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News & Training Tips - Free Range Fitness: Blog 4

Healthy Breakfast is a great start to your day 

 

Having a filling, well balanced and nutritious breakfast is a great way to begin the day; however this often gets neglected in our regular day-to-day rush and we slip into a rut of grabbing whatever is to hand. Back in April when my mind was focused on long distance endurance running and the desire to avoid the convenient, time efficient and sugary chocolate laden cereal packets (as favoured by my four daughters) I shared three ideas for grain-free breakfasts.

 

Breakfast should be a good balance of all the macro nutrients that we need: carbohydrates, protein and healthy fats. A few simple ideas that tick all the boxes are:

  • A tasty bowl of porridge with toppings
  • Weetabix crumbled into some natural yogurt with fruit
  • Freshly-toasted bread to dip into a soft-boiled egg

But if you are looking for a complete change then here are some ideas to freshen up your morning routine and make a great start to your day:

Banana pancakes

 

Pancakes are much quicker and easier to knock up than you might imagine and with this recipe you needn’t save them just for special treats!

Wholemeal flour is a good source of carbs, dietary fibre, calcium, iron, and other minerals and vitamins that we need on a daily basis. The sweetness of the banana is what makes these pancakes yummy (and removes the need to add refined sugar) and a healthy source of carbs as well as dietary fibre, vitaminsC and B-6 and potassium and manganese. Potassium is an important mineral in the regulation of blood pressure, organ health and muscle integrity; so, it’s important to have a good supply to help relieve cramped and tired muscles.

Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 2 heaped tablespoons wholemeal flour
  • 2 eggs
  • Knob of butter (or vegetable oil)
  • Honey or maple syrup (optional)

Method:

  1. Beat the eggs in a bowl using a fork or a whisk until well mixed
  2. Mash the bananas finely
  3. Add the wholemeal flour to the banana and mix well
  4. Now combine the banana-flour mixture and the egg and beat well again
  5. Heat a frying pan and grease lightly with the butter or oil
  6. To make small pancakes ladle or pour out small quantities of pancake mixture into the pan
  7. Cook for about 1-2 minutes or until golden and then flip the pancakes over for a further minute
  8. Serve plain, with honey or maple syrup, or with chopped berries and yogurt

 

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