I know people who eat on the train, heat up oatmeal in the work kitchen or count coffee as “breakfast”. These “people” used to be me. I didn’t have time for breakfast. I was “too busy” to take time out to nourish my body with proper food.
A few years ago, my day would consist of coffee and a banana (because I was #busy), a salad for lunch and approximately 1, 879 calories for dinner. I worked as a kitchen hand, so it wasn’t unusual to buy a punnet of chips for dinner and have ‘second dinner’ when my shift ended. I would be sore from standing on my feet all day and tired from studying so I would skip working out, opting for Netflix instead. Needless to say, I was the epitome of health and wellness.
I was permanently tired, my skin was constantly breaking out, and I just felt ‘blah’ in myself. I wish I could say this was my wake-up call. That finally happened when I found out I was pregnant.
Suddenly, it wasn’t about me anymore, and my habits changed. The first thing that got overhauled was breakfast. I actually started eating it. Not only that, I started with having a healthy and nutritious breakfast whilst fitting in this “I’m a busy millennial” lifestyle.
How did I make it happen?
I had to attend university lectures, work, social events, work my second job, and I had to add doctors appointments and ultrasounds on top of all of it! I managed to make breakfast a (fun) priority by laying out a list of requirements. My breakfast had to be: fast, easy to make, delicious and nutritious, and portable.
I didn’t think I was asking too much of the most important meal of the day, so, like any clued-up millennial, I started scouring Pinterest for the ultimate breakfast.
1. CHIA SEED PUDDINGS
Do you only have fifteen minutes for breakfast?
Good, because I have something that can be ready in ten. This was my ultimate ‘go to’ breakfast when I was under a serious time-crunch.
Chia seeds have a number of essential vitamins and minerals and they’re labeled as a ‘superfood‘, which is an automatic tick in my book. I would dash into the kitchen and mix some chia seeds, milk, and cacao powder to create a deliciously chocolate-y pudding for breakfast. I would top it with fruit (usually banana, strawberries or raspberries) and go. Seriously.
The chia seeds require some time to absorb the liquid and become soft so the ideal scenario would be to prepare the pudding the night before. That being said, I have replicated (and eaten) this pudding within ten minutes and it has tasted just as delicious.
They’re the hero of the breakfast world.
Have a bunch of random stuff lying around? I’m 89% sure it’ll be brilliant in smoothie-form!
Throughout summer, I become somewhat of a smoothie addict. I make them for myself. I make them for my son. I make them for my family.
My ‘go to’ smoothie includes a banana, some strawberries, Greek yoghurt, spinach, chia seeds, vanilla paste, cinnamon and ginger, and some oats, just for good measure. It sounds like a lot, but it’s just a matter of finding the ingredients and throwing it in!
My son’s smoothie consists of weetbix, almond flour, milk, a dash of yoghurt, zucchini, banana, and some peanut butter or spices, depending on how I feel. Sounds delicious, right?
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03. OVERNIGHT OATS
I bet you saw this one coming from a mile away.
I’m a bit of an oatmeal fanatic (especially in autumn and winter!) so that one was always going to make the list. Are you ready for this? It has six ingredients and is super simple!
For my overnight oats, I mix oats, cacao, peanut butter, chia seeds, milk, and a dash of plain yoghurt. Pop it in the fridge as you go to bed and you’ll wake up to a smooth, creamy, delicious and nutritious breakfast!
Want to know the best thing about all of the brilliant breakfast ideas in this post?
You have absolutely no excuse to skip breakfast.
It doesn’t have to be some calorie-laden junk fest or some super restrictive (and boring!) affair. That doesn’t count as breakfast. Your body needs proper nutrition and fuel to function. Coffee and bananas are great for a while, but that won’t help you perform at your peak. It’s all about balance and what works for your body.
We’re not all made the same. Some people can handle a lot of carbohydrates (curse you!) whilst other bodies can better metabolise fat. It’s all about being in tune with your body and giving it what it wants (in moderation and with healthy options).
I’m all about the 80/20 life. I developed a sweet tooth after having my son. Suddenly, I love chocolate, so I add some cacao to my breakfast and away I go! My sweet tooth is satisfied and my diet hasn’t been obliterated before 9am. Win-win.
After all, a lifestyle change lasts much longer than a fad diet ever will. Believe me.
What’s your ‘go to’ breakfast? What’s your standard coffee order? Are you a brunch person or a happy hour person?