I always eat breakfast, it’s non-negotiable; I notice a real negative effect on my energy levels and mood if I don’t do so.
Here are a few of my favourites – I’d love to hear yours as I’m always looking for more variety!
Porridge: I had a bit of a revelation earlier this year when I realised that it really isn’t any harder to make porridge from ‘scratch’ than to use one of those sachets, and it’s so much cheaper! I use Jordan’s organic oats as these make a really nice chunky porridge, and normally top it with something; current favourites include half a banana, a few chopped nuts and a teaspoon of maple syrup, or half an apple and some cinnamon (I add the apple and cinnamon when I add the milk as these are delicious warm!). I try not to eat tonnes of dairy, as while I am not allergic I find too much lactose makes my stomach play up, so I make this up with Kara Dairy Free, which is coconut based. It’s great in cooking and tea, so much better than soya milk!
Poached eggs on toast: Simple and delicious. I must admit that these are D’s speciality; we make our own multigrain bread in our breadmaker and top a chunky slice with butter and a freshly poached egg. This feels like a weekend treat but is so much healthier than a fry up – a regular Saturday morning breakfast in our house.
Greek yogurt with muesli and berries: Again, quick to throw together. I use full fat Greek yogurt as I am not very fond of low fat yogurt, and it also makes this meal more filling. In the summer I use fresh berries and in the winter I keep a bag of mixed frozen fruit in the freezer, so I can just microwave them to defrost. I am a big fan of Total yogurt, though as we eat a lot of it I often go for the Yeo Valley version which is almost as good and a much better price!
Devilled mushrooms: Halseys tearoom do the best breakfast/brunch in Hitchin, hands down, and their devilled mushrooms are perfect if you feel a little *ahem* ‘jaded’ and in need of a pick me up! If you can’t get to Halseys, you can try my recipe for them; it’s pretty fiery, and is a good way to use up leftover cream or creme fraiche.
Smoothies: I must admit I’m not too adventurous with my smoothies, I must come up with some new combinations! If I’m trying to lose weight, I tend to go for a fruit based smoothie like my Cherry Berry ones, and for a more filling breakfast I might add some protein powder or Greek yogurt. Matcha powder is another great ingredient – I love the teapigs one, here’s a recipe for a Power Smoothie that includes it.
What do you usually eat for breakfast? Would you give any of these a try?