Lets face it waking up at a leisurely pace is a thing of dreams once you decide to take on motherhood. Most mornings I am woken up by small cries of ‘Mummy I’m awake’ ‘Mummy Potty’ or ‘Mummy Sun’…. the third refers to the Gro Clock which I couldn’t be without – honestly so good. I wouldn’t really have it any other way, although I’ll groan and wish for half an hour more I love opening her bedroom door and seeing that birds nest of hair and little face staring at me, waiting full of anticipation for what the days going to bring. Caffeine is a must almost immediately so we stumble downstairs, she demands cereal whilst I put the kettle on and then we will both usually sit together and consumer two bowls, three on a good day, of some sort of sugary breakfast crunch. I’ll then usually feel guilty and a bit sick vowing to eat healthily for the rest of the day but the sugar crash takes over and I am back at the biscuits come 10am. I do have healthy days, sometimes even healthy weeks, and I notice healthy eating goes hand in hand with healthy living – when I exercise I automatically think about what I eat rather than grabbing the quickest and closest thing there is. But it takes effort. And sometimes I just don’t have the inclination. So after a quick Instagram confession and a shout out to the other busy mums for their go-to healthy recipes I have compiled a menu of easy, quick and healthy breakfasts that should help us start the day as we mean to go on and give us that much needed energy.
When I am being healthy the three rules I stick by at breakfast time that work for me:
Hydrate – start the day with a large glass of water
Protein – if you can stomach it go for protein first thing and steer away from wheat
And my personal go-to healthy breakfasts:
Smashed avo on gluten free toast with chilli flakes and a drizzle of honey
Hard boiled egg (I make 4/5 in advance) with grilled bacon (sometimes also made in advance) and a drizzle of tabasco sauce
Quick two-egg omelette
GLUTEN FREE PANCAKES – The Londoner
- 2 large bananas
- 1 large egg
- Pinch of cinnamon
- Pinch of baking powder
- Sprinkle of blueberries (or chocolate chips if you’d rather, cheeky.)
- Syrup/Bacon/Berries/Butter for serving (optional)
Start by mashing your bananas as smoothly as possible.
Beat in your egg and keep smoothing it out with a fork. You want it to be pretty smooth and lumpless, but don’t blend it or they’ll turn out flat.
Mix in your cinnamon and baking powder.
Heat a heavy bottomed pan with a little butter, pour out pancake sized puddles and top with blueberries.
Cook away on a medium heat until the tops start to bubble (just like regular pancakes). Flip them over and cook for another minute on this side.
When they’re cooked transfer to a plate with a paper towel on it, keep them somewhere warm while you quickly knock up the rest of the stack.
To serve, top with a little butter and some maple syrup.
OVERNIGHT OATS – @tiny_folks
- 1/4 cup quick oats
- 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk (or skim, soy)
- 1/4 medium banana, sliced (freeze the rest for smoothies)
- 1/2 tbsp chia seeds
- 1/2 cup blueberries
- 4-5 drops NuNaturals liquid vanilla stevia (or your favorite sweetener)
- pinch cinnamon
- Place all the ingredient in a jar, shake, cover and refrigerate overnight.
- The next morning, add your favorite crunchy toppings such as nuts, granola, etc and enjoy!
Homemade muesli – @popples_
Buy large packs from places like Holland & Barratt, of pecans, almonds, Brazil nuts, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds. Mix them into Sainsburys Finest Jumbo Oats (they are robust and don’t go soggy like porridge oats) Serve it with a seriously generous blob of yogurt and half a sliced banana (Popples is a romantic and shares with her husband) and some blueberries.
Homemade cacoa granola – @asnapshotofme