Breakfast may be the most important meal of the day but that doesn’t make it the easiest. Some people really struggle to eat well in the morning either because they don’t have a lot of time, or because they don’t have much appetite. I used to be one of these people but over recent months I have become a complete convert to the benefits of quick, healthy breakfasts. Here are five of my favourites which I think you’ll love too.
If you can get yourself organised the night before you can pull this baby out of the fridge as you head out the door. Also called overnight oats, Bircher muesli is a simple mix of porridge oats (1/2 cup), chia seeds (1 teaspoon), milk of your choice (1 cup), and a handful of fruit and/or chopped nuts, though if you are using banana add it when you serve it. I like blueberries and almonds with a drizzle of honey. Mix everything together and put in the fridge in a sealed container overnight.
I stumbled on this combination just after Christmas when I was feeling run down and in the need for vitamins, but couldn’t face a bowl of cold fruit for breakfast. Juice an orange and carrot, mix with a teaspoon of freshly grated ginger, and honey to taste. Top with a cup (250 mls) of boiling water, or a mix of half hot and half cool water if you want to drink it quickly.
Banana and peanut butter quesadilla
Peanut butter and banana is a winning combination and when you put them in a tortilla wrap they only get better. Don’t be scared of using peanut butter, but make sure you get a good quality one with no added nasties. Spread a tortilla wrap with peanut butter and put sliced banana down one side. Fold it over and cook for a few minutes on each side in a hot non-stick frypan.
Chocolate Chia pudding
There’s a good reason chia is being touted as a superfood: it’s amazing! These tiny little seeds are full of fibre, protein, antioxidants, amino acids, and minerals. They are also low in carbohydrate if you’re managing your macros; and they absorb a huge amount of liquid and keep you feeling full for longer. The best place I have found to buy them is on Amazon. This chocolate chia pudding tastes way too sinful to be healthy, but it really is!
Blend one banana, a handful of spinach, a cup of milk (coconut or almond tastes lovely), a cup of ice, two tablespoons of cocoa powder, 3 tablespoons of chia seeds, and a tablespoon of honey. Blend until smooth, pour into two glasses, and refrigerate overnight. You can also have this as a smoothie by adding more milk and drinking immediately.
Three ingredient pancakes
For these super simple pancakes just mash one large, very ripe banana, with two beaten eggs, and add a pinch of cinnamon. Cook for two minutes on each side over a medium heat. They are softer than normal pancakes so I find them easier to flip if they are slightly smaller than usual.
Other quick and tasty healthy breakfasts include avocado and tomato on toast, porridge, and a green smoothie made with avocado, spinach, banana, and milk.