The mornings are getting a lot colder as winter approaches! Getting out of bed starts getting harder and the snooze button on the alarm clock is getting more a of workout than usual. Looking forward to a healthy, warm and fuzzy breakfast may just be the motivation to bounce out of bed! Breakfast (dietitian harping) is the most important meal of the day. It kick-starts the metabolism, fills your energy tank for the day and puts you in a positive mood. Here are 6 quick and easy winter breakfast ideas.
Who said smoothies were only for summer? A blend of milk, fruit, oats, nuts/seeds and winter spices such as cinnamon or nutmeg gives you a perfect combo of protein, carbohydrate and heart healthy fats. Just blend your smoothie ingredients in 200ml of milk, add hot water to 600ml, pop in a thermos and run out the door. There’s a whole heap of smoothie recipes online if you’re stuck for ideas however this is one of my favourites.
If you have five minutes spare to spend on preparing a healthy and tasty breakfast, a microwave muffin is the way to go. Based on oats, this a great cholesterol lowering, high fibre breakfast that will keep you satisfied throughout the morning. You can get as creative as you like with flavoursome mix-ins to add variety throughout the week.
French Toast Bake
A spin on your weekend cafe favourite which should really be classified as dessert. Make this one in bulk and refrigerate. An easy on the go breakfast option for the entire family, to have either cold or warmed. Beware, kids absolutely love this so perhaps store on the top shelf of the fridge.
DIY Instant Oat Packets
If you’re the kind of person that likes to eat breakfast at work in front of emails, this breakfast option is the one for you. A healthier alternative to pre-made muesli’s, simply add rolled oats, dried fruit, spices and nuts or your choice in a zip lock bag. Pop the contents in a mug at work and add hot water and/or milk. It’s also a great breakfast choice if you’re aiming to keep your portions in check. Try dehydrated apple, almonds and cinnamon!
There are many reasons to choose baked beans for breakfast. Not only are the quick and easy and taste great warmed up, they are nutrient powerhouses. A great source of plant protein and carbohydrate for morning energy, beans are high in fibre, rich with vitamins and minerals, and a good source of fuel of health promoting gut bacteria which strongly and positively influence our immune system. Easy enough to warm up a small tin of baked beans and take in a container on the way to work. If you have some more time, check out this recipe from The Healthy Chef.
What I love about this recipe – veggies for breakfast! I realise this isn’t on everyone’s ‘ultimate breakfast list’ however don’t ditch it till you try it. Another one you can make bulk in advance and keep in the fridge. A long-standing recipe from Functional Food Solutions, which has saved the lives of many early risers with zero time between waking and getting to work.