Ok ok so it’s old news now – I love breakfast. In fact just yesterday whilst playing the regular ‘would you rather’ game, The Boy asked “Would you rather have to break up with me or NEVER eat breakfast food ever again?”. I looked up to the sky and screamed “NOOOOOOO!”- it was literally the worst choice I’ve ever had to make.
I know I’ve already done a breakfast loving post (read it here if you haven’t already) but my explorations in breakfast have changed since then. I now try to never buy cereal from the shop but instead use part of my Sunday prepping for the week – sounds tiresome I know, but the 2 recipes I’m going to share with you take no longer than 10 mins and its a small price to pay for healthy quick breakfasts to grab on Monday morning.
So before I put any food in my mouth, I ALWAYS have a massive mug of lemon and warm water (not hot – you’ll destroy the goodness of the lemons). I’ve been banging on about the benefits of lemon water for ages and it does several things to help that wonderful body of yours. First and foremost, think about it – during sleep your body hasn’t had a drop to drink for 8 hours… you wouldn’t normally dream of going that long without a drink so HYDRATE it man! Lemon water also stimulates the digestive system, gives your body a natural flush and boosts your immune a touch with a boost of Vit C.
Right… So you’ve drank your lemon water? What next… There’s a few different breakfasts I have on rotation but these 2 are my recent faves;
The first was a recipe from Niomi Smart (who I saw in a cafe in Hove the other day and had to pretend I wasn’t bothered…) – I’m pretty sure it’s in her recipe book (get it here) but I saw her make it on one of her vlogs. I’ve been making Bircher Muesli for ages but it always felt very rich and actually not that healthy (with yogurt it’s actually pretty calorific too) so I was dead pleased when hers contained loads of the good stuff and was only made with Almond Milk.
Ingredients (about 3 servings):
- 1 red apple
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 cup almonds (chopped)
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1/4 cup raisins
- 1 tbsp flaxseed
- 1 tbsp sunflower seeds
- 2 cups Unsweetened Almond Milk
The method is so easy – Grate the apple, add the lemon juice (it stops the apple browning)
Add all the dry ingredients then the Almond milk and give it a good stir
Pop it in the fridge over night and BOOM! done. It doesn’t ever look like anything but slop but you won’t mind as soon as you shove it in your gob. Serve with a handful of berries – it’s delish.
The next recipe is from Madeline Shaw – again I was looking for a healthier version of granola. All the shop bought ones are SO sugary so this suited me perfectly;
- 300g oats
- 50g Pumpkin Seeds
- 50g Sunflower Seeds
- 50g Chopped Pecans (or almonds)
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 cup sultanas (optional)
Preheat the oven to 170c. Gently heat the coconut oil in a pan and weigh out all the dry ingredients except for the sultanas, and place in a bowl.
Add the oil and stir so it’s all coated then spread out onto a large baking tray. Pop it into the oven for 10mins. Take it out and turn the oats gently with a spoon.
Bake for a further 5 mins then take out and allow to cool. Finally add the sultanas and pop into an airtight jar to store. It usually lasts me & The Boy about a week… Add a squeeze of honey or maple syrup when you serve if you want a bit of sweetness but it really doesn’t need it!
Porridge is also a weekly regular on my breakfast menu – I always make it with Almond Milk (and occasionally Oat Milk but I’ve been told thats sacrilege and overdosing on oats…) but the flavours and toppings change all the time. Here’s a few ideas for you;
Grated apple/ grated ginger/ Wunderworksop Instant Tumeric Golden Mylk powder/ pumpkin seeds
Cinnamon / vanilla/ poached pear / coyo
Cacao powder & blueberries (this one is so good when made with coconut milk)
Cinnamon/ sultanas/ banana/ Pip & Nut almond & coconut butter
I’ve already had my porridge this morning… when is it time for Brunch? Bring on the EGGS!
What’s your favourite brekkie? Comment below!