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We’re celebrating Farmhouse Breakfast week, which starts on Monday 23rd January. Eating a healthy, hearty breakfast improves our diet, boosts our energy for the day ahead, and is essential for overall well-being.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but did you know that 47% of people regularly skip breakfast during the week?
In today’s busy world it’s all too easy to rush off to work without breakfast, but you are effectively running on empty, like trying to start the car with no petrol! Also those that skip breakfast are twice as likely to reach for a less healthy biscuit or packet of crisps mid-morning.
Breakfast is important as it provides the body and brain with fuel after an overnight fast - that's where its name originates, breaking the fast!
Have you ever heard the saying "Breakfast like a King, lunch like a Prince and dine like a pauper"? A healthy breakfast is about setting you up for the day so you need less food later and don't overeat before going to bed.
Here's why breakfast is so good for you:
1. Helps you stay slim
Research shows those who eat breakfast are less likely to be overweight.
2. improves mental performance
Breakfast restores glucose levels, an essential carbohydrate that is needed for brain function, helping to boost concentration and performance throughout the day.
3. Helps you feel happy
It’s official, eating a healthy breakfast reduces stress and makes us happier! Research shows people who skip breakfast are more prone to feeling depressed.
4. Regulates blood sugar levels
Eating at the start of the day aids our body in breaking down glucose and helps keep blood sugar levels stable.
5. Helps maintain a healthy heart
Skipping breakfast often leads to mid-morning snacking, which can quickly bump up calorie intake. Weight gain increases the risk of heart disease and other life-threatening illnesses.
Do you keep things simple with cereal and toast, or go all out with a full English with sausage, bacon, and eggs? Do you prefer a warm breakfast of porridge or baked beans on toast, or do you wake up craving a smoked salmon bagel?
Like most farming families when David was growing up breakfast was an important meal eaten about 10 o'clock after an early morning milking. David could clock up 10,000 steps in just 2 hours walking up and down the parlour whilst milking 120 cows, so a farmhouse breakfast was well earned.
In winter there was plenty of steaming porridge, followed by a cooked breakfast of bacon, fried eggs and Derbyshire Oatcake to refuel our farmers ready for the physical work of the day.
Have you ever tried a Derbyshire Oatcake? They are a cross between a pancake and a crumpet and have been a local staple since the 17th century. Thicker than the Staffordshire oatcake. David’s mother fried them in oil, but I prefer them grilled. Derbyshire oatcakes are traditionally served as savoury with bacon and eggs, but can also be served sweet with fruit, yoghurt and chocolate sauce.
Oats are so good as they help keep you feeling fuller for longer and studies have shown they may help lower the risk of certain types of cancer, type 2 diabetes and stroke.
Oatcakes are made from oats, flour, salt, water and yeast and are simple to make – why not have a go yourself?
Instead of fried oatcakes or porridge I prefer my oats soaked overnight with natural yoghurt and fresh fruits.
In celebration of Farmhouse Breakfast Week we have an amazing special offer just for you!
Stay in one of our luxury log cabins or gorgeous glamping pods in January or the first 2 weeks in February (up to Thursday 16th February 2023) and get a FREE farmhouse breakfast pack. Quote "oatcakes please" when booking.
This includes local bacon and sausages from Ginger Butchers at New Close Farm, our freshly laid eggs, Derbyshire oatcakes, Brock and Morten rapeseed oil, fresh orange juice and butter from Peak District Dairy – enough for one hearty, delicious breakfast for the number of guests in your party. If you fancy a farmhouse breakfast every day during your holiday you can always buy more local produce in our little onsite shop! We will also be selling oatcake ingredients pots so you can have a go at making your own.
On holiday you have time to enjoy a leisurely big breakfast before setting off to explore the Derbyshire Peak District countryside, so make the most of our Farmhouse Breakfast offer and book your stay today. Don't forget to add "oatcakes please"
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