Breakfast isn’t just about kick-starting you day – whether you spend it with family, a partner or alone – it’s also a great time to cultivate and maintain friendships. Make a conscious effort to schedule an early breakfast with a colleague or client, or get together with a group of parents once you’ve done the morning school run.
Love at first bite
Like it or not, (and we love it!) experts maintain that the best way to start your day is with a good dose of oily fish. Salmon being the number one choice! The proteins in the fish help maintain steady blood sugar levels (which are vital for many things including weight loss and the prevention of wrinkles, inflammation and cancer) and the omega oils help sharpen our brains.
Here are five ways to fall in love fast:
Avocado and Salmon Low-Carb Breakfast
soft goat cheese
Smoked salmon and poached egg
Smoked Salmon & Dill Breakfast Hash
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cooked diced potatoes
shredded smoked salmon
chopped fresh dill
Salmon scrambled eggs
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Apricot and lemon glazed salmon
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4T olive oil
1 t Dijon mustard
80 grams apricot preserves
3T apple cider vinegar
3T lemon juice
4 salmon fillets
On those mornings when you’d prefer to treat yourself to breakfast out (yes, we all have them), why not give the eggs benedict with salmon from Mugg & Bean a try? It’s simply delicious … think a toasted English muffin topped with smoked salmon trout, two poached eggs and hollandaise sauce – yummy! Let’s be honest though, their entire breakfast menu is drool-worthy. Just add a creamy cup of cappuccino to the mix and we’ll take brekkie there any (ok, make that every) day. Details: www.muggandbean.co.za
While we’re on the subject of brekkie, a weekly catch-up breakfast with the girls is practically mandatory these days, right? If you plan on hosting a get together at home, and want to add a little something extra to your morning meal, maybe opt for a refreshing and summery white wine spritzer (that ought to liven up your day). Liquor City has a stunning selection and is sure to have something you’ll like … so be sure to stock up, and enjoy! Details: liquorcity.co.za
Once upon a time it was our best friend. But for many of us gluten free fans, the days of French toast or a few slices of rye smothered in peanut butter are over. That doesn’t mean breakfast has to be boring though, and this simple but genius kind-to-your-waist recipe proves it.
The bang-on trend Buddha bowl
Protein-rich quinoa is at the top of our hot foodie finds list this year. Bring 2 cups of water to boil, add a cup of quinoa and simmer for about 15 minutes. Fry up some chickpeas with your choice of herbs and spices while you wait. Then chuck the lot into a bowl and add some spinach leaves and a few slices of avo. Now enjoy.
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Go on – make your own!
After doing this you may be tempted to never buy yoghurt again. Making your own is easier than cooking, you can create your own blends AND you get the benefits digestion, improved immunity and lessened food allergies by making natural yogurt with good bacteria probiotics.
Image and recipe courtesy lifeisazoobiscuit.com
Makes 1 litre yoghurt
1 litre of fresh full cream milk
60 ml natural yoghurt with live AB cultures
Bring the milk to 80°C or until bubbles form around the edges of your pot. Stir the milk occasionally. Remove pot from heat and let it cool to 43 °C or when you can stick your finger in for 10 seconds. Stir in yoghurt and cover the pot with a lid. Wrap the pot with a large towel and let it sit for 6-12 hours in a hot spot until yoghurt is thick and tangy. The longer it sits, the thicker and tangier it will become. Spoon into sterilized containers and refrigerate.
Use yogurt from this batch as the starter for your next batch.
Move over cornflakes…
Make your own toasted muesli in a flash – and still get them to school on time! (The secret of course is to do the muesli in big batches and store it in an airtight container.)
Image and recipe courtesy tandysinclair.com
300g rolled oats
75g sunflower seeds
75g pumpkin seeds
170g nuts, roughly chopped
45g desiccated coconut
50g cacao nibs
20g wheat germ
80mls canola oil
75g dried fruit, thinly sliced
35g goji berries
While we may not all be Banting fans, Tim Noakes has changed how many of us feel about carbs. (Hellooo instant guilt!) The good news is these seed crackers taste great, are carb-clever, full of the oils that we need and a doddle to make!
Image and recipe courtesy thebantingchef.co.za
200g sunflower seeds
100g sesame seeds
2 T psyllium husk
1 t Himalayan salt
Rosemary, oregano or cayenne pepper to taste
Baked eggs – in a flash…
Perfect for lazy weekend breakfasts or a weekday rush, these baked eggs, prepared in a muffin tray, serve 6 and cut the work (and washing) in half! Let people pick and choose their own fillings too, for extra yum…
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6 – 12 eggs
Freshly ground black pepper
Feisty fillings – six of the best
Get extra smart and wrap a slice of bacon or ham around the inside of each muffin cup before adding any other ingredients to form little egg baskets when cooked!
We say that Saturday mornings and family breakfasts make for the perfect combo … so why not grab the littlies, get in the car and take a drive to Montecasino? Why? For the variety, of course! There are so many restaurants there, you’re guaranteed to find a breakfast menu that tickles your fancy … try the ones at Spur (the kids will love it, too!) and Fego Caffe. Bonus – the kids can work off all their extra energy after breakfast at the games arcade. Details: www.tsogosun.com/montecasino
We don’t know about you but one of our fave breakfast spots is Steers (oh, you too?). Let’s be honest – their classic, hearty breakfasts just hit the spot sometimes – think eggs, crispy bacon, bangers, hash browns, seasoned chips … now that’s a mouthful. We’re getting hungry just thinking about it. The next time we’re in the mood for a filling and fantastic breakfast, we know just where to go … how about you? Details: steers.co.za
Give your crab a French twist – with an omelette that’ll turn heads…
Crab brekkie omelette
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170g can crab meat in brine, drained
3 eggs, beaten
2 t sunflower oil
30g sundried tomatoes, chopped
1 red chilli, finely sliced (optional)
Chopped fresh herbs, to garnish
Ditch the sunny side-up and go for a good ol’ fashioned omelette. And, if there’s one spot where you can fill up on these tasty breakfast treats, it’s News Café. They have everything from bacon, cheddar cheese and mushroom omelettes to chorizo, tomato and caramelised onion and feta … talk about getting the best of all worlds. Even better – they serve it all day, so no matter when your craving kicks in, you can still indulge it! Go on, you know you want to. Details: www.newscafe.co.za
We all know the importance of sending kids (and adults) off with a good breakfast. Help prevent sugar crashes, load them with important nutrients and have them licking their lips – here’s how…
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Oatmeal provides complex carbohydrates and fibre. Complex carbohydrates won’t make your kids sleepy in class because they burn slowly, giving them a continuous, steady source of energy until lunch.
In addition, oatmeal contains beta-glucan, which lowers cholesterol. Oatmeal is also a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, potassium, and folate.
Eggs are a great source of protein, good cholesterol, and various nutrients like lutein, B vitamins, and iodine.
Research shows that eating eggs and spinach can increase your reflexes and that consuming eggs with raw vegetables increases your antioxidant absorption.
Almond butter is a clean source of protein, much like eggs. It’s also rich in healthy monounsaturated fats. It has less saturated fat than peanut butter and goes well with all things peanut butter does.
Blueberries are packed with many nutrients, including vitamin C. Blueberries are also high in antioxidants, have a low glycaemic index, (helping prevent sugar crashes) and help improve memory and motor skills.
Want to take the family on a little vacay? We know just the spot to take them to … Sun City! It is Joburg’s fave weekend getaway, after all. Plus, they’ve got your perfect start to the day sorted … whether it’s breakfast at the Mugg & Bean at Soho or the Crystal Court at The Palace, there are several places to enjoy scrumpdillyicious food. And once the kids are done splashing around in the water at the Valley of the Waves, you can dig in to a delicious lunch and dinner there, too! Details: www.suninternational.com/sun-city/