There’s a reason they say breakfast is the most important meal of the day and that’s because getting your day off onto the right foot starts at breakfast time. We talked to Laura Henshaw about her favourite breaky ingredients to start the day with a big hit of nutrients and a smile on your face.

  1. Grass Fed Protein powder

Protein is absolutely essential at breakfast time. It helps to keep you going and stay satisfied until lunchtime and a good serving can curb sugar cravings. As I am almost always in a rush in the morning I make a breakfast smoothie to take on the go to and save time (every second counts in the morning!) I always add in a scoop of Vanilla Bean Four Protein to my smoothie. It’s grass fed, naturally sweetened with Natvia and contains only four wholesome ingredients- nothing artificial!

  1. Greek yoghurt

Greek yoghurt is a great source of protein and great for gut health. It contains probiotics, which are good bacteria to help promote digestive health. Sprinkle a bowl of yoghurt with chopped nuts, seeds and fruit for a simple breakfast that takes no time at all.

  1. Coconut water

I usually get my workout done before breakfast, so coconut water is the perfect way to rehydrate. It is nature’s natural electrolyte drink and it’s a refreshing alternative to a morning coffee.

  1. Spinach

Getting a serving of veg first thing in the morning is a handy way to get closer to your five serve a day target. Spinach is a great source of antioxidants and it’s rich in iron. Try sauteeing some with a bit of coconut oil and serving beside eggs. I also love using it in my smoothies as I find it is the only leafy green that doesn’t affect the taste of the smoothie- you won’t even know it’s in there!

  1. Maca powder

I add maca powder to my smoothie every morning for its amazing health benefits. It helps control mood swings, alleviate menstrual pain and cramps and prevents skin break outs. Not keen on a smoothie? Try mixing a little maca into oats or yoghurt.

  1. Avocado

This is probably my favorite food in the world. Avo is packed with healthy monounsaturated fats, which are great for your skin and help keep you satisfied until your next meal. It is a great addition to a breakfast smoothie, an alternative to butter on toast or as a side to scrambled eggs.

Laura’s green breakfast smoothie recipe:

  • ¾ cup of coconut water
  • 2 tbsp of vanilla bean Four Protein
  • ½ tsp of maca powder
  • ¼ of an avo
  • 1 cup of spinach
  • 2 heaped tbsp of Greek yoghurt
  • Handful of ice