There are two types of people in this world – Morning people and Normal people. Jokes! Morning people are ok too… But while they might be a bit mad to leap out of bed, trilling with joy at the crack of dawn, they really have a point about making the most of every day. I am not one of these morning people. My dad is, and his trick is to bash things around the house until someone else wakes up and alleviates his boredom. Not subtle, but it works.
Anyway, parental habits aside, my alarm goes off at 5.00 am. That isn’t a typo. The cat isn’t even awake at that time, but we are putting the kettle on and groggily scrabbling around for things we should have packed better the night before. I know, I’m making this sound glorious, but in actual fact it’s working pretty well for us most days. And I’ll tell you why.
Getting up at 5 means we can be at the gym for 6. We are both a little heavier and less fit that we should be, so the exercise is pretty important for both our health and our general well being. Getting there at 6 means we miss the worst of the traffic (the Mersey Tunnels are killer at rush hour), we can get on any machines we chose, and most importantly, there are no queues for the hairdryers.
So, reduced stress, reduced wasted time, reduced emissions from sitting in an idling car, increased fitness. Lots of ticks.
It also means we can be at our respective offices before 8 o’clock, which means Matthew gets an hour of uninterrupted work done before the phone starts ringing, and I can take a bit of time to ease myself into the day, with a hot beverage, Pinterest browsing, and a decent breakfast.
And so we come to the crux of the matter. If I don’t make a breakfast, I have to buy one. And while a jam filled croissant (hello Pret a Manger, you naughty thing) is a delight, it’s expensive, full of sugar and fat, and is not that filling. Plus having been so active for the first 3 hours of the day does make me feel like buying breakfast is cheating my energised self a little bit.
So, prepare ahead breakfasts are now my friend. And to be honest, they aren’t a lot of work at all. Though you need to remember to pick them up as you leave in the morning or the small amount of effort expended was wasted. WASTED! Unless it is in the fridge and you can have it the next day. In which case, double breakfast. Brill.
With all that in mind, here are 5 of the staples I rely on to make my mornings that bit easier- and if you are getting up at a more reasonable time, or doing shift work and getting up at crazy times all the time, these work just as well, grab and go breakfast can’t be beat to make sure you get a tasty start to your day. Oh and rest assured- I have a box of cereal at my desk for the days it doesn’t work out quite right. Even early risers aren’t infallible after all….
Overnight peanut banana oats
filling, quick, lots of protein and potassium. Assemble the night before in a tupperware, or a clean jam jar, like me. Helps with portion control and cuts down on plastic use.
tofu/egg scramble and whatever veg you have with some cheese and hot sauce. Warm up in a microwave, or if your place of work is advanced, in a toaster oven.
Savoury Breakfast muffins
Definitely take two, and maybe a piece of fruit as well
So easy to make a whole muffin pan full and just keep in the fridge for breakfast or snacking. Feel free to swap out fillings. Cook these in with or after a dinner that needs to go in the oven to reduce energy cost
I’m not mad about sweet breakfasts too often, but this has great protein in it, and is so easy to tinker with according to your taste- feel free to tinker with the elements if you are like me and prefer it sharper with the tang of yoghurt. Make a few jars for the week, these are usually ok for 3/4 days if refrigerated.
So there you have it, a few ideas of grab and go breakfasts that take a few minutes to prepare (I usually make them up while I’m doing dinner then pop them in the fridge for morning- not the muffins) and will save you time and money.