I love breakfast, and I mentioned in one of my recent posts that I've recently started to get back into the routine of having breakfast during the week. But the problem with now actually having breakfast 7 days a week? As much as I love you, Special K, you're not exactly the most exciting, are you..?
Oh, and cereal is expensive!
So this has had me craving something different. Something that's healthy, but that's still going to give me the kick-start that I need at 6am on a Monday morning. These three alternative options have been my favourites so far, they're quick, easy, and most importantly, are healthy and full of all the goodness and nutrients that you need!
1. Porridge || I think porridge is one of those things that's always looked worse than it tastes, and having recently discovered that actually, it tastes pretty okay, it's become one of my favourite meals! Porridge is super filling, meaning that a bowl of the stuff generally lasts me until lunch-time, without the need of those naughty elevenses! It's full of all-things-good-for-you, and also ensures it gives you some of that much needed energy to start off your day well!
I, personally, cheat a little, and use Quaker Instant Oatmeal, but purely because it's just that. Instant! I also tend to just sprinkle a few berries on the top for a little added boost!
2. Nut butter & banana on toast || Now this was another one that I wasn't entirely convinced I was going to like, but OMG. I've not had peanut butter for years, siding instead with a certain, *ahem* more chocolate flavoured spread... but this is definitely staying in my cupboard for a little while yet!
Peanut butter is full of protein, and combined with the vitamins found in a banana, this is definitely a healthy start to your day. I used to try and avoid protein, thinking that it was purely for people that wanted to, um, 'bulk up', shall we say? But protein is so bloomin' good for you for so many different reasons, that as well as counting calories, I'll also keep my eye on my protein in-take too, particularly if I am in a gym phase!
Here, I've added some chia seeds on top, and I've been told that a little bit of honey doesn't go amiss either! ...However, I haven't tried that one yet!
3. Fruit & Yoghurt || This is what I have when I can't be bothered wapping the blender out from the cupboard. 'Cause it's basically an unblended smoothie. With a spoon.
It literally takes about 12 seconds to put together, pouring some flavoured yoghurt into a mug, and topping it with some fruit of your choice! It couldn't be a quicker way to get some of your 5-a-day in early, and it's easily customisable depending on your mood... if that's even a thing! Some day's you might just fancy vanilla yoghurt instead of strawberry... or you might want to throw a banana in there, or an apple. Or whatever else is left over in your fridge. You get me!
How do you start your day?