Life just seems to be getting busier and busier! By the time work, family, social life and hobbies take up majority of our week, it can feel like our intention to lead a healthy lifestyle is just dropping further down the to-do list. But what if there was one easy thing you could do before your day even starts, to make your whole day healthier?
So what is it, you ask? Simply add a serve of vegetables to your breakfast everyday. I know, it sounds a bit crazy right? I promise I’m not suggesting you add some broccoli to your overnight oats! There are many surprising and delicious ways you can do this, and it will make a huge difference to your health!
We need at least five serves of vegetables and legumes daily.
One serve of veg is considered to be half a cup of cooked veg, one cup of salad greens, or half a cup of legumes such as chickpeas and lentils. As you can see it is quite a bit to get through. It is not surprising then that the majority of us are not getting anywhere near enough. Vegetables are packed full of vitamins, minerals and dietary fibre. All essential to good health! Intake of veg is also important for maintaining a healthy weight and supporting good gut health.
So let’s talk delicious and quick breakfast ideas, with a side of veg!
Smoothies: Add a big handful of greens to your morning smoothie.
Frittatas & Savoury Muffins: A delicious mix of lightly whisked eggs and a bunch of roast veggies, sprinkled with feta on top.
Fritters: Zucchini and haloumi fritters anyone?
Omelette: Another very simple and easy to throw together option. Great for using up leftover vegetables at the end of the week.
Smashed Avo: Because you can’t go past the classics!
Breakfast Burrito: Wholegrain wrap, scrambled egg, smoked salmon, sautéed spinach and pesto mushrooms.
It’s as easy as that! Challenge yourself to do this as many mornings as you can, you might find it easier and more delicious than you think. Then you can jump right into your busy day, knowing you have started off with a really nutritious meal.