Breakfast – the most important meal of the day, or a marketing stunt? Whatever the case may be, here are the favourites I have time after time.
There’s been some debates about breakfasts recently. In my last post, I looked at intermittent fasting, which could exclude this meal entirely – though only in the sense of the traditional foods associated with breakfast, as any meal you have after a fast is breaking it. Personally, I enjoy a good breakfast and it’s part of my morning routine, but what do I like to eat?
Yogurt and granola
I’ve been trying to cut down on my dairy since my vegan experience, but that doesn’t mean that I can’t enjoy this breakfast. There are tonnes of plant based yogurts available these days and if you want to avoid soy, I’d recommend the Coconut Collaborative range.
I top this yogurt with a relatively plain granola, which I sometimes make with a mix of nuts and spices like cinnamon and vanilla. Sometimes, when I’m feeling a bit lazy, I get the Kellogg No Added Sugar Granola. Then I add fruit, such as a sliced banana or a handful of berries, sliced almonds, pumpkin seeds and the best bit. A huge drizzle of peanut butter!
Avocado and egg toasts
What can I say? I’m a millenial!
I tend to only have this about once a week though and, sadly, my avocado’s are not always Insta worthy as they can be a little but underripe. First world problems.
Peanut butter and banana toast
The other healthy breakfast staple! I try to go for peanut butters that only contain peanuts, and maybe a dash of salt and sustainable palm oil.
With the bread, I’m really into Dutch rye bread at the moment, and I find that one slice keeps me full! If I’m feeling fancy (which is code for if I remember), I might sprinkle some ground cinnamon on my banana slices.
I tend to have this less in the summer months, but in the winter…it’s essential! As I try to cut down on my diary consumption, I use a plant based milk and gently cook the oats to ensure a smooth and creamy consistency.
My plant milks of choice are oat, unsweetened almond or cashew. I tend to top with some vegan chocolate spread, which throws the healthy aspect of this breakfast out the window, throw on some berries, nuts and pumpkin seeds. I get through a lot of pumpkin seeds.
This is the wild card, and is what I make for a lazy weekend breakfast in bed. Not every weekend though.
It’s got white bread (a delicious, crusty, freshly baked French pain de campagne), ham, cheese, béchamel sauce and a fried egg on top for good measure. It breaks ‘the rules’, so to speak.
I don’t believe in labelling food as ‘good’ and ‘bad’ though, as this is frankly to good to ever be bad.
The French are onto something here.