We’re day 3 into 2018 and this is usually the time everyone buys into fad diets, detox teas and meal replacements. I can tell you now it’s not worth it! Eating real, delicious, fresh food will always be the best option and will ultimately give you results that last.
In case you didn’t know, I’m a pretty big breakfast fan. It’s by far my favourite meal of the day and I can’t quite understand how so many people skip it. Most people will understandably save the pancake stacks and waffles for the weekend, as these do tend to take a little longer. But overnight oats, bircher muesli and even a simple bowl of porridge can be prepared the night before and won’t take you very long to assemble in the morning!
I’ve listed my three top tips on how to refresh your breakfast routine for 2018. You’ll be so excited for these yummy breakfasts, you’ll be planning them in your sleep!
Textures & Toppings
This is one of the easiest ways to add a bit of ‘oomph’ to your breakfast. Choose your favourite base – porridge, overnight oats or yoghurt – then go topping and textures crazy! Some of my favourites are fresh berries, granola, chopped nuts, freeze dried raspberries and of course peanut butter! Throw them, swirl them, carefully place them or pile them on, just make sure each mouthful is full of flavour and textures.
My dad has somehow managed to have the same breakfast every day for two years straight (porridge with golden syrup to be precise – he doesn’t want to try my ‘fancy breakfasts’). Unless you’re like him and are happy to repeat the same breakfast day in day out, you need to change it up sometimes!
Below are some of my favourite ‘textures and toppings’ breakfasts, taken from my Instagram @oatsodelicious
Another great way to add an additional flavour dimension to your breakfast is sautéed fruit or fruit compote. Simply fry sliced bananas, apples or pears in coconut oil and cinnamon until they soften and turn golden. For a fruit compote, I put a handful of berries (usually blueberries or raspberries) in a pan with a small amount of water and let them cook until the juices release.
This is the perfect accompaniment to stove-top porridge, as they usually take the same amount of time to cook. I have both pans on at the same time – just make sure the fruit doesn’t stick to the bottom!
Why not try the below recipes which have the yummiest fruit compotes;
Winter Overnight Oats
Toffee Apple Pancakes
You’ve probably been told time and time again ‘always eat fruit and veg that’s in season’. But it’s so true! Citrus, pomegranates, apples and pears are all in season this January, which also means they’ll be cheap in the supermarkets (win win). Seasonally fresh produce is also picked when they’re ripe and fully developed, so they’ll be the tastiest this month than any other time in the year – if you can get them locally even better.
Here are a few of my favourite recipes that are in season this January;
Spiced Orange and Date Porridge
Toffee Apple Pancakes
Baked Chocolate and Pear Porridge
Let me know in the comments what your favourite breakfast tips are – I’d love to hear from you!
If you’ve made any of these recipes, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram @oatsodelicious or #oatsodelicious so I can see your wonderful creations!