Breakfast is often thought of as the most important meal of the day, yet many people don’t have one or maybe have a bowl of cereal which doesn’t provide any nutritional benefits, are loaded with sugar and leave us hungry not long after finishing it.
A recent report by Public Health England revealed that children in England are consuming half their recommended sugar intake before they even get to school, click here to read the article. Whilst this is shocking it is not surprising. Most parents believe they are giving their children (and themselves) a healthy breakfast yet there is sugar hidden everywhere including cereals, yoghurts, fruit juices, flavoured milk etc. When people want to have a breakfast in a hurry often cereals, bagels and such are a convenient choice.
Below are my favourite breakfast options which I always revert back to and rotate throughout the months.
Perfect in winter and can also be prepped the night before and all you need to do is warm it through in the morning. Here is my current favourite porridge recipe.
Simple yet filling and delicious. If time in the morning is short, the evening before I prepare the avocado. Mash the avocado and mix in the juice of half a lemon, some salt and chopped red chilli, if you like some spice, cover and store in the refrigerator. Then in the morning all you need to do is toast your bread (I like the Biona brand of gluten free bread), top with the mashed avocado and some sliced tomato.
Yoghurt, Berries and Granola
This is a great option to layer up in a jar and grab in the morning when you are in a rush. Using a granola with different nuts and seeds will provide fats and protein which will help you feel full throughout the morning. It’s easy to make a batch of granola at the weekend to be used during the week, this granola recipe is a staple in my house but you can use any flavourings to suit your taste. Of course, if berries aren’t your thing then stewed fruit or chopped apples, pears all work well too.
Eggs & Hummus
Boiled, poached or scrambled eggs are all amazing with hummus! Some people may think it’s an odd combination but I promise you it’s delicious and sets you up for the day ahead. Again, if time is tight in the mornings go for the boiled egg option and boil some eggs on a Sunday night and they’ll be good for the week ahead. With poached or boiled eggs serve them on toast with the hummus and spinach. If you’ve time in the morning and go for the scrambled eggs, stir through the spinach and maybe add any other veggies you like.
Not everyone is keen on chia seeds when they first try especially when they haven’t been ground and just mixed with a liquid. I have found the key is to grind them whilst making a chia pudding as this still thickens the pudding, you get the benefits of the chia but not the horrible texture.
One of my favourite recipes for chia pudding is this one, but you can try any flavour combinations you fancy.
I hope this post gives you some breakfast inspiration and I would love to hear you favourite breakfasts in the comments below.