By Morwenna Kearns
Breakfast is too often overlooked. Soggy toast, sugary cereal or a stodgy variant on the full English – is that all there is? Certainly not. Here are some ideas for breakfasts that are not just healthy and filling, but worth getting out of bed for.
Have a sleepover
The popularity of overnight oats is one of those things we can thank Instagram for: there are soooo many delicious (and photogenic) recipes out there. Feel super-organised before bed by making these chocolate, blueberry and banana overnight oats with chia seeds, kiwi overnight oats (essentially a chilled porridge topped with a fruit smoothie – double breakfast!) or strawberry oat and chia with compote from Rebel Recipes. If you prefer crunch, pour both coffee and chocolate into your bowl with this mocha granola or get a kick from this nutty ginger granola, both best made ahead of time.
Le petit déjeuner
The beauty of overnight oats is that they're easy, so maybe not that fancy. If you have more time and want to make an impression (on just your own tastebuds – never mind guests) make this blueberry and cashew baked oatmeal – it's like pudding for breakfast. For extra luxury, try this: the sweet vermicelli pudding with black cardamom and vanilla from cookbook Mountain Berries and Desert Spice is similar to dishes made for Eid celebrations. Party in the AM!
See you at the bar
Don't have time for a sit-down breakfast? Try this recipe for blueberry and oat breakfast bars – there's just five ingredients, and one of them is (spoiler alert) healthy courgette, which you won't find in a shop-bought bar. But if that's more your bag, Traidcraft's Geobars have a new recipe with less sweetness and more fibre, thanks to customer feedback.
The cereal activists
Isn't it weird how a handful of brands make most of our cereals, essentially making the decisions about the nutritional content of our breakfasts? "This cereal exists because you and I are tired of big corporations feeding us sugar for breakfast," said Jason Abbott, Founder of French brand Quinoa Crack last year. "Whilst we like sugar, we get angry when it's marketed as nutrition." We love Quinoa Crack's approach to making a healthier, yet fun, cereal and hope other brands follow suit.
The big supermarkets are beginning to take nutrition in breakfast products a bit more seriously. Waitrose has cut literally tons of sugar out of its cereals in the past couple of years, Sainsbury's has reduced the salt in its baked beans (a staple of a vegetarian full English) and Asda now sports the Vegan Society's stamp on products including some own-brand cereal. And, if you're on the go first thing, Pret's 'Not Just for Veggies' campaign and the success of its two (two!) fully vegetarian coffee shops in London have resulted in some amazing healthy vegan brekkie options. Mango Chia Pot, Apple & Pomegranate Overnight Oats or Coconut Porridge? Yes please.
Time for a cuppa?