Summer holidays have come to an end for most of us and the mornings are a blur of getting ready for work, school or wherever our busy lives take us. We need a breakfast that’s quick to make but we don’t want to sacrifice good nutrients for the sake of convenience.
It might be tempting to reach for a pre-packaged breakfast drink but remember, these are often expensive, high in sugar and additives and create unnecessary waste that flows into our landfills.
So we found a few alternatives that won’t slow you down in the morning, will provide the energy you need for your busy day and won’t break the budget.
Breakfast in a jar
We love layered breakfasts – they can be made the night before, saving precious minutes in the morning, they are easy to take to work or the gym if you need breakfast on the go, and every spoonful tastes different.
You really can’t go wrong here – just layer the ingredients you love (such as healthy, low-sugar cereal, fruit, nuts, yogurt, grated carrot, spices) in a eco-friendly reusable glass jar, pop the lid on and leave in the fridge overnight.
But if you want some inspiration or ideas, we’ve got six yummy recipes on our breakfast in a jar page.
Not only are they delicious, they are also very nutritious - eggs are a good source of protein, contain heart-healthy unsaturated fats and are a great source of important nutrients, such as vitamin B6, B12 and vitamin D.
A favourite breakfast is scrambled eggs with a few additions for extra fibre or flavour. Try stir-frying some onion or capsicum, then adding your eggs to the pan. Or add in some diced tomatoes, grated cheese or herbs as soon as you remove the eggs from the heat. Eggs tend to be a weekend breakfast for me when I have a little more time - if I am not at a market.
High-performance fruit salad
Not everyone feels like a big breakfast in the morning but it’s important to eat something to boost your metabolism and stabilise your blood sugar. If you are not a fan of food first thing, a fruit salad is a great light option. However, on its own, it won’t provide the nutrients you need for energy and to keep your brain sharp. Luckily, it’s easy to transform a simple fruit salad into a high-performance breakfast.
Sprinkle a handful of your favourite Te Atatu Toasted muesli on top of your fruit salad. All our mueslis are low-GI foods, which means they provide slow-release energy throughout the day. If you choose our original blend, you are getting a mix of fruit, almonds, seeds and whole oats which will help keep you feeling full longer.
Adding a dollop of yoghurt to a fruit salad is another way to add protein to your breakfast.
Other options for people who aren’t big breakfast fans are a few bliss balls or a protein bar. If you have made them at home, you will know they are not too high in sugar. We’ve got a great recipe for Bliss Balls or have a go at making our Chewy Paleo Bars. These are usually a breakfast hit with the teens.
Now you are on your way to having mornings sorted.