Wednesday, 29 July 2015
3 Healthy, Effortless Breakfasts
Confession: I go to bed excited for breakfast the next morning. Some may think that's really rather sad, but any foodies or breakfast lovers will know what I'm talking about. Lunchtime is dull, I never have a clue what to have and usually don't have something until way gone past lunchtime. Dinner is usually a little more exciting and I usually have a little more time to be adventurous in the kitchen. Breakfast, however is the greatest meal of them all and I cannot understand why anyone would want to skip it! It is the most important fuel you'll put in your body and what's an engine without a good filling up?
There are so many different ways you can enjoy breakfast, and apart from ensuring they're delicious and nutritious, I find that shaking things up and not going for the same thing everyday keeps my tastebuds and tummy satisfied.
Don't get too fussy with your ingredients, just think some core, affordable, staple ingredients. Once you nail the basics, you'll then be able to jazz things up as to your personal preferences....
Raspberry, Chocolate & Peanut Butter Porridge
Now, although I change things up, this is my go-to for the majority of the week. Depending on how I'm feeling and how much time I have, this is seriously comforting, seriously filling and seriously tasty. Some people will find the combination revolting (is it the peanut butter?) but this is heavenly in my opinion.
1/2 Cup Jumbo Rolled Oats
1/2 Cup Almond Milk (or Cows Milk/your preferred milk alternative)
1/2 Cup Water
A handful of frozen raspberries
Pinch of salt
1 square Dark Chocolate (I prefer 85% Cocoa)
1 Tbsp Natural Peanut Butter (or Almond Butter)
Put the oats, almond milk and water into a small saucepan over a medium heat. When it's thickened a considerable amount (approx. 2 minutes before it'll be finished), add in the raspberries and salt, and stir it all together as the raspberries defrost. Once it has thickened to your liking, take off the heat and break chocolate into pieces. Fold oats over and pour into a bowl. Add a dollop of peanut butter on top and enjoy your delicious pink porridge with a big puddle of nut butter and seek out those pockets of melted dark chocolate hidden in the oats!
Greek Yoghurt, Granola and Fresh Berries
My go-to granola recipe is Madeleine Shaw's Grain Free Chocolate Granola from her book, Get The Glow. It's so simple to make, so delicious and nutritious and lasts a long time as you only need a small handful to enjoy. When I haven't got the time to make the granola, or I don't have the money to purchase a huge amount of nuts (the base of her granola), I'll pick up either Lizi's Granola or Jordan's Nutty Granola. A small handful is more than enough, served alongside a good few dollops of Organic Greek Yoghurt and fresh berries/seasonal fruit.
Handful of your favourite granola
3 Tbsp Organic Greek Yoghurt
1-2 Handful(s) of Raspberries, Strawberries and/or Blueberries
Pile up and enjoy! Get creative by serving in a glass or dessert dish and make some pretty, Instagram-able layers.
Of course, eggs for breakfast in any shape or form is one of the best ways to start your day. I've always known these as egg and soldiers (like most people...), but it wasn't until my younger brother was little and used to refer to these as 'Noddy' eggs. Yes, as in Noddy, the Enid Blyton created children's television character! I'm pretty sure he used to have the eggs served in egg cups with Noddy printed on them, and used to watch Noddy at the same time. Amazing.
Anyway, in my opinion the best eggs will be boiled for 6 minutes and then immediately run under cold water. This results in a perfectly cooked egg white and a gorgeously yolky yolk.
Serve with a slice or two of toast, preferably sourdough as it's less harsh on the old digestive system, and lavishly coated in salted butter. Although I don't have a particularly carbohydrate heavy diet, as you can tell with all three of these breakfast choices, I will have a good amount of carbs first thing in the morning and then reduce throughout the day. If you're feeling extra fancy/healthy, serve with asparagus (Britney) spears.
2 Free Range Eggs
1 or 2 Slices of Good Quality Bread/Sourdough
Boil the kettle and pour the water into a small saucepan on a medium/low heat. Let the water simmer until it begins to gently boil. Pop your eggs in, gently, with a large spoon and set your timer to 6 minutes. Meanwhile toast your bread, and once toasted, let it cool for 30 seconds or so, butter and slice into soldiers. Once your timer is up, run the pan under cold water until the water in the pan is cool. Dry your eggs, pop into egg cups and crack the tops of your eggs off. Et voila!
What do you enjoy having for breakfast? Do you prefer a healthier breakfast, a speedy breakfast, or an indulgent breakfast? What's your favourite meal of the day? Let me know in the comments!
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