01 February 2012

Quick and Healthy Breakfast Ideas

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  Unfortunately, many of us neglect breakfast.  And there’s a lot of evidence to suggest that your body and mind will suffer unless you have a healthy breakfast each morning. 

If you are the type to skip breakfast, here is a solution to starting the day with a good breakfast which will help you keep hunger in check as well as give you the natural energy boost to start your day.

1. Porridge  

This food makes a good hot meal that contains lots of filling fibre to keep you from getting hungry later on in the morning.  Depending on your taste, you can take five minutes to fix it on the stove or use the microwave for instant porridge.  Kids tend to like the variety of flavours that come with instant porridge.  The night before, put together a container of add-ins like dates or sultanas, strawberries and bananas that can be tossed on top for a bit of antioxidant power.

2. Fruit smoothies 

These are good any morning but particularly on a hot day.  You’ll have to blend the ingredients together in the morning, but the prep work can be done at night.  Cube your fruit and place it into a container.  Instead of frozen yogurt in the morning, use a cup of plain yogurt.  Add ice cubes, a little water and blend.

3. Egg sandwich 

The eggs can be cooked the night before and placed in a sealed container if you think you won't have when you get up although I prefer to get up 10 minutes earlier so they can be freshly cooked.  In the morning, warm up the eggs in the microwave.  If you want, scramble the eggs and add some chopped veggies or shredded cheese.  Serve on toasted wholegrain bread.  The night before, place loaf of bread next to the toaster.  Then everyone can toast their bread as they get up, warm their egg and enjoy their breakfast.

4. Yoghurt with muesli and fruit 

Yoghurt is a healthy option for breakfast, but by itself won’t keep you from being hungry.  Add some muesli and a few blueberries to the mix.  This makes a great breakfast idea for those mornings when you are running late.  Keep small bags of muesli and blueberries in the fridge next to the yoghurt so you can grab them and run.

5. Pancakes with fruit 

Pancakes are easy to make and keep in the fridge for a few days and can be frozen for up to two months. They are quickly warmed in the microwave and can be topped with fruit and a dollop of yoghurt for a delicious breakfast.  They are also good topped with creamed corn or baked beans and a sprinkle of grated cheese.

6. English muffins 

A toasted wholemeal English muffin can be made into a sandwich (perhaps add your egg to it) or topped with tomato and cheese, cheese and Vegemite, peanut butter, baked beans, creamed corn, spaghetti, leftover stew or casserole - whatever  you like. While the muffins are toasting you can have your topping warming and breakfast ready to eat in under 5 minutes.

7. French toast 

Not really French at all but good, quick and easy all the same.  A great way to use stale bread, French toast takes under 5 minutes to put together and cook and can be eaten as is or with baked beans, grilled sausages or bacon and eggs for something more substantial.

If you are not in the habit of eating breakfast, start today. Set the alarm just 10 minutes earlier and you will start your day the right way.

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