The Most Important Meal Of The Day
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, that’s fairly well known and acknowledged these days. The old adage, “Breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dine like a pauper” has more than a grain of truth in it.
Recent studies suggest that keeping calorie intake down in the evening is a very effective way of battling obesity.
The trouble is that many people find it hard to set aside enough time to make themselves a proper breakfast these days. The time pressure of modern life can just get in the way sometimes (oftentimes).
However, it’s very possible to have a breakfast which is healthy, filling and tasty. It doesn’t have to take a long time to prepare it – and it doesn’t have to be cereal. Here are some suggestions.
I suppose that I’m biased, being Scottish, but porridge is one of my favorite breakfasts. I tend to eat it about 5 or 6 times a week. However, oats are now defined as a “superfood” – and it takes no time at all to prepare your porridge in the morning.
All you have to do is put some oats in a bowl, add about twice as much milk, and then pop it in the microwave for two and a half minutes. Take it out after two minutes, give it a stir and then pop it back in for the last 30 seconds.
I like to add a teaspoon of golden syrup and a heaped teaspoon of ground chia seeds. However, you can add other ingredients if you wish. Try a spoonful of honey or maple syrup if you like. Some people even add jam.
A topping of sliced banana, strawberries or blueberries is another way to change things up if you feel like a little variety.
Porridge is a great, comfort food, way to start the day – and it’s a very healthy and versatile option.
Overnight oats are a great way to have a healthy breakfast that takes no time to prepare in the morning – but which is healthy and filling.
There’s no cooking involved whatsoever – you just put some oats in a jar, add some milk to cover the oats (you could use other liquids if you prefer), add some youghurt and put on some toppings to suit. Then just pop the jar in the fridge overnight.
When you get up in the morning, the oats will have absorbed the milk, expanding slightly in the process, and be ready to eat. If you’ve added topping such as strawberries or raspberries, the flavor of those will have spread into the yoghurt.
Personally, I like to arrange things in multiple layers. I tend to put the oats in, then add some sliced banana. I then add milk to just cover the oats and put some youghurt in. I’ll usually put some sliced strawberries on top of the yoghurt – but you can pretty much use anything you like – raspberries, blackberries, nuts, seeds etc. It’s a very versatile breakfast.
Normally you’ll see photos of overnight oats in glass jars. It makes for a nice photo, and I certainly use glass containers most of the time.
However, if you’re the type of person who finds themselves rushing out of the door more often than not, you could just as easily make your overnight oats in a plastic cup with a screw on cap. That way you can just grab it as you dash out of the house and eat it at work.
Breakfast smoothies are another great option that you can make in advance so that your breakfast prep involves nothing more time consuming than opening the fridge door and grabbing your breakfast. They are also, like overnight oats, a “moveable feast” – you can grab and go, eating them on the way to work or when you arrive.
The list of potential ingredients is limited only by your imagination. Use bananas, berries, mango – or green veg if you prefer. Add some chia seeds for a little extra fiber if you wish.