Although it has been stated as the most important meal of the day, we busy folks are often rushing to get to work on time and as such, we are either eating a cereal bar (which may contain too much sugar) or heading to the nearest local coffeeshop for toast and coffee or tea which isn’t the healthiest nor would it be able to last the four hours till lunch. If you’re not into breakfast smoothies, then here are our top suggestions on delicious breakfasts that require no cooking whatsoever. Just a little bit of prepping but no stoves involved.
You can prepare a few jars of these overnight oats and just grab and go for a few mornings! Have some variety by introducing various types of fruit or nuts so that it feels like you’re having a different breakfast everyday. Just eat each batch within the week.
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup nut milk (either almond or cashew)
1 tbsp chia seeds
1/2 tbsp maple syrup (or honey)
1 tsp vanilla extract
- Mix all the ingredients together in a jar. Stir well, cover and refrigerate overnight
- Remove from the fridge the next morning, top it off with a tablespoon of yoghurt or kefir, your favourite fresh fruit or nuts and enjoy!
You can substitute the nut milk with coconut milk or regular milk to give it a creamier flavour. If not, you can also use coconut water to give it a subtle coconut taste and you can also lower the amount of maple syrup or honey added. Just stick to the 1:1 ratio of oats to liquid.
One of our favourites is to add cinnamon powder into our overnight oats together with some chopped dates. Delicious!
Chia Seed Pudding
Known as a superfood, chia seeds are high in protein and anti-inflammatory omega-3s, which is why this breakfast will help fill you up with fibre and reduce bloating. Similar to the overnight oats, you just need a bit of time to prep it but it can be done in a jiffy. Best part? You can alternate days between your oats and chia seed pudding! Similarly, do finish up each batch within the week.
1/3 cup chia seeds
1 cup nut milk (either almond or cashew)
1/2 tbsp honey
1 tsp vanilla extract
- Mix all the ingredients together in a jar until the mixture turns slightly gel-like. Stir well, cover and refrigerate overnight
- Remove from the fridge the next morning, top it off a tablespoon of yoghurt or kefir, your favourite fresh fruit and nuts and enjoy!
Once again, you can substitute the nut milk with coconut milk or regular milk. If you do use coconut water, it will contain less calories than the milky version, which may be suitable for someone who is on a low-calorie diet but this may also mean that you will get hungry a little earlier.
Almond Butter Avocado Toast
Avocado Toast is slightly infamous due to its popularity with the hipster crowd but it is the rage these days for good reason – it is simply delicious! Avocado’s natural creaminess is akin to adding butter on toast but the fact that it has good fats makes it feel a whole less sinful. Add almond butter on top of your wholemeal bread followed by your avocado slices or smashed avocado plus a few slices of strawberries or pomegranate seeds, and you have a breakfast that is rich in protein, minerals, vitamins and (as we’ve mentioned earlier) good fats. You might even want to drizzle a bit of honey or shredded coconut and sesame seeds over it to give it an extra oomph.
Smoked Salmon, Avocado, Cream Cheese Wrap
This wrap can be thrown together in a jiffy and eaten really quickly without any mess. Best part? Wrap and eat it on the go!
2 slices smoked salmon
1/2 avocado, sliced
1 tbsp cream cheese (light or full fat is up to your preference)
1/2 cup raw baby spinach, washed
1/4 tomato, sliced (or about 3 cherry tomatoes, halved)
1 wholemeal wrap
Black pepper to taste
- Spread the cream cheese on the base of the wrap. Layer the spinach on top followed by the other ingredients. Add a dash of black pepper to taste.
- Roll it up, tucking in the sides. Enjoy!
You can turn this into an open-face sandwich by substituting the wrap with a slice of wholemeal bread.
If you enjoy something a little spicy in the mornings, you can substitute the tomato with kimchi. Just remember to squeeze out as much liquid from it so that your wrap doesn’t become too soggy.
Of course you can still have a variety of breakfasts that include salads (yes, you can have fruit or vegetable salads in the mornings), smoothies or layered bowls. Choose which ones you like because there are some days where you just want a bit of savoury while other days, you want something sweet in the morning. Just go forth and try!
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