It’s no secret that I love food. Always have. Always will. I honestly can’t think of many things I don’t like to eat or won’t at least try.I clearly remember as a kid, I used to go to bed only putting up a little pathetic fight to stay up longer (just to save face really) because I knew deep down sleep was the next stage before breakfast. I.LOVE.BREAKFAST. It’s my favourite meal of the day and as an adult, I still have that excited feeling going to bed, planning what I’m going to have the next morning.
Breakfast food is king. Coffee is wonderful. A cuppa Yorkshire Tea? Even better. The invention of brunch is also genius and when I stayed with my good friend Esme in New York, I was delighted that the New Yorkers use brunch not only to eat breakfasty food but to get drunk as well?! Disco.
My only issue with brunch is that I usually can’t wait that long to eat. I can’t stress this enough. Breakfast is the first thing that pops in my head when I wake up (sorry boyfriend) and usually is the only thing that can get me out of bed. So getting up, having a shower, getting dressed and having to find somewhere to eat?… sounds like a bloody nightmare. Although the reward of yummy food usually helps me to forget my first world ordeal.
Anyway I digress. Back to breakfast. A good fry up is always option number 1 when it comes to a hangover BUT not the best choice for a balanced life. So the humble fry-up goes in the ‘once in a while’ box. Weekend breakfasts usually consist of something egg based. My favourite at the moment is scrambled egg & avo on soda bread toast (or swap in smoked salmon for the avo if I’m feeling fancy). Although I know they are full of sugars and salt and all other manner of terrible things, I can’t help but have a sauce with my savoury breakfasts. You can take the girl out of Yorkshire… Yep, you heard me (cue health gurus and food snobs shocked intake of breath) I put salad cream or ketchup ALL OVER THE BLOODY PLACE. Don’t look at me like that. Judgy.
I’m also super into juicing and smoothing (smoothing = making of smoothies of course). I’m all over green juices and love the fibre hit of smoothies but these things can take time or at least plenty of cleaning up afterwards, which isn’t always a good thing when you live with others. See… I can be healthy too. I bet you feel bad about the sauce comment now don’t you.
When it isn’t a weekend however, I do find breakfast difficult. My morning time is precious. It has to be timed to the exact minute. I’m balancing getting the exact time for the maximum amount of sleep vs actually being presentable to teach a class matched against the time to walk to the train station for my (usually cancelled) train. Within this well managed time slot, I literally grab breakfast. In the evening when I make an extra effort I make something the night before ready to grab but lets be real – that aint always going to happen. Its usually a bowl of granola, some berries and if I’ve got time a splash of yogurt. A bowl of shreddies if I’m really scrapping the barrel… but I do love a bowl of generic cereal too. So the issue? Grain Brain and Gluten Woes. There’s been a number of articles and research advising to steer clear of grains, especially in the morning, as it is believed they slow brain function. Never a good thing.
Now recall that this is my ‘pursuit to a balanced life’ so I’m not saying I’m cutting carbs but I certainly am aware of how many ‘grains’ I ingest in one day. So, I’m going to try to vary up my weekday breakfasts a bit more. My first experiment came from Deliciously Ella. This girl is amaze. I love her recipes and use her app all the time. Seriously its worth getting. I made her Overnight Chia Oats with Coconut Yoghurt recipe but I didn’t have coconut yogurt, so I just used normal yogurt and added some desiccated coconut (seems a reasonable substitute). It look literally 5 minutes to make and I stuck it in the fridge overnight.
It looked a bit frog-spawny when it came out in the morning (‘Errr, what IS that?” remarked the boyfriend) but after a handful of fruit and a squeeze of honey, it looked more appetising. It honestly tasted delicious. Well done Deliciously Ella, you earned your name love.
I’ll keep you updated on my journey to try and balance my breakfasts. It’s going to require a lot of recipe testing. Poor me.