Eating Breakfast like a King/Queen

Breakfast is the most important meal of the 
day, so important in fact that I have two breakfasts on weekdays. I drink a protein shake or a protein coffee while getting ready for work, and then I eat my proper breakfast when I get into the office, which is usually oatmeal, Greek yoghurt and fruit or something along those lines. I keep a bag of quick oats in my desk drawer that I can just quickly make into oatmeal. I usually bring in some type of fruit to add on top or to have on the side. I am going to share with you some of my favourite breakfasts and show you that you can very easily make a quick breakfast that is healthy.

There are many reasons why eating breakfast is important; firstly, there is scientific evidence that those who eat a healthy balanced breakfast everyday weigh less than those who skip breakfast. Another reason is that it gives you energy for the rest of the day. I try to go by the motto “Breakfast like a King, lunch like a Prince and dine like a Pauper”. I follow this motto loosely and generally try to have a pretty decent breakfast.


Oatmeal/Porridge
I love having this for breakfast and it’s especially great for those cold winter months as it’s nice and warming. I make mine with milk, just because I prefer the taste but you can make it with water if you prefer. Another reason I prefer making it with milk is because of the added nutritional value of the milk. You could even use almond milk if you want a dairy-free alternative to water.

Proats – I like to add protein powder to my oats in the morning for added flavour and also for added protein. I generally add around 10g or a third of a scoop after I have cooked the oats as I find it mixes better this way and I don’t get any lumps of protein powder. Some people prefer to mix their protein into their oats before they cook it, it is totally a personal preference and either works just fine.

One combination I like is Vanilla and Blueberry, where I add a handful of blueberries to my oats BEFORE I cook them so that they soften during cooking. About halfway through cooking I take the oats out of the microwave, smash the blueberries with a fork and stir it around so that the porridge turns a purple/blue colour. I then add the 10g of vanilla protein powder after cooking and sometimes I will add some chia seeds just for the added nutritional value.



Another combination I like is Chocolate Peanut Butter and Strawberry – for this I cook my oats as normal with the milk and then stir through 10g of chocolate protein powder and a teaspoon of peanut butter after cooking and add chopped strawberries to the top. Absolutely delish!



I recently made “Strawberries and Cream” oats which were fantastic - just vanilla protein powder stirred through my oats with chopped strawberries on top.



Overnight Oats
(serves 1)
150g Greek yoghurt
10g Protein powder of choice
20g oats
Dash of milk
Fresh fruit

This is super simple to make, just mix all the ingredients together except the fruit which you should just place on top of the mix and store in a jar or tupperware container overnight in the fridge and then just grab it the next morning and enjoy. You can even make a few of these at a time so you can have breakfast ready to go for a few days.


I made chocolate and raspberry overnight oats so I used chocolate protein powder and topped it with 50g fresh raspberries, but there are so many different combinations you could use - let your imagination run wild!



Pro-Yo
During the summer months I have started to enjoy pro-yo (protein yoghurt) which is basically Greek yoghurt with some protein powder stirred in for flavour. One of my favourite combinations  is vanilla with blueberries and passion fruit.



I even make a Cookies and Cream pro-yo with plain Greek yoghurt, cookies and cream protein powder and half a chopped cookies and cream protein bar. This tasted amazing and not in the slightest bit 'healthy' - yet it was. You just need to find the right combinations and you can have a great breakfast. This would also make a great dessert if you are looking for something sweet.



If you want to add a bit of crunch to your pro-yo why not try adding some of my Low Carb Granola to it. 

Eggs 

I absolutely adore scrambled eggs, so easy to make and very quick as well. I used to only eat them at home because I couldn't think of a way to bring the eggs into work without them breaking or spilling everywhere. I had a light bulb moment about 2 weeks ago and thought - why not break the eggs into a shaker cup and then I could cook them in the microwave at work since that's how I make them at home anyway. Absolute genius idea, so before I left for work I broke 2 whole eggs and 2 egg whites into the cup and added some salt and pepper. You can use whatever combination of whole eggs and egg whites you want and even change up the seasonings, maybe add some hot sauce or chilli powder if you are so inclined but I'm not personally a huge fan of spicy food. 



I hope you enjoyed my take on healthy breakfasts, comment below if you have found any great combinations for proats or pro-yo, I would love to hear about them!