Angela: I think we all know by now breakfast is the most important meal of the day. With a few tweaks you can make an average breakfast supercharged with no extra effort at all! By doing this you will ramp up the nourishment factor of your food and you will be less likely to make bad food choices through out the day.
So what do I mean by supercharge your day? You are more likely to achieve a healthy metabolism, balanced weight and good concentration levels. Guy & Stu always get asked what they eat for breakfast. Here are their ’7 quick and easy ways to supercharge your breakfast’ so you can upgrade your most important meal of the day.
Tumeric & Black Pepper
Love Tumeric! You could write a whole blog post just on the health benefits. It really is incredible and well studied. Some of the health benefits are: powerful antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, fights degenerative diseases of the brain, lowers the risk of heart disease, cancer preventative and reducing inflammation and pain in arthritic patients. Curcumin is the key compound in turmeric that gives you all these wonderful health benefits. Tumeric taken along with black pepper can increase it’s bioavailability. You could add to a savoury porridge or omelette.
Remember to think outside the box. One of our favourite strategies is to cook once and eat twice. You can have leftovers from the night before. Guy and Stu are big fans of a big cook-up and using last nights meal for breakfast the next day. Hands down you will be getting way more nutrients into you for breakfast than the traditional toast, muffins and cereal that we’ve been led to think is a healthy start!
Add Quality Fat & Protein (keeps you going all morning)
The last thing you want to do when kickstarting your day is spike your blood sugar levels with processed foods and carb’s for breakfast. This will have you wondering why your feeling low in energy a few hours later and reaching for sugary snacks. Try adding these foods to your breakfast plate instead; Smoked salmon, avocado, coconut oil, sardines, eggs, olive oil, nuts and seeds. All make great additions to your breakfast.
Supercharged Breakfast Smoothie
We may seem a bit biased here, but 180 Superfood was designed to supercharge your smoothie. Packed full of protein, good fats, fibre and nutrients. It makes the perfect ratio of carbs, fats and protein for a balanced breakfast to keep you full until lunch. A smoothie is the easiest way to cram in quality nutrients. It could be as simple as adding 1/2 avocado (quality fats), handful of berries (low gi & nutrient rich), some coconut milk, 180 Superfood and ice. Give it a go! I always try to add some form of greens in there too, like cucumber or spinach. If you don’t like the idea of adding veg to your breakfast smoothie or the cupboards are bare, a greens superfood powder is a great way to help supercharge your smoothie. You’ll be amazed how you feel after doing this for a week or two.
Apple Cider Vinegar Shot
Apple cider vinegar is made by fermenting the sugars from apples. This makes acetic acid which is the active ingredient. I think this is a great first drink of the day. It can taste harsh to start with but just dilute in a little more water until you get the taste for it. Dosage should be 1 – 2 teaspoons in about 1/2 a glass of warm water. Buy organic where possible to avoid toxins. Studies have suggested that it can kill some types of bacteria, lower blood sugar levels, help with weight loss and have benefits in achieving a healthy heart. I use ACV as a digestive tonic. I find that it aids digestion and get’s the system started first thing in the morning.
Superfood Breakfast Bowl
Easy to prepare and a powerhouse of nutrients and a recipe you can get creative with too. Soak a handful of pumpkin seeds, a handful of sunflower seeds and a handful of sesame seeds for 10 minutes (or overnight in the fridge) then drain. Throw in some berries or goji berries and a scoop of chocolate 180 Superfood if you need the extra protein hit. Place in a food processor and add coconut milk. Blend until porridge like consistency. This will be high in iron, magnesium and zinc. You will also have a diversity of anti oxidants, gluten free, low GI and high in protein. A great start to the day and it tastes delicious.
Almond, Brazil & Cashew Nut Butter (ABC)
Move over jam and sweeten spreads. Get rid of those sugary spread fixes and have some sustainable energy. We love our nut butters, especially the ABC combo as it contains all the essential amino acids found in animal proteins making it a “complete” protein. This is our favourite one. Not only that nuts are high in good fats and packed full of nutrients.
By making some small adjustments, you can give yourself the right start to the day which your body deserves and you will soon reap the health benefits over the long term :)
Guy: I can’t tell you how many times I’ve filmed myself for this blog and cut my head off whilst shooting! So we thought we’d have some fun and keep this mighty fine CrossFit athlete a mystery, as he shares with us his post workout protein smoothie.
Can you guess who it is?
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Post workout 180 protein smoothie transcript
All right. What we’re gonna do, we’ve just had a crossfit workout, so I’m gonna do a post-workout protein smoothie.
Our basis today is going to be 180. It’s the Vegan Pea Protein Isolate 180 coconut supplement.
It’s good to have right after a workout because it’s got a good protein-fat-carbohydrate ratio.
It’s got heaps of vitamins and minerals. So I like to have it as a bit of basis.
So, for our water, we’ve got Vita Coco. So, we’re gonna load up the Bullet with a whole one of these.
Really, really good to restore electrolytes. I highly recommend the coconut water.
And then we’re gonna chuck in one banana. Restore the glycogen levels.
We’ve also got goji berries. So, with our goji, we’re gonna put in a small handful of goji berries. Amazing for everything. They detoxify the liver. They help the eyesight. They’re a great source of anti-oxidants.
They’ve got a 25,000 ORAC rating for helping, sort of, curb free radicals in the body, so they have a lot of anti-oxidants to help with that.
Put in some berries. Some other berries. We’re going to chuck in some frozen berries. We’ve got mixed strawberries, blackberries, blueberries. Add a couple of them.
Now we’re going to chuck in some Greek yogurt. I usually get the biodynamic Paris Creek organic Greek yogurt. But I don’t have any at the moment so I’m just gonna put in some natural Greek yogurt.
And really good for digestive flora. Helps with keeping good bacteria in the digestive tract.
Now, we’re gonna put in two teaspoons of maca. Or maca powder.
And that’s a root extract. You get that in the Andes. But they get a powdered form. You can get a raw, organic maca powder really, really good. Helps boost libido, helps with endurance, recovery. It’s amazing.
Now we’re going to also chuck in some raw cacao, another really high anti-oxidant food. The highest in the world.
It has an ORAC rating of, I think it’s about 93,000. Goji berry is extremely high and it has 25,000. So, you can tell how high cacao is.