How often do you really eat breakfast? We’ve all been told that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It jumpstarts your metabolism and gives your body enough calories to burn through the day.
Yet, the temptation of getting those few extra minutes of shut-eye may make you compromise brekkie without an ounce of guilt. However, eating a healthy breakfast is simply non-negotiable. Not only will it keep your body and skin in check, but it will also ramp up your productivity at work.
So, we’ve put together a list of 5 simple recipes that can be whipped up in just a few minutes. From eggy dishes to cheesy delights and fruity surprises, these are some of the best and quickest ways to get your morning dose of goodness!
The best hack to make morning mealtime easier is to prep it up the night before. This is where overnight oats come into the picture.
Rolled oats – ½ cup
Milk (dairy or plant-based) – ¼ cup
Yoghurt – ¼ cup
Chia seeds – ¾ tbsp.
Maple syrup or honey – 2 tsp
Simply whisk together the above-mentioned ingredients in a jar or small bowl, cover it and refrigerate overnight. You can play around with the recipe by adding in a dollop of peanut butter, drizzling it with chocolate syrup, or altering its consistency. Overnight oats can be eaten hot as well as cold.
Oats are packed with nutrients like fibre, carbohydrates, and vitamins. In addition, milk and yoghurt are great sources of protein. Plus, chia seeds are an excellent source of antioxidants, iron and calcium.
What’s more, oats are quite hard to digest for some people. However, soaking and fermenting them overnight eliminates this problem.
Peanut Butter & Banana Smoothie
A healthy drink lauded by both kids and elders, a peanut butter banana smoothie is super-duper easy to make. It’s a true blessing on mornings that are a little too busy.
Bananas – 2
Yoghurt – ½ cup
Milk – 1 cup
Peanut butter – 2 tbsp
Flax seeds (optional) – ½ tsp
Vanilla extract (optional) – ½ tsp
Simply pop all the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Add in some more milk if the consistency is too thick. Pour it into a glass, and voilà—your smoothie is ready!
If need be, you can chop up the bananas, throw them into a bag, and deep freeze them. Not only will this help you save time in the morning, but it will also give your drink an extra chill! Moreover, instead of gulping down this creamy smoothie hastily, you can also pour it into an air-tight bottle and enjoy it on-the-go.
It isn’t for no reason that peanut butter and bananas are a classic combination. Bananas are an incredibly rich source of fibre and keep you full for hours on end. Moreover, peanut butter is loaded with antioxidants, magnesium, protein and vitamin E amongst other nutrients.
Egg & Mayo Sandwich
Raise your hand if a good old omelette is your go-to dish for breakfast. However, eggs are not just a healthy choice, but also exceptionally versatile. So, in case you’re craving a rather unique rendition of eggs, we’ve got something for you.
Bread of your choice – 2 slices
Boiled eggs – 2
Mayonnaise – 1½ tbsp.
Mustard sauce – 1 tsp
Lettuce – a few leaves
Chopped spring onions (optional) – 2-3 tbsp
Salt and pepper to taste
Chop the boiled eggs into little cubes. Mix in mayonnaise, mustard and spring onions. Sprinkle in salt and pepper as per your taste. If the mix seems too dry, add some more mayonnaise. You could also add a dash of tomato ketchup.
Then, layer the lettuce leaves on the bread. Next, spread the mix evenly on the bread. That’s all it takes to unleash the unexplored potential of eggs!
Eggs can literally help you kill more than 2 birds with one stone. They’re a great source of protein, they’re relatively cheap, they boost metabolic activity and keeps you full for hours. Combined with veggies, they make for a wholesome breakfast meal!
Whole Wheat & Oat Pancakes
To all those who think healthy food cannot be toothsome, these whole wheat pancakes are here to prove you wrong! They’re fluffy, tender, easy to make, and kind of perfect!
Whole wheat (atta) – 1 cup
Oats – ½ cup
Milk – 1 cup
Yoghurt – 2-3 tbsp
Sugar – 2 tbsp
Butter – 2 tbsp
Baking powder – 2 tsp
Mix together all the dry ingredients in a bowl. Then, add in the wet ingredients and stir until you obtain a smooth paste. If you’re in the mood to give yourself a treat, add in some chocolate chips!
Melt some butter on a pan, and pour a ladleful of the batter. Cook for 2-3 minutes until the edges are dry. Then, flip the pancake and cook for a minute. Once your pancake is golden in colour, take it off the stove, and dig in! You can drizzle it with some honey or maple syrup so that it isn’t too dry.
These pancakes are a healthy alternative to those made with maida. They have a higher dose of calcium, fibre, phosphorous, and protein! Plus, since they will keep you stuffed for longer, you won’t have to binge on munchies and snacks for the next few hours.
Spinach & Cheese Microwave Quiche
Before you scroll down, let us throw in a quick note—you’re less than 5 minutes away from a creamy, delicious spinach and cheese quiche.
Chopped spinach – ½ cup
Egg – 1
Milk – 1/3 cup
Grated cheese – 1/3 cup
Salt and pepper to taste
Fill your mug with chopped spinach and pour in some water—just enough to soak the leaves. Then, microwave for 1 minute. The spinach will have wilted by now. Next, drain out all the liquid from the mug. Now, add in the rest of the ingredients—milk, egg, cheese, salt and pepper! Whisk thoroughly with a fork, and pop it in the microwave for 3-5 minutes. That’s all it takes to whip up a fancy breakfast meal.
We’re all aware of the many benefits that consuming spinach has! You name the nutrient, and spinach would probably contain it. In addition, milk, eggs, and cheese are great sources of protein and will give your day an energetic start!
These are all easy-peasy, aren’t they? So, let’s do away with the excuses and make breakfast-every-day the new norm.