5th June 2019Category: Working Carers
Morning can be a hectic time of day for working carers. Are you getting ready in a rush? Making sure everyone else is sorted for the day? Do you get a chance to eat the most important meal of the day? Or are you just grabbing a banana and two sips of coffee before you headi out of the house?
Today we are looking at healthy and tasty recipes for breakfast that can be made the night before (and in some cases made on a Sunday night for the week ahead). We have searched the magazines and online blogs to say goodbye to boring and repetitive breakfasts. They will be a thing of the past so why not try one of the quick, tasty and nutritious breakfast recipes below.
Overnight oats has become a popular trend in the world of Pinterest and Instagram. They look yummy and colourful. The magic is you just add what you want to the oats and leave it in the fridge to soak. This is a breakfast that you can experiment with and never be bored.
Before you start, you will need a glass jar (for example a mason jar) or plastic container. This is to keep your overnight breakfast contents airtight. Next, add 30g-50g oats, then your chopped nuts, fruits, seeds (whatever you fancy). Then a teaspoon of sweetener or honey, top up with milk, stir and place in the fridge overnight. Next day just open the fridge door and breakfast is served. There are lots of flavour combinations so search ‘overnight oats’ online for inspiration.
You might be thinking what the heck is chia pudding, don’t worry I thought exactly the same. Chia pudding recipes involve chia seeds (they can be black or white). You can buy them in the supermarket and they are seen as a superfood; full of fibre, omegas, potassium and so on. The naughty thing about this breakfast is if you go for a chocolate version, it is like having a dessert (but a lot healthier) as your start of the day. Like overnight oats, it basically involves combining chia seeds with milk, fruit and honey. Online recipe flavours range from coconut to apple and cinnamon. It is very easy to double or even quadruple the recipe. The recipe will need to change depending on the fruit (or chocolate) you want to add. Search ‘chia seed puddings’ online to see the amazing option available.
In a small bowl add 250ml of milk (or almond, rice or soy milk), 1 or 2 tablespoons of sugar or honey and vanilla extract if preferred. Stir ingredients together and then add 4 tablespoons of chia seeds, stir thoroughly. Pour into a mason jar (like overnight oats) and place in the fridge overnight to thicken, add fruit in the morning before serving.
Cookies, biscuits, whatever you want to call them, normally don’t sound like a healthy start to the day. However these cookies are great if you are in a hurry and want to nibble whilst on the way to work. The recipe we have found are for fruit and nut cookies. They are slow releasing carbs, sweetened with bananas. The recipe creates 6 biscuits so you can bake them and store for a couple of days and take 15 minutes to create.
The recipe is from the blog, My Fussy Eater - click here
This is a great option for the warmer months (or if you want to pretend it is summer even though it is raining outside). Grab a breakfast ice-lolly from the freezer and eat on the go (plus they are great to make in bigger batches if the whole family want one too).
Add chopped soft fruit like berries or banana to Greek yogurt. Then add your choice of squeezy sweetener (usually honey for me) to ice lolly moulds and stir. Then put the moulds into the freezer and in the morning your cool and fruity breakfast will be ready.
If you want to make your workmates jealous in the office when you are having a mid morning coffee, this is the one for you. Or a great option if you know for the next couple of weeks you will struggle to make time to bake. These bars are easy to make and take around 25 minutes to prep and bake. They can be in the fridge for 3 days or in the freezer for up to 6 weeks (take them out the night before). The recipe is from the blog, My Fussy Eater - click here
Let’s be honest here, a tempting muffin at a coffee shop counter has seduced us all so this is going to be a winner for many. Also batching is the key to creating tasty breakfasts when time is limited and muffins are a perfect example of this.
Below are two very different muffin recipes to try. One for the bacon fans out looking for a hot breakfast and an oatmeal recipe for the vegetarians.
Spinach & Bacon Egg Muffins - Recipe is from the blog, My Fussy Eater - click here
Oatmeal Muffins - Recipe is from Waitrose’s website - click here
If you are a smoothie fan or you prefer a breakfast that takes 5 minutes to make then this is the one for you. This option can be made the night before and if you put it in a suitable drink container in the fridge (such as the ones for protein drinks like you see people at the gym drink) then in the morning give it a good shake before you drink. Recipe is from Waitrose’s website - click here
Ok, this isn’t exactly an overnight recipe but it is very quick and nutritious. Plus avocado is rich in essential good fats and toast is your fibre intake (bonus points for whole wheat).
Very basic recipe:
Smash avocado with a fork, sprinkle with chilli or pepper (if you fancy it) then spread on toast.
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