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Five Flat Stomach Breakfasts for Mums

Date: 13 June, 2017
Tags: healthy eating, breakfast, no bread

OK, so I may have exaggerated the title of this post a little bit!

As a mum of two, I certainly don’t have a flat stomach anymore, but since having children there are certain foods which leave me feeling more bloated than others, especially breakfast cereals and bread.  I can get out of bed feeling great, but after eating a bowl of cornflakes or a few sheets of toast, I literally feel five months pregnant again.  The worst thing about this, if I start the day feeling bloated, it tends to last the entire day and that is not how I want to feel.

In an effort to beat the bloat and make my stomach feel and look flatter, I have completely removed bread from my breakfast diet, so no more toast or bagels for me.  I’m pleased to say that this has made a massive difference.

However, if like me you are someone who loves to have bread in the morning, it can be hard to find satisfying alternatives, so here are my top five flat tummy breakfasts, which are all bread free. 

Porridge

Porridge is my number one non-bloating breakfast.  It takes me less than five minutes to make, gives me loads of energy and leaves me feeling satisfied for hours.  Porridge is a great breakfast for mums because it’s packed with vitamins and minerals, and is a good source of protein and calcium if made up with milk.  Whenever I do an early morning workout, I always eat a bowl of porridge afterwards and it keeps me going right up to lunch time.  My personal favourite is 40g of Flahavans Irish Porridge Oats made with 220ml skimmed milk and ½ level teaspoon of sugar.  Porridge is what I eat most often.   

Overnight Oats with Dried Cranberries & Flaked Almonds

This is such an easy and nutritious breakfast for mums.  It is a great breakfast option if you prefer a cold/chilled breakfast.  This is my favourite recipe but you can find loads more recipes online.  60g of rolled oats, 125ml of skimmed milk, 100g of fat free natural yoghurt, 30g of dried cranberries and ½ a medium mashed banana.  Put all of the ingredients into a bowl, mix well, cover and place in the fridge overnight.  In the morning stir it well and sprinkle on some flaked almonds.  Delicious!

Eggs

Omelette, boiled, scrambled or poached, eggs make an amazing breakfast.  I personally prefer a plain two egg omelette and add mushrooms or tomatoes as a side, with a sprinkle of chia seeds (for iron).  Egg dishes are so quick and easy to do and contain so many of the essential vitamins and minerals that us mums need.  In the past, eggs received a lot of bad press with regard to cholesterol.  However, if you check out this advice page from the NHS you can see that there is no limit to the amount of eggs that you can eat now.  In our house we eat organic free range eggs.   

Muesli

I only started eating muesli last year and now it is one of my favourite things to eat, I wish I had eaten it years ago!  Muesli is packed with fibre and is much more nutritious than other breakfast cereals.  I know that homemade muesli is probably the healthiest version to have, but for sake of ease I buy Alpen No Added Sugar Muesli and make it with skimmed milk.  It’s the tastiest muesli I’ve tried and one of the lowest for sugar content.  On mornings when I have muesli for breakfast, I tend to have a banana afterwards for complete satiety.

Berry Smoothie

I am a big fan of homemade smoothies because they are incredibly filling, packed with goodness and not bloating at all.  I always make my smoothies using frozen fruit, because I find buying frozen fruit more economical and easier to store.  If it’s a sunny morning I will have my smoothie in the garden while the boys are having a kick about with the football.  This is my favourite recipe but if berries are not your thing, there are loads more recipes online.  170g of Tesco frozen berry smoothie mix, 45g of rolled oats, 250ml of skimmed milk, 100g of fat free natural yoghurt and a sprinkle of chia seeds.  Place all of the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Easy as! 

As most mums know, post pregnancy bloating can also be reduced in non-dietary ways, so next month I will post about what else I have been doing to work on this issue.  In the meantime, if you can relate to what I have written in this post, please leave a comment below and maybe we can share a few more tips.