A nutritious breakfast is the most important meal of the day, especially after your early bird workout. The right breakfast fuels your mind, powers your body and sets you up as you mean to go on. At the same time, mornings can be pretty hectic. So here are a few time-saving but tasty ideas packed with all the protein, complex carbohydrates and healthy fats you need to own the day ahead.
Empty peanut butter jars make the perfect portable breakfast bowl for this nourishing overnight oats recipe. Combine steel-cut oats with milk, nut butter and all your favourite fruits, nuts and seeds. Why not mix in a protein powder to restore your muscles and keep you fuller for longer? Leave in the fridge overnight and grab it as you run out the door.
The flavour opportunities are endless, with some of our current favourites including mixed berries & cinnamon, raw cacao & chia seed, and mango & coconut.
Get all the hard work out of the way by peeling, chopping, dicing and slicing all your favourite fruits up front. Portion them up in reusable sandwich bags and freeze. Then all you have to do take out what you need each morning, blend with your favourite milk or coconut water and voilà. Pour into a reusable drink canister and you’ve got a brilliant breakfast on the go. The options are pretty much endless, but if you’re looking for ideas try combining bananas, blueberries & chia seeds.
Avocado & hummus toast
Apply a liberal layer of hummus to a thick slice of wholemeal or rye toast. Mash up a nice ripe avocado and spread it on top. Want to add some extra flavour and crunch? Try adding a little squeeze of lemon juice, a dash of paprika and a few pumpkin seeds. Packed with proteins and minerals as well as flavour, it’s so simple, so wholesome… and utterly delicious.
Whip up a big batch of these Sunday morning beauties and you’ll have enough leftover to power you through the week. Blend oats, egg whites, cottage cheese and vanilla essence to a thick consistency and cook as per a normal pancake. Top with honey or agave syrup, fresh fruit and greek yoghurt and you’ve found yourself a guilt-free breakfast blowout.
Here’s another super-easy idea you can prepare in advance to save precious time in the mornings. Preheat your oven to 190 degrees. While it’s warming up whip up some eggs, season with salt and pepper, and pour into a muffin tray greased with coconut oil or grass-fed butter until around about ⅔ full. Now chop some red pepper, spinach, goats’ cheese and ham off the bone and sprinkle into the egg mixture. Bake for 20-25 minutes, leave to cool and store in the fridge in an air tight container.