- Few tablespoons of jumbo oats*
- Few slices of tinned peaches (tinned in juice)
- Freshly sliced mango
- Teaspoon of strawberry jam (or save this for your toast)
- 1 - 2 tablespoons of yoghurt
- Skimmed milk
TIP - choose gluten free oats as required. For a milk and soy free option, skip the yoghurt and use any of the calcium enriched nut flavoured drinks available on the market today.
You can add any fruit you like. Fresh blueberries or strawberries would be lovely and a sight for sore eyes I am sure. You may enjoy including at least one choice of tinned fruit in juice as the natural sweetness will stop you reaching for the sugar bowl.
Why this particular choice of meal you ask?
- Fruit is abundant in potassium which is an important mineral in heart health. It may have a role in regulating blood pressure.
- Fruit is also abundant in antioxidants such as vitamin C, polyphenols and others. Don't forget that vitamin C has a role in maintaining healthy skin. You will definitely want to bear this in mind when selecting your breakfast, as alcohol can have 'dehydrating' effects on skin. Alongside your bowl of superfoods, do reach for that glass of water too.
- Oats are a wonderful source of fibre. My favourite brand MornflakeGold Scottish Jumbo oats provide an impressive 10.8g per 100g. Why the fuss with fibre? Besides relieving symptoms of constipation, the fibre in oats help release its energy slowly thus improving the glycaemic index score of your meal. More excellent news is that oats have been quoted to play a beneficial role in reducing total blood cholesterol levels.