June 10, 2016
Easy breakfasts that will keep you going
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but we don’t always have time to prepare a complicated recipe.
This can leave you reaching for a sugary muffin or fatty pastry from the supermarket or coffee shop. Not only is this not great for your health – especially if you turn to these options regularly – they also won’t keep you feeling full and energised all morning, so you’re more likely to snack.
Luckily, preparing a healthy breakfast doesn’t have to take long. Here are some ideas that can be ready in no time and are sure to keep your energy levels up:
Baked avocado egg boats
This breakfast is incredibly easy to prepare, even if you do need to bake it. Simply pop the oven to pre-heat while you make your morning coffee and then you can get ready while your breakfast cooks.
Just cut your ripe avocado in half and remove the stone. Crack two eggs in a bowl before spooning the egg yolks into the middle of each half of the avocado. Add egg white a little at a time so it doesn’t spill out over the sides of the avocado.
Add a touch of salt and pepper before popping in the oven – it is a good idea to put the avocados on a cupcake tin so they stay flat. Bake for ten minutes or until the egg yolks are no longer runny. Then you can enjoy as they are or with a splash of spicy sauce.
The natural fats in the avocado will help you feel full and the protein in the eggs will keep you going all morning, so you’ll definitely be starting your day right.
Fruit is a healthy and tasty way to start your day as it is packed full of natural sugar. This is why a breakfast salad is a great option, especially if you need to pack your first meal of the day to eat on the train or at the office.
Simply slice a large banana and a pear before mixing with lime juice and cinnamon. You can also add a spoonful of honey if you want it to be a little bit sweeter. Throw some pumpkin seeds on top for protein and you’re ready to go.
If you want to make your salad even more filling, you can put it on top of fat-free Greek yoghurt, which will surely ensure you’re ready for anything until it’s time for lunch.
Scrambled egg wraps
Scrambled eggs are really quick and easy to make, as well as a filling and energising option for breakfast. However, they can get a bit boring on their own or even with toast. You can make your eggs more interesting by adding some more ingredients and popping them in a wrap.
Even better, you can make several wraps in advance and pop them in the freezer. This means you can just grab and go in the morning, rewarming your wraps in the microwave for a few minutes so they are ready to eat.
Start by sauteing sliced mushrooms and peppers in a pan before adding spinach – you can also use kale – and stirring until the leaves are wilted. Add a couple of whisked eggs to the pan and keep stirring until they are set.
Warm your whole grain tortillas in the microwave for around a minute and then spoon on your scrambled eggs. You can top the egg with crumbled feta and sundried tomatoes if you want more flavour.
Fold up one end of the wrap and both sides, then you can enjoy your scrambled eggs with a twist on the go.
Quinoa is a tasty alternative to oats for breakfast and can be prepared in advance to create a big batch that will provide breakfast for several days – which you can do on a Sunday to be ready for the week ahead.
Breakfast quinoa is really easy to make and can be served both hot and cold, depending on your preference.
Simply combine rinsed quinoa, coconut milk, vanilla extract, honey, ground nutmeg and ground cinnamon. You can either put this in a saucepan and heat for 15-20 minutes until the quinoa has absorbed all the liquid, or put in the microwave for a couple of minutes at a time, stirring in between.
Once the quinoa can be fluffed up with a fork, serve up with more coconut milk poured over. You can also add nuts and fruit for extra flavour and more natural energy.