If you are like me and you find it difficult to get yourself going in the morning then you are not alone. Millions of people face the same problem. I’ve read countless articles that discuss the topic of “Morning Person” vs “Night Owl” and how it is supposed to be linked to your personality type but honestly I don’t believe that I fit into either of those categories. What I do know though is that I’m quite useless if I don’t manage to have breakfast before I leave the house.
It is also quite typical that time is very precious in the mornings. The clock seems to move incredibly quickly during that hour between leaving your bed and leaving your house, providing you with little time to take care of your morning routine. A lot of people choose to skip breakfast in order to save time but this usually causes the mid-morning slump that has you reaching for the nearest high sugar product such as a muffin or similar.
In order to avoid that slump it is recommended to always eat breakfast. It isn’t called the “most important meal of the day” for nothing. It can be difficult however when you are pushed for time and this is why I have provided some High Energy breakfast recipes that will ensure you get that kick you need and also to keep you fuller for longer, well at least until lunchtime.
You may be wondering just what the heck Bulletproof Coffee is. Not to be considered in the same context as a Bulletproof Vest, it really doesn’t share the same purpose. Bulletproof Coffee is something I discovered when dabbling with a Keto approach to eating. It is basically a normal cup of coffee (minus the cream and sugar) with 2 tablespoons of butter (yes butter) and a tablespoon of coconut oil.
- 250 ml fresh coffee (can be instant or filtered, it doesn’t matter)
- 2 tablespoons butter (preferably unsalted)
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
Simply add to a blender and mix (or use a hand whisk if you prefer). It tastes delicious.
The fat from the butter and coconut oil together with the caffeine from the coffee will give you that much-needed energy boost. The fat will also your stomach feels full which will stop you having cravings.
Don’t try to use margarine in the place of butter, it won’t taste right and won’t have the desired effect. You can if you wish use decaffeinated coffee but again that won’t be as effective.
Granola is a very popular breakfast option. It is quick to prepare, tasty and generally packed with lots of energy boosting nuts, seeds and fruit. However, some “off the shelf” products can also contain high levels of sugar, artificial sweeteners, colouring or flavours, so be careful when choosing.
However, to avoid that you can always make your own so you know exactly what goes into it. I have been making this for months and never get tired of eating it. Normally I accompany the granola with full fat Greek yoghurt (higher fat content the better) and fresh fruit (normally blueberries and strawberries but you can use whatever you prefer of course).
Ingredients: (approximately 10 servings)
- 110g Nuts (Almonds, Pecans, Hazelnuts or a combination of the three)
- 35g Shredded Coconut (preferably unsweetened)
- 75g Linseed or Flaxseed (depending on where you are from)
- 75g Sunflower Seeds
- 15g Pumpkin Seeds
- 20g Sesame Seeds
- 30g Almond Flour
- 30ml Coconut Oil
- 125ml Water
- 1/2 tablespoon Turmeric
- 1/2 tablespoon Ground Cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
Turn on the oven to about 150°C. Grind all the nuts and seeds in a blender to break them into smaller pieces. Put them together with the other ingredients into a bowl and mix together into a consistent paste. Spread the contents onto a baking sheet lined with grease-proof paper, trying to keep it as even as possible. Place the baking sheet on the middle shelf of the oven for about 20 minutes. Remove and stir the mixture in order to break it up a little. Then return the oven again for another 20 minutes until the mixture has a golden brown appearance and a dry crumbly consistence. Remove from the oven and allow to cool. Once cooled place in an airtight container and you are good for 10 days.
Being British I couldn’t possibly ignore this power food. The staple food of Scottish family breakfasts for centuries and what better way to get you going in the morning that a bowl of creamy porridge. Healthy, nutritious and packed full of slow release carbs in the oats. Porridge can lower cholesterol and reduce high blood pressure and is commonly known as heart healthy food. Did you know that porridge was served to prisoners in the British Prison system? This is why a prison term in Great Britain is often referred to as “doing porridge”.
Ingredients: (1 portion)
- 50g Porridge Oats
- 350ml Milk (if you prefer your porridge with water it is also fine)
- Topping of your choice (fruit, nuts, cinnamon, or just as it comes)
Place the oats into a saucepan. Add the cold milk (or water) and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for approximately 5 mins until the porridge starts to thicken. Depending upon the consistency you prefer you can add additional milk (or water) as necessary. Make sure you keep stirring in order to avoid the mixture sticking to the pan. Server and enjoy !
Mexican Scrambled Eggs
There is nothing better in the morning that a plate of scrambled eggs. Eggs are high in protein giving you that needed energy boost. They are also low in carbs and contain absolutely no sugar so you don’t need to worry about them affecting your waistline either.
This recipe however gives scrambled eggs a bit of a twist. Not only will you get all the benefits mentioned above but these additional ingredients will pack such a punch that this breakfast will have you almost sprinting out of the door.
Ingredients: (2 servings)
- 3 Large Eggs
- 1/2 Spring Onion
- 1/2 Tomato
- 40g Grated Cheese (Cheddar is great)
- 1 Pickled Jalapeno pepper (or if you want to really spice it up add as many as you can handle)
- 1 Tablespoon Butter
- Salt & Pepper
Chop the tomato, jalapeno pepper and spring onion into small pieces and fry them together with the butter for a few minutes in a frying pan until they start to become soft. Mix the eggs together in a bowl and then add to the pan and scramble together with the vegetables for a couple of minutes, just before the eggs are ready add the cheese so that it melts together with the eggs. Add Salt & Pepper to taste as required. Serve on buttered toast or alone.
Ready to Boost Your Morning?
Hopefully these breakfast ideas and recipes have inspired you. They are not complicated and can certainly save you time whilst ensuring you get that all important boost of energy and feeling of fulfillment.
Please feel free to leave me a comment or share some of your own favourite breakfast recipes.
All the best.