Don’t you just hate the early morning rush? Getting everyone out the house in time to beat traffic often means cutting corners on breakfast. Sure, protein and fresh fruit are the best way to start the day, but when you’re running against the clock, a quick bowl of cereal means that the kids don’t leave the house hungry. What if you could make something fabulous and healthy in just 5 minutes? Well, you can!
- Set up your blender the night before. In the morning, pour into your blender:
- ½ cup low-fat milk or plain yogurt
- Half a banana
- ½ cup orange juice
- 5 or 6 frozen strawberries
- A tablespoon of ground flaxseed, if you like
Whizz until smooth, and add more frozen fruit if you want to thicken the smoothie. Try other flavours, like peanut butter, nutmeg, cinnamon or vanilla extract.
- Peanut butter and fruit preserve sandwiches are a fast option for the crazy days. You can trade the sugar-free fruit preserve for sliced bananas, and toasting is optional.
- Just 2 hard-boiled eggs means 12 grams of protein, but only 160 calories! What’s easier than boiling a clutch of eggs the night before and storing them, once cool, in the fridge? Easy to carry, peal and eat, boiled eggs are the fastest emergency breakfast idea around!
- Fruit kebabs. Do this the night before – thread pieces of your favourite, firm fruits on kebab sticks: mango, peaches, grapes, apples, pears or bananas. Brush the fruit with a little lemon juice to stop in from browning, and you can add low-fat cheese chunks, too. Put them in the fridge so everyone can grab a couple in the morning.
- If you have an easy quiche or savoury muffin recipe, make it in and bake in muffin tins the night before. Again, everyone can microwave a few in the morning.
Add these ideas, together with instant oats or plain yoghurt with nuts and honey, to your breakfast menu, and no-one is starting their day hungry!