5 super quick breakfasts for busy parents

No matter how prepared I am, there never seems to be enough time in the morning. Getting myself ready for the day, feeding the little one and then dressing her as she wriggles means that quite often I get to 11am absolutely ravenous... and then realise I’ve forgotten to have breakfast. I’m all for saving myself as much time as possible while not relying on a breakfast biscuit for nutrition (!), so here are 5 brekkies that I can whiz up or eat in a few minutes.

 

Traditional banana smoothie

Time to prep and cook: 5 minutes

You need:

  • I frozen banana, chopped into cubes

  • 1/3 cup of oats

  • 1 tablespoon of milled flax seed (optional)

  • 1 teaspoon of nut butter (peanut, cashew or almond)

  • 1 cup of almond milk (or another milk: cow, oat, soya etc)

  • Dash of cinnamon

  • 2 scoops of vanilla protein powder (optional)

To make:

Whiz the oats in a blender until you have something close to oat flour. Add the chopped frozen banana, flaxseed, nut butter, protein power, cinnamon and almond milk. Blitz until smooth. Add more almond milk if you’d like a thinner consistency.

 

Chocolate hazelnut smoothie

Time to prep and cook: 5 minutes

You need:

  • 1 frozen banana, cubed

  • 1/3 cup of oats

  • ¼ cup of cacao powder

  • 4 dates

  • Handful of macadamia nuts (or hazelnuts/cashews etc. Or can use a nut butter)

  • Protein powder (optional)

  • 1 cup of almond milk

To make:

Whiz the oats in a blender until you have something close to oat flour. Add the chopped frozen banana, cacao powder, dates, macas, protein powder and the almond milk. Blitz until smooth and add more almond milk if a thinner consistency is desired.

 

Nutty overnight oats

Time to prep and cook: 5 minutes (make the night before though!)

You need:

  • 60g oats

  • 190ml almond milk

  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter (or another nut butter if preferred)

  • 1 tablespoons maple syrup or honey (optional)

  • Sprinkle of chia seeds (optional)

  • Handful of raisins

  • Pinch of sea salt

To make:

Mix everything together in a lidded Tupperware/bowl. Leave in the fridge overnight and enjoy in the morning.

 

Berry smoothie

Time to prep and cook: 5 minutes

You need:

  • 1 frozen banana, cubed

  • 1/3 cup oats

  • ½ cup frozen berries (mix of berries or a single type)

  • 1 teaspoon of nut butter (peanut/cashew/almond etc)

  • 1 cup of almond milk

  • 2 scoops of protein powder

  • 1 teaspoon of maple syrup or honey

To make:

Blitz the oats in a blender until the consistency is like oat flour. Add the other ingredients and blend until smooth. Add more almond milk if a thinner consistency is required and more maple syrup/honey if you’d like it a bit sweeter.

 

Eggs and smoked salmon

Time to prep and cook: 5 minutes

You need:

  • 2 eggs

  • 1 or 2 slices of smoked salmon (can use ham or mushrooms if preferred. Precook the mushrooms if using as they may be a bit raw otherwise!)

  • Slice of bread (optional)

To make:

  1. Cut the salmon (or ham) into cubes and whisk the eggs with a fork in a bowl.

  2. Heat a bit of butter or olive oil in a frying pan and add the eggs.

  3. When they look like they have a couple of minutes to go until they are ready, add the salmon/ham cubes (or precooked mushrooms if preferred).

  4. Once all cooked, tip the eggs and salmon in to a bowl.

  5. If you’re having it with bread, toast the bread and tip the egg mixture on top of the toast once it’s ready.


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