Find yourself missing breakfast often? Did you know that breakfast is the most important meal? Well it is. If you split the word you get two words ‘break’ and ‘fast’. So the word itself explains why it is the most important meal of the day. After 7 to 8 hours of rejuvenating (us mortals call it sleep) the body is ready for its new round of nutrition. Skipping breakfast means you are depriving the body of starting its functions. The brain expects you to be eating after you wake up and when you don’t you land up with problems such as headaches, acidity, giddiness and the list goes on. If you’re on a weight loss regime you will know that no day that starts without breakfast is a good day to lose weight. So instead of skipping breakfast when you’re late or because you don’t have the time to make breakfast every day, here are a few things you could do have your breakfast every day without losing time.
1. Homemade instant oatmeal packets
What you need – Instant oats, dried fruits, nuts, milk powder and sugar (if you still want some), zip lock bags
Grab a zip lock bag and put in half a cup of instant oats, a handful or dried fruits and nuts, one table spoon of milk powder zip it up and shake it up to mix the ingredients well. Make as many packets as you like. Add in a teaspoon of sugar or as much as you want if you think the dried fruits are not sweet enough. In the morning when you are short on time simply grab a packet, add hot water and carry it in a take away cup or container with a spoon and chow down as you travel. Not ideal if you are driving.
What you need – Yogurt or milk, the fruits of your choice, maybe a little of the greens such as spinach or kale
In a blender blend in all the fruits and yogurt and pour into a take away cup. You can choose to go healthier by adding spinach or kale with coconut water and fruits such as bananas and apples and make a green smoothie for breakfast. This is good to go even if you’re driving, just remember to sip at the traffic lights and not when you’re in motion.
What you need – dry fruits of your choice or black currants and dates and other candied fruits, all purpose flour, butter, dry yeast, salt, warm water
It’s like meatloaf just with lots of fruit. This one should be prepared on a weekend so you can simply cut up a few pieces when you are in a hurry and go. Make this like you would make a bread. Make a dough by putting all the ingredients together in warm water and keep it aside for a few mintues to let the yeast work its magic. Bake in an oven and refrigerate for consumption during the week. You can even toast it or eat it with butter or spread.
4. Fruit cups
What you need – Fruits of your choice, a container and some seasoning such as salt and pepper
Just wash your fruits thoroughly and cut them into cubes. Toss them together in a to-go box and garnish with salt and pepper. You could add a dash of lime if you have fruits like apples and melons in it. Don’t forget to carry your spoon.
5. Muffizza or a Pizza-muffin
What you need – muffins, pizza sauce of your choice, grated cheese of your choice, olives or jalapenos, tomatoes, etc
Cut the muffin tops off and turn them upside down. Layer the sauce, the vegetable and cheese and pop into the microwave for 30 seconds or a minute and you are ready to go. Keep the muffin bottoms for later!
6. Egg muffins
What you need – eggs, muffins
You follow the same steps as with the muffizza and simply replace the pizza toppings with an egg of your choice. See below on making microwave poached or scrambled eggs. They’re easy and don’t take more than a couple of minutes.
7. Avocados on toast
What you need – Bread, toaster, avocados
Prepare your toast the way you like it and layer the avocado slices on the toast. Drizzle a little salt and pepper and you are good to go. It’s simple and basic but avocados are super healthy, and it’s as fast as you can slice the avocados while the bread is in the toaster. Avoid the butter if you can and you not only have a quick breakfast but a healthy one too!
What you need – Tortilla bread (roti works too!), stuffing of your choice
Simply wrap a roti around the stuffing of your choice. Either microwave it on high for 30 seconds or simply pan toast it. The stuffing can be as basic as tomatoes and cheese to leftovers from dinner last night or you can whip up a fried egg and add veggies to it. Each stuffing takes a different time, frying an egg for your wrap will take you longest. You can even have peanut butter and layer granny smith apples or peaches of you like a sweet something in your breakfast.
9. Microwaved Eggs – poached or scrambled
What you need – Eggs, water, oil, salt and pepper, microwave safe dish and mug
For a poached egg simply crack an egg into a mug of water and microwave it for one minute and put on your bread to toast. Be careful not to break the yolk when you crack the egg or it won’t work. Once your egg is done, pull it out carefully with a spoon. You can microwave the egg for a few seconds more if you like the center well done. Sprinkle a little salt and pepper on top and breakfast is ready
For scrambled eggs, crack an egg into a microwave safe dish, add in a teaspoon of oil and salt to taste. Whisk the eggs quickly and put it in the microwave for about two minutes. Occasionally pull out the eggs and give them a quick turn so they’re cooked through and through. Once done, put it on your toast or muffin top and sprinkle pepper if you like. You can even use this egg to make an egg wrap!
10. Cereal Parfait
What you need – Cereal, fruits, yogurt, container
Grab a container and begin with a layer of cereal then add the fruits and top it yogurt. Do as many layers as you are sure to finish and your breakfast is ready. Don’t forget to carry a spoon if you’re going to be taking it on your commute.