Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, or so they say, so if you’ve got good intentions for 2016 then starting each day right with a healthy breakfast is a very good way to, well, start.
Perfect for those who are in a rush in the morning, make your oats the night before, pop in the fridge and then they’re ready to grab. If you save up a few jam jars you could even make enough for the week ahead all in one go.
At its most basic, simply combine oats with milk, any kind of yoghurt, juice, green tea or water in your jam jar – then get creative! Add fruit (fresh, dried or tinned), nuts, seeds (try chia seeds), cocoa nibs, chocolate chips, cocoa powder, peanut butter, honey, coconut… in whatever combination you fancy!
Smoothies are a great way to get most of your five a day down you before you’ve even left the house.
Greens such as spinach or kale make an ideal basis. Then add some fruit or fruit juice to sweeten it; kiwi and pineapple are great as they mask stronger tasting vegetables. Frozen fruits are ideal if you’re in a rush – no prep to do just grab and blitz! Healthy fats such as nuts and seeds make a great addition too.
Tip! Stick to foods from the same colour spectrum to keep it looking as well as tasting delish. You eat with your eyes and it’s hard to get excited about a smoothie that’s a sludgy shade of greeny-brown :/
Hot, healthy, cheap and filling, porridge is the original healthy breakfast and just the thing to warm you up on a cold morning. As with your overnight oats you can mix up your toppings and stir different things in from honey and jam to dried fruit or cocoa. Agave nectar or honey are healthier sweeteners than golden syrup or sugar but still taste yummy. 'Breakfast bowls' are a bit of a thing right now, but it's basically just adding lots of lovely toppings to your porridge or cereal until you have something that looks Instagram worthy 😉
Can't give up the toast? Ditch white bread and choose a wholegrain version instead. Top with coconut oil and mashed banana, smashed avocado and sliced tomatoes or scrambled egg for a wholesome and filling brekkie.
If you're in a mad rush then a simple bowl of cereal is still a good option and better than starting the day on an empty stomach. Choose whole grain, non-sugary types - add some dried fruit or sliced banana if you want to sweeten. A bowl of cereal makes a great snack for any time of day in fact.
Mash one medium or large banana, beat in two eggs, sprinkle in some cinnamon and you've got yourself a super healthy pancake batter ready to cook in a non stick pan (or fry in coconut oil).
On the go?
Have a stash of boiled eggs or a batch of mini omelettes made in a cupcake pan in the fridge ready to go. Or simply grab a handful of almonds and a piece of fruit for a healthy, munchy commute.
What are your healthy breakfast tips Lindy Boppers?
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