Monday, 6 June 2016

FIVE FAVOURITES: Workday Breakfasts

It's been a little while since I've done a 'five favourites' post so I thought I would do one today. Workday breakfasts and weekend breakfasts are like two different meals. One is to be made quick and easily - also as little mess as possible, and the other is a lot more leisurely. Today I wanted to focus on the weekday/workday breakfasts, especially as it's the start of Ramadam for all Muslims out there so I guess breakfast is a pretty big part of peoples diet for the next 30 days at least!

Breakfast is such an important meal for us, it really can kick start our bodies and give us the fuel and energy that we need to tackle the day ahead. I know some people can't stomach food first thing in the morning, but if you can get something in before lunch - even if it's not just upon waking it will help you. The problem is, a lot of us start the day with something that can be so sugary or heavy that it almost slows us down a bit. We need FUEL people - when I think fuel I'm not thinking honey nut loops either! Let's see my five favourite options...

1. Avocado on Toast


Ah, probably one of hubby and my favs! You can mix it up however you like - go for simple plain avo, or maybe add something extra perhaps! I love avocado, coriander and lime mashed in a bowl with salt and pepper then spread on toast. Then you can top it with crispy onions, smoked paprika, balsamic glaze, dried chilly flakes - the possibilities are endless!

2. Acai Bowl


I had this for breakfast this morning. Super quick and easy and again, like the avo toast you can mix it up to suit you. In my Vitamix Blender I add...

  • a frozen banana 
  • handful of frozen berries 
  • frozen mango
  • spoon of nut butter 
  • a date
  • 1/4 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup of ice water
  • 1/2 tbsp acai berry powder (or fresh if I can get it)
Blitz it all up and pour into a bowl. Then top it with whatever you like! I like bee pollen, cacao nibs, goji berries, granola, chia seeds, coconut flakes and some fresh berries perhaps! You can mix it up to suit your likes and dislikes - super quick to make too (my recipe serves the two of us)

3. Porridge


Yum! I love porridge! It's so filling too! I know it's more of a winter thing, but unless your house is like a sauna in the morning, I'm sure you'll be fine having this - or you could always swap it for 'overnight oats'. Using a similar recipe but just soak it overnight instead of cooking them on the stove.
I love my porridge with Rude Health's Almond milk (it has to be this - anything else doesn't taste right to me - aka porridge diva!). The key to great porridge is to keep stirring it and to never let it boil. I use 1/3 cup of organic porridge oats to a cup of nut milk. Then add a good grating of nutmeg and a 1/4 tsp of vanilla paste to make it nice and creamy.
The top it with whatever you fancy! Maple syrup, berry compote (just add a handful of frozen berries to a pan with a drizzle of maple syrup and bring to the boil - ta dah! done!), chopped bananas and nut butter... the list goes on!

4. Green Smoothie


This literally varies depending on what I have in my fridge and what I'm in the mood for. I try and keep it to 70% greens and 30% fruit but you do what works for you. If you can add a good handful of spinach or kale it's great and you don't really taste it either. I also love adding some good supplements such as the Green Magic powder, probiotics, baobab or maca powder. Plus, if you really want to you can add protein powders too. Try and drink it slowly though, it should take a good 30 minutes to drink a smoothie in the morning otherwise you can end up feeling quite bloated. Short on time? Why not prep your smoothies in advance and put all your smoothie mix into small sandwich bags in the freezer, then all you need to do is add your liquid to the blender and your bag of goodies! Super quick and again very easy to do - you can even take it on the go with you!

5. Sweet Potato Hash Brown


So this is a bit of a new thing for me. Since I've stopped eating eggs I have struggled a bit finding a breakfast that keeps me full for quite a while on a Sunday when I'm working all day without a lunch break. Eggs used to be my best option as I felt that they took quite a while to digest, but unfortunately this is not really a good thing. So, after doing a bit of thinking, I came to the conclusion that potatoes are my best option and boy was I right! This hash brown/rosti is super delicious and also super filling - but without the heaviness I feel after eating eggs. I have cooked some mushrooms with this one too, but you can make it however you feel fit - plus it can also depend what is in your fridge! Will be posting up a full recipe soon on my take on a cooked breakfast - watch this space!

So there you have it! My Five Favourite Workday Breakfast options. Thanks so much for reading and I hope you have got some inspiration for your breakfasts!

Ramadam Mubarak to everybody who is celebrating this month! Enjoy your breakfasts!


Emmaline x



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