They don’t exaggerate when they say that taking even a few minutes to eat a nutritious breakfast could make or break your day.
After all, breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and an ideal way to replenish our glucose levels, boost our essential nutrients and, perhaps most importantly, help us to get into the right headspace.
But, while most of us may enjoy spending a long morning in the kitchen on a weekend, our weekday selves simply don’t have time to make anything major.
What’s more, with experts advising that we eat breakfast within at least two hours of waking up, going too extreme here could negate the benefits of this meal altogether.
With that in mind, breakfast should be a simple, wholesome affair, with a few key ingredients that provide everything we need to embrace the day.
The question is, what exactly are those ingredients, and why can’t you afford to do without them any longer?
Quite obviously, eggs are a must for any breakfast pantry. After all, eggs, especially those gathered from your very own chickens, hold a whole host of health benefits, including –
- Omega 3s
- And more
Put simply, eggs are a power food if ever we’ve seen one, and they’re a go-to for any homesteader or city dweller alike. Even better, they couldn’t be easier to prepare in a range of tasty ways. If you’re stuck for ideas, some cracking recipes worth trying include –
- Three-egg omelette
- Three eggs
- A good tablespoon of butter
- Salt and pepper
- Filling of your choice
- Spring onion
- Chopper peppers
In a pan, melt the butter on medium heat. Meanwhile, whisk the three eggs together with salt and pepper. Once the butter has melted, reduce the heat and pour eggs into the pan, dropping your filling of choice (if using) onto one half of the egg mixture. Use a spatula to fluff the eggs as they start to cook, then leave until just turning golden brown on the bottom. Finish under a grill and serve immediately.
- Baked eggs
- 2 large eggs
- Filling of your choice
- Tomato and basil
- Smoked salmon
Preheat your oven to its highest setting and grease a small ramekin. Prepare your filling of choice and place on the bottom of your ramekin before cracking your eggs on top. Sprinkle with salt and pepper then cook in the oven for 8-10 minutes until your whites are set. Enjoy.
Oats are another breakfast must, providing wide-ranging nutrients that include –
- Vitamin B1
- And many, many more
Even better, the long-life and easy preparation of this key ingredient means that breakfast needn’t ever stress you out again. In fact, oats are one of the most versatile and beneficial breakfast ingredients. Most notably, checking out these easy tips to make oatmeal could see you enjoying a warm and hearty breakfast every single morning. This recipe can also form the basis for overnight oats in the summer, ensuring something hearty that still feels light and refreshing. These aren’t your only options, either with oats also forming an amazing backdrop for other simple breakfast dishes such as –
- Oatmeal fingers
- Oats (preferably rolled or quick oats)
- Filling of choice
Mix one part milk to one part oats and leave to sit until thickened. At this stage, add any fillings or simply press your mixture into a flat-bottomed microwaveable dish. Cook for two minutes on high before cutting and leaving to cool. Eat with a cup of something hot.
- 1 cup oats
- 1 cup milk
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
- 2-3 cups of flour
- 2 teaspoons of baking powder
- Seasoning to taste
Whisk oats and milk together then leave to stand until your oats begin to soften a little. Melt a tablespoon of butter or oil of your choice into a pan while you whisk eggs and sugar into your mixture. Incorporate flour and baking powder before seasoning to taste and leaving to stand for a further five minutes. Spoon batter into a hot pan and cook for around three minutes on each side. Serve immediately.
You don’t need us to tell you why fresh fruit is the last breakfast essential on this list.
Whether home-grown or shop bought, the health benefits of this addition really speak for themselves.
Honestly, you could find ways to incorporate fruit in the majority of the breakfast recipes already covered here, with additions like blueberries and raspberries always making a fantastic filling.
Equally, it’s possible to replace 1 egg- 1 banana in any of the recipes mentioned for a fruity fix.
But, fruit is such a breakfast fundamental that we thought it deserved a section all of its own. Namely, you might like to try out these key recipes for a fruity fix –
- Simple fruit salad
- ½ cup orange juice
- ¼ cup lemon juice
- ¼ cup honey
- Roughly ten cups of fruit of your choice
- Or simply whatever’s in season/growing in the garden
Add orange and lemon juice to a saucepan and bring to the boil with the honey for three to four minutes before leaving to cool completely. Meanwhile, chop your fruit in a bowl before tossing with your dressing and refrigerating for as long as you can bear to wait. Tuck in.
- Fruit smoothie
- 1 cup fruit juice
- ½ cup yogurt
- 2 cups fruit (frozen or fresh)
- 1 handful spinach
- 1 frozen banana
Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until the desired consistency, adding more juice/fruit as needed. Serve immediately.
So, you see – healthy breakfasts with the best ingredients couldn’t be easier, and all you need is to get your breakfast pantry in order.
Even better, once you’ve stocked up on key items like oats, you can source the majority of these ingredients from your homestead, meaning that breakfast really could be the best, and easiest, meal of the day.