I’ve always been the sort of person, no matter what mood I wake up in, who would always look forward to having my breakfast in the morning. It baffled me after hearing that some of my friends tend to miss the best kick start to your day. Why is this? They would say they either would prefer having an extra bit of sleep in the morning, that they’re not hungry or they simply don’t have time.
The right breakfast (with ingredients like Oats, Eggs and Yoghurt) helps give you the protein and nutrients your body so desperately needs to keep active and energised throughout the day. Missing this vital start could result in you becoming tired, lazy, unfocused and more prone to snacking on sugary and high calorific foods. Breakfast shouldn’t become a chore, you can make it fun whilst fitting it easily into your morning routine.
Here are some suggestions on how you can add a delicious, yet healthy breakfast into your morning routine:
Overnight Oats (for the person wanting more sleep)
You can prepare Overnight Oats just before you go to bed and it will only take you 5 mins – result! In the morning, all you’ll have to do is grab a spoon (maybe sprinkle some berries over the top) and dive in.
Here are some suggestions:
- Simple Overnight Oats
Place 40g of rolled Oats and 180 mls Almond milk (want a treat? use chocolate almond milk) into a pot and leave to soak overnight in the fridge. In the morning, pour it all into a bowl. Decorate with raspberries, blueberries and a sliced banana. Option to drizzle over honey if fancied. Enjoy!
Classic Berry Overnight Oats
Layer 20g oats, your favourite berries, half a small tub of Miller Light natural yoghurt. Repeat this step again. Leave in the fridge over night. Decorate with raisons, a few nuts and a drizzle of organic honey. Yum!
Rocky Road Overnight Oats – head over to (‘Two Chubby Cubs‘ for this recipe and more delicious Overnight Oats ideas)
Smoothies (For the person who’s not overly hungry or is on the go)
This can be so much fun blending, all your yummy fruity ingredients together! After blending you can pour your mix into a travel cup and take it with you on your journey in the morning, and with slow sips you’ll realise how beneficial it is. If you really feel you have very little time in the morning, put the chopped ingredients into an individual freezer bag and set it flat in a freezer over night. When morning rises, all you have to do is chuck it in the blender and you’re set for the day.
Smoothie Bowls (for the person who is creative)
If you’re wanting to replace the dull cereal breakfast and don’t want to drink your food. Smoothie bowls are the breaky for you. They are packed full with protein and nutrients – just what your body needs.
How do you make a smoothie bowl? Well, you can play around and experiment with lots of different ingredients to find the right one for you. As a guide use one cup of frozen fruit and a sliced up frozen banana. You can use half a cup greens as well (spinach etc). Add half a cup of liquid (examples: almond milk, coconut yoghurt or any juice) and blend. Once blended, pour into a bowl and go crazy with the toppings; using fruit, nuts, seeds (chia seeds are amazing to use and are rich in fibre) and granola etc. This is obviously just a ruff guide, so you can do whatever you desire! I like to add honey or maple syrup sometimes to sweeten it up. So get creative! There are also lots of recipes online for you to follow incase you get really stuck.
Smoothie bowls are such a fun and healthy breakfast if you have some spare time in the morning. So enjoy it whilst either watching Lorraine in the morning (like me) or reading your morning articles.
Weekender (For the person who likes to treat themselves occasionally) – me everyday
The weekend is a time to treat yourself and can still be a little bit healthy at the same time. Here are a couple of my favourite weekend breakfast ideas. However, there are lots floating around so find the one you like the sound of and make it your weekend treat!
You can enjoy this the good old fashioned way or swap a few ingredients to make this Classic a healthier option. My shout is swapping normal milk with a nutty milk like Almond or Hazelnut. Also, swap the self-raising flour for spelt flour (or wholegrain) and add some natural yoghurt to thicken the mixture. Spelt is a great source of Vitamins (B2), magnesium and fibre; perfect for morning fuel. Top it off with some Crème Fraîche and sprinkle over with fruit of your own choice. I recommend bananas and of course blueberries. But, dont forget it’s still the weekend so drizzle over that maple syrup!!
Fancy Breaky roll
What you need:
- 1 Wholemeal/seeded Bread Roll (Paul Hollywoods’ ready to bake rolls are a winner)
- 1 Bacon medallion
- 1 Organic egg
- 1/2 Avocado
- lemon Juice
- sea salt
- Chilli Jam
How to Make:
- Toast/Oven bake roll.
- Grill the bacon.
- Poach the egg with a pinch of sea salt for 1 minuet 50. Top tip: after poaching, place egg on kitchen roll to get rid of excess water.
- Cut up and mash the Avocado with a little lemon juice and a dash of sea salt.
- Once bread roll is cooked, cut it in half and spread the Chilli Jam on both sides.
- Add bacon, poached egg and avocado in layers. Season with pepper (I use pink pepper corns)
- Tuck in and enjoy your Breaky Roll!!
I cannot stress enough about how much these breakfast meals have helped me become more motivated, awake and ready for my day ahead. I feel so much better in myself and I hope when you guys try these ideas it will help make a difference to your mood and mind set throughout the whole day. Get the fuel your body deserves and enjoy mornings!
Bright Orange Suitcase x