Breakfast. I love it, we all need it #omelette

I absolutely love breakfast and i really don’t understand how some people go without it. I literally wake up and it is all I am thinking about. I usually have the same thing every morning. An omelette with veggies, some spinach, a bowl of oatmeal/porridge (whatever you like to call it!) and a cup of tea. Its a great meal as its got a good amount of protein and carbs in there and stacks up to about 250-300 calories. I like to get my carbs in earlier in the day so oats are a great source for when you get up and they also help to curb my sweet tooth too as I sprinkle a little crunchy stevia on top for taste.

Now obviously the possibility with omelettes is pretty endless and you may have your own preferences (different veggies/meat or using the yolk) but the recipe below is just how I like to cook mine so I hope you enjoy it. I do switch up the veggies now and again for some variety but this recipe will include an onion, a red bell pepper and some coriander.  Don’t forget to check out the slideshow below 🙂

Ingredients:

  • Small Onion sliced- About 60g
  • Red Bell Pepper Chopped- about 80g
  • 5 Large or Medium Egg Whites
  • Season Salt/ seasoning of  your choice
  • Pepper
  • Cooking Spray

Instructions:

1. Set heat on stove to medium heat. My stove goes to 9 so i set it at 6.5.

2. Place the chopped onion into the pan (I like crescent shaped slices)  and place a lid on top of the pan

3. While these cook, i then chop my bell pepper and cilantro

4. Separate the eggs whites into a bowl and sprinkle with the desired amount of season salt and pepper

5. Beat the eggs until lots of bubbles form. I like to get as many bubbles as possible. I just use a fork !

6.  Remove lid from the pan (The onions should be sizzling) and pour in the bubbly egg whites

7. immediately sprinkle the chopped red bell pepper evenly around the pan and then the coriander on top.

8. Place the lid on top of the pan. Placing the lid on is the key as it helps  the omelette rise and become fluffy.

9. Now while the omelette is cooking i get down to making my porridge and my cup of tea whilst clearing the kitchen at the same time and usually once i have done that it is ready. A few indicators as to whether it is done;  You will start to see the omelette bubble and rise  and when you take the lid off there should be any runny parts. It should look cooked.

10. Once it looks cooked I like to get a spatula and fold it over. I like the outside to be cooked (almost like a layer of crispy skin) with the inside being softer. So I fold it and let it sit in the pan for a little to hold it all together and then it should slide out pretty easy to be placed onto your plate.

Thats about it really! I  like to have my omelette with a little reduced salt and sugar tomato ketchup and about 70g of steamed spinach on the side. For my porridge I use a 1/4cup  of quakers wholegrain oats and mix it with water, cinnamon and psyllium husk for added fibre as well as a sprinkle of crunchy stevia for sweetness. My cup of tea is the last thing and I have this with some low fat milk.

Overall this meal is pretty clean and healthy, it is usually less than 300 cals and really gets me going in the morning. What do you all like for breakfast? I would love to know about some more healthy ideas I could incorporate into my daily routine as it is good to switch up once in a while so please do let me know.

Have a great day and hope you enjoy the images!

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Multivitamins really do fill in those gaps!

Ok so i am guessing most people have heard about how important it is to take a multi-vitamin everyday especially if you are working out. I definitely knew it was important but it was only until I jumped onto the ‘my fitness pal’ bandwagon that I actually noticed how much of a difference it made. For those of you that don’t know, my fitness pal is a food diary app where you plug in what you eat and it gives you the nutritonal information for each item. You can set a total calorie intake for the day based upon your activity levels, how much weight you want to lose per week etc. I had heard about it so wanted to see what the fuss was about. I feel as though it would be a great app to use on clients (once i get my PT qualification) because i feel like if they have to record what they eat, they are more inclined to stay clear of eating bad foods. Anyway back on to the point of this post… So i started to record my daily intake and could see that I wasn’t reaching 100% on certain vitamins. I hadn’t been taking a multi-vitamin for a while so i decided to buy my usual Opti-women multivitamins and plug two of those in a day and voila! All my daily requirements were fulfilled and you might be thinking..’well duhhh!’. However my point is that It was only until I physically saw what a difference it made that i really understood the importance of taking in such a supplement. It is one thing to know something is important, but to actually see the difference on paper is another. Often people get caught up in only worrying about their macro nutrient needs but just because micronutrients are needed in comparatively smaller amounts, doesn’t mean they should be ignored. It is safe to say i will definitely continue to take multi-vitamins and not underestimate their power! Anybody else have any opinions on Multi-vitamins? Which brands do you use? Are their any other supplements you find really helpful?

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Aloe Vera Juice

So I was walking in the supermarket the other day and was in the ‘health food’ section browsing around to see if I could buy some thing new and a big white bottle of Aloe Vera Juice (Dynamic Health)caught my eye. I had heard that it was supposed to help with digestion and bloating along with many other benifits. So i thought, why not! I picked up a bottle and  started taking a cap full ( about 1 oz)  before every meal. It actually tasted gross at first but after a few days I got used to it and I really think it has helped my digestion and bloating. I would definitely recommend it however I would check with a doctor if you are taking any other prescription medcine as it may react with certain drugs. With regards the benefits of actually drinking Aloe, there seems  to a be lot, some of them I read about were:

– Enhancements to the immune system

-Relief from heartburn, arthritis and lowering blood sugar levels

– Good For respiratory disorders (e.g cold, flu, bronchitis etc)

-High in Amino and Fatty Acids which the body needs

Anyone else have any thoughts on drinking Aloe?

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Check out this link to learn more: http://sacredsourcenutrition.com/top-12-benefits-of-aloe-vera/