You’ve heard it many-a-time before. Breakfast is a seriously important meal that can help you get your day off to a good start. Eating a healthy breakfast can provide you with the energy you need in order to maximise your concentration and productivity at work. We’ve previously written about what the top business leaders eat for their morning meal, but it may not always be realistic to have a three course European buffet breakfast when you’re already running 10 minutes late for work. What are some of the best breakfast foods that are easy and quick to prepare? Check out some of these hacks to get you hyped for the day ahead:
Make it an eggcellent morning!
Boiled eggs can be your morning saviour, as they’re easy to prepare and even more easy to eat. Whip your boiled eggs out on the morning commute or at your desk and you’re good to go for a quick, protein filled breakfast. Cook your eggs the night before and store them in the fridge over night so you won’t have to spend any time preparing your breakfast, meaning you can have an extra 10-minute snooze!
This morning's breakfast treat! 2 chilli spiced boiled eggs sat on smashed avocado toasted rye bread, the best comb… pic.twitter.com/deV4yvZLwk
— Arturo Céspedes Ríos (@ArturoCespedesR) April 30, 2016
Cooking scrambled eggs in the microwave may sound like a disaster waiting to happen, but if you cook them correctly they taste just as good as pan-cooked scrambles! Put two eggs, a splash of milk, salt and pepper into a bowl, put it all in the microwave for 2-3 minutes and voila! Perfectly cooked microwave eggs.
Makin some microwave scrambled eggs pic.twitter.com/hjghlfkRAJ
— Chase Baggett (@ChaseBaggett) May 18, 2016
Set the (granola) bar high
Sometimes, the easiest option for breakfast on-the-go is a breakfast bar or some sort. Now there are hundreds of these on the market – but be wary. Often they are packed full of sugar, fat and other scary things that can actually do more harm than good to your motivation throughout the day. Take a look at the ingredients of a typical breakfast bar and if ‘sugar’ is one of the first ingredients, put the bar down!
Some of my favourite breakfast bars include Perkier Bars, Nakd bars, Eat Natural bars and Special K bars.
Breakfast of a #Perkier cacao and cashew quinoa bar. 144 calories.
Water 1 litre & tea. pic.twitter.com/FLHNck7isW
— PrettyFat (@FriendFoodDiary) March 15, 2016
If you want to take it a step another notch, why not make your own breakfast bars? You can combine a mixture of oats, seeds, nuts, agave syrup (and anything else that you like nibbling on) to make your morning snacks. Super easy and super yummy.
These healthy homemade granola bars are bomb! (Plain oats, almond butter, raisins, raw honey &a few chocolate chips) pic.twitter.com/Gw3G8hq9lR
— Mercedes (@alibenz17) May 21, 2016
Dev-oat your day
Porridge is potentially the yummiest and most satisfying breakfast (especially in the colder months). Although it may seem like a more time-consuming breakfast, there are ways in which you can make the porridge-making that much faster. First off, consider porridge pots! You can buy these in any supermarket, and they provide a quick and easy breakfast, suitable for when you’re on-the-go or at your desk. All it takes is some boiling water and a spoon!
— Emma Hind (@emjhind) April 19, 2016
If you’re not really feeling the porridge pots, why not make your own overnight oats? These are oats that you prepare the night before and store in the fridge. By the time you want to munch on the oats, they will have softened and absorbed the milk, and you’ll be able to add whatever other ingredients you like,
breakfast is overnight oats with cacao topped with banana and frozen strawberries pic.twitter.com/YClmWcikb5
— ~ (@wieiad) May 23, 2016
Make mornings more a-peel-ing
Brighten up your mornings with a banana. Not only are they full of potassium and magnesium, but they have also been proven to lower the risk of heart disease and other conditions. But if you think bananas are boring… why not make a Banana Microwave Pudding or Banana Pancakes. Yum!
— Wife With A Purpose (@apurposefulwife) May 22, 2016
Image of the Week : Fruity Friday ideas? Here from the FISH hydration a Grape & banana dolphin parfait pic.twitter.com/91XkvZsLoD
— N&H Week (@NHWeek) May 23, 2016
You’re a SMOOTHie operator
Smoothies are a great option if you’re looking for a healthy and nutrient packed breakfast to kick off your day. If you prep your smoothie ingredients in advance, it can save so much time – all it takes is for you to throw everything into the blender and you’re good to go!
— Health & Fitness (@HealthAndFitn99) May 23, 2016
If you feel like these are even a little too much effort for you to prepare, why not buy some frozen fruit/veg packets from your local supermarket and use these to make super delicious yet healthy smoothies.
Whether you reach for a banana or a bagel, some scrambled egg or a slice of toast, eating breakfast is important for both your body and your mind in a work environment. What are your top tips for making breakfast quick and easily in the mornings? Let us know in the comments below.