They say breakfast is your most important meal of the day, but if it’s causing bloating or lethargy, it’s tempting to just skip it. A lot of us experience bloating, and it’s often everything to do with certain foods we consume and how they react in our bodies.
To stay in the no-bloat zone, try out these delicious and highly nutritious foods at the start of each day.
No-bloat Breakfast Nº1
Fluids Are Key
Drinking the right type of fluids first thing in the morning will both hydrate, refresh and de-bloat all at the same time. Some quick, great options for your morning brew are peppermint tea, ginger tea, lemon & honey or just plain cool coconut water. I prefer cold coconut water for Summer months and a tea for cooler seasons. These days it’s not too hard to find coconut water in general supermarkets, just make sure you’re getting a natural, unprocessed brand. The best ones are:
- Juice Press
- Exotic Superfoods
- Harmless Harvest
- Vital Juice
- Turmeric Alive
No-bloat Breakfast Nº2
Any kind of fruit you can get your hands on is best breakfast food without a doubt. Not only is fruit practically perfect for the digestive system, being full of fibre, it also contains the right type of natural sugars which keep us switched on and our metabolisms happy and healthy. Then you have the burst of nutrition, with fruits containing essential vitamins and minerals that maintain optimum health.
To keep things simple and sweet, try not to mix too many fruits together at one time. Keep any fruit salad or smoothie to a maximum of 3 favourites and if you’re in a hurry, grabbing a couple of apples or a banana will do just fine. I like to mix blackberries into natural yogurt with just a drizzle of organic honey, sprinkle that with some chia seeds if I’m feeling fancy. Chia seeds are a wonderful remedy for de-bloating and sorting through digestive issues, so try to mix a few teaspoons into whatever you’re eating. They work with salad, smoothies, oatmeal or even over toast.
Check out this easy to make Raspberry Jam Chia Seed recipe from holistichabits YouTube channel:
(For bloat-free security, make sure the bread your having it on is fully integral, preferably freshly baked with either oats, seeds or nuts added to the mix.)
No-bloat Breakfast Nº3
Whoever started the myths you may have heard going around that watermelon is basically sugar and water, could not have had it more mixed up. Watermelon, surprisingly, has relatively low sugar levels compared to other fruits and is an excellent source of vitamin C. It’s rich in B5, biotin, potassium, magnesium, vitamin A, B1 and B6 and is packed full of fantastic bloat-fighting fibre.
It’s a serious health food with anti-inflammatory properties and tastes amazing straight off the rind or as a freshly pressed juice. If you’ve got kids kicking about your place, this is the perfect hydrating pick-me-up in hot months, and they’ll be begging you for more!
No-bloat Breakfast Nº4
Watermelon is not the only fantastic fruit to juice with (though it is an all-time favourite.) Try out celery, ginger and apple and/or orange with any herb of your choice for an immediate immunity-boost and digestive tract cleanse. The great advantage to juicing is getting five times the nutrients without having to consume the volume.
When extracted through juicing, the good stuff condenses into the liquid of the fruit or vegetable and a large glass can keep you going for some time. Remember, if this is all you’re having for breakfast, you’re going to need a healthy snack a couple of hours after so you don’t over-eat at lunch and ruin your no-bloat beginnings. A good option is dried fruits and nuts. Speaking of which…
No-bloat Breakfast Nº5
Arm Yourself With Almonds
Whole (unsalted) almonds are high in protein, biotin, vitamin E, manganese, B2, magnesium and fibre. This nut (which is actually the seed of a fruit) was once thought to be the healthiest food on planet earth. It lowers bad cholesterol, stabilises blood sugar, treats hair, nails and skin and fills you up quickly to ward off pangs of hunger. All nuts are fairly high calorie, so keeping it to a small handful or two a day will do the trick nicely.
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