We don’t often have the time or inclination to cook up a storm at breakfast every morning, in fact we usually go for the easiest but helping-our-bodies option we can think of. Breakfast can be one of the hardest meals to change when you decide you want to fill yourself with the stuff that makes you feel and function well so we thought we’d share five easy breakfasts that are tasty, quick to make and most can be eaten on the go if you need. Give ’em a try!…
1. Eggs and…! You’ll need to sit at the table for this one but you can cook a couple of eggs in about 4 minutes in a frying pan (whilst the toast is down if you’re a toast fan) – quick, delicious and a good hit of protein to help stabilise blood sugar first thing in the morning. Crack in a handful of spinach, some mushrooms and tomatoes for a fibre hit too. Other delicious options are avocado or smoked salmon. Alternatively slice up boiled eggs onto toast in the morning if you really can’t be doing with cooking anything – we boil in big batches and keep them in their shells in the fridge for the week. Super easy to reheat in a mug of boiling water whilst you get ready.
2. Smoothies… like this berry one that Andy is a big fan of and takes to work. It’s pretty thick so easily transportable in a glass jar so you can either drink it or scoop it out with a spoon. It’s roughly this recipe: Handful of mixed berries, 1/2 banana, 1 cup of coconut milk (could use almond/dairy milk), 1 tbsp chia seeds, 1 tbsp vanilla protein powder. Whizz in a blender and Bob’s your Uncle!
3. Smoothie Bowls. On the subject of smoothies, Sarah’s favourite easy breakfast is a smoothie bowl which is basically what it says on the tin – a smoothie in a bowl. The idea is that it’s thick enough for adding toppings so you can eat it with a spoon rather than drink it (which CAN help with tuning into hunger and fullness signals). Take your favourite smoothie recipe and thicken it by halving the liquid, adding some extra banana or avocado, or if you’re brave enough and having a green smoothie, add some steamed cauliflower or courgette to the mix (which Sarah insists loses it’s flavour in with everything else!). Then add your toppings; banana, berries, chopped nuts, cinnamon, shredded coconut or frozen fruit all make great additions to a smoothie bowl.
4. Savoury Protein Muffins. How about these from our recipe archives that are super handy if you need to grab-and-go in the mornings?! They’ll give you a decent protein hit in the morning so you aren’t opening the snack drawer straight after breakfast and eggs are the multivitamin of the foodie world so you know you’ll be doing your body a favour too. You could easily swap the fish in these for another tinned variety or some meat.
5. Loaves!…We love a slice-able loaf for a super speedy meal or snack, less thinking, more eating and getting on with the day 😉 These are 2 of our current faves, a banana one or a pumpkin version, both delicious on their own or with a slathering of peanut/nut butter. Easy to grab a slice or two with a piece of fruit or boiled eggs.
6. Frittata. Yes we love eggs, but they do make life so easy, plus they’re delicious AND nutritious! Easy to make in one big batch and then take a (decent sized) slice each morning and either re-heat or eat cold. Throw all your favourite veggies and herbs into a frying pan, fry until soft, add the eggs and then grill the top (you might want to top with cheese too!). Easy to grab a slice each morning with a piece of fruit.
7. Yogurt. This couldn’t be much easier – Greek yogurt, topped with berries, seeds, chopped nuts and fruit. If you tolerate dairy well this is a super-speedy breakfast idea that’s easy to change up so you don’t get bored.
And a bonus no.8!…Porridge! We couldn’t share this post without adding porridge to the list, Andy’s staple before his commute in the mornings. Add in some protein powder to make it extra satiating (or stick a boiled egg on the side) and top with fruit/nuts/seeds/drizzle of honey. YUM
So there you have it – 7 easy breakfast ideas (and a bonus 8th) and they don’t all include eggs! Have a go and let us know, what are your favourite go-to easy breakfast options?