Earlier this month I wrote about my New Year’s Resolution to make my days run more smoothly. One aspect of my day that could be chaotic was breakfast. Unlike everyone else in the house, I am not into the whole cereal and toast caper, a pain because they are about as easy and as quick to prepare as breakfasts come. As I am a little fussier, it was not unusual for me to miss breakfast, eat late or to end up scoffing my breakfast while completing some overdue task.
I decided that this year I really needed to sort the whole breakfast situation out for myself. I needed to come up with quick, easy and healthy breakfasts. After some consideration, here are some of my favourites:
A little while ago I thought it might be beneficial to try a smoothie for breakfast. I like that it is something that can be taken with me if I am running late. It is easy to carry around the house while I complete ‘must do’ tasks and is relatively quick to make.
To make the smoothie creation process faster, I went to the farmer’s market and stocked up on lovely fresh fruit. I got this great box of mangoes for a steal…yum!
After cutting it all up, I popped 1/2 cup portions into little zip lock bags to pop in the freezer. This way I always have fruit on hand, even out of season, and the frozen fruit makes my smoothies deliciously thick and cold.
I often add some LSA or 1/2 a Weetbix into the blender to help bulk it up and keep me full for longer.
Fruit Salad & Greek Yoghurt
It is not uncommon for us to put together a large fruit salad on the weekend and to pick at it over the course of the next two days . It is a great weekend breakfast, especially if you plan to eat out later in the day, as it doesn’t keep you feeling as full as other breakfast choices.
On a Sunday evening I boil a bunch of eggs to keep in the fridge. If the shells aren’t cracked, they are safe to be stored 2-3 weeks. If I find I am really hungry in the morning, cutting one or two of these up and eating it on toast is a sure hunger-buster.
Keeping boiled eggs on hand is great idea. They are a terrific snack on their own and a fantastic sandwich filler at lunchtime. If your evening salad is looking a little ho-hum, pop some egg on top.
These aren’t the healthiest breakfast choice but sometimes they are just what you feel like. There is no weekday morning when whipping up a batch of pancakes is possible for me. So, when I make pancakes as an after dinner treat or weekend morning tea, I increase the mix and cook a few extra to freeze. More often than not, they get consumed by the kids as a quick morning tea option, but they have proved once or twice to be a great ‘grab and go’ breakfast option for me.
To freeze your own pancakes, I suggest letting them cool completely before layering baking paper between each pancake. I freeze these in individual potions in ziplock bags.
A little while back I found a fool-proof, easy to remember pancake recipe with just 3 ingredients. It doesn’t add sugar and always yields amazingly fluffy pancakes. I will share it with you soon.
So there are some quick and easy breakfast ideas that are really helping streamline my morning routine. I’d love to hear your favourite breakfast ideas, tips, ticks and recipes.