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Have you ever woken up bleary-eyed (and possibly hungover) to the horrible sound of your blaring alarm, just longing for the sweet release of a breakfast roll?

We certainly have, and Just Eat are delivering heaven in the form of an exciting extended breakfast menu.

82 percent of people are more likely to eat breakfast if it was delivered straight to their door (guilty), despite the fact that it's the most important meal of the day. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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What's Ireland's way to start the day? A breakfast roll, of course. What else? The national fave is now available for delivery on the leading food ordering and delivery app.

The nation is heavily divided in terms of the best breakfast roll sauces, with ketchup winning the battle of the public vote at 57 percent.

Over 60 percent of Irish people surveyed said that they'd tap the Just Eat app for that tasty bap, with 23 percent admitting to using brown sauce. The nerve.

The Just Eat breakfast offering features popular eateries such as; Angelina’s Deli, Doughboys, Krispy Kreme, Chopped, Cocu, LEON, O’Briens, Rocket's and more.

Almost 20 percent of workers check their inbox before eating breakfast at their desk, which can't possibly be enjoyable. 

Asked who they'd love to see delivering their Just Eat breakfast, 40 percent of fans hoped for Westlife to fly without wings, while 30 percent had their heads turned by Love Island's Maura Higgins.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The full menu is available for delivery to your home or office from Monday to Sunday at 8am.

Check out their website to start your morning engines the right way. We're in paradise just picturing that doorbell ringing with a roll in hand…

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We can't really think of a breakfast that is as easy to make and highly nutritious as porridge.

Oats are a great source of fibre and energy that keep us fuller for longer, and mixing things up with the toppings prevents it from ever getting boring!  

To make the base of a porridge for one person, place one scoop of oats and 3 scoops of liquid (water, milk, almond milk…) in the microwave for 2 minutes, stirring halfway.

Once you have mastered this base, you can play around with toppings!

1. Cinnamon + chia seeds + peanut butter

Add the cinnamon and chia seeds to the oats before you place your bowl in the microwave, and drizzle with peanut butter before serving.

2. Goji berries + coconut flakes + milled linseeds

Once your porridge is ready, add about a tablespoon of each topping.

3. Cinnamon + raisins + almond butter

Add the cinnamon and raisins to the oats before you cook them so the raisins get re-hydrated. Add a teaspoon of almond butter before serving.

4. Turmeric + banana + almond butter

Add a pinch of turmeric to the oats before you cook them, them add about 1/2 sliced banana and a teaspoon almond butter. 

5. Cacao powder + strawberries + almond flakes

Add the cacao powder before cooking the oats, then add sliced strawberry and scatter with almond flakes. 

So, which one will you be trying? 

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Ah, breakfast.

Our love/hate relationship with the first meal of the day is all too real.

However, this latest study has shown that chowing down in the morning before hitting a workout can "'prime" the body to burn carbs.

The findings also suggest that fuelling your workouts will allow the body to digest your post-workout meal much more efficiently. 

The research was conducted by scientists from at Department for Health, in collaboration with experts from the universities of Birmingham, Newcastle and Stirling.

As many fitness junkies will know, fasting is becoming a hot trend amongst the Insta-fit population.

The scientists have taken note.

The researchers tested the blood glucose levels and muscle glycogen levels of the 12 healthy male volunteers who took part.

Participates were split into two groups, those who ate breakfast and those who were fasting overnight. 

The scientists studied the volunteers before and after an hour’s cycle.

Those who ate brekkie were treated to porridge made with milk two hours before exercise. 

The results were in and it's time to kick fasting to the curb.

Their evidence shows eating breakfast increases the rate at which the body burnt carbohydrates during exercise.

Furthermore, it boosts the rate at which the body digests and metabolises food eaten after exercise too.

Dr Javier Gonzalez, senior lecturer in the Department of Health who co-led the study, said:

“This is the first study to examine the ways in which breakfast before exercise influences our responses to meals after exercise.

"We found that, compared to skipping breakfast, eating breakfast before exercise increases the speed at which we digest, absorb and metabolise carbohydrate that we may eat after exercise.”

Rob Edinburgh, PhD student also in the Department who co-led the study, said:

“We also found that breakfast before exercise increases carbohydrate burning during exercise, and that this carbohydrate wasn't just coming from the breakfast that was just eaten, but also from carbohydrate stored in our muscles as glycogen.

"This increase in the use of muscle glycogen may explain why there was more rapid clearance of blood sugar after ‘lunch’ when breakfast had been consumed before exercise."

If this study is anything to go by, it's time to become well acquainted with breakfast again.

Nevertheless, my fellow fitness fans will know we are constantly bombarded with conflicting evidence.

This study shows that fasting before exercising can lead to burning extra fat during a session.

If you're undecided, it's best to speak to your doctor before embarking on a new diet or exercise plan.

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So, who among you has been been advised to 'eat like a king at breakfast, a prince at lunch and a pauper at dinner'?

While it sounds like the kind of phrase our grandmothers might bandy about, there is a huge amount to be said for the logic behind it.

In fact, a recent study has confirmed that the key to a healthy weight is to follow that particular eating plan as closely as possible.

With data collected from 50,000 participants over the course of a seven-year study, researchers at Loma Lida University in California established that consuming a large breakfast leads to a decrease in an individual's Body Mass Index.

These findings were in contrast to those who opted to consume a large dinner.

"Breakfast eaters experienced a decreased BMI compared with breakfast skippers. Relative to subjects who ate their largest meal at dinner, those who consumed breakfast as the largest meal experienced a significant decrease in BMI," the study read.

Researchers are of the opinion that a hearty breakfast lowers the chance of snacking and increases the possibility that the individual will adhere to a sensible eating plan.

"Our results suggest that in relatively healthy adults, eating less frequently, no snacking, consuming breakfast, and eating the largest meal in the morning may be effective methods for preventing long-term weight gain," read the study.

"Eating breakfast and lunch 5 – 6 hours apart and making the overnight fast last 18 –19 h may be a useful practical strategy," researchers added.

The findings were published in the Journal of Nutrition.

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When it comes to breakfast, we can't think of anything healthier and less time-consuming in the morning than overnight oats.

Basically, you do all the prep in the evening, and all you have to do in the morning is taking it out of the fridge.

Sometimes, we like it super simple, just mixing milk (or non-dairy alternatives) and oats. But sometimes, we feel like mixing things up a little and making it a bit fancier. 

With the deadly oat-spo we have gathered below, not a chance to ever get bored!

1. Orange vanilla overnight oats

2. Cocoa nibs and pomegranate overnight oats

3. Chia jam overnight oats

4. Overnight oats with peanut butter, chocolate chips and coconut

5. Chocolate chia overnight oats

6. Blueberry pie overnight oats

7. Toasted coconut overnight oats

8. Pecan pie overnight oats

9. Brownie batter overnight oats

 

 

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As a healthy breakfast or a tasty snack, granola has to be one of our favourite foods!

While store-bought versions can get quite pricey, none of them can even compete with homemade granola. 

We have made this recipe over and over and we seriously think it is the best you can find. And believe us, no need to be a chef to get it right. 

When your granola is cooked, let it cool down, add some toppings of your choice (if you fancy it) such as chopped chocolate, goji berries or dried cranberries, then store in a jar and enjoy!

The best ever granola

Ingredients

  • 300g rolled oats (you can use porridge oats but it's better with rolled oats)
  • 200g nuts (whatever you can find, pecans, walnuts, hazelnuts, cashews, almonds…), roughly chopped
  • 50g seeds (sunflower, chia, sesame, pumpkin)
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 5 tbsp honey or maple syrup
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp sea salt flakes

Method

  1. Place parchment paper on a large baking sheet. Heat the oven to 150°C.
  2. Place the rolled oats, chopped nuts and seeds in a large mixing bowl and mix.
  3. Add the melted coconut oil, maple syyup and vanilla extract and mix well until the oats and nuts are well coated. 
  4. Add the cinnamon and sea salt flakes and give it a last stir. 
  5. Transfer onto the baking sheet and spread to create an even layer.
  6. Bake for 10 minutes, then stir and bake for a further 10 minutes. Mix again and bake for a further 5 to 10 minutes if needed. You want the oats and the nuts to turn into a nice golden colour. 
  7. Remove from the oven and let cool completely before transferring into a clean jar. It can keep up to one month but let's be honest, it will be long gone.

Chef's tip: keep a close eye on the tray when it bakes as nuts burn really easily. 


 

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This is not a drill!

An actual nutritionist said we can have pizza for breakfast and it's like all our childhood dreams have come true at once.

Speaking to The Daily Meal, registered dietician, Chelsey Amer, explained that when it comes to nutritional value, the take-away favourite actually trumps a number of more traditional breakfast dishes.

“You may be surprised to find out that an average slice of pizza and a bowl of cereal with whole milk contain nearly the same amount of calories,” she said.

“However, pizza packs a much larger protein punch, which will keep you full and boost satiety throughout the morning.”

“Plus, a slice of pizza contains more fat and much less sugar than most cold cereals, so you will not experience a quick sugar crash.”

It just gets better and better!

However, it's worth noting that these stats apply to a single slice; and let's be real, no one ever stops at just one slice.

Chelsey also admits that while it may have some nutritional benefits, pizza isn't exactly what you'd call a healthy food and should not be considered a regular alternative.

At the end of the day, it all comes down to what types of pizzas/ cereals you're consuming.

Obviously, a bowl full of added sugar and E numbers isn't exactly the healthiest choice, but neither is a fat-filled cheese fest – it's all about finding the right balance.

Speaking to The Independent, Harley Street nutritionist Rhiannon Lambert explained:

“If we’re talking about a big greasy pizza ordered online then it’s probably not the most well balanced meal to eat for breakfast,” explains Lambert, who has a healthy pizza alternative in her book Re-Nourish: A Simple Way To Eat Well. 

“However, as mentioned, pizzas can be a healthy balance of carbs, fats and protein so as long as it doesn't contain unhealthy additives, who’s to say we can’t eat pizza for breakfast?”

Best news we've heard all year!

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If you're anything like us, Easter morning is often spent lounging around the sitting room surrounded by piles of torn wrapping paper and empty Easter egg packaging. 

The chocolate just keeps on coming and before you know it you've milled into half an chocolate orange, the ears of an unsuspecting Lindt bunny, and more creme eggs than you can even count – and it's not even lunchtime.

But hey, it's only one day a year, so you may as well enjoy it!

And to help ease the guilt, we've compiled a helpful list of all the reasons why a chocolate-based breakfast is actually good for you.

1. Chocolate makes you happy

A natural mood-enhancer, Chocolate is known to release a number of 'happy' hormones into the brain. 

It also contains a compound called phenylethylamine, otherwise known as the 'love drug', which arouses feelings similar to those that occur when one is in love.

Honestly, who needs a boyfriend when you've got a selection box and a chocolate Santa? 

2. It can help relieve stress

Studies have shown that eating dark chocolate everyday can reduce stress hormones in as little as two weeks. 

Chocolate everyday and not a care in the world? Don't mind if we do. 

3. You'll eat less throughout the day

Believe it or not, chocolate consumption may actually reduce your appetite, meaning you'll be less inclined to overeat throughout the day.

And given that all portion control generally goes out the window on Easter weekend, a chocolate-based breakfast might be just want to prevent a turkey induced coma later on in the evening. 

4. It can help with PMS

Dark chocolate acts as the perfect remedy for many PMS symptoms such as bloating, fatigue and irritability. 

It's antioxidants also also trigger the walls of your blood vessels to relax, lowering blood pressure and improving circulation.

Sounds good to us! 

5. It helps to wake you up

The caffeine content of chocolate can vary with the types of beans, however all chocolate will produce a slight stimulatory effect. 

It's nothing compared to the pick-me-up feeling you'd get from a cup of coffee, but we're willing to bet that if you ate enough of it you'd be alert all day. 

6. It's good for your skin

One of the less known benefits of chocolate is that if can actually do wonderful things for you skin. 

It can help you maintain a healthy glow by modulating healthy blood flow, while high flavanol cocoa powder has been shown to provide effective defence against sunburn. 

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So, it’s a well-known fact that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and yet many of us still struggle to incorporate it into our daily routines.

Emerging from a warm, cosy bed can be a struggle at the best of times and with a long morning to-do list in front of us, breakfast is normally the first thing to get dropped when we’re running late.

But when exactly should we eat our first meal of the day?

Well, health professional, Dr. Oz, has finally given us the answer.

Speaking to Pop Sugar, the expert recommended eating breakfast within one hour of waking up.

What’s more is you should be eating lunch no later than four and a half hours after, and dinner should be at least three hours before bedtime to avoid a belly full of food and indigestion.

Dr. Oz explained that adopting this routine will make you much less likely to cheat on high-calorie junk food throughout the day.

But if you do want to sneak a little treat, the best time to do so is before 10 am.

Chocolate for breakfast anyone? Science says it's totally okay. 

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As the World Porridge Making Champion (yes, this is a genuine competition), Ellinor Persson knows a thing or two about how to make oatmeal. We chatted with the Swedish lady to learn all her tips and tricks about how to make the perfect bowl of porridge.

What is your secret recipe for the World Best Porridge?

I make my world champion porridge with steel cut oats (also called pinhead oats), but they require you stay by the hob, constantly stirring for nearly half an hour. My World Championship Porridge recipe consists of steel cut oats, salt and water. 

Porridge oats are a much faster option for busy mornings, as they take only a few minutes to cook. The ginger gives this porridge a more grown-up taste, but you can leave it out if you prefer. 

Ingredients (for 2)

  • 40g SuperValu Porridge
  • 200ml water 
  • 50ml orange juice 
  • Pinch of salt
  • Freshly grated root ginger

Method

Put the oats, water, orange juice, a pinch of salt and a little freshly grated root ginger (if using) in a medium-sized saucepan. 

Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 6 minutes, stirring occasionally to make sure the porridge doesn't stick to the bottom of the pan. 

Taste and add more salt or ginger if you like. Divide between two bowls and serve hot. 
 

 

Do you recommend using the microwave or a saucepan? 

I always use a saucepan but for those busy mornings a microwave is the perfect way to make a piping hot bowl of porridge. 

Do you prefer it plain and simple or do you like adding some toppings? 

Simple porridge with salt and water is always a nice option but I love porridge with jam, epically blueberry jam. I also like chopped nuts or some pumpkin seeds and some milk but sometimes I substitute milk for yoghurt. Be creative with your porridge. Try new recipes and toppings!  

Porridge is really on trend at the moment, how can you explain that?

In Scandinavia, Ireland and Scotland porridge has been the natural breakfast choice for generations. Today younger generations are more conscious about what foods they put into their bodies and have turned to porridge as their go to healthy breakfast.

I think that savour porridge is definitely a trend that is on the rise. Porridge recipes have changed over the years to include exciting flavours like paprika, ginger, chilli and sometimes even whiskey. I often eat savoury porridge for dinner or lunch.  

What are the benefits of porridge? 

One of the most nutritious breakfast foods to kick start your day is oats. Oats are high in soluble fibres, which help even out the sugar and cholesterol levels in our blood.

While porridge oats are extremely affordable, they’re also delicious and now considered a superfood. There are many ways to further enhance the taste and health benefits by adding blueberries, seeds or nut butters.

Porridge will also keep those hunger pangs at bay right through until lunchtime. 

What are your memories associated with porridge growing up?

I have the strong association with porridge and my father. He would eat porridge every day without fail.  He used to work in a forest and would be gone for hours on end, porridge was his go to breakfast to keep his energy up during a hard day’s work. 

What do you think of overnight oats?

During the winter, overnight oats are not my favourite thing to eat because they are cold. They are perfect to have it during the summer with fresh fruit but in the winter a prefer to eat something warm to kick start my day. The Happy Pear have a great overnight oats recipe which I plan on making a lot during the summer. 

OUT THE DOOR OVERNIGHT OATS – SERVES 2 TO 3

"This recipe is really easy. You can have everything done the night before and just grab it as you run out the door in the morning. Soaking oats overnight makes them sweeter and easier to digest. They are loaded with fibre to boost your digestion and immune system. Chia seeds add a nice texture as well as boosting the nutritional profile of this dish massively, especially omega‐3, protein and fibre."

  • 100g oats
  • 2 tbsp raisins
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp goji berries
  • 1 tbsp pumpkin seeds 
  • 400ml rice milk

TOPPINGS

  • blueberries
  • raspberries
  • banana
  • grated apple or pear
  • yogurt
  • bee pollen
  • granola

1. The night before, put the oats, raisins, chia seeds, goji berries and pumpkin seeds into a bowl or container and mix. Add the rice milk, cover and put into the fridge. It looks very nice in a Kilner jar if you have one.

2. In the morning, simply add your toppings. The oat base will keep for 2 to 3 days in the fridge.

To celebrate the goodness and health benefits of porridge, SuperValu will be giving FREE PORRIDGE to customers nationwide on Saturday the 10th February with any purchase made in store.
** SuperValu is offering 1 x 1kg Porridge pack to each customer with any purchase while stocks last. Early bird catches the porridge – so customers are advised to visit stores early to receive their pack. Available while stocks last.

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Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the hangover club. 

A new service is making the lives of those of us who can't drag ourselves to brunch on Sundays so much easier.

No longer will we who value our sleep be deprived of poached eggs and avocado, not on BreakfastMe.ie's watch. 

 

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Breakfast Me is bringing the brunch and brekkie best from some of Dublin's finest eateries direct to your door. 

Operating from 7am to 2pm, the delivery service works like most food deliver services – you simply input your location and it presents you with a variety of restaurants to choose from. 

Whether you're in the mood for Herbstreet's eggs royale or a breakfast burrito from The Good Food Store, you may never have to get out of bed for a breakfast ever again. 

 As well as providing amazing food, Breakfast Me also has a selection of miscellaneous items available to make that Sunday hangover more bearable. 

Whether you're after Rizla rolling skins, toilet roll, tampons, sellotape, a phone charger or a nice cold Lucozade, they'll bring it right to you. 

The service also delivers snacks such as Tayto, chewing gum, Coke and Malteasers.

If you're someone who hates cooking breakfast on the regular, you can use the service on any given day to avoid liaising with the kitchen appliances. 

You can set up a daily or weekly breakfast delivery too if you're feeling extra notions-y. 

Our hangover feeds will never be the same. 

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As children most of us longed for the day that we flew the nest so that we could finally fulfil our dream of eating ice-cream for breakfast (and every other meal for that matter).

Of course, once that day actually came we realised that a diet comprising entirely of sugar and milk wasn't exactly the best idea – but hey, Nutella on toast provided a happy medium.

And while we might feel a little bad about starting out day on a chocolate high, all traces of guilt are usually gone by lunchtime – and rightly so.

According to foodbusinessnew.net, eating chocolate at breakfast time could actually be good thing.

Speaking about the benefits, Liz Moskow, culinary director at Sterling-Rice Group said: “Simply put, engaging with food is a conduit to engaging with the world.”

“There was a study that recently came out from Syracuse University re-touting the benefits of dark chocolate, specifically on cognitive function — abstract reasoning, memory, focus.”

“The thought was eating chocolate prepares you more for your workday, so what better part to incorporate dark chocolate into your meal than breakfast?”

“The thought was eating chocolate prepares you more for your workday, so what better day part to incorporate dark chocolate into your meal than breakfast?”

And get this – not only is dessert for breakfast not nearly as bad as for us as we were led to believe, but it could actually support weight loss when eaten in conjunction with a balanced diet.

Someone pass us the Coco Pops!

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