When I first started “adulting” – AKA when my breakfasts became less about McDonalds pancakes and more about “okay fine, I’ll get some healthy stuff in there” – I had no idea where to start.
I knew I should start with ditching the cereal (full of refined grains and sugar) and milk (dairy didn’t agree with me), despite my then-boyfriend (now husband) being very unimpressed with this suggestion. (Well, he was actually unimpressed because it was less of suggestion and more me literally throwing them in the bin, but sometimes I have to be sneaky like that.)
By now I have a solid repertoire (I love that word, anything mildly French makes me feel fancy) of healthy breakfasts I can make in 2 minutes during the week, or spend a bit more time on the weekends when I want to feel ready for the week ahead.
Here are my top 5 favourites.
1. Avocado Toast
Mash some avocado and spread it on two pieces of toast. Too easy! I use gluten-free toast and a few extra spices and flavours to jazz it up (my full recipe plus my 4 favourite variations is here), which is delicious and filling.
2. Gluten-Free Granola
I make a big batch of my granola once a fortnight (although sometimes it doesn’t last that long because I literally eat it from the jar by the spoonful *guilty face*), which is free from gluten, grains and sugar/sweetners. Once prepped, having it for breakfast couldn’t be easier – just add a dollop of yoghurt or your milk (I like coconut yoghurt or almond milk) and top with fruit like a handful of berries or sliced banana.
3. Zucchini Slice
My zucchini slice is one of my favourite recipes. I get a serve of veg in at breakfast (#chocolatefordinnerthen?) and unlike most recipes I created mine with almond meal instead of flour, so it’s gluten-free.
4. Chia Pudding
Dessert for breakfast? Yes please. My chia pudding (with just 2 ingredients!) seems naughty but is actually nice.
Smoothies are so quick and easy. To make them I use a single-serve blender where the blender cup is portable (an el cheapo version of the Nutribullet, it was only £20 and has lasted me years) – the less cleaing the better, yes?
My favourite recipe is my Avocado & Blueberry Power Smoothie (yum).
Experiment with your own combination by playing around with whatever you have on hand. You can’t really go wrong, but it’s helpful to stick to a rough formula of:
- 1 cup of liquid – e.g. water, coconut water, almond milk
- Something to thicken it – e.g. half an avocado, a tablespoon chia seeds
- 1/2 cup (soft) fruit – berries, mango, banana
- A handful of leafy greens – spinach, rocket/arugula, kale
- Optional: various powders – e.g. cacao powder or maca powder (1 teaspoon), protein powder or a greens blend (1 tablespoon)
What are your favourite quick and healthy breakfasts?