People eat breakfast; or they skip breakfast; or they have a Breakfast with a capital “B”. A rushed slice of Vegemite toast and milky, spilly, coffee; nothing but water until the tummy rumbles have to be answered at noon; or a large sit-down gutbuster Full English with sourdough and extra bacon.
Whatever you have or don’t have for breakfast, it is a good idea to think about what you are eating, when you are eating it. By thinking about your food as you chew it, you will become less prone to over-eating and more prone to enjoying the breakfast experience.
Research shows that skipping breakfast could be bad for you.
It is easier to enjoy breakfast and think about it mindfully when you make a little effort to switch things up and try new flavours and textures. When you enjoy your breakfast you are less likely to skip it or make poor meal choices.
That said, you don’t want to spend a lot of time cooking in the morning. Here are four ideas for unusually yummy, unexpectedly easy to make breakfasts:
1. Stuffed Apples: Eat these stuffed apples when you don’t have a lot of sit down time in the morning, yet want to feel good about breakfast.
- Cut an apple in two equal pieces
- Cut the core and about a tablespoon’s worth of extra flesh out of each half
- Spoon in a tablespoon of peanut or almond butter into the holes
- Sprinkle a teaspoon of muesli or oats on top of the butter
- Get crunching!
2. Egg Porridge: Yes, you can! You can eat salty, eggy porridge and it tastes great! Not so common in Australia but there are billions of people all over the world who enjoy savoury porridges. This one is easy to make and a good introduction to the concept.
- Cook a serving of unflavoured oats porridge in the microwave or on the stovetop, then put it in a serving bowl to cool. When done and still cooling, add a pinch of salt and stir.
- Whilst the oats are cooking, fry, bake or poach a runny egg.
- When the egg is done, place it on top of the cooling oats porridge. Add grated cheese and some sliced spring onion to the bowl.
- Serve for a tasty surprise!
3. Banana Nut Smoothie: If you like smoothies you will love this easy banana nut meal drink. It is a good way to use up the older bananas in your fruit bowl.
- Put three peeled bananas in the freezer overnight
- In the morning, place the three bananas in a blender with three tablespoons of peanut butter, one and a half cups of milk, half a cup of Greek yoghurt, one teaspoon of honey, a pinch of salt and one tablespoon of chopped nuts.
- Blend until smoothied up
- Serve in a large tumbler with extra chopped nuts on the top for dramatic effect.
4. Nuked Eggs with Greens: The problem with eggs is the clean-up. Frying pans, baking dishes and boiling pots are a nuisance to wash. Avoid the problem by microwaving your eggs. Do not put a whole raw egg (in shell) into the microwave. Do this instead:
- Crack two eggs into a microwave-safe container
- Add a pinch of salt and a handful of vegetables into the container. Any vegetables will do but we recommend spinach and sliced cherry tomatoes
- Microwave on high for 30 seconds
- Remove container, stir, then return to the microwave for another 30 second blast
- Remove from microwave, carefully plate up (the eggs will be very hot) and serve
If you think about it, breakfast is the only meal that you have to have even if you eat it at sundown. You might as well make it an enjoyable, healthy experience.