You can’t beat a good breakfast. If I skip breakfast I get ‘hangry’, I can’t concentrate and I end up either snacking or having an overly carby lunch to make up for it. I really love long weekend breakfasts and going out for brunch is one of my favourite things. Unfortunately, during the week I can’t get away with having a 3 hour breakfast but here are some of my favourites that are easy to rustle up on a week day:
CHOCOLATE PROTEIN OATS
This is one of my new favourites for when I’m in a rush.
You’ll need: low fat Greek yoghurt, chocolate protein powder (I use MSC_Nutrition), 30g of rolled oats, blueberries and walnut halves to serve.
I mix 4 tablespoons of Greek yoghurt with the oats in a bowl along with 1 scoop of chocolate protein powder and mix well.
You can eat this straight away or leave it in the fridge overnight for the oats to soften and serve it with some berries, seeds and nuts, my favourite is blueberries and walnuts. Soooo easy and satisfying!
POACHED EGGS ON WHOLEGRAIN TOAST WITH AVOCADO
Another really easy one which will leave you full of energy for the day ahead.
You’ll need: 2 eggs, a slice of wholegrain or rye bread and an avocado.
I cook my eggs in poach pods for around 4 minutes while my toast is cooking. Slice half and avocado. You can smoosh it on the toast if you like, top with the eggs and a sprinkle of salt and pepper and you have a tasty breakfast.
This is higher in carbs than some of the others but full of slow release energy and nutrients.
You’ll need: 40-50g of rolled oats, one chopped banana, a tea spoon of healthy nut butter, a tea spoon of honey and some cinnamon or nutmeg, 150-200ml of skimmed milk or coconut or almond milk.
Heat the milk in a pan until it’s simmering, add the oats and cook for a few minutes, keep stirring, add the banana (saving a couple of chunks to serve), peanut butter and honey and cook for around 5-10 minutes. Serve with the remaining banana and a sprinkle of the nutmeg or cinnamon and you have a lovely creamy porridge.
SCRAMBLED EGG WITH PANCETTA AND AVOCADO
This one is high in protein and healthy fats.
You’ll need: 2 eggs, a tea spoon of coconut oil, 2 or 3 rashers of pancetta or lean bacon and half an avocado.
Put the bacon or pancetta onto a baking sheet and grill until crispy. Whisk two eggs together and add to a hot pan with the coconut oil and scramble together. Serve up with a sliced avocado and a sprinkle of salt and pepper and you have a breakfast that will keep you going until lunch.
HAM, SPINACH AND FETA FRITATA
Eggs are brilliant for breakfast and they’re the perfect fuel for your body without making you feel sleepy.
You’ll need: 2 eggs and 1 egg white, handful of spinach, a slice of chopped ham, a small piece of crumbled feta cheese.
Whisk your eggs and season with salt and pepper, add to the pan and cook for a few minutes until it starts to firm up around the edges and you separate it from the pan with a spatula. Sprinkle the spinach, chopped ham and cheese on top and finish off under a hot grill until the cheese has melted and the top has cooked.
What are your favourite breakfasts?