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
- 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.
A hearty healthy breakfast packed with fiber, vitamins, and nutrients…… overnight oats in a jar (no cooking required)!
- 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!
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.
Dry ingredients: 2 cups organic porrige oats, 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut, 1 cup raw almonds and cashews (or any other nuts you like) 1/4 cup chia seeds
Wet ingredients:1/4 cup unsweetened cacao powder, 1/3 cup melted coconut oil, 1 tsp cinnamon powder, 1/4 cup maple syrup, 1/4 cup light brown sugar.
Mix dry ingredients together in one bowl and the wet together in another. Then combine the 2, pour onto a large baking sheet and bake at 160 for 15 mins. Give it a mix and return for another 15 mins. Repeat once more then leave to cool. Once cooled store in an airtight container.
What is it about the way the light hits the trees in Autumn? Driving through the London parks surrounded by that amber glow just transports me to my happy place. Cashmere blankets, Dyptique candles, crisp evening walks as the sunsets creep in even earlier… and nights in that are more than welcomed. If I had to pick a favourite season it would be a close call between Summer and Autumn.
The perfect day would always be spent with family and friends. I’d hope for a reasonable wake up by miss Vivienne – perhaps 7am if I am lucky. A walk around the park collecting conkers, the excitement on her face when she spots one nestled in the grass never fails to pull on those heart strings. Maybe a stumble into a coffee shop for something warm, sitting outside with one of those itchy plaid blankets over our legs embracing the fact we look forty years our senior. We would head home, peel the layers off and get ready for some baking. The kitchen a complete mess but giving me that feeling of ‘home’I love so much, and the smell filling every room with delicious chocolate toffee autumnal goodness…. And then we would eat it all of course. Later our friends would come over for dinner, the perfect Autumn pie served, followed by more sweetness to satisfy that craving. And then we would all collapse in front of the fire with a drink, or three, to put the world to rights.
And my new Autumn discovery I have been desperate to tell you about – Baileys Pumpkin Spice. Wow. Baileys is a drink that has always been firm favourite of mine so when I heard about a Pumpkin Spice variety they seriously had me at hello. Imagine that smooth creaminess of Baileys and then everything gorgeous about Autumn sprinkled all over it. That’s Pumpkin Spice! And no – no pumpkins are harmed in the making, nor are they used – at all. It’s a heavenly mixture of cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. If you try it – expect to get hooked and it’ll be one of those drinks that makes you wish Autumn would hurry up for just so you can have it again!
My favourite ways to have it – surprise surprise – over ice. Simple, seriously tasty and straight down to business. But added to your latte comes highly recommended as does an amazing cheese-cake recipe I found online here.
Cheers to the perfect, warm glow, inside and out, this Autumn.
Created in collaboration with Baileys Pumpkin Spice
Pick up your own bottle in any big supermarket and check baileys.com for the recipes
As Sunday evening approaches I always have a sadness come over me… not a dread of going into the office, nor a hangover induced anxiety like the (good) old days… but just a realisation that yet another week, and another special weekend of family time – has passed by me. Before I had Vivienne I didn’t have the same concept of time. I would look forward to events and calendar dates but I wouldn’t be saddened by time passing. Now I am just so aware of Vivienne growing, my baby getting bigger, learning and changing every day. I am excited about everything that’s to come. But that doesn’t stop the realisation of what I have already experienced never ‘being’ again. This week I am determined, no matter how many tantrums or tears my little diva throws at me, I determined to make the most of every moment. And with this thought I have compiled my weekly does of inspiration with a ‘here and now’ theme to enjoy life… what ever you might be doing, what ever might be passing by you, and what ever is still to come.
Growing up part of the ‘Just Do It’ generation hasn’t been a bad thing, its driven us to get what we want, to work, to have fun, to love, to party, to go for it. But rarely to just do nothing.
Anyone that follows me on Instagram may have seen I recently posted some daily affirmation cards I have received from the The Yes Mum and today’s card read ‘You don’t have to do it all’. Rather timely as I fell through the door having stayed away with friends this weekend. A three hour drive with a two year demanding this that and everything. Bags needing unpacking, house a mess from rushing off early Saturday morning, washing stacked up, a strange smell lingering from last weeks mouldy blooms, a blog post to write, new curtains to hang (black-out and praying they work for Vivienne and those 5am wake-ups)… I just wanted to leave the ‘adulting’ behind and crash on the sofa.