Ok so I absolutely love breakfast - it is my favourite meal of the day by a LOOOOONG way.
But did I always love it? Definitely not! In fact, I don't think I really ever ate breakfast until my last year at Uni when I actually needed it to get me through early mornings and long hours of revision.
Fast forward a few years and I genuinely don't think I could go a day without breakfast. I wake up in the morning looking forward to filling up my belly with yummy, nutritious food.
Unfortunately though, breakfast tends to be the hardest meal of the day to eat healthily, especially if you have an office job so are rushed for time in the mornings and can't cook it fresh each day. It's so easy to just grab a cereal bar from the supermarket, or eat some 'breakfast biscuits' which are cleverly marketed as 'healthy' even though they are filled with added sugars.
As I have an office job myself, I do genuinely understand how hard it can be. So I want to share with you a few of my favourite breakfast ideas that I use aaaaall the time. Some of them I make the night before, some I make in the morning at work because they take 2 minutes to cook/prepare. But all of them are adaptable to a busy lifestyle so no more excuses that you didn't have time to eat breakfast!
1) The classic - avo on toast
Ok so no one can argue that you can't make this simple breakfast at work. Choose a good quality bread (rye/sourdough are my favourites or GF if you want/need to - not cheap white sliced bread), pop it in the toaster and mash half an avocado on top once cooked. Et voila - breakfast is made!
2) Homemade granola with greek yogurt & fruit
I'm don't think I've ever met someone that doesn't love granola. Unfortunately, most shop-bought granolas are filled with added sugar so you're much better off making your own. It isn't hard, doesn't take much time and you'll know exactly what is in it. I often use the Pure Naturally granola mix to save time but it is just as easy to make your own... all you need is oats, seeds and some coconut flakes - mix with a tablespoon of coconut oil and a tablespoon of rice malt syrup (or sweetener of choice), shove in the oven and bobs your uncle! Serve with some natural unsweetened greek yogurt and a handful of berries.
3) Scrambled eggs
Yes, believe it or not, you can make scrambled eggs at work. And it takes 2 minutes. All you need is a couple of eggs, milk and a microwave. Whisk the eggs in a bowl as normal, add some milk (I use approx. 3 tablespoons for 2 eggs because you won't be using any oil) and cook! The trick here is to cook them very slowly so they don't overcook (this has happened to me before - yuck!). I cook mine for 30 seconds, take them out to stir them well, put them in for another 30 seconds and stir them well again. At this point they probably only need another 15 seconds or so before they are ready (I would recommend not putting them in for another 30 secs - better to cook them slower than over-cook them). You can add anything else you want to them - cheese, chorizo, ham, spinach... the world is your oyster!
4) Smoked salmon, boiled eggs, rye bread & avo
A very simple but delicious breakfast - buy some smoked salmon from the supermarket, boil a couple of eggs the night before et voila.. the hard work is done! The next day all you have to do cook the rye bread, and serve it with the avocado, boiled eggs and smoked salmon. Simple and delicious!
5) Overnight oats/porridge
What's so great about this breakfast is how easy it is to make and all the preparation can be done the night before. Whether you like your oats cold or hot, this recipe can work for both! If you fancy something a bit warmer in the morning, all you have to do is heat up the overnight oats in the microwave for a minute or two. I always had a scoop of whey protein to my oats to boost the protein content which keeps me full until lunchtime. The full recipe for these overnight oats can be found here.
So as you can see, breakfast doesn't have to be time-consuming and it is definitely still possible to eat breakfast even if you are a busy person! It just takes a tiny bit of preparation the night before (you can even prepare the food whilst watching the TV if you want to). I tend to rotate around all of these breakfast foods to give myself a bit of variety throughout the week :)
I hope this has given you a few ideas - let me know if you have any other favourites you want to share!