Breakfast is the hardest meal of the day to eat after gastric band surgery.
There are many factors that work against a comfortable and enjoyable breakfast first thing in the morning. Often, appetite is poor, muscles are still waking up and mucous may have built up over the band forming what’s referred to as a ‘mucous plug’. All of these things make skipping breakfast a very tempting option.
Skipping breakfast is delaying you from reaching your health and weight loss goals. Plus, it’s a missed opportunity to nourish your body.
These 10 yummy and nutritious meals are sure to inspire you to put brekky back on the menu!
To reduce the risk of a blockage at breakfast, delay the meal until 10/10:30am and be sure to sip a hot cup of herbal tea upon waking each day.
As promised, here is your breakfast inspiration! Which one will you try first?
Scramble 2 eggs with 2 diced cherry tomatoes and 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil. Add salt & pepper to taste. Serve with 1 cracker topped with 1 tablespoon of avocado
Mixed Berry Smoothie
In a blender combine 1 cup of berries (fresh or frozen), ¼ cup natural yoghurt, ¼ cup skim milk, a drizzle of honey and 1 scoop (25g) vanilla protein powder. Blend until combined.
Chop ½ banana, 1 strawberry and 1 kiwi fruit into a bowl. Top with a dollop of Greek Natural yoghurt and a teaspoon of crushed almonds
Avocado Filled With Egg
Halve a small avocado and remove the pip. Crack an egg into the space where the pip was, top with diced bacon or lean ham (optional). Bake in the oven until the egg is cooked to your liking and the bacon is crispy
Banana & Passionfruit Smoothie
In a blender combine ½ ripe banana, 250ml skim milk, pulp of 1 passionfruit and a teaspoon of natural fibre such as from psyllium husk or Benefibre. Serve immediately with a little extra passionfruit pulp on top
Beat 2 eggs in a mixing bowl, add 30g grated tasty cheese, a little cracked pepper, pinch of salt and a teaspoon of chopped fresh chives (optional). Heat a small non-stick pan on the stove and pour in the egg mixture, once the bottom is firm, fold the omelette in half and continue cooking until the middle is done to your liking. Serve immediately with some chopped fresh tomato
2 crackers (or 1 slice of well toasted rye bread, if tolerated) topped with 1 tablespoon of nut butter (try peanut or almond butter), sliced fresh banana and sprinkle with 1 teaspoon of chia seeds
Cook ½ cup quinoa (per portion) in skim milk and water, as per packet instructions. Once the liquid is absorbed and the quinoa is soft, transfer the porridge to a bowl and top with crushed nuts, drizzle of honey, fresh berries and cinnamon
Jazzed Up Egg On Toast
1 thin slice of sourdough bread, well toasted with 1 poached egg, 1/4 avocado and 50g smoked salmon
1 Mountain bread wrap filled with 2 scrambled eggs, 30g feta, sliced red capsicum (from jar) + shredded baby spinach leaves. Wrap and enjoy!