Some mornings it’s hard to know where the time disappears. Before you know it you’re racing out the door grabbing a banana on the way out. But breakfast is an important meal to start your day and fuel up so you’re ready for whatever comes your way.
A bit of history…
The word “breakfast” emerged from England in the late middle ages meaning to break the fast. It was traditionally a small meal consisting of leftovers, bread, cheese if they had it, fish, cold meats, and ale (yes, beer!) with lunch being the larger meal of the day. Tea and coffee were slowly introduced in the mid-1600s when trading with Asia and Africa boomed.
Breakfast gained a marketing boost in the 19th century when Seventh Day Adventists James Jackson and John Kellogg coined the phrase “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day”.
Why brekkie matters
While the Kellogg’s team sought to sell the “sizzle” of breakfast so they’d sell their cereal, there is no doubt today, according to health experts and nutritionists, that having breakfast is the best way to start every day (although some suggest exercising prior to eating, which is shown anecdotally to extend life).
Having a healthy breakfast packed with protein, carbohydrates and vitamins and minerals kick starts metabolism meaning your body is able to burn more calories during the day while lessening hunger and overeating – particularly craving fat – and helps mood, memory and focus.
Eating breakfast also means you have a chance to consume even more fresh fruit and vegetables and add valuable fibre to your diet so your body operates optimally.
By not having breakfast and breaking your overnight fast, the body holds on to the calories it eats because it thinks it’s still fasting and needs to conserve energy rather than burning calories. Studies have shown that people who regularly skip breakfast tend to have a higher BMI than those who eat it.
But… there are days when making a smoothie or sitting down to enjoy breakfast just ain’t gonna happen. That’s when getting sorted the night before becomes a genius idea.
So we thought we’d inspire you and share 5 tasty on-the-go breakfast foods you can make on a Sunday or the night before and pop in the fridge or pantry and grab them when you leap out the door to hit that early morning meeting/gym session/flight… or just when you know the morning routine might get the best of you.
5 Fab breakfast recipes
1. Raspberry & White Chocolate Protein Breakfast Muffins
Fashionable foodie Leonie from The Style Insider has created these delightful raspberry & white chocolate breakfast muffins that contain a lot of goodness and a cheeky little somethin’ somethin’ to surprise and delight. The secret is a few scoops of protein powder to add a tasty dose of amino acids. These little lovelies also make a heavenly addition to Sunday brunch.
2. Vegan Chia Seed Pudding
This vegan chia seed pudding (yes, pudding for breakfast… it’s a thing!) created by Adelaide nutritionist Phoebe Conway of @Pheebsfood for Almond Breeze Australia packs a huge nutritional punch. Chia seeds – named from the ancient Mayan word for strength – are a superfood that is low in calories, packed with protein, omega 3 fatty acids and health-giving antioxidants, loads of health fibre along with calcium, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, vitamins B1, B2 and B3 as well as potassium. Plus… did we mention… it’s pudding for breakfast!
3. Chocolate Avocado Muffins
This cheeky little choc avocado muffin recipe gives a whole lot of brekkie love with avocado, coconut, cacao and maple syrup combining with coffee for an extra kick. Wholemeal flour and avocado provide a healthy dose of morning protein, and coconut oil replaces butter making this delectable on-the-go brekkie recipe dairy-free. Discover just how nutritious avocados are in our blog post Kiwis love avocados and this is why + 9 avo-licious recipes here!
4. Raspberry, Coconut & Almond Breaky Bars
Almond butter adds extra deliciousness to these heavenly raspberry, coconut & almond breaky bars, another by fab foodie and nutritionist @pheebsfoods. Rolled oats, banana and shredded coconut provide a healthy dose of fibre and energy, with dark choc chips, raspberries and mixed nuts and seeds providing a tasty burst of flavour.
5. Banana Oatmeal Breakfast Muffins
Bananas are popular Kiwi go-to food but instead of it being a grab-as-you-exit-the-house-in-a-panic food why not make a batch of these delicious and nutritious banana oatmeal breakfast muffins created for Almond Breeze NZ by the talented Carine Claudepierre form Sweetashoney.co instead? Tasty, easy and nutritious… what’s not to love?
From our love of Almond Breeze almond milk to yours…
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