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5 simple breakfast ideas to kick start your morning

If there’s one thing that gets me out of bed in the morning, it’s the thought of a delicious breakfast, YUM! In reality though, many of us are often rushing in the morning and don’t have time for an elaborate breakfast, or we might even skip breakfast altogether. However, as the ol’ saying goes, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It gives you the energy you need to get through your to-do list and helps you to focus at work.

When I had an office job a couple of years ago, there were days when I would snooze way too much and rush into work without a chance to grab some food first. Bad idea! I’d get really hungry and start snacking on junk food or just stare at the clock waiting for my lunch break. Not a very productive start to the day, I admit.

Breakfast need not be time-consuming to make; it can be quick and simple yet satisfying. Anything that takes too much time and energy to make ultimately doesn’t get made! So it’s best to stick with the KISS method here, Keep It Simple Sista’! Here are some simple breakfast ideas to kick start your day:

1. Toast two ways

This is certainly a fun breakfast to make!

What you need: Bread, eggs, peanut butter, banana slices, and butter.

First, butter a slice of bread. Then, using a round cup, press down on the bread, creating a hole. Remove the circle we cut out and set aside. Put the hole-y bread into a frying pan to toast on one side. Once browned, flip and crack an egg into the hole. Season the egg with salt and pepper. Cover the pan for 1 minute or until the egg is cooked, but the yoke still a tad runny. Now, move on to the circle we cut out earlier. You can toast it in the pan if you want. Slather on some peanut butter and arrange some banana slices on top. And you’re done!

A balanced breakfast with some protein, carbs, healthy fats, and fruit. Perfect for those days when you can’t decide whether you want a savoury or sweet breakfast. Why choose when you can have em’ both!

2. Grilled cheese sandwich

What you need: Bread, slices of cheese, chicken ham (optional), and butter.

First, butter 2 slices of bread. Then, put some cheese and chicken ham in between the slices of bread. Add some butter into a frying pan and put the sandwich in. Toast one side until brown and crisp, then flip over and do the same. And you’re done!

Fast, easy, and oh-so cheesy!

3. Egg cups

What you need: Eggs, spring onions, tomato, chicken ham, slices of cheese, and oil.

This is a fast microwave recipe. You can make a batch of these the night before and warm them up in the morning.

First, crack 3 eggs into a bowl. Add a dash of milk, salt, and pepper. Whisk the eggs well and set aside. Next, finely chop some spring onions, tomato (remove the seeds), chicken ham, and cheese. Put these items into a bowl and pour in the whisked eggs. Mix everything together. If you have a silicone muffin tray, it would work perfectly here. Otherwise, you could even use ramekins or microwavable cups. Oil the muffin tray and pour in the egg mixture. Don’t fill to the brim, the egg cups will puff up as they cook so leave a little room for expansion! Lastly, put the muffin tray into the microwave and cook for about 3 minutes. And you’re done!

Gently remove the egg cups from the tray and allow to cool. Enjoy them immediately or store them in the fridge to devour the next day.

4. Fruity smoothie

What you need: Frozen banana and mango chunks, milk, yogurt, and honey (optional).

Cut one banana and one mango the night before. Store them in the freezer. In the morning, add the frozen banana and mango chunks into a blender along with ½ cup of milk, ½ cup of yogurt, and 1 tablespoon of honey. Blend until smooth. Taste, add more milk and honey if desired, and give it one final blitz!

Pour into a travel cup and slurp your breakfast on the go!

5. Quick n’ easy oats

What you need: Quick cook oats, milk, cinnamon powder, cocoa powder, coconut or brown sugar, honey, and fruits.

Oats often has a reputation of being boring and bland. However, when you jazz it up, it can be quick, healthy, and delish!

This is another quick microwavable recipe. Put 6 tablespoons of quick cook oats, ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon powder, ½ teaspoon of cocoa powder, and 1 teaspoon of coconut sugar into a bowl. Add enough milk to cover the oats and then some. Mix well and put it in the microwave for about 2 ½ minutes. You may want to stop midway and check on the oats; if it looks a little dry, add more milk. Next, add some honey and chopped fruits of your choice. I usually add bananas or mangoes. If you don’t have fresh fruits, you can even add some fruit yogurt for added flavour. Add in more milk if desired and mix well. And you’re done!

Sweet and creamy oats to keep you full and energised up to lunchtime!

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Whether you like sweet or savoury, toast or oats, smoothies with a straw or in a bowl, there’s something for everyone! Spend a little time the night before or in the morning to whip up something quick and nutritious for your breakfast. Remember, you are what you eat. So it’s safe to say, you’d be nothing without a hearty breakfast!

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