Shake Up Your Breakfast Routine
Are you bored of breakfast? Sick of your breakfast routine of dreary old toast and cereal? Shake things up this year with an arsenal of breakfast recipes to keep you interested in this mealtime. Who knows? It could become your favourite time of the day.
However, it does take more than wishful thinking to change well-ingrained breakfast routines. So, you need to make sure you have some key ingredients on hand as well as a plan for keeping things interesting. Here’s a guide to doing just that!
Fresh fruit – a must at breakfast time. Make sure you have a steady supply of bananas, apples, oranges and the odd exotic piece of fruit to keep your breakfast routine and diet varied. The fruit will inevitably become part of most of the breakfast recipes you put together too.
A vegetarian option. Think sausages such as Linda McCartney or Quorn to add in something tasty, full of goodness and a simple way to add in some protein. Eggs are also a great option whether fried, poached, scrambled or boiled.
For vegans, tofu is a good protein source that can be added to lots of breakfast dishes such as tofu scrambled eggs. Depending on the spice level you prefer, you could even add in some hot sauce for a real kick of flavour.
Meat and fish – this will obviously vary depending on the breakfast dish in question but having staples such as sausages, bacon and salmon will see you right.
Whether you’re on a health kick or simply want something innocent to break up the gluttony that can be breakfast time, smoothies are a quick and delicious way to fill you up at the start of the day. This option is also great for those who don’t love eating fruit and vegetables but are quite happy to have them in liquidated form.
Good Housekeeping has a great selection of smoothie recipes including this jump-start smoothie:
340g of frozen strawberries
170g of fresh blueberries
170ml fresh orange juice
2 tsp chopped and peeled fresh ginger
85g of plain low-fat yoghurt
2 ice cubes
In blender, combine strawberries, blueberries, orange juice, ginger, yoghurt, and ice cubes. Blend until smooth, scraping down side of container occasionally.
If you’d prefer something a bit more substantial, porridge could be the answer. This three-grain porridge recipe from Good Food has toasted oatmeal, spelt and barley in it and can be kept for up to six months! Perfect as a fail-safe option when you haven’t had time to plan properly.
If you’re looking for something a little more calorific, perhaps as a treat at the weekend, then there’s so much to choose from. A full English is a great option, if you can handle the grease involved!
If not, then how about something yummy (that also appeals to the sweet tooth) like this recipe from Jamie Oliver – breakfast doughnuts.
Giving a nod to America, why not incorporate pancakes into your morning routine? Easy to make and so delicious, you can go very indulgent with lashings of syrup and butter, or stay super healthy with some alternative ingredients and cooking methods. Here’s a handy resource for pancake recipes to keep things interesting.
For an indulgent vegetarian treat, try this recipe for mashed potato, cheddar and chive waffles from Joy the Baker. Bite-sized pieces of loveliness to satisfy the potato and cheese cravings in one! Plus, it’s not too bad as it has chives in…
On the Go
Sometimes, no matter how hard you try, the morning just gets away from you. You plan to sit down to a substantial breakfast that will set you up for the day, but the pull of that extra few minutes in bed, coupled with the distractions of what to wear, if the kids are sorted etc. just gets in the way.
That’s when you need a plan B so you can grab something to have on the go – ready at a moment’s notice. No one wants a rumbling belly!
First up is healthy banana bread – easy to make ahead of time, you can grab a slice to go knowing that you’re eating something packed full of goodness with very little to feel guilty about. This recipe from Cookie and Kate is divine.
Breakfast muffins are also a lovely treat that can be made in advance so they don't take too much effort to mix up your breakfast routine. You can go for savoury options such as this recipe from Shake Up Your Wake Up for smoked fish and egg muffins (it might be hard to stop after just one), or keep it sweet with whole-grain blueberry muffins, such as these scrumptious on-the-go treats from Real Simple.
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