Sunday, 28 October 2012

Sunday Hangover Breakfast - Sweet Oats With Mango & Peach

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Hangover meals may traditionally have been a great big fry-up but that certainly was not what the Frenchmen ordered for breakfast..

I remember only too clearly when my Frenchman had his friends over from France one year.  After a big night out, I suggested that we go out for English Breakfast with tomatoes, mushrooms, a bit of sausage and so on for the next morning.  This suggestion was instantly crushed with disapproval.  'We want sugar,' said the Frenchmen.  'We want croissants and hot chocolate'.  Hmm..

What do you think?  What do you like to eat for breakfast or brunch after an energetic night out?  I usually am consumed with a great need for sustenance to get on with the rest of the weekend.  I think my sweet tooth might request sweet foods.  I love American style pancakes with fruit and maple syrup as a treat.

If you plan to stay in for breakfast and need to put something together within a few minutes that is also heart loving, choose oats with yoghurt and fruit.

This is what I did.

Few tablespoons of jumbo oats*
Few slices of tinned peaches (tinned in juice)
Freshly sliced mango
Teaspoon of strawberry jam (or save this for your toast)
1 - 2 tablespoons of yoghurt 
Skimmed milk

TIP - choose gluten free oats as required.  For a milk and soy free option, skip the yoghurt and use any of the calcium enriched nut flavoured drinks available on the market today.

You can add any fruit you like.  Fresh blueberries or strawberries would be lovely and a sight for sore eyes I am sure.  You may enjoy including at least one choice of tinned fruit in juice as the natural sweetness will stop you reaching for the sugar bowl.

Why this particular choice of meal you ask?

Fruit is abundant in potassium which is an important mineral in heart health.  It may have a role in regulating blood pressure.

Fruit is also abundant in antioxidants such as vitamin C, polyphenols and others.  Don't forget that vitamin C has a role in maintaining healthy skin.  You will definitely want to bear this in mind when selecting your breakfast, as alcohol can have 'dehydrating' effects on skin.  Alongside your bowl of superfoods, do reach for that glass of water too.

Oats are a wonderful source of fibre.  My favourite brand MornflakeGold Scottish Jumbo oats provide an impressive 10.8g per 100g.  Why the fuss with fibre?  Besides relieving symptoms of constipation, the fibre in oats help release its energy slowly thus improving the glycaemic index score of your meal.  More excellent news is that oats have been quoted to play a beneficial role in reducing total blood cholesterol levels.

Did you know that a 45g serving of this particular brand would give you nearly 5g of fibre? What a healthy start to your day!

So here we go, this elegant bowl is absolutely heart loving after a fun night out.  It is full of calcium for healthy bones as well as potassium, antioxidants and fibre for a healthy gut, skin, hair and heart.  

Go on, reach for the hearty bowl..

What do you like to eat after a big night out?  Do comment below lovely readers, I do love hearing from you!

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