How To Add Dried Fruits, Nuts and Seeds To Your Breakfasts
Dried fruits, nuts and seeds provide a source of nutrition to start your day. They are very versatile and can be used within both sweet and savoury dishes, as breakfast toppers, or simply enjoyed as they are! In this article, we explore different breakfast options that utilise dried fruits, nuts and seeds to start your day right.
Are Dried Fruits, Nuts and Seeds Good For You?
Dried fruits are rich in potassium, magnesium, and calcium which helps in tackling various health problems. Meaning there are multiple benefits of having different sorts of them in the morning, such as fulfilling your daily fibre requirements, increases your iron, potassium and copper consumption, increased Vitamin E, providing lots of antioxidants, increased healthy fats and protein, and of course them being nutrient-dense means that they keep your full for longer.
For more information on the health benefits of dried fruits, nuts and seeds, check out these previous blog posts:
- How Good For You Is Dried Fruit?
- 5 Ways To Increase Dried Fruit In Your Diet
- Is Dried Fruit Good For You?
- The Benefits of Dried Fruit and Nuts For Post-Workout Snacks
- Why Should You Eat Nuts?
- 7 Iron-Rich Dried Fruits and Nuts
Is Breakfast The Most Important Meal Of The Day?
We all say ‘breakfast is the most important meal of the day’, however only around two thirds of adults in the UK eat breakfast regularly.Association of UK Dietitians (BDA)
There is no scientifically proven answer to whether breakfast is the most important meal of the day, However there are a few things we can surmise:
- Breakfast kick-starts your metabolism, helping you burn calories throughout the day. This is because skipping breakfast can throw off your body’s rhythm of fasting and eating.
- It provides energy and nutrients at the start of your day, which improves your ability to concentrate.
- Eating breakfast can lower levels of “bad” LDL cholesterol, and lower chances of getting diabetes, heart disease, and being overweight.
- Skipping breakfast can throw off your body’s rhythm of fasting and eating.
- Breakfast gives you a chance to get in some vitamins and nutrients from healthy foods. Dried fruits for breakfast are the perfect option!
- If you don’t eat early on in the day, you’re likely to get much hungrier later on, making you more likely to reach for high-fat, salt and sugary foods (HFSS).
Breakfast Recipes To Try
We have so many delicious breakfast recipes on the Whitworths website that there is bound to be something for everyone! See below:
- Pumpkin Spice French Toast
- Banoffee Pecan Custard Toast
- Teriyaki Beans On Toast
- Pecan Pie Baked Oats
- Spiced Apple Overnight Oats
- Apple & Cinnamon Bircher
- Mocha Overnight Oats
- Avocado Toast With Protein BBQ Beans
- Salted Caramel Oat Bars
- Smoky Bean Baked Eggs
- Berry Burst Protein Porridge
- All Day Protein Breakfast Burrito
- Sticky Toffee Pecan Pancakes
- Raspberry Overnight Oats
- Banoffee Baked Protein Oats
- Christmas Spiced Cinnamon Apple Granola
- Huevos Rancheros
- Gingerbread Granola
- Cacao Banana Smoothie Bowl
- Mixed Seed Bagel
- Fruit, Nut & Seed Bars
- Sunflower Seed & Maple Granola
- Banana All Bran Muffin
There’s also a whole host of nutritious sweet and savoury breakfasts to try on the BBC Good Food breakfast page. Here are our top three favourites:
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