The first thing I want you to do is always have a nourishing breakfast. If you’re really busy in the mornings (like you are , cause you’re a Mum!) then you must fuel yourself accordingly. Now you’re going to say “Oh Nicole, I know but I just can’t find time in the morning to have a nourishing breakfast” to which I shall reply “No worries, let’s prepare it the night before so that all you have to do is grab it and go”. Now I know you have time at night because evening TV is crappy so no excuses!
Here’s 5 of my favourite ‘prepare the night before’ breakfasts:
Simply grab a couple of tablespoons of chia seeds and mix with a cup of your favourite milk and 1 teaspoon of vanilla essence. Mix together in a bowl and cover and place in the fridge overnight. In the morning top with some fresh fruits, a big tablespoon of homemade yoghurt and some crushed nuts/ seeds. Check out Sugar Free Baking for some of my favourite variations.
I prefer to prepare my green smoothie fresh in the morning to get the most nutrients out of it, but you can get everything prepared the night before. Chop everything up and store in a jar in the fridge. Make sure your blender is out on the bench and then all you have to do is whack everything in and drink. It’s seriously a 2 minute job. Here’s my favourite green smoothie recipe:
Handful of frozen berries
1 Tb flaxmeal (ground)
1 cup oatmilk
1 Tb Cacao
1 tsp green powder (Spirulina/Chlorella/ Wheatgrass/Barleygrass)
1 tsp maca powder
On a cold morning there’s nothing better than a warming bowl of porridge. These days I prefer to use a mixture of grains rather than just plain old oats. You can use whatever combination you like (or use a pre-mixed one like Red Mills 5 Grain Mix – in most health stores). Here’s my favourite combination:
Just mix it all up the night before (except the flaxseed) and add you favourite milk. Store in an airtight container in the fridge. In the morning just heat it for a couple of minutes in a saucepan (or take to work and heat in the microwave) . To taste, you can add fruit (blueberries are great) and a little honey if you want it sweeter.
A firm favourite in our house! Granola is a toasted muesli – you make it with whatever grains, nuts, seeds that you have then add a sweetener like honey or maple syrup to make it crispy and golden when you bake it. Granola is an awesome thing to have on hand for snacking any time of the day. We make up a big batch every week and the kids even take it to school with yoghurt for a snack (minus the nuts). You can find my favourite recipe for it here in Sugar Free Baking.
If you haven’t tried these yet then make it your mission! They’re everywhere – health stores, yoga centres, gyms – everywhere! And they’re so easy to make! All you have to do is grab one on the way out the door and it’ll keep you going for a couple of hours! Here’s a basic recipe:
1 cup nuts ( I prefer almonds that have been soaked and sprouted then dried)
Handful of medjool dates
1 Tb honey
1 Tb tahini
pinch of salt
1 cup coconut
1 cup sunflower seeds
2 Tb coconut oil
1 Tb cacao
Your favourite superfoods added (green powders, maca, cacao etc)
Blend all in the blender then roll into balls and store in the fridge.
If you want more variations on the bliss ball like how to add essences and fruit for a flavour sensation then check out Sugar Free Baking.