Healthy breakfasts in a hurry

September 2, 2015
Fruits for breakfast


OK, truth time.  I’ll NEVER be one of those girls who gets up extra early to do my hair and makeup, colour coordinate my outfit and carefully select some accessories.  I’m more inclined to lie in, pick whichever outfit doesn’t need ironing and head out of the door.
I’d usually have breakfast at my desk at work.  However more recently I’ve decided to make a bit more of an effort, not so much in the accessory and makeup front, but more about getting in a decent breakfast before I get to the office.  There’s also the added motivation as my husband is doing his healthy eating regime, and is getting up extra early to make a poached egg on toast.  So the earlier start doesn’t seem so bad.
However since becoming a supportive spouse and healthy eater (of sorts), I’ve discovered that healthy breakfasts don’t necessarily involve faffing about in the morning with a tonne
of ingredients.  You can actually get goodness very easily.  Here are some of the things I’ve recently tried that I thought worth sharing:

Healthy breakfasts in a hurry

Hot porridge with a nutty infusion –

Porridge has huge health benefits. The oats are loaded with vitamin D, iron and fibre, and they contain slow release energy which keeps you full way longer than if you had a bowl of Corn Flakes.  I’ve detailed the benefits of oats in another of my healthy eating posts (read here).
The key is not to microwave porridge, but to heat it up the old fashioned way on the hob with milk.  This might take a little longer, but you can still make it a quick breakfast if you multitask and do your lippie/makeup/lunch while it’s heating up.
To add an extra health kick and a bit of flavour (some people find porridge quite bland), I stir in a tablespoon of Linwoods flaxseed, almonds, brazil nuts and Q10, which is a
ground fine powder of the above goodies.  The mix, from Holland and Barrett, adds a delicious nutty kick to your breakfast, and is a great way of adding further goodness into your morning meal.  Plus it tastes great.
Prep time: five or six minutes but well worth it.   

Cold porridge with a fruity kick

Recipe for cold porrdige oats with fruit and juice
This is one of my favourite breakfast recipes for the summer, and it takes almost no time to make.  Cold porridge might sound disgusting, but when you soak the oats overnight in fruit juice and combine with yoghurt and fruit in the morning, it makes for a delicious muesli-style breakfast.  For the full recipe, click here.
Prep time: three minutes – though most of the prep is the night before.

Herbalife – Super smoothie with added protein

Herbalife smoothie
I’ve never really experimented with protein shakes, but when the people behind Herbalife got in touch to ask whether I’d like to sample their smoothies which were high in protein and great for detoxing, I figured that it might fit into my healthy living routine.
The Herbalife shakes are nutrient-dense, with Vitamins B and E, as well as selenium and zinc.  Easy to make, the shakes can be taken in place of meals.  The spheel says that for
weight loss, replace two meals with the shake.  For general weight maintenance and nutrition, replace with one.   I tried it for breakfast, adding in strawberries, chia seeds and cinnamon to the powder formula, and it was pretty darn tasty, and it kept me fuller for way longer than expected.  So for the busy dieter, this is worth a try.
Prep time: five minutes – most of the work is washing and cutting the strawberries.

Coconut Collaborative – Yoghurt without the guilt

The Coconut Collaborative co. yoghurt


I used to be a huge fan of Muller Fruit Corners, until I learned that their innocent looking fruit compotes were actually just full of sugar, leading to an unhappy
appraisal at the dentist.  So I kind of swore off most yoghurts apart from the natural variety.
However, I was introduced to the Coconut Collaborative, which makes yoghurts from coconut milk and is free from dairy, soya and gluten, and comes in varieties containing
seeds or fruit.
The Coconut Collaborative yoghurts are delicious and given that coconut is the superfood to end all superfoods, it’s a good way to add this into my diet.
Prep time: less than a minute – open fridge, take out yoghurt, peel lid, devour.    

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