Breakfast is one of the first opportunities in the day where you can truly be kind to yourself.
In a perfect world you’d wake naturally as the morning sun shines through your curtains, you’d calmly rise, stretch, shower and dress and sit down to a nourishing breakfast you can savour and enjoy.
But reality is rarely that patient. Early morning meetings might scupper your plans or hitting snooze one too many times can leave you with barely nanoseconds to get out the door.
Resist the urge to fall back on processed breakfast cereals that contain heaps of hidden sugar.
Instead, when time is of the essence, these easy, tasty and nourishing breakfast solutions will set you up perfectly for the day ahead – and can all be whipped up in under five minutes flat.
1 BODYISM granola
Homemade always trumps shop bought because you control exactly what does – and doesn’t – go into the recipe. This granola takes a tiny bit of forethought but it pays for itself come morning. Make a big batch of homemade granola mixing coconut flakes, coconut oil, nuts, seeds, maple syrup (just a dash) and more. Once baked, store in a jar and it’ll last at least two weeks. Serve with yoghurt and berries, sprinkle on your overnight oats, or just tuck into a handful at a time. It’ll be a life-saver when time is of the essence.
Find the full BODYISM granola recipe here.
2. Overnight oats
This one’s even quicker. Before you go to bed, soak a scoop of porridge oats in the milk of your choice, along with a handful of berries and seeds. Leave it to cool in the fridge overnight, then come morning you’ve got a ready-made breakfast to tuck into on the bus or at the office. Just remember to grab a spoon. The oats are a great source of slow-release energy that’ll keep you sustained no matter how long your commute.
3 Leftover veg smoothie
Smoothies are the perfect way to use up nutritious veg like spinach or kale going to waste in your fridge. They’re quick, can be enjoyed on the go and they’ll encourage you to experiment with ingredients so you enjoy a varied diet that’s important for a healthy gut. Plus, you can add our fantastic BODYISM supplements to them to create a nutrient dense breakfast in no time. Try blending spinach, berries, almond milk, cacao and ice with a scoop of BODY BRILLIANCE for a hunger-quenching, immunity-boosting mix of protein, vitamins and minerals.
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4. Fruit compote
Sweet tooth still craving sugary cereal? Hit the sweet spot with a fruit compote, made by gently heating whole frozen berries (blueberries, blackberries and raspberries) that only contain naturally occurring sugars. Add them to your overnight oats or to sweeten the sour taste of Greek yoghurt. Enjoy an extra serving of good gut bacteria by using a yoghurt which includes probiotics.
5. Nut butters
Fats are higher in calories per gram than protein and carbs, meaning the healthy variety in whole nuts and nut butters are a great long-lasting source of sustained energy. Have a dollop of almond or cashew nut butter if you’re dashing out the door or spread on a banana, rice cake or slavered on sourdough, rye or good quality gluten-free toast for a quick-fire treat.
6. Speedy eggs
Eggs are an art, not a science, but they can still be rustled up in minutes. The fix: melt grass-fed, free-range butter over a medium heat and scramble 2-3 free-range eggs directly in the pan with some salt and pepper. Sprinkle over feta, chilli and spring onion for the ultimate high-protein, low-fuss, eggy breakfast.
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7. Smoked mackerel
Take the healthy fats quota up a notch with two fillets of oily fish – if you can handle the potent taste first thing. Serve in a mixed salad with an extra-virgin olive oil dressing. Just make sure you have some mints to mask the smell if you’ve got an early meeting.
8. BODYISM Signature Coffee
This iconic concoction is brewed in BODYISM’s famous flagship club in London’s Westbourne Grove but you can create a modest version of it at home with some store cupboard essentials. Blend a teaspoon of coconut oil and good quality organic butter with a regular espresso and top up with water. The fats will help slow the effect of the caffeine so you enjoy a smooth, gradual release of energy throughout your morning. If you’ve ever been to the club, you’ll wonder how you ever survived your morning without one.