Back in the early spring, I visited Champneys Forest Mere to try and transition into a healthier lifestyle ready for the summer after a seriously over-indulgent winter. What I loved the most though about Champneys was their wholesome, healthy approach to well-balanced, nutritious meals and ever since my stay, I’ve given my meals – my breakfast in particular, a major overhaul… and I haven’t looked back!
Champneys has an incredible selection of fresh fruit, healthy cereals, a variety of breads, nuts, seeds and beverages to choose from at their breakfast buffet. To me, breakfast is always going to be the most important meal of the day – the one that needs to get you going and keep you going! Before Champneys, I’d load up on several slices of white toast for breakfast and feel sluggish until I hit that inevitable mid-morning crash.
At Champneys, I discovered the most incredible breakfast combo which I now couldn’t live without – fruit and cottage cheese! It sounds weird and I was sceptical when I realised what I had coated my fruit in wasn’t natural yogurt as I first suspected! However, that slight tang of the cottage cheese works amazingly with tart, sweet fruits such as raspberries, figs and grapefruit whilst boosting the protein levels in your breakfast, helps you feel fuller for longer.
If I feel I need something a little sweeter, on goes a sprinkle of cinnamon and honey or agave syrup. If I’ve got a particularly long day and I’m looking for something a little more fibrous and filling, on go a few almonds or hazelnuts. In the winter I’ll be switching it up with seasonal fruit such as stewed rhubarb, plums and blackberries and a topping of toasted oats for a clean eating comfort food dessert – yum!
During my stay, I also realised that I was drinking way too much fruit juice than is actually needed. Yes it’s packed full of vitamins, but you can get all that you need from a small glass and avoid going overboard on the fruit sugars – don’t be fooled into thinking you need a pint of OJ in the morning!
Champneys have small glasses around, which helps you to avoid going overboard on sugary fruit juices. I’ve taken a little inspiration from this by serving up a shot size glass of apple juice and mixing it with Matcha green tea – it definitely gives me a little burst of energy first thing in the morning as well as giving me my fruit juice fix!
What I’ve learned from Champneys, is that I don’t necessarily need a wheat based breakfast to start the day. I don’t get that mid morning slump like I would with my stack of white toast and don’t find myself feeling the need to snack away at my desk. If I’m really craving the carbs, I’ll go for half a whole wheat bagel and a bit of hazelnut butter, alongside my cottage cheese and fruit breakfast parfait (thank you Champneys for introducing me to the little piece of heaven that is hazelnut butter)! Plus who wouldn’t want a breakfast set up like this to greet them each weekend?! Goodbye post-breakfast bloating, hello energy!
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