So my day starts with a glass of Lemon Water…
- Although I used to just add slices of lemon as above, I read that unless they are organic, unwaxed lemons, it’s not a good idea as they may have pesticides on the skin which dissolves into the water…
- In addition, I also read that you should take care not to swallow the pips as these contain minute proportions of cyanide… not sure if that’s true or not but I’m a bit more careful about not swallowing any now!
There are lots of health benefits to drinking lemon water including supporting weight loss and aiding digestion… but to avoid the pesticides etc. just squeeze juice of a quarter lemon into the glass.. I top it up with warm water at breakfast time rather than cold water as I find it ‘goes down’ easier. After the first couple of weeks, I noticed that I started really enjoying the tangy lemon flavour which I wasn’t keen on at first and now I love it!
Through the week, I’ll often follow my glass of water with an egg and I vary how I cook it – scrambled, poached or boiled and chopped up in a cup with a little nob of butter… yum..
Or alternatively, I have a selection of berries with some natural plain Greek yoghurt. I don’t go for the ‘low fat’ option any more, as Dr Moseley (8 Week Blood Sugar Diet Guru) advised that it is better to eat the full fat version as it staves off hunger for longer and I have found that this is definitely the case.
However, at the weekend, particularly on a Sunday, it’s got to be what’s known in our house as a FULL MONTY breakfast… AKA – Bacon & Egg etc…
Q) Can You Spot The Difference?
Answer – The Low Carb Version (left picture) includes the bacon, egg, tomatoes and mushroom and excludes the beans & toast (right picture)
Yep – that’s right – Egg, Bacon, Mushrooms, Beans (or not if you’re following low carb) and Tomatoes… it could also include sausages, black pudding and hash browns…. However, as I’m on the ‘Healthy Eating’ plan, I stuck with the ‘light’ version and the ‘semi light’ version for hubby… but if either of my sons turn up for breakfast, they like the hash browns and sausage as well!
Is A Full Monty Breakfast Healthy?
Some people question that egg and bacon could be considered a ‘healthy’ option and yet it’s recommended in the 8 Week Blood Sugar Diet Book for a weekend ‘brunch’….
It’s quite difficult for people who have been told for so many years that fat, eggs, red meat etc. are unhealthy, to now accept that this is a perfectly healthy option and that science is now showing that the advice we were given for so many years was indeed incorrect!
After all the ‘slagging off’ of the Atkins Diet a few years ago, many medical experts are now changing their minds and accepting that higher fat and low carb may be the best way forward to put a stop to the Diabetes crisis…
Certainly for me, this is proving to be the case, as those of you who have been following my journey to put my Type 2 Diabetes into remission, will have noted… I’ve managed to bring my readings down to ‘pre-diabetic’ status over the last 9 months!
So cooking a ‘full monty’ at the weekend means I can stick to my 8 Week Blood Sugar Healthy Eating Plan whilst also satisfying hubby’s need for a Big Breakfast!
ONE PAN METHOD:
The ‘One Pan’ method of cooking is being advertised as ‘new’ and is growing in popularity. I feel like I’ve missed out on another ‘fortune’ as I’ve been cooking breakfasts in one pan for over 40 years. I’ve made plenty of them too with 2 growing lads…
When they had all their mates to stay in their teenage years, I’d often come down to a room full of teenage bodies all over the lounge floor.. I discovered that the best way to ‘get rid’ was to climb over the bodies, go into the kitchen and cook bacon and egg butties… the smell of bacon cooking never failed to wake them up and after they’d eaten their breakfast butty, I didn’t feel guilty about ‘chucking them out’!
I could’ve made a fortune if I’d thought to post this method a few years ago! After 45 years of making a Full Monty Breakfast, I’ve pretty well perfected the art so here’s my method shown in picture cooking stages…
Stage 1: Using a large frying pan, start first with the bacon and mushrooms. Here I’ve cooked chestnut mushrooms and a Portobello Mushroom.. I use the Portobello Mushroom instead of toast for my ‘low carb’ option.
Stage 2: Once the bacon is cooked to how you like it (crispy or not?) remove bacon from the pan and place on plate into a warm oven on a low heat. Add a tin of chopped tomatoes (or you can use fresh tomatoes if you prefer) into the frying pan with the mushrooms and continue to cook for a few minutes.
I like to cook mine until the tomato juice has evaporated down to a thicker paste and cooked in the bacon flavour residue in the pan, they are really tasty. If there is a lot of fat from the bacon then I would drain that off before adding the tomatoes but I buy ‘lean’ bacon so this wasn’t necessary.
Tip: While the tomato continues to cook down in the pan, I use these couple of minutes to empty and stack the dishwasher and stick some washing in the washing machine…
Unlike hubby if he’s cooking the breakfast…..he literally stands and watches it cook… (much to my aggravation although I’m still grateful he’s cooking breakfast!!)…..
Being a ‘multi tasker’ I have to crack on and do some other bits in between.. (occasionally burning the toast as a result… but we won’t mention that!)
Stage 3: Once the tomato has started to thicken, add the beans (or not if your going low carb)..
Stage 4: Now for many years, I cooked the eggs in the same pan too. However, I’ve recently purchase a little mini non-stick frying pan which cooks the eggs perfectly every time so I do now cook the eggs separately. However if you want to cook in the one pan, just move the mushrooms to one side or put on plate with bacon in the oven, which leaves plenty of room for the eggs to be fried..
Stage 5: While the eggs are frying, start to plate up and make the toast….
Full Monty All Ready ..
All that’s left to be done is to decide which flavour sauce to go for…
Heinz Tomato or HP Fruity?
And of course here’s my LOW CARB version without the beans and toast…
And then….. EAT UP!
Oh yep…. ONE MORE THING….
Could you ignore those appealing eyes?
No!!! – I couldn’t either…..
Ahhh…. breakfast over – Time to play!