I used to be that person who skipped breakfast, especially when I was working full-time, I would get up drink some coffee and go. Now we’ve all heard that ‘breakfast is the most important meal of the day’, and in most cases that’s true. Eating breakfast helps us have a more complete and nutritious diet, along with higher concentration levels. Skipping breakfast can cause headaches, leave you feeling faint, and lower your blood sugar.
Making breakfast a priority is a great way to start your health and fitness journey, as eating a healthy and balanced meal in the morning can help set you up for the rest of the day. I also find that by eating something good for breakfast I’m more inclined to keep my nutrition on track for the rest of the day, I also feel 10 times more focused and productive because I’m fueling my body with the right nutrients.
Now, we don’t all have time in the morning to mess around in the kitchen trying to poach the perfect egg, or decorate an Instagram-worthy Acai Bowl. That’s why I believe preparation is key to making sure you have a decent breakfast every morning. My favourite go-to breaky’s are the ones that I prepare overnight and just have to grab out of the fridge the next morning. I didn’t want to bombard you with a long list of recipes and loads of ingredients, so I’ve narrowed it down to my two favourites. 1. Peanut Butter & Banana Overnight Oats, and 2. Vanilla Chia Pudding. Both of these are super easy and can be prepared the night before, so all you have to do is get them out of the fridge the next day. You can also make up a few batches at once so you have breakfast ready every day for that week.
Peanut Butter & Banana Overnight Oats (serves 1)
- 1 cup of instant, or rolled oats
- 1 cup of almond milk
- 1 tbsp of natural peanut butter, or almond butter
- 1 tsp of chia seeds
- 1/2 a banana chopped
Layer a sealable jar with oats, almond milk, peanut butter, chia seeds, and banana. Secure lid tightly and shake well. Refrigerate overnight. You can enjoy cold, or warm them up in the microwave for a couple of minutes. I like to keep the other half of the banana that I chopped the night before to throw on top the next morning with a drizzle of honey. It’s seriously delish!
Vanilla Chia Pudding (serves 1)
- 3/4 cup of almond milk
- 2 tbsp of chia seeds
- 1 tsp of pure/raw honey
- 1/2 tsp of vanilla essence
Mix all ingredients well in a small bowl until combined, cover and refrigerate overnight. The next morning you can serve as is, or top with your favourite fruit. I added banana and raspberries on top of mine, and a little drizzle of honey. So yum!
You may need to give the chia pudding a bit of a stir while it’s chilling, just to make sure it’s setting right and the chia seeds are absorbing the liquid.
I hope you enjoy these as much as I do, and hopefully they inspire any breakfast skippers out there to break their habits. I’d love to hear your own breakfast hacks, or any other overnight breaky’s you’ve discovered.
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The Healthy Mermaid x