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Day 20: Power up your breakfast with Danielle Copperman

posted on Friday, 19th September 2014 | find under Tamara, Fitness
Model and nutritionist Danielle Copperman (blogger at Model Mangetout and founder of Qnola) returns with another deliciously healthy breakfast recipe to help keep you energised and healthy.

Today, she shares her recipe for a delicious Green Superfood Smoothie and an energising Quinoa Bowl, plus provides more tips on how to power up your breakfast and tells all on the benefits of different superfoods.

Don't forget that it's Hiitgirl day today too; how about doing your workout as soon as you get up and then rewarding yourself with a power breakfast.?...



DANIELLE’S TIPS ON HOW TO POWER UP YOUR BREAKFAST:

The first drink of the day. “I always, always, always start my day with a mug of hot water, lemon and ginger. This not only cleanses your body on an empty stomach but also regulates your appetite. Some mornings, I find I’m not as hungry as I thought I was. And on days where nothing appeals to me I feel I have more of an appetite after my drink.”
 
What to include. “Always get a superfood in there. I love maca on breakfasts, or spirulina in smoothies or juices. Bee pollen is also incredible, as is raw cacao. Only raw chocolate in the morning is allowed!”
 
Preparation is key. “Prepare your breakfast the night before so you can grab-and-go if you are rushing out of the door, or enjoy it while you’re getting ready. Soak some nuts, oats, grain-free flakes or seeds in water or nut milk overnight. This activates them; making them easier to digest and removing the phytic acid. It also makes them easier to incorporate into smoothies. I make chia seed pudding by soaking the seeds in cashew cream overnight, then in the morning I simply add a handful of nuts and berries."

WHICH SUPERFOODS & WHY:

All superfoods are naturally high in protein, healthy fats, vitamins and antioxidants. They are all natural too, which is so important.

Maca is great for boosting energy levels. It helps to balance hormones (especially in women) and regulates natural appetite.

Spirulina is a naturally cleansing and anti-inflammatory ingredient that is high in protein, calcium and essential amino acids. It is also high in chlorophyll, which removes toxins from the body.

Raw cacao is the purest form of chocolate that provides energy and is proven to reduce depression and elevate mood. Eating it will also improve digestion and circulation.

Include wheatgrass in your diet to cleanse and detoxify the body. It supports healthy metabolism and aids weight loss.

TODAY’S BREAKFAST…

GREEN SUPERFOOD SMOOTHIE
Ingredients:  fennel, spinach, cucumber, celery, spirulina, 1/2 green apple or 1/2 butternut squash, mint and avocado with baobab and maca if possible.

Directions: Juice the fennel, spinach, cucumber, apple/squash and celery. If you don’t have a juicer, blend them in ½ cup water and then strain them through a sieve, saving the liquid and discarding the chunks of vegetables. Add the liquid to a blender (or juicer) and add the spirulina, mint and avocado. For a sweeter option, add chunks of mango. If you have baobab or maca, add these to the blender in the last stage.

QUINOA BOWL
Ingredients: quinoa, ripe avocado, parsley, spinach or kale, chia seeds, basil, flaked or chopped almonds, olive oil, lemon juice and 1 egg.

Directions: Rinse quinoa and boil 1 cup of quinoa in 2 cups water. When cooked, drain and rinse under cold water. Rinse under hot water if you want it warm, but I prefer it cold. Take your ripe avocado and gently scrape the flesh onto the quinoa in a bowl. Mash with a fork, add salt and a little coconut or olive oil. Add the parsley, diced or wilted spinach or kale, chia seeds, chopped basil, lemon juice and nuts or seeds of choice. Fry or scramble an egg in coconut oil or poach one if you have time. Place the egg on top, burst open and enjoy.

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