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I had the pleasure again of hanging out with Zoe Bingley-Pullin for a morning of food and fitness (the best kind of mornings, right?). First up, we got bouncing with a Kangoo session at Centennial Health Club- think rollerblade style shoes without wheels but bouncy, shocks and a full on dance style cardio workout. Let’s just say I didn’t exactly excel at this style of workout however my heart rate was elevated and I could feel my legs working.
After our workout we refuelled with our own personalised smoothies. As always, Zoe shared some valuable dietary information with us and I wanted to let you in on the info too! Zoe’s approach is one of balance (yay!) so that doesn’t mean cutting anything out but simply applying better strategies to your eating. One tip that I actioned pretty much straight away was avoid coffee first thing in the morning. I must say I feel great after ditching my STRONG short black at 545am and going for hot water and lemon instead. It’s really just a habit thing for me and I realised I just wanted something hot and liquid for first thing in the morning. It’s not about “quitting coffee” (my gosh, are you crrrrazy?!), as you’ll read below, it’s just about timing. Enjoy!
Nutritionist, chef and Vitasoy Ambassador Zoe Bingley-Pullin says:
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day for a reason; it’s your first opportunity to fill your body up with fuel and energy for the day.
When you wake up, it’s important to eat, to wake up your metabolism and refuel your brain for the day ahead.
It’s a meal we all know is important; but many of us can find it a struggle to fit in a good breakfast, especially with the on-the-go lifestyles we lead.
Zoe’s best tips to make sure you have breakfast, even on the busiest of mornings:
It’s all about prep and planning. If I know I’ve got a busy week coming up, I’ll often prep my breakfasts on the weekend, or night before.
Some tasty ideas to try include overnight oats with blueberries, or vegan breakfast muffins with banana. You can also chop and freeze ingredients for a smoothie! I love strawberries, blueberries, mango and chia seeds blended with Vitasoy Soy Milky Lite, which is my preferred soy milk. It’s high in calcium and made using Australian-grown whole soybeans. It also has a great milky taste that I love.
Optimal time to have breakfast:
I always recommend finding what works for you and listening to your body. Some mornings you may be hungry earlier than other mornings; just go with literally what your gut is telling you.
What I do believe is there are optimal foods you should eat and drink for breakfast. Look for a breakfast that is high in low GI carbohydrates and fibre and low in added sugar and saturated fat – low GI carbs are digested slower, to help keep your body fuelled throughout the day.
I absolutely love scrambled eggs with avocado and feta or fresh seasonal fruits with yoghurt, puffed quinoa and nuts. I also love smoothies; they’re so quick and easy and pack a nutritional punch!
Zoe’s recommendations on what to drink in the morning:
We’ve talked a lot about food, but what you drink in the morning is equally as important.
Tea, rather than coffee: I opt to have a tea with my breakfast in the morning and save my coffee for when I need a pick me up. Usually, I have my coffee between 9:30 – 11am or later in the day between 1:30-5pm.
Chamomile tea: this may work to relax and centre you for the day ahead, perfect if you know you’ve got a big one coming up and you want to start the day on a calm note. You could also try 5-10 minutes of meditation or stretching, to fit in some all-important ‘you’ time.
1L of water: I drink at least 2L of water each day. I find this helps me keep my fluids in balance and flush out toxins but individual fluid requirements do vary. We all know it can be tricky to remember water when you’re on the run so I like to keep a 1L water bottle beside my bed that I grab as soon as I wake up. That way I can leave the house having got a head start on my 2L for the day!
Note: These are the personal views and recommendations of Zoe Bingley-Pullin and not Vitasoy. You should always contact an accredited health professional for specific dietary advice.
*I attended this event as a guest and was gifted product
When you are time poor, what do you grab for breakfast?