If you’re based in London or a big city, it’s likely you’re a ‘busy’ person. City life tends to leave little time for self-care and breakfast nutrition is one of the first things which falls by the wayside. But with a little planning, you can make sure you start your day with a healthy breakfast and also save money.
The average breakfast in London costs £7 (for a coffee and a croissant or snack pot). And whilst there are a better range of healthy bought breakfasts available, there’s nothing quite as satisfying as making your own breakfast and knowing you are spending your money more wisely.
We’ve rounded up or favourite quick and easy to make breakfasts for busy people. The key is, as with most things, preparation. If you can find 30 minutes the night before to prepare your breakfasts for the week, you’ll reap it back in no time, through saving of precious minutes and the satisfaction that you’re honouring your body with nutritious food.
1. Breakfast smoothies
Smoothies are a great option for people who aren’t that hungry in the morning but still want a quick energy boost. Versatile and quick, you can mix and match ingredients according to how you feel. Why not try half a cup of oats with almond milk, peanut butter, seeds and cacao for a breakfast packed with good fats. Or if you’re after something more fruity, half a cup of oats with almond milk, blueberries and a pinch of cinnamon. For this, you definitely need to have a blender in the first place but you can easily pick up a hand blender like this Russell Hobbs one for as little as £12.
Check out some of the best smoothie recipes:
- Blueberry Oatmeal Smoothie by Borrow My Blender
- Healthy Veg Smoothie
- Power Glow Smoothie
- Energy Smoothie by Gourmet Glow
- Triple Chocolate Protein Smoothie
Frittatas are the perfect breakfast for those who prefer to start their day with something savoury. Make them the day before and either eat them cold or heat them up when you’re ready. Be sure to include lots of fresh vegetables for maximum nutrition. Use 6 eggs as the base for your frittata, whisking them together before adding in cooked ingredients of your choice (sweet potato, feta, asparagus, spinach, broccoli) and cooking for a few minutes on top of a stove. When the egg begins to cook on top, transfer it to an oven to finish it off until it is golden and brown. Cut it into slices and take them into work.
3. Homemade granola bars
Throw away those sugary shop-bought monstrosities right now and get our your baking tray, it’s time to make your own. You can pick and choose exactly what goes into your healthy granola bars and make them to suit your tastes and needs. Make sure they include a variety of wholegrains (for example, oats and buckwheat) nuts and seeds. Nuts and seeds contain healthy fats and are high in protein so keep you feeling fuller for longer. Keep them safely stored in this Brain Food lunchbox.
- Try this recipe with guarana for added energy by The Clean Diary
4. Chia pudding
The breakfast of real health nuts! Chia seeds have been around for hundreds of years as a staple ingredient in the South American diet but has only made an impact on our breakfast tables in recent years. Known for its gel-like secretion when soaked, it is a complete protein and helps you feel full. Soak it the night before (make sure you stir it well to avoid clumps!) in coconut water or almond milk and top with your choice of granola, fruit, nuts or seeds. You can even store it in a jar so you can grab it and go in the morning.
5. Overnight oats
Another potential jar breakfast! Like with the chia pudding, make these the night before so you have little prep the next morning. Soaking beforehand also helps you digest the oats better. Try soaking them in cinnamon and nutmeg for a delicious spiced flavour. A heavier breakfast, try serving this with grated carrot and apple, raisins and a sprinkle of nuts and seeds. Store them in a hipster Kilner jar or just use an old jam jar.
- Overnight oats base recipe with delicious variations by Fitcetera
- Tropical overnight oats recipe by Lunges & Lycra