Let’s be honest – carbs have earned themselves a bad rap over the years. They’re often avoided by people who are watching their waistlines, the health-conscious and those who follow a Paleo diet. But the truth is, not all carbs were created equally, and the good kind shouldn’t be lumped in with the bad.
Let’s get things straight: the carbs you should be swerving if you’ve got your health in mind are the refined kind – think white bread, white pasta and processed foods like cakes and biscuits. But unrefined carbs can be really beneficial to your diet, providing fuel for workouts and replenishing your glycogen stores.
Confused about what’s good and what’s bad? These breakfasts – all carb-focused andsuper healthy – will kickstart your day the right way and taste delicious, too.
1 Green oat bowl
Looking for a way to up your intake of good-for-you leafy greens? Give your porridge some extra superpowers by making your oats up with spinach and kale. Blend your greens up with water or milk, then use this to make up your porridge how you normally would, over the stove or in the microwave. If you need to sweeten it up, try adding half a scoop of a naturally flavoured protein powder, then top it all off with your favourite nuts, seeds and berries.
2 Quinoa porridge
If you’re ever bored of regular old porridge, look no further than quinoa. The small but mighty seed is way more versatile than you think and is a great breakfast option. Make it up over the stove nice and thick, and add all of your favourite garnishes – we recommend strawberries, almond butter and chia seeds. Quinoa itself already packs a pretty good protein punch, but again, half a scoop of protein powder will take this breakfast option even further.
3 Nut butter and banana on rye
Although it does contain gluten (coeliacs, steer clear!), rye bread is actually free from wheat, making it a good choice for those who are wheat intolerant. It’s also packed with nutrients that its regular-bread counterpart lacks, like magnesium, phosphorous and manganese. Slather on top your favourite nut butter (nut butter on everything, are we right?) for a healthy dose of good fats and protein, then mash up some banana and devour. Yes please!
4 Bircher muesli
For a good grab-and-go option in the mornings, try prepping an overnight bircher muesli in a jam jar. This is the perfect solution for anyone who just isn’t a morning person and often finds themselves rushing in the mornings. In a jam jar, shake up some oats, almond milk, grated apple and cinnamon. Let it sit in the fridge overnight, then come morning time, simply add a dollop of yoghurt, grab a spoon and you’re good to go. If you’re looking for ways to up your veg intake, try adding grated courgette as well.
5 Porridge-protein pancakes
Another way to pimp your porridge is to turn them into pancakes. Yes, really! Make your regular porridge up super thick (simply use less water or milk), then stir in a whisked egg and some protein powder of your choice (unflavoured powders work fine in this instance). In a non-stick frying pan greased with coconut oil, fry off pancake-sized portions of your mixture. Once flipped and cooked through, all that’s left to do is choose your toppings. Get creative – this is one for the gram!