Sarah Brittain

It’s been said time and time again that attaining a morning ritual or taking solo time before the pressures of the day begin, can truly help success, productivity and happiness. 

We are fascinated about how other people spend their mornings before they arrive in the public eye, polished for their day.  

We wonder, what did they eat for breakfast? Did they meditate? Did they stretch? Did they hit the snooze button? Did they only need to worry about themselves or a family? …So many questions!

Follow along as we step into the mornings of a wide range of successful ladies to uncover what habits put the spring in their morning step…

This week belongs to the lovely Sarah Brittain, of the popular Instagram account @thefodmapfreelife.

Sarah Brittain Fodmap Free

Sarah is a 28 year old Financial Controller living in London who hails from NZ with a keen interest in sport and fitness involving wellness and nutrition balances her autoimmune conditions through low FODMAP choices.

Tell us, what does your morning look like as you roll out of bed…

Upon rising…

Mornings during the week are usually a pretty quick turn around from when I wake up. I’m out of bed, gym gear is chucked on, scull my glow powder (see below) and rush out the door to the gym. Post gym I pick up a coffee (usually Allpress if I can find it) on the way to work and then eat breakfast at my desk.

What’s the first thing you drink?

A tsp of The Beauty Chef Glow inner powder mixed with water and more water after it

What’s the first thing you eat?

During the week its usually overnight oats topped with fruit and a long black.

Sarah Brittain Pancakes Fodmap free

How do you most like to move your body in the morning?

I try go to the gym before work – that way it’s over and done with and I can’t find an excuse later in the day to avoid it. I either do weights, a spin class, HITT class or yoga. I try to mix it up so I don’t get bored.

How important is stillness or quiet space first thing?

Very – it’s one thing I don’t do enough of but if I have time I like to listen to a guided 10 minutes of mindfulness on the Headspace app.

Describe your ultimate morning…no kids, no obligations…

I like to wake up without an alarm, enjoy a walk with a friend (preferably close to the water) followed by a long brunch with some girlfriends – delicious food, coffee and great chat.

Please share your favourite breakfast recipe…what’s your go-to?

My go-to during the week:

Overnight Oats:

1/3 cup gluten free rolled oats

1 tbsp of chia seeds

1 tbsp sunflower + pumpkin seeds

1/2 cup of milk – I usually use of coconut milk

1/2 tsp of cinnamon

In the morning add your favourite fruit and a tsp of peanut butter (or if you are pressed for time just add on top the night before).

What I would make if I had time..

Buckwheat Pancakes

Sarah Brittain Pancakes Fodmap free

What you need:

1 cup buckwheat flour

1 cup almond milk

1 tsp baking powder (gluten free)

2 eggs, separated

1-2 tsp rice malt syrup (optional)

What to do:

Place dry ingredients in a large bowl.

Mix milk, egg yolks and rice malt syrup together in a jug.

Whip egg whites in a small bowl until soft peaks form.

Pour milk mixture into dry ingredients and mix well.

Gently fold in the beaten egg whites.

Drop large tablespoons of mixture onto a pre-heated non-stick fry pan

Turn when the mixture starts to form little bubbles on the top

Allow the other side to cook for a minute or until golden brown

Remove from heat

Enjoy with pure maple syrup.

Connect with Sarah:

Instagram: @thefodmapfreelife