If you’re familiar with my blog then you’ll know I’m a big fan of sneaking veg into recipes anytime I can, so you shouldn’t be surprised by the sound of a chickpea pudding, this one really works thanks to the strong flavours of PB & J, which is a classic itself but is given a healthy makeover in this recipe.
For the “jelly” in this recipe I used a fruit only sweetened jam and combined it with some high oleic peanut butter, which is a type of peanut that has a higher monounsaturated fat profile (similar to avocados!) which is healthier for the heart and also means they’re more stable during heating and won’t go rancid as quickly, plus it tastes amazing and really helps make the chickpeas taste delicious too!
This is such a nourishing, yummy recipe that although I called it a “pudding” I often have it for breakfast, hehehe, gives you something to get out of bed for!
This recipe is such a mix of many others that I struggled to name it (clearly), but the title does sum it up pretty well.
It involves wraps that are sweet, that I like to have for breakfast (lunch is great too) but it’s fun to cut them into slices so that it resembles a pizza (also a great way to encourage kids to eat them and the fruit on them).
These are a great way to use up any leftover wraps before they go stale and are super quick to prepare in the mornings meaning you get a nutritious breakfast with minimum effort AND makes a change from porridge (even though I adore porridge).
Who doesn’t want healthy chocolate breakfasts?
I’ve had a stash of frozen cherries in my freezer lately which I’ve been defrosting purely for this recipe alone because I love it so much.
The apple puree (I used a baby food pouch-trust me it works!) really gives it a lovely soft, moist texture without needing to add any oil which is a win! Plus it lends a slight sweetness to the pancakes to balance out the cacao.
This is now one of my top favourite breakfasts to make so I can’t wait for everyone else to try it!
Once you make this, you’ll be re-making it again and again like I have, I mean what more could you want?
-no refined sugar
-counts as 2/5 day
-can be made gluten, egg & dairy free
Say hello to soft, creamy, chocolatey, juicy berry goodness!
What’s not to love about sweet potato, creamy avo and a runny yolk centre!?
This rosti recipe makes a great, easy savoury meal for anytime of the day, use it as a post workout meal in the morning or evening, with a good mix of complex carbs, healthy fats and lean protein, plus, the addition of a hot sauce will really help perk you up in the morning too!
Recommendation: I like to mash up some avocado or yogurt with a hot sauce to spread over these and also helps to keep the dish really moist and lovely but you can tailor these to your own tastes simply by adjusting the spices to whichever ones you prefer and using how much of them you like.
This is a proper brekkie indulgence which will have you jumping out of bed in the morning.
Who doesn’t want something chocolatey to kick off their day? Combine it with something creamy that also nourishes you AND adds a hefty energising dose of matcha to get you going in the mornings and this will soon be one of your favourite ways to launch into the day.
This recipe is a great one for prepping you for a good study session or an early morning exam, especially if you’re bad at eating breakfast before you head out to do tests as you should have proper fuel before you begin.
There’s no refined sugar, it’s full of fibre as well as brain nourishing ingredients and I share some additional ones too that also have benefits, so feel free to add these into your daily diet leading up to exams in order to make sure your study sessions are maximised.
Brain boosting ingredients
Firstly I’ve used walnuts in this recipe as they’re packed with omega 3 beneficial fats which your brain loves, along with antioxidants such as Vitamin E for stress and brain protection.
The blueberries (also called brain berries by some) are great for focus and concentration as well as containing antioxidants. The cinnamon provides steady blood sugar levels meaning sustained, focused energy as does the high fibre wholemeal flour and oats that are providing slow release energy.
I’ve suggested using either avocado or coconut oil to add some moisture into the recipe as these oils provide good fats such as the MCT’s and ketones from coconut which are types of fat that the brain loves to use for fuel, while the avocado provides monounsaturated fats and vitamin E protection that helps blood vessels stay supple and flexible meaning good blood flow to the brain.
Finally the egg provides a source of choline which is essential to good brain function.
Served with nut butter
Other recommended foods
Turmeric-increases oxygen uptake to the brain
*Cacao– antioxidant protection and theobromine as a mild source of caffeine for energy
*Matcha (green tea powder)- provides a mild source of caffeine energy but also high in L-theanine which aids concentration and helps maintain a calm state
Oily fish– such as wild salmon are full of beneficial omega 3 fats
Water/hydration– your brain needs adequate hydration to function properly so make sure to drink plenty of fluids during studying and before an exam
*Note:Cacao, matcha and green tea contain only a small amount of caffeine so are suitable for older teens but high consumption should be avoided in young children and anyone with thyroid issues or on codeine painkillers should consult their doctor before high intakes of green tea/matcha.