It's time to reclaim breakfast as your favourite meal of the day!
Dolly Parton had it all right. Is it just me, or does modern society dictate that are there never enough hours in the day? Squeezing in work, working out, maintaining somewhat of a functional social life and/or relationship, all whilst nourishing our bodies in the best way possible. Perhaps you need a holiday just thinking about it.
When it comes to handling your busy schedule, waking your body up with more than just a black coffee is as essential as getting enough sleep. Breakfast balances your blood sugar, kick starting your digestion and aids mental focus and clarity. Time not on your side? Fear not! These recipes are all make-ahead, allowing you to savour those precious minutes in bed, whilst giving you healthful nourishment through to lunch, and perhaps starting your day with a little more joie de vivre!
- Overnight Oats
Prep Time: less than 5 minutes.
Make It Ahead: The night before, just after your dinner whilst catching up on Suits (multitasking at its best).
Recipe Ideas: What I really like about overnight oats is their natural versatility. Feeling something sweet? Mix in a little almond yogurt with fresh berries and oats and top with maple syrup. You can customise these pots of joy however you like, so you’re sure to never get bored!
- Naturally Creamy Protein Smoothie
Prep Time: 5 minutes.
Make It Ahead: Put all of the ingredients in the blender and blend whilst you get your work-bag ready for the day. This can also be made up to a day in advance.
Recipe Ideas: I love using frozen bananas, a scoop of soya protein, chia seed and flax seed in my protein smoothies to add that extra level of thickness. You can blend pretty much anything into your protein smoothies; a selection of leafy greens such as spinach (as in this recipe), kale and rocket, a handful of oats and a hefty serving of plant-mylk. Sprinkle in some superfood powders such as baobab and barley grass, and you’ll be good to glow.
- Loaded Breakfast Hash Cakes
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Make It Ahead: These hash cakes can be made for dinner, and kept as spares for breakfast the next morning. You can also freeze them, and simply defrost and grill the next morning whilst you get ready for work.
Recipe Ideas: A little like a bubble and squeak, hash cakes can contain anything and everything you like. The base ingredient should be a variety of potato, and you’ll need to combine the ingredients with a little flour. Sandwich between a breakfast muffin, smother with avocado salsa and enjoy.
- Nut-Butter Bites
Prep Time: 10 minutes.
Make It Ahead: This is the perfect midnight-snack worthy recipe. Why not sample whilst you whip up a batch? Once made, these will last around a week in the fridge.
Recipe Ideas: You can use a variety of nut butters to create these moreish delights, my favourite being almond butter. Blend ½ cup of nut butter with some dates, dried fruit, whole nuts and oats to create oatmeal-in-a-ball. Roll in freeze-dried fruits, cocoa powder or coconut for a little extra variety – a heathy pick ‘n’ mix, if you will.
- Dreamy Chilli Guac with Bagel Bites
Prep Time: 5-10 minutes
Make It Ahead: Perfect for packing for your commute as a nourishing alternative to toast. The components will last for approximately five days.
Recipe Ideas: Make yourself a super-charged guacamole using avocado, chipotle chilli, fresh chives, lemon juice, a little garlic and tobacco sauce. Store in a mason jar or tupperware container ready to go. For a higher protein option, blend in some chickpeas. Slice your bagels lengthways into 1cm thick rounds, brush with a little garlic oil, and bake until crispy. A fancier toast you’ll seldom find!
- Simple Tropical Rye Granola
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Make It Ahead: This delicious granola can be kept for two weeks in a mason jar, ready to be thrown into a pot or bowl at the last minute.
Recipe Ideas: An ingenious fitness blogger (@HannaOeberg) gave me the idea of using Ryvita crispbreads as a base for this fibrous granola. Break your favourite crispbread into a bowl, alongside dried coconut and tropical fruits, a little cinnamon, some vanilla extract and a dash of coconut oil. Bake on a high heat for 10 minutes, and you’re done! So simple, yet oh so delightful.
- Banana Toast & Superfood Chia Seed Jam
Prep Time: Around 1 hour in total. This one’s more of a lazy Sunday project.
Make It Ahead: Banana bread will last for as long as you can restrain yourself from eating it all (approximately three days, in my case) whilst the chia jam will happily refrigerate in a sealed jar for two weeks.
Recipe Ideas: There are 101 different varieties of banana bread recipes to use online, some of which will be gluten-free or sugar-free, so take your pick. Chia seed jam is as simple as pureeing two cups of your favourite berries, and adding ½ cup chia seeds. Combine and leave to set overnight. Grill your banana toast, and spread over your healthy jam. Yum.
- Coconut Yogurt Parfait Jars
Prep Time: 5 minutes or less.
Make It Ahead: These parfait jars will last for around two days in a sealed container. Perfect for grab-and-go breakfasts.
Recipe Ideas: Get yourself a big tub of coconut yogurt, stir in some nuts, seeds, fresh fruits, jams, crumbled energy bars and adorn with sliced apple, grated beets and seeds. These simple jars are as versatile as they are delicious.
- Apple Oatmeal Bowls
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Make It Ahead: Once assembled, these ingenious breakfast bowls will keep for around four days.
Recipe Ideas: This is one of my favourite alternative breakfast ideas, something really different. Core a large sweet apple, taking out a little of the inner flesh, but leaving the base intact (creating a sort of bowl shape). Stuff the middle lovingly with cooked oatmeal, and bake in the oven for 10 minutes.
- Grab & Stuff Tofu Scramble Pittas or Wraps
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Make It Ahead: This scramble will keep in the fridge for around three days.
Recipe Ideas: Crumble some firm tofu into a lightly oiled pan, alongside an assortment of veg such as cooked sweet potato, fresh tomatoes, corn, peppers and onions. Fry until the vegetables are soft. Season with nutritional yeast, garlic salt and pepper, ready to be stuffed into a pitta bread for a perfect high-protein breakfast sandwich.
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