Breakfast ideas for your busy mornings
Breakfast; the most important meal of the day. We have been told this over and over again, yet many of us often skip it. We blame our busy lives, rushing out the door in the morning but our blood sugar levels are low first thing in the morning, making it difficult for our brain and our muscles to work at their most effective self. Plus, let’s face it, even with the best of intentions, you’re more like to reach for the high in fat, high in sugar, snacks, when you’re most hungry.
Our overall food consumption for the day starts at breakfast; a good size, healthy breakfast can actually lower your appetite and reduce your daily caloric intake. Breakfast doesn’t have to take too much time from your morning, and equally it doesn’t have mean a granola bar and an apple on the move. Here are some ideas, courtesy of our Glandore community team, to get you started.
Remember when Nigella Lawson made this on her BBC 2 show ‘Simply Nigella’ and the twitterverse went crazy? It may not have been a showcase of Nigella’s culinary skills, but then avocado on toast isn’t haute cuisine, it’s a very quick, very simple meal. And a great one for breakfast, it’s tasty and filling and benefits are unbelievable. Avocado is full of protein and healthy fats, whilst a good, wholegrain slice of toast fills your fibre intake. We like to add pinch of sea salt and cracked black pepper. If we’re feeling fancier, maybe a squeeze of lemon. The domestic goddess that is Nigella Lawson favours lime, plus dill, chilli flakes, and radishes; but who has time for all of that at 7am?
Most of us reserve eggs for the weekend; it suits a lazy Sunday morning when you have nowhere to be and no commitments. But when you stop and think about it, how long does it actually take to make an egg? A soft boiled egg takes 5 – 7 minutes, depending on how runny you like your yolk (thanks to the Queen of Eggs, Delia Smith, for that one!). Hard boiled takes a couple of minutes longer and scrambled eggs can be made easily in the microwave by cooking them (in a microwave-safe bowl) on high for 45 seconds, stir, then 30 to 45 more seconds longer. Both can be enjoyed with a slice of wholegrain toast for a nutritious breakfast . Eggs have loads of protein as well a whole host of the vitamins and minerals our bodies need for a busy workday.
We all know fruit is actually a pretty awesome way to start the day. It, ever so carefully, wakes your digestive system up. First thing in the morning is the best time to eat fruit, the natural sugars are broken down quickly and we take in more of the vitamins and antioxidants on an empty stomach so if it’s something we should all be eating anyway, why not get your portion in at breakfast? Mix it up a bit so you don’t get bored; there are plenty of frozen options available, just whiz them up for a fresh smoothie.
Plain old oats may not sound very appealing but mixing them with yogurt and popping them into the fridge overnight, the oats become soft, chewy and delicious. In the morning, add some cocoa powder, cinnamon, fruit or enjoy it as-is for a deliciously filling morning treat.