Breakfast is a crucial part of everyone’s day. It’s the most important meal and shapes how the rest of your day will go. Due to the fact that your body has been ‘switched off’ for 8-9 hours with no food, it’s no wonder that breakfast is important to get right. So when you wake up you need to nourish your body to give yourself a healthy and energy packed start to the day!!
You should never skip breakfast, even if your mornings are jam-packed…No pun intended. Studies have found that people who skip breakfast are more likely to gain weight due to it disturbance it causes to your metabolic system.
So, this is why I am here, to lend a helping hand and get some nutritious breakfasts on the table! I know what it’s like to be busy in the morning, but I have never once skipped breakfast.I always make sure to nourish my body first thing, even if it’s just grabbing a piece of fruit as I run out the door.
Also, please note that all bodies are different, so what may work for one person may not work for another. Personally I function my best when I eat raw fruits first thing in the morning. Melons are fantastic for digestion and my body just thrives off of fruit. However, I used to eat oatmeal everyday for breakfast, whereas now my body cannot handle cooked food first thing.
So it all depends on what your body thrives on, what part of the world you live in, and what season it is. For example in those chilly winter months you’re too cold for smoothies or fruit, but in the summertime it’s too hot to make oatmeal or pancakes.
So, here are 10 different breakfasts packed with vitamins and carbohydrates that will get everyone up on the right side of the bed!
1. Overnight Oats
These are super simple to make, especially if your morning is rushed. The night before you just measure out 1 cup of oats, add it to a bowl, and soak it in water and almond milk, enough to cover the oats and leave it a bit runny. Then you’re going to add 1 tsp of chia seeds, some coconut sugar, berries, maple syrup, peanut butter, jam; whatever else you want really! Then you mix it all together really well, pour it into a jar, and leave it in the fridge overnight. The next morning when you wake up, you can either eat it at home, or take it to go! Hopefully cold oatmeal is your thing. If not, there’s 9 other options on the list.
2. Mango Banana Smoothie
I’ve literally been having this for breakfast every single day during the summer. But now it’s autumn and I am sad to part with my tropical smoothie. You simply blend 2 or 3 frozen bananas, 1/2 cup of fresh mango, and some water and almond milk and you’re done! Note: when mangoes are out of season you can simply buy frozen bags and then microwave it to get a better texture.
3. Avocado on Toast
If you’re an avocado lover but have yet to try this… Then you’re missing out! Apart from the delicious taste it’s also so easy to make; less than five minutes. Just toast your bread, mash up an avocado, squeeze on some lemon, and you’re done!! Easy peezy, lemon squeezy.
4. Baked Oatmeal
This is a good alternative if you’re not a fan of the cold oatmeal thing. Last winter, I would make a batch of regular oatmeal, then just pour it into a baking pan, and bake in the oven for 10 minutes. Then in the morning you can either eat it at room temperature or heat it up in the oven!! I’d always do this before class.
5. Acai Bowl or ‘Nana Ice Cream
This is another option if you are not rushed in the morning, because they can tend to take a tad bit longer. Depending on what blender or food processor you have that is. I microwave my bananas and fruit to make it easier to blend, then I just blend it within 30 seconds, then eat it straight out of the blender. Easy, simple, and allows me to still have raw fruity meals before class! Find the recipe for nana ice cream here.
6. Cereal; homemade granola and almond milk
Granola; done. Almond milk; done. Just pour it into a bowl and eat straight away. I also like to add coconut sugar for extra flavour, or banana, mmmmm.
7. Mono meal: A few apples, or mangos, or juiced oranges the night before
FRUIT IS LITERALLY THE EASIEST TO GO MEAL!! Just grab 3 bananas and head out the door. Pack a few apples in your backpack. Grab a bag of grapes, chuck some mangos and oranges in there too! Super easy. And I love fruits that already come as a bowl, such as oranges, kiwis, cantaloupe and watermelon; you just cut it in half, and it’s already a bowl for you.
8. Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich
Again, this is such an easy meal. You can either choose to make it the night before and leave it on the counter or in the fridge for the morning time, or you can toast the bread when you wake up and have it nice and crispy.
9. Fruit Cups
Similar to the option above, you can just meal prep a bunch of fruit the night before. Some fruits take more effort than just cutting it open, such as pineapple, watermelon, strawberries, etc. So take a few minutes the night before to wash your fruit, cut it up, and prepare it in a little tupperware container for your morning!
You can meal prep pretty much anything, including pancakes. I’ve made pancakes the night before, then just stuck them in the fridge overnight. That way you can either eat them cold, or just quickly heat them up in the toaster! Or if you’re going to work or somewhere that has a toaster, you can heat them up there and eat them. Find a recipe for my basic banana pancakes here.
Those are my top ten quick & nutritious breakfasts. Remember to stay healthy and always nourish your body first thing in the morning! For more information on recipes or going vegan make sure to check out my website http://mindfullybliss.com