It is no secret that I absolutely have the worst diet on the planet. If anyone who knows me is reading this post, you are probably thinking “Hannah why on earth are you trying to give nutritional advice”. I am not even lying when I say my diet is 90% pizza and carbs. I am literally writing this blog post whilst consuming chocolate cake. However, if there is one meal that I try to keep somewhat nutritional, it’s breakfast. Mostly because, I feel it is the one meal that you can be healthy and nutritional, without having to munch down on chia seeds and kale. I know that is a massive over reaction but you get my idea. So for those of you who struggle eating well, this post is for you! I know skipping breakfast or grabbing something for on the go is really easy, however starting the day right, is actually really important (even if you do go on to consume 5000 calories after). Therefore, the two recipes that I am giving you today can be done in your morning routine, if you just give yourself that extra ten minutes. I know this sounds strange but I actually find it easier to get up and make breakfast in autumn and winter than I do in summer. This is probably because I like to get something warm inside of me as soon as possible!
Porridge is my go to breakfast in the colder seasons. It warms you up, makes you feel ready for the day and is filled with nutritional benefits. If you don’t have time to wait for it prepare in a saucepan, then there are plenty of options for the micro-wave. I always like to have a mixture of micro-wave porridge and plain oats so that I have the option of both depending on how much time I have. If I am in a rush, I will grab one of my favourite maple syrup Oats so Simple packs and throw it in the micro-wave. If I have time however, I will do the process myself.
What will you need (for one person):
½ cup of oats
½ cup of water
½ cup of milk (any form of choice)
1 tablespoon of cinnamon (or the entire pot…)
2 tablespoon of sunflower seeds
– Pour oats, water and milk into a saucepan and stir regularly until ready
– chop up banana
– when porridge is ready, sprinkle in cinnamon and sunflower seeds and mix together or place on top
– Place cut banana slices on top
As you can see, this is a super easy recipe that takes around 10 minutes in the morning. To save time you can prepare your porridge the evening before so that it is ready when you wake up! This is my favourite porridge recipe during autumn and winter as it allows me to have Christmas in a bowl whilst still getting one of my five a day and nutritional benefits. This recipe also works well with soya or almond milk so it can be vegan if required!
Scrambled eggs are a family favourite and a good hearty meal for all (unless your vegan or have a diary allergy…). Depending on how you cook your eggs, they can take anywhere between 2 minutes and half hour. I typically opt for something in the middle so they take around ten to twelve minutes. If placed with wholemeal bread and spinach, this really can be a nutritional breakfast. I however, am not a fan of wholemeal bread (surprise surprise) and typically opt for half and half on days where I am trying to be good. Most of the time however, I use white bread as it just taste better in my opinion! Regardless, this can still be a nutritional breakfast. Although some may not think it to be the healthiest of options, it definitely is a hearty meal that will set you up for the day.
What you will need (for one person):
1 teaspoon of pepper
1 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of butter
1 handful of spinach
1 slice of bread (of your choice)
– Heat saucepan on a low to medium heat
– Toast bread
– Gently whisk eggs together with salt and pepper (do not over whisk)
– Place butter in pan and allow to melt
– Pour egg mix into and stir (make sure you are cleaning up the sides and bottom)
– When all the egg is nearly scrambled pour in the spinach
– When both spinach and egg is ready, place on top of bread
As you can see by the ingredients, this is not quite as healthy as the porridge. However, if you remove the bread and butter and simply add another egg, which I have done many times, this can be a super nutritional and healthy meal. If not, it can be your weekend treat, as you still need breakfast on a Sunday!