A certain member of the beauty desk rarely eats breakfast, save for a white Americano from Pret (much to the dismay of the other team members). Eating a healthy, balanced breakfast not only kick starts your metabolism so you start burning, rather than storing, calories early, but researchers at Imperial College London found people who skipped breakfast sought out higher calorie foods later in the day.
However, not all breakfasts are born equal, a bowl of Coco Pops just won’t cut it, so we called on Lucy Jones, Consultant Dietitian and expert on Channel 4’s The Food Hospital, who has provided us with a one week breakfast plan. Try it for a week and see how you feel. Tweet us @ellebeautyteam with your feedback, we’d love to hear from you.
Apple Juice Soaked Oat Muesli with fresh fruit
Method:On Sunday mix the 25g whole rolled oats and 20g sunflower seeds. Pour 50ml apple juice on top until just covering the oats. Cover with cling film and leave in the fridge overnight. Monday morning, top with 180g plain live yoghurt, 1 chopped brazil nut and 20g chopped almonds, plus fresh fruit (if you have any to hand).
Health Benefits:Oats are the highest source of soluble fibre of all the grains, helping to keep you fuller for longer. Their specific type of soluble fibre, beta-glucan, has been proven to lower cholesterol. A claim also made by almonds, just 30g almonds a day can help to reduce cholesterol.
This also packs a nutritional punch, containing probiotics from the yoghurt and antioxidants from the fruit.