Mornings can be a hectic time for everyone and if you’re anything like me any extra time in bed is precious! Average commutes in the UK are growing, unfortunately I’ve experienced a daily 3 hour commute to London and in the haze of the morning I love being able to grab a ready made breakfast to enjoy on the train or at my desk at a more reasonable hour of the day!
These easy make ahead or grab on the go breakfast ideas are ideal to pop in your bag and are sure to make your colleagues envious of your fab start to the working day!
Chia seed pudding
Jokingly referred to as frogspawn by my colleagues, chia seed puddings are really easy to put together and provide a fantastic way to get a hit of protein, fibre and antioxidants. Plus they can be kept in the fridge for a few days for meal prepping. (If in an airtight container).
Simply add fruits, a sweetener and a liquid base – I like to use almond milk to keep it dairy free. You can add a whole range of flavours through fruits and if looking for extra protein add in some Greek yogurt. Recently I added matcha green tea powder to the nut milk which has an array of health benefits for an additional boost!
I will admit I questioned these initially, as I wondered if they would keep me full until lunch and if they would store well for meal prepping. Once I found a good combination of flavours I was sold on the handiness of these grab and go muffins, perfect for breakfasts, lunch boxes and snacks! Some recipes were too full of feta cheese for me, so I simply reduce this in any recipe I find.
Top tip: I’d recommend a silicone muffin pan, well sprayed with low fat cooking fat to help get them out after baking. I did ruin a regular muffin tin the first go around as they have a tendency to stick!
If you look around your office in the morning, I bet you’ll see a few other colleagues enjoying overnight oats too. These are super easy to make and can be made with so many different flavour combinations you aren’t going to get bored of them quickly.
I rarely follow a recipe. After using a base of oats & almond milk, I always add a heaped tablespoon of chia seeds which can be a great plant protein for vegans & vegetarians. From there I simply add a different selection of ingredients to keep it varied; the combos are endless! Add fruit, nuts, breakfast seed mixes, sultanas, dried fruits and then mix well. I regularly add a handful of frozen berries to the top, which defrost in the pot overnight! My other favourite combinations are peanut butter and banana or apple with sultanas & cinnamon for an apple pie style flavouring!
I think this is my absolute favourites for meal-prepped breakfasts as one bake is enough for the whole week and you can adapt the flavours and toppings easily. I regularly make a strawberry and rhubarb mix (I love rhubarb season!) and for a slightly indulgent start to the day mixed berries with a sneaky chocolate chip hit! Check out the recipes on Fit Foodie Finds – there are so many great suggestions!
I use my double layer breakfast pots for these to keep the oatmeal bake dry on the bottom away from the toppings, which means it travels well. I top mine with some Greek yogurt and then a selection of chia seeds, nuts, mixed seeds or fresh fruit depending on what I fancy that day. Once again using oats for breakfast definitely helps to stop me snacking before lunch.
Quinoa is not just for salads! Making porridge with quinoa instead of standard oats is a great alternative, although I did get some strange looks in my office! As a gluten-free grain which is a great source of fibre, iron and protein quinoa creates a filling, energy creating breakfast!
I cook mine in almond milk with cinnamon & honey per The Happy Foodie recipe to make a warming autumnal version or plain with lots of fresh fruit for summer months.
I’m a recent convert to the world of green smoothies, but find these are a super easy way to feel a bit better about your diet especially if you’ve had a few naughty days! I often have spinach in the fridge and freezer, so it’s also a fantastic way to use up leftover fruit and veggies before they spoil as they don’t need to be pristine for this.
I tend to chuck in a banana (fresh or frozen), Greek yogurt, a teaspoon of chia seeds and other fruit I have available. I always have a stash of frozen fruits & vegetables and these are an ideal way to help to cool your smoothie, without adding ice and a great way to make sure you get even more of your 5 a day. Blitz it all up and enjoy your green smoothie on the go!
I really enjoy making pancake as a weekend breakfast or brunch, but thankfully you can make these ahead of time for an indulgent commuter breakfast that will make you the envy of all your colleagues!
Simply make extra at the weekend (if you can resist temptation!) and pack them in a Ziploc bag. Get as much air out of the bag as possible. Then when you want to treat yourself, simply heat in the toaster or microwave until hot throughout! Add you favourite toppings and voilà a delectable breakfast treat! I particularly like the banana, spinach and coconut pancakes by The Green Kitchen at Home.
What’s your favourite breakfast on the go?