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It's National Breakfast Week.... super speedy ideas to kickstart your mornings!

It's breakfast week... did you know?

There seems to be a day or a week or a month for pretty much everything these days... many of them pretty crazy. But breakfast week is something I can get on board with and so here I bring you lots of ideas to kickstart your morning routine.

It may surprise you to know that I actually don't often eat breakfast! WHAT?!

Let me explain, I loosely follow an Intermittent Fasting style approach (eating between 12pm and 8pm) so therefore I have a 'brunch' around midday. Not always, if I get hungry earlier then i'll eat earlier but often I'm not hungry for a few hours once I've drunk my litre of lemon water.  So in my opinion the notion that eating 'breakfast' is the most important part of the day (and even labelling meals) can be misleading, BUT I do think that skipping breakfast if you know you'll be cravings lattes and cookies come mid morning is NOT the way to go.... always have a sustaining breakfast or snacks to hand for when hunger does strike!

When I posted a few breakfast pics on Instagram and Facebook earlier this week I had some requests for easy morning ideas.... I figured that would make a great blog post. 

Healthy breakfast ideas that will sustain you with relying on wheat, dairy or eggs.

My top tips for a super speedy morning:

  1. Shakes and smoothies. blend the night before or the morning of. Make a big batch for a family or just a single serve. Many can be frozen for a few days. Add oats or hemp protein for sustenance. Make them green (adding cucumber and/or spinach is good for beginners) for extra nutrients and lower sugar content.
  2. Prep the night before. Overnight oats (aka bircher muesli), breakfast cookies, granola pots etc can all be assembled and kept in the fridge overnight. Eat in the morning or pack in a tub and take with you to eat when hunger strikes.
  3. Savoury options. Sometimes I'm not in the mood for a sweet treat, particularly if it's more of a lunch for me. Avocado is a great choice- good fats to fill you up. Or simply leftovers from dinner- i've been know to munch on veggie chilli or a raw salad bowl. Who's to say breakfast needs to look like breakfast!!
  4. Cakes for breakfast! I don't mean classic cakes full of sugar... more like muesli loaves or pumpkin slices. Sightly sweet loaves full of good stuff to fill you up. These can be made ahead and simply sliced to go throughout the week. They will easily last for a week or so kept airtight in the fridge.
  5. Freezer options. I freeze my green smoothies as portions in silicone muffin cups but also make healthy pancakes or smaller blinis in a batch and freeze them for a quick breakfast. Just take out the freezer the night before and team up with fruit in the morning.
  6. Yoghurt style options. Going daily free can be tricky, but there are now so many non dairy milks around it's easy. If you want a thicker yoghurt of cream you have a few options... coconut yoghurt (can be expensive), the thick part of the canned coconut milk or even cashew cream works well
  7. Get to know your nuts and seeds! It's not just good old peanut butter... almond butter and sunflower butters are also readily available. Great to slather on oatcakes or pancakes or the 'cakes' i mentioned but also blended with a little hot water to make a creamy drizzle for fruit etc. Or simple make up a pot of trail mix with mixed nuts, seeds and dried fruits for healthy snacks to hand all day... not just breakfast! 

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SHAKES AND SMOOTHIES

OVERNIGHT AND FREEZER OPTIONS

CAKES FOR BREAKFAST

YOGHURT STYLE OPTIONS

GET YOUR NUTS 

There are some many more breakfast ideas HERE on my breakfast menu tab.

A little bonus Tip....

Wholeplus goodies! I couldn't resist this chance to mention my range of products. Sweet healthy sprinkle Toppers and instant porridge stye Hotpots are the ultimate in convenient snacking.

To honour Breakfast Week, until midnight Sunday, I am offering you all 10% off any orders across my entire range (UK purchase only) when you enter BREAKFASTWEEK at the checkout.

Get all the info on my Wholeplus range at the official website here!


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Speedy tahini pea and mushroom soup

It seems that every recipe i post at the moment has the '1-minute' or '5-minute' status!

it seems an indication of the direction my life is going...high speed...non stop. I still haven't mastered the art of slooowing down.

I'm still very much enjoying the creativity of recipe development, it's simply that I haven't got the luxury of time to spend longer than about 10 minutes in the actual cooking process. Most ideas swim around my head for a while, collected and pinned amongst various notes on Evernote and only then do they make it into the kitchen- it's the kitchen part where I struggle for time.

My days are pretty hectic at the moment, studying two courses, producing packs of Wholeplus products amongst the work I do with other companies too. 

So, this soup has been a lifesaver, it's flexible- so throw in any small fridge/freezer veg and it tastes so simple and good I've got quite addicted! If you follow my Instagram you'll note I posted varitions on the theme quite a few times... I just didn't get round to photographing it in the daylight!

 

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Well finally I have captured it on camera! Like I say the ingredients are fairly flexible- as long as they are chopped small however I would encourage you to use either frozen endamame beans or peas and mushrooms as the base (ideally chestnut mushrooms for a slightly nuttier flavour). Being someone you has never liked cooked mushrooms this is a big milestone for me and I think the key is the fact that they are only minimally cooked so don't have the slimy texture that I've never liked! Also, if you use noodles- make sure they are the type that cook within approx 5 mins to match the timings I have listed. 

Go and get to it!

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Serves 2

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cup veg broth
  • 2 tsp tahini
  • splash of soy sauce to taste 

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  • 1 cup frozen peas or endgame
  • approx. 2cm circumference brown rice noodles or soba noodles (5 min cook time max.)
  • 1 small leek- finely sliced in circles
  • 1 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 1 cup packed spinach
  • Note: other finely cut ingredients optional- i.e. sliced cabbage, sliced peppers...

Method

Whisk wet ingredients together add peas and noodles and bring to the boil. Slice the leek add that, slice the mushrooms and add those for the final 2 minutes cook time. Add spinach (if using) in the final minute.

If using other ingredients (my photos shw red cabbage add those as along with the frozen peas beans).

Serve immediately. 

 

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