During the launch of the health food movement in the 1960s, American nutritionist Adelle Davis, advised: “Eat like a king for breakfast, a prince for lunch and a pauper for dinner.” Breakfast has been very well-documented as the most important meal of the day, and if done right, it can boost your energy for the day ahead and be good for your wellbeing.
And if you choose an organic breakfast it’s food as it should be, brimming with goodness and a wide range of benefits. Organic farming is better for nature with farmers using fewer pesticides, which helps protect soil, water and wildlife. Organic farms have 50% more wildlife - which means more bees, butterflies, birds and plants to pollinate. With organic you know what’s in your food, as it’s free from GM ingredients, artificial additives and preservatives. It’s also better for the animals, as organic livestock are naturally free range, able to feel the sun on their backs and have space to forage and roam.
Many of us, as creatures of habit, tend to eat the same meal each morning with little change or creativity. Often, breakfast is reduced to a quick bowl of cereal and porridge. According to research agency Kantar, the average time taken to prep breakfast in Britain is now averaging 7.4 minutes, and breakfast cereals are most likely to be chosen, accounting for 34% of all brekkies.
Breakfast has so much more potential, and a fast organic breakfast can still be creative and healthy. So, whether it’s your default go-to porridge, muesli bar, or takeaway smoothie, here’s some ideas to help expand your horizons.
The 2-minute Wonder Muesli
A Swiss physician, Dr Maximilian Oskar Bircher-Benner, created muesli for his patients in the 1900s and was accused by his colleagues of running a health prison, despite the proven health benefits for his patients. Ironically, today muesli is a staple breakfast food with supermarket shelves devoted to less healthy versions. Follow in Dr Max’s footsteps - the best way is to go homemade.
In a pan, add a portion of oats (about 60 grams), some chopped almonds, broken up brazil nuts, pumpkin seeds, coconut flakes, cinnamon and/or nutmeg, and dry fry until the oats are lightly browned. When ready, add some organic yoghurt and top with fruit. This recipe is flexible - you can add any of your favourite nuts and seeds. To save time, make a big batch for the week ahead.