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Breakfast of (Plant Based) Champions…….

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There is nothing better than a good old fry up to get you going in the morning.ย  Well, that’s what I used to think a year ago; even 6 months ago.ย  Not that I had one every day, but on those days that I did, I would devour it like it was going to be the last time I would be eating it.ย  These fry ups usually consisted of the ‘usual’ sausages, bacon, eggs, black pudding, beans, tomato, hash browns, toast and a ‘small cup of coffee’ to wash it down.

Well I still get those days when I think to myself, I would love to have a nice ‘hearty’ breakfast and guess what – today was one of those days.ย  However, on this plant based journey the ingredients had to change a little lot.ย  So, after going out for a swim and then on to work for a few hours, I was greated on my arrival home by this little beauty.

Yes, not the most saintly, or nutrient dense of meals that I have eaten lately, but it tasted great and it was definitely better for me than my previous cholesterol loaded breakfasts that I used to enjoy.ย  I would be lying if I was not a little sceptical about the scrambled tofu or the vegan sausages, but I will be honest – they actually taste really good.

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This fried baked breakfast was brought to you by:

  • Heinz Baked Beans
  • Hash Browns
  • Scrambled Tofu with Spinach, Tomato and Spices
  • Linda McCartney Chorizoย  and Red Pepper Vegan sausages
  • Wholegrain Toast with Flora Freedom Dairy Free Spread

It certainly left me full, but not feeling sluggish and set me up for the rest of the day.ย  One other thing – I didn’t feel that I was missing out on any of the other ‘usual’ ingredients that I used to eat when having this type of meal.

Thanks Tracee for cooking this – lovely ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 

Post Training Breakfast

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I know that I have posted before about my lack of interest when it comes to eating breakfast, so I thought I would share my new favourite post training breakfast.ย  Now, I am very fortunate that I have a job that I am able to cycle commute to and from.ย  This means that I get over 3 hours of bike time every day (no jealousy comment please :)).ย  To enable my body to allow me to do this along with all my other training (yes, I do manage to squeeze some work in occasionally :)), I have to ensure that I give myself a fulfilling breakfast.

I have decided on scrambled egg with spinach and home made meat balls.ย  I find that this meal gives me bags of protein and stops me getting hungry, so that I don’t snack before lunch.ย  I try not to snack before or even after lunch as I am trying to reduce my body fat.

This a simple recipe consisting of:

  • 3 large eggs – scrambled
  • large handful of spinach
  • 4 small homemade meatballs made from lean steak mince.

Cook the meatballs and drain any fat that comes off.ย  Add the spinach to wilt, then add the scrambled eggs.ย  Cook to your liking.ย  I add hot sauce for that extra kick.

Definitely hits the spot after a great bike ride.

 

Veggie Waffles – Yum Yum!

 

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Well today is shopping day, so needed to use up the last of my prepped spiralized veggie’s (I’m so in love with my spiralizer lol) But what to do with them? I remember watching Ali fromย Inspiralized.com making sweet potato waffles and thought it looked pretty cool, so figured I’d have a little go of my own.ย  Now, I really dislike sweet potatoes, really wish I didn’t but hey-ho I really really do :(.ย  I had some parsnip and carrot noodles left over, so sauted them in a little frylight until softened and added some spinach.ย  I then transferred to a bowl and seasoned with salt and pepper, added a whisked egg and mixed it all together (Not much of a sweet tooth here so going for a savoury waffle).ย  I then transferred to the waffle maker, and hey presto gorgeous veggie waffles. I topped mine with poached eggs and they tasted delicious. Great start to the day, and super filling too.ย  For those of you following a Slimming World plan like me, this is a syn free meal.

Sun is shining here today, and hope the sun is shining for you too this weekend.

Hugs Tracee ๐Ÿ™‚

Perfect Porridge Bar

On the quest to ensure breakfast is eaten, yet another delicious bar that is easy to make and tastes fantastic.ย  Full of goodness and definitely does not make you feel bloated.ย  This is from Jamie Oliver’s Everyday Super Food.ย  Tastes like a naughty cake ๐Ÿ™‚

Ingredients:

  • 100g unsalted mixed nuts – I used almonds, walnuts and cashews.
  • 50g mixed seeds – I used chia, sunflower and pumpkin.
  • 100g mixed dried fruit – I used cranberries and crystallized ginger.
  • 1 heaped tsp ground ginger.
  • 1/2 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 orange
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1 tbsp runny honey
  • 175g porridge oats

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 190C/375F/Gas 5.ย  In a food processor, pulse the nuts, seeds, fruit and spices with the finely grated orange zest, then place in a bowl.
  • Peel the orange then blitz the segments to a pulp with the banana in the processor.
  • Pour the mixture into a measuring jug.ย  Add the honey and top up to 500ml total volume with water.ย  Pour into a large pan on a medium to high heat and just bring to the boil.
  • Stir in the oats and blitzed nut mixture.ย  Keep stirring and beating for 5 min or until the oats start releasing their starch and the mixture becomes gluey.
  • Transfer to a non-stick square baking tin.ย  Spread mixture out and bake in over for 45 to 50 min, or until golden and set.
  • Leave to cool in the tray for 10 min,ย  then transfer to a wire rack.
  • Can be stored for up to 3 days.

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Per Bar:

  • 171cal
  • 9g Fat
  • 1.2g Sat Fat
  • 4.4g Protein
  • 20.8g Carbs
  • 11.6g Sugar
  • 3.6g Fibre

Breakfast Date

Another trip to the Cosy Club, Stamford brought another happy start to the day.ย  As we have mentioned previously, this place is our go to eatery in Stamford.ย  Fantastic food, staff and atmosphere provide an tranquil place to relax and enjoy your Sunday morning.

There is nothing better than relaxing somewhere with a nice coffee and great food.

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Cosy eggs with salmon and spinach……To die for

Breaking the Fast

I have to admit that I struggle to eat first thing in the morning.ย  I fully understand the importance of breakfast and since I have started to cycle to work, this has now become a very important meal for me.ย  But what can you do to train yourself to eat when you really don’t want to?ย  Here are my tips:

  • Have an amazing wife like mine who understands that I have to consume healthy calories and provides me with delicious alternatives to a mundane breakfast.ย  But unfortunately, my wife is not available to rent, so you will have to get your own amazing partner ๐Ÿ™‚
  • Don’t think of it as breakfast, think of it as eating to power your body for training.
  • Make sure that you have something prepared.ย  Saves time in the morning and you don’t have to overthink what you are going to eat.
  • Consume a kickstart infusion first thing in the morning.ย  This works for me and by the time I am ready to go out to work, I am ready to eat.
  • Be mindful of your energy requirements for the day.
  • Experiment with new things.ย  If you want a soup for breakfast, then have it.ย  Breakfast does not have to consist of the usual cereal, toast etc………..
  • Have a go to breakfast that you enjoy.ย  Mine at the moment is Blueberry & Banana Buckwheat Breakfast Muffins.ย  Extremely delicious and certainly hits the spot.ย  Provides a sweet hit which I love because I have a sweet tooth.ย  They are very easy to consume and does not sit heavily on the stomach – perfect for me as that last thing I want to do is cycle on a full/heavy stomach.
  • Drink water – Hydrate before you caffinate!

So, I thought that I would share the Blueberry & Banana Buckwheat Breakfast Muffins recipe with you all.

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Ingredients:

  • 200g buckwheat flour
  • 50g ground almonds
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 2 large eggs
  • 4 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 150g blueberries (fresh or frozen)

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 180C/350F/Gas Mark 4
  • Mix the buckwheat flour, ground almonds and baking powder together in a bowl.ย  Mash the bananas well and combine with the eggs and honey.
  • Melt the coconut oil and add to the egg mixture in a thin stream while continually whisking.
  • Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture and lightly combine until no flour pockets remain.ย  Fold in the blueberries, then divide the mixture between the muffin cases (enough mixture for 8 muffins).
  • Bake for 10-20 min until golden.ย  Leave to cool.

Per Muffin:

  • 240 kcals
  • 6.6g protein
  • 9g fat (3.8g saturates)
  • 35.2g carbs
  • 3.3g fibre
  • 14.8g sugar
  • 0.1g sodium

Eat and enjoy………………..

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