How Healthy Are Instagram Breakfasts?

Instagram Breakfasts #pictureperfect

We’ve all been taught that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, however todays ‘picture perfect’ breakfasts don’t quite have the same meaning as yesteryear.

Today when we chat about a meal being ‘picture perfect’ we, most likely, are referring to just how beautiful the food will ‘look’ when it uploads to our Instagram account. Salivation beginning not at the thought of the food itself, but at just how artistic the multitude of colours are, balanced aside various ingredient shapes and textures.

When it comes to food, most of us are aware that just because a meal looks healthy does not mean it is low in added sugars and some nourishing foods popularly considered healthy pack a massive calorie punch. While they’re nutritionally sound, too much can push your limit over the edge if you’re not careful.

It’s not all bad though. The advent of Instagram has definitely increased the repertoire of ingredients in many of our kitchens AND It looks like hashtag breakfasts are here to stay.

Let’s take a snap shot of a few of the most common breakfasts shared with our social circles!

Acai bowl

acai

Topped with granola, peanut butter or honey this Brazilian berry has definitely become an Instagram favourite.

Acai is classified as a superfood (meaning it contains a high concentration of nutrients). Like many berries, the Acai berry is full of antioxidants, heart-healthy fats and fibre.

Despite the berry’s fruity facts and heart-healthy benefits, most commercially available bowls are loaded with sugar. Although some of the sugar in the blend is natural fruit sugar, some acai bowl shops add a significant amount of sugar either from apple juice, sorbet or other ingredients.

On average, one café acai bowl contains about 70 grams of carbohydrates.

Smashed Avocado

Busting with colour and SCREAMING to be consumed, the ‘Smashed Avo’ breakfast satisfies our eyes as much as our taste buds.

A delicious fruit, avocados are super high in healthy fats and fibre and a healthy breakfast choice dressed up in an irresistibly creamy package.

You can regularly buy your smashed avo breakfast with your coffee, but be aware that often it’s paired with Turkish bread, an ingredient which contains 3-4 times the amount of processed carbs than a good quality sourdough with minimal fibre, protein and loads of salt.

For this reason, you are always best to swap out the Turkish toast in favour of sourdough or multigrain toast and add in a little protein by way of folded in cottage or ricotta cheese or even a poached egg on top so that you tick the box in terms of a balanced start to the day.

smashed-avo

Smoothies

With the hustle and bustle of our working lives, Smoothies are a great quick brekky option to consume, if necessary, on the go. Definitely better than skipping breakfast altogether.

By now, we should all know that fruit smoothies can contain a lot of sugar. These sugars come from the additions of ice cream, sugary yoghurts and honey.

Size of smoothies are often the biggest downfall as one smoothie often contains the equivalent of 4 pieces of fruit and if made without dairy is often lower in protein.

banana

For a quick nourishing start to the day here is one of our delicious Breakfast smoothie Recipes:

Banana Breakfast Smoothie (serves 2)

  1. Place 2 cups of low fat milk, 2 bananas, ½ a cup of natural muesli and a pinch of cinnamon in a blender.
  2. Secure lid and blend until smooth and well combined.
  3. Pour into 2 glasses and serve.

Breakfast bowl

Drum roll please……we’ve left the insta favourite until last: the Breakfast Bowl!

If you haven’t come across a breakfast bowl before, they’re a sure foodie fad – and they’re super FUN!  Take a look at Instagram where more than 50,000 posts are tagged #breakfastbowl.

The appeal of breakfast bowls lies not just in the way they burst from a photograph but also in the inclusion of various amazing ingredients and not a slice of bread to be seen. Full of nourishment the main advice is to be careful on the portion.

bfast-bowl

The bottom line is that food pictures are a great opportunity for us to be inspired, get creative and add variety to our diet . Make sure to choose minimally processed, whole food ingredients that are close to nature, keep portions reasonable, get creative – and of course, take your pictures and then dig in and enjoy!

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