Saturday, 9 August 2014

Breakfast ideas for busy people

And aren't we all busy? It's a modern epidemic! Personally, I can't really relate to this whole breakfast on the go thing. If there's one thing I ALWAYS try to make time for it's my three cups of tea and full breakfast routine. It's my quiet time, my thinking time, and I truly believe a proper, hearty breakfast gets you off to the best start possible. I used to get up 50 minutes early at home to make time for a leisurely breakfast! (Although things have changed somewhat and today's breakfast was two dulce de leche biscuits and six mini Melba toasts with marmalade on the overnight bus from Buenos Aires to Mendoza. Not my finest breakfast hour but rather enjoyable!)


That said, I understand not everyone wants to sacrifice the extra time in bed, and when my friend Rachael requested some ideas for a healthy breakfast on the go, I knew I had to rise to the occasion and resist the temptation to hit snooze. See what I did there? Okay, here goes

Overnight oats

We all know porridge is a great quick breakfast, but what if you can't wait for it to cool down? One of my favourite summer breakfasts is overnight oats. The night before, simply get your bowl, measure out your usual amount of porridge oats (three tablespoons for me) and spoon over a portion of your favourite yoghurt plus some fruit. I like a chopped banana plus some berries. Cover and store in the fridge then mix it up in the morning. The oats absorb the yoghurt and go all gooey and you get that nice full up feeling from them that fruit and yogurt alone can't give you. Loves it. 


You knew this was coming, right? The trick is to make the frittata as detailed on my Recipes page, but make it the night before and store it in the fridge. When I do this with my smoked salmon frittata it has a touch of the cold pizza taste about it. Win! And so, so filling. 



Hear me out, I'm not talking Black Forest gateau here. Find a good, simple, clean recipe for banana bread, courgette (zucchini) bread or similar and bake some at the weekend. A slice of this with some fruit and yoghurt in the morning will stick to your ribs and you'll know it's filled with wholesome goodness. Try Googling BBC Good Food's Courgette Loaf Cake recipe. 


Hard boiled eggs

The trick for me when it comes to breakfast is to get some protein in there to really tide me over to lunch. Boil up a load of eggs and use them to supplement your usual cereal/yoghurt/insert sugary mass produced breakfast of choice here. 

How did I do? Got any better ideas? Please share as we struggle to come up with breakfasts on the road and even frittata gets old after a while!

Have a great weekend, friends. 

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