Your morning routine is about to get a whole lot easier with these breakfasts of champions
Perhaps you live by Grandma's rule that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, or subscribe to the "breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, dine like a pauper" school of thought. (Or if you're us, "breakfast like a king, lunch like a king, dine like a king, have several snacks".)
We all know skipping breakfast is a one way ticket to crash town, but even worse is grabbing a double triple choc muffin as you run to work, sweating on tourists as you dodge them like slalom gates. You might as well just pour the office sugar bowl into your mouth.
Think of your body like a car: you wouldn't start driving without making sure you had enough petrol, so why start the day on nothing and then let your body run itself to empty? What's that you're saying? "My body doesn't need anything, I'm just sitting at a desk"? Often we forget that our poor brains need energy too. Sat there, you're at your resting metabolic rate and your brain is using 20% of all the energy your body is expending. That's huge.
The only thing for it is to check out these breakfasts you can make in under 10 minutes.
Poached egg, smoked salmon and pick your own green
Eggs are so magnificently versatile and they immediately upgrade any breakfast to Champion level. Fry them, scramble them, boil them, but the ultimate breakfast egg is poached. Everyone's got an opinion on how to poach an egg; check out Fleur and Mike giving you the lowdown, or try this idea for cracking the egg straight into boiling water. Layer your poached egg over smoked salmon and a green of your choice – try spinach or asparagus, or ripe avocado.
Wheat-free banana and peanut butter pancakes
Pancakes on a weekday?! How decadent! But they're so simple and so quick you'll be a convert in minutes. All you need is two mashed overripe bananas, two eggs and about 100g of peanut butter. Heart-shaped cookie cutters optional, unless you want to really impress someone. Get the recipe here.
Layer it your way yogurt
Looks lovely, ever-so easy to make. Grab yourself a jar, or a glass, or even just a bowl and start layering. Greek yogurt, honey, bananas, fruit, nuts, seeds and a solid dose of granola. If you want to feel really smug, you can start making your own granola, and if you're feeling super-keen, make this the night before in a jar, leave it in the fridge and grab it on your way out.
If using a spoon is too much effort, up-end everything in your yogurt bowl into a blender and whizz your way to a smoothie. If you don't already have one, a blender is a really solid investment. You can make soups, salsas, smoothies; you'll soon be wondering how you lived without one. Smoothies are very much down to taste, but for a first go try bananas, peanut butter, almond milk, Greek yogurt, honey and any berries or fruit you fancy. You can add spinach if you're feeling brave, or a handful of kale. If you find you want it to be a little sweeter, try adding dates, a tasty alternative to throwing refined sugar into your smoothie.
Porridge is real lumberjack breakfast. The sort of thing you feel you might have before heading out into the wilds for a day driving a snowplough. But replace "wilds" with "city" and "driving a snowplough" with "argue with Claire from accounts" and suddenly it feels like we could all do with some porridge.
Find the recipe for perfect porridge here, or why not try experimenting with "overnight oats" and do it the night before? This one can be served hot or cold, and it's super easy and speedy to make. Just soak the oats overnight in milk or yogurt, add any toppings you want and keep it in the fridge. The possibilities are absolutely endless, and if you want to be seriously virtuous, using chia seeds and cooked quinoa works brilliantly.