My favourite meal of the day! It’s a little crazy how much I look forward to breakfast in the mornings… I am constantly trolling the web for breakfast inspiration and I’ve suddenly thought that perhaps it is time I try and inspire others as well.
Below are some of my favourite brekky ideas, these aren’t meant to be full on recipe posts as I believe that breakfast should be a throw together thing that varies with how you feel, what is in the fridge and quite significantly – the weather! It’s still hot here in little ol’ Perth but I am gearing up for Porridge season and I have been sweating it out a couple of mornings a week recently just to satisfy the craving!
I’m not going to include calories as they will all vary depending on what you, personally, feel like adding on any given day. Just be mindful of your quantities and you will create a variety of wonderfully satisfying and delicious breakfasts!
Oats are a fantastic and filling breakfast – full of good carbohydrates and fibre. If you serve them with fruit, Greek yoghurt, nuts etc. you can make a really healthy and nutritious breakfast that hardly takes any time at all. Obviously, if you drown them in tablespoons of honey or brown sugar the less healthy they become…
1/2 a cup of raw oats is a great amount for breakfast for one. A 30g serving is around 120 calories. You can use quick oats but keep in mind the further away from the natural state the food is, the less nutritious it becomes. Adding a small pinch of salt to porridge (or oatmeal for my U.S.A followers!) can enhance your flavourings.
PEANUT BUTTER PORRIDGE:
Add half a cup of raw wholegrain oats into a saucepan mixed with a cup of skim milk and half a cup of water. Cook over a low heat. Towards the end of cooking mix in a tablespoon of peanut butter or *PB2. Add your choice of ‘toppers’ – see list below!
APPLE AND CINNAMON PORRIDGE
Add half a cup of raw wholegrain oats into a saucepan mixed with a cup of skim milk and half a cup of water. Add a teaspoon of cinnamon and a grated apple. Raisins are a nice addition here too.
BIRCHER MUESLI – serves 2
Mix 1 cup raw wholegrain oats with 150g yoghurt of your choice and 3/4 cup skim milk. If you plan to use berries, try using a berry yoghurt or if you plan to use peaches, use a peach and mango yoghurt. Add a tablespoon of LSA (ground linseed, sunflower and almonds). Soak overnight. See my related Bircher Muesli recipe for a base recipe that adapts to whatever flavour. In the morning, add your favourite toppers.
APPLE AND CINNAMON BIRCHER – serves 2
Mix 1 cup raw wholegrain oats with a small grated apple, 150g vanilla yoghurt, 1/4 cup apple juice and a 1/2 cup of skim milk, plus a teaspoon of cinnamon. Raisins also work well with this. Soak overnight. In the morning, add your favourite toppers.
MY FAVOURITE MUESLI
In a bowl add 125g Greek Yoghurt, 2/3 cup of your favourite Muesli. Try and find something that has less than 5g of sugar. At the moment I am really enjoying Ansko’s Peach and Pecan Muesli. I’ve been mixing it with some puffed grains and blueberry flavoured Super Lupin Cereal to lighten it up. Top with your choice of toppers. I love blueberries, chopped pear, freeze dried raspberries and nuts.
FRENCH TOAST – the healthy way!
In a shallow, flat based bowl whisk an egg with a 1/4 cup of skim milk and half a teaspoon of cinnamon. Soak one or two pieces of wholegrain bread and fry in a non-stick pan using only spray oil.
Top with Greek Yoghurt and fruit. Maybe permit yourself a drizzle of Maple syrup on this one and reserve it for a lazy Sunday morning!
Toasted nuts – mixed nuts, flaked or slivered almonds, chopped peanuts – limit to 10-20 grams per serving!!! Nuts are healthy fats and provide your body with a lot of nutrients, however – you need to be VERY careful with your portion sizes. I buy raw nuts and dry roast them in the oven.
Mixed Seeds – Pepitas, Sunflowers, Flax Seeds, Chia Seeds
Kelloggs Fibre Toppers – good crunch element on Bircher Muesli
**Pura Veda Muesli
Dried Sour Cherries
Stewed Rhubarb – easy on the sugar!
***Freeze Dried Fruit – Flavour INTENSIFIED!
Greek Yoghurt – I like Chobani as it is thick and creamy and packs protein (16g per 170g serving!) as well as being low in sugar (plain only!! As soon as you head into the flavours we’re talking 17-25g sugar) with zero fat. My ultimate favourite is the Black Swan Breakfast Yoghurt. Less protein but slightly sweeter than the plain Chobani.
*PB2 is Powdered Peanut Butter. It has much less fat than the normal kind and is incredibly versatile! Shakes, Smoothies, Porridge, pretty much anywhere you would use normal Peanut Butter. Available at http://www.iherb.com (you can use my Referral Code to get a discount at the checkout! RDQ282) – also available Chocolate PB2. Seriously, check this website out! Set aside at least a half hour though – cheap shipping and fast delivery!
**Pura Veda Muesli is a mix of unprocessed seeds – crunchy and delicious! Website has a whole heap more breakfast ideas using the Muesli.
***Freeze Dried Fruit is also available on http://www.iherb.com – I like the Just Tomatoes brand.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE BREAKFAST?!
I’D LOVE SOME NEW IDEAS!