start with a wholesome breakfast. Changing up your breakfast routine and eating a varied diet ensures your body receives all of the correct nutrients. That’s why we’ve experimented with immune-boosting flavours and ingredients to give your breakfast staples a makeover. These vitamin-rich foods are essential to make sure you haven’t crashed by lunchtime.
ADD SOME SPICE TO YOUR MORNING SHOT
Honey, lemon and ginger has always been a popular detox trio to soothe sore throats and nasal congestion. Try our easy-to-make ginger elixir shot which combines these flavours with fresh grated turmeric, cracked black pepper and crushed cardamom for a zingy infusion. You are probably already familiar with both turmeric and cardamom from Indian cuisine, but they are more versatile than you may think and the perfect addition to your morning shot. Cardamom aromatic complexity paired with the ant inflammatory and digestive properties of turmeric, make them very beneficial to your overall health.
A SMOOTHIE STRAIGHT FROM THE SEA
Smoothies are refreshing, easy to make and great on-the-go. The deep green colour of our antioxidant blend speaks for itself. Combining fruity favourites like blueberries and banana with spinach and a splash of coconut water makes for the perfect dairy-free concoction. The addition of powdered spirulina, a nutrient-rich blue-green algae, gives this smoothie an edge due to its cholesterol lowering properties. This concentrated source of vitamins and minerals has become increasingly favoured with the health-conscious. Add 1tbsp spirulina to your smoothie to give your morning a super boost.
CHOOSE CALM OVER CAFFEINE
A steaming cup of coffee can seem like a lifeline on a misty morning, but try swapping the caffeine for a herbal infusion to ensure a calm start to the day.
Peppermint tea is the perfect companion for your morning commute due to its gut-friendly properties that will aid your post-breakfast digestion. Our peppermint and nettle brew combines minty and earthy flavours and is naturally decaffeinated. Nettles have been used in herbal remedies since the Medieval era as a natural pain reliever. They are also very rich in vitamin A,B and K and therefore the perfect cure for your morning blues. Simply brew 1tsp dried peppermint and nettle leaves in hot water for 3-4 minutes.
Moringa tea has officially dethroned matcha as the new brew everybody’s talking about. Its slightly grassy flavour may not be everybody’s cup of tea, however it has amazing energy boosting properties. It also contains three times as much iron as spinach, and therefore works as an excellent source of nutrients. A comforting cup of moringa tea can be made using either fresh moringa leaves or powder, both of which can be found in most health food stores. Simply add to hot water with a dash of honey or agave for a sweeter flavour.
TRENDY TOPPINGS FOR YOUR OATS
Overnight oats are perfect for breakfast as they can be made the night before and leave you feeling full all morning. For the base, combine 50g rolled oats with 100 ml milk or any milk alternative, and leave overnight. Popular toppings include berries, seeds, nut butter, yoghurt and honey. We’ve combined classic toppings such as honey, chia seeds and watermelon seeds with, the less commonly known, maqui berry to give your oats even more of a health boost. Maqui berries are a rich purple in colour and bursting with antioxidants and heart health benefits. Simple sprinkle 1tbsp maqui berry powder over your oats and tuck in.
Alternatively, for a fibre fuelled breakfast top your overnight oats with sliced banana, chopped nuts and nut butter. Cashew butter is a popular choice for spooning over breakfast foods, however pili butter is the new fad that every foodie is talking about. The velvety pili nut, originating from the Philippines, made its way to the US back in 2015, but even then, it could only be located in the trendiest cafes and health food stores. Jason Thomas, founder of the nut’s brand Pili Hunters, played an instrumental role in bringing them over from the Philippines. He says consumers will soon be seeing pili nuts on supermarket shelves and ‘the market is going to explode.’ swirl in or dollop on top of your oats for a perfectly nutty breakfast.
EGGS FROM ACROSS THE GLOBE
If you’re looking for something more substantial, nothing beats eggs for breakfast, they are easy to whip up and endlessly versatile. However, we’ve taken a step back from the fridge, and instead taken egg-inspiration from across the globe.
Seaweed has long been a staple in Asian cuisine; however, it has only recently been given its superfood status here in the UK. More and more recipes incorporate the underwater leafy green due to its beneficial minerals and vitamins. Also, it’s natural sea salt flavour and crisp texture make it the perfect partner for your morning eggs. Our reimagined Korean rolled omelette is a light breakfast that will guarantee to warm you up on a frosty morning. Simply add finely diced peppers, onions and mushrooms to an oiled pan. Once the vegetables have browned whisk two eggs and pour into the pan. As the omelette begins to form place seaweed sheets down the centre and fold into thirds, then serve and enjoy.
Having a diverse diet is really important. Don’t be afraid to change up your meals, experiment with the flavours and colours of different superfoods and bask in their nutritious rewards.