Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, yet many of us skip it, saying we’re too busy, we’re rushed off our feet or we’re too tired to contemplate making breakfast in the morning. It may feel life gets in the way, but there are some simple steps to improving your morning routine and ensuring you get a healthy breakfast every morning in order to fuel your busy day-to-day.
Including a balanced breakfast in your morning routine will provide a host of benefits to help you care for your general wellbeing, including boosting energy, improving mood, improving concentration and ensuring you consume more nutrients.
One of the best ways to save yourself the hassle of making breakfast when you’re keen to dash out of the house is to do some preparation in advance. To help you with this we’ve pulled together a selection of wholesome, delicious and healthy ideas for prepping your breakfast.
If you haven’t introduced yourself to the world of overnight oats, then now is the time. Simply fill a jar or plastic container with half a cup of rolled oats and one cup of milk then leave the mixture to soak in the fridge overnight. It really is as simple as that! In the morning you’ll have silky oats to fuel your day. To add some extra nutritional value and a touch of sweetness, try adding sliced banana and peanut butter, blueberries or apple and cinnamon. Check out this short guide here.
Granola bars packed with a mix of seeds, nuts and fruit are the ultimate grab-and-go breakfast or mid-morning energy boost. To prepare the night before, you’ll need butter, porridge oats, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, chopped walnuts, honey, cinnamon and a mix of dried fruit such as cranberries, blueberries and cherries. Give the seeds and nuts a quick 5-minute roast then add the fruit, melted butter and honey and mix well. Flatten out into a greased baking tray and bake for 30 minutes and you’ll have a few days worth of bars to keep you energised. Try this simple recipe for cinnamon berry bars.
Chia seed pudding
These tiny seeds may not seem like much, but they’re packed full of nutritional value. They’re a great source of calcium, iron and omega-3 fatty acids, whilst being packed full of protein and all the essential amino acids. All this goodness makes for an excellent morning energy booster, and they’re also incredibly easy to prepare. When the seeds are mixed with liquid, they plump up and turn into a gel, making them a handy breakfast prep staple. Try adding half a cup of chia seeds to 2 cups of coconut milk and storing in the fridge. In the morning the puddings can be sweetened up with your choice of fruit or a touch of honey.
If you feel like a change from yoghurt and milk-based breakfasts, oat pancakes are a fantastic alternative. To make the batter, blend porridge oats and a pinch of salt in a food processor until it has the consistency of flour. Mix the blended oats in a bowl with baking powder and cinnamon, before adding a whisked mixture of milk, egg and vanilla to the dry ingredients to form a thick batter. The pancake batter is then ready to be fried – cook up a large batch of pancakes and these can then be frozen and popped into the toaster when the morning comes!