When planning your wedding day, you need to make sure you fit in time for a really healthy nutritious breakfast before all the preparations and festivities begin as taking in the right fuel will set you up for the rest of the day.
It’s worth thinking about in advance as the last thing you want is to opt for a rushed breakfast which will make you bloated and uncomfortable or worse still, to miss breakfast altogether and end up a cranky and irritable bride.
While it might be tempting to reach for croissants or bacon sandwiches it’s really not a good idea to fill up on bloating carbs and empty calories as it won’t keep you going or give you the energy boost you will need.
If you can’t face eating much on the day, through nerves or butterflies, then rather than skip out on breakfast altogether why not try one of these lighter options which will still help boost your energy reserves without feeling too heavy.
A platter of fruit
You can easily prepare this the night before and just select as many different types of fruit as you want. You can chop and peel them ready, or just have them on a plate in the fridge ready to eat in the morning. It will provide you with natural sugars and vitamins to set you up for the morning.
If you want something a little more substantial than fruit on its own then try adding a Greek yogurt to your bowl of fruit as it will supply your body with essential protein and calcium as well which is good for calming nerves. Combine the yogurt with berries which are full of vitamin C which can help reduce stress, and if you want something more filling, add in a handful of granola.
If you don’t have too much of a sweet tooth in the morning then opt for a light avocado salad which is really good for your body and will keep you feeling full until lunchtime.
These are the perfect light breakfast option and so stress-free to make as well if you are panicking in the morning! Just throw in any combination of fruit and vegetables into your blender and you have a delicious and nutritious light breakfast instantly. Another light option here would be to create your own protein shake as another liquid but nutritious breakfast.
Brides who are feeling more excited than nervous and are happy to try a fuller breakfast for the wedding morning could perhaps go for a cereal-based breakfast as these provide a great source of fiber, if you go for the right kind of healthy cereal, rather than the sugary variety.
Go for something like muesli with added fresh fruit for an extra nutritional kick and take it with either skimmed milk or yoghurt to avoid any nasty dairy bloat on your big day.
Another option is oatmeal or porridge which will keep you full until lunchtime and again you can add in fruit or honey to sweeten the flavour. This breakfast will certainly give you the energy you will need to shine for the rest of the day. Katie from Orla James tried this on her wedding day and would highly recommend this option.
If you prefer a more savoury breakfast then maybe try a healthy eggs-only option as they offer a great source of protein and can be cooked in so many different ways to suit all taste buds, from scrambled, to egg frittatas or omelettes.
Another savoury breakfast alternative could be a twist on the traditional avocado salad by opting for mashed avocado on toast, or try salmon on toast, as a healthy and filling savoury choice. Swap out the toast for a bagel or English muffin if you prefer.
It’s also important to think about what to drink with your breakfast and if you want to avoid anxiety then it’s probably best to steer clear of too much caffeine on your wedding morning as it might give you the jitters!
Opt instead for plain water with lots of lemon as this will hydrate you and help to reduce any bloating as well so a win-win all round. If you really prefer a hot drink with your breakfast then opt for a herbal tea, like ginger for easing tummy butterflies or chamomile for calming nerves. If you really can’t function without the caffeine then try black tea or black coffee to avoid the bloating effect which dairy can have on your system.