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When it comes to breakfast, the options are endless. But when you're stuck for time in the morning it can be hard to find something quick AND healthy to eat. 

Many of us will either avoid (big no-no ladies) breakfast or eat something that's not exactly healthy (muffins, we're looking at you), so when a hectic mornings strike, these eight options will have your tummy full in no time: 

1. Peanut butter and banana smoothie

Smoothies are the perfect on-the-go snack. Simply blend one frozen banana, two tablespoons of peanut butter, one cup of almond milk and a few ice cubes. 

 

2. Zapped scrambled eggs with veggies

Yes, it's possible to make really good scrambled eggs in the microwave. All you need to do is beat two eggs and throw them in a microwave container. Add in a handful of your favourite veg and sprinkle with cheese. Microwave the mixture for 30 seconds, stir, and cook for another 30 seconds. A delicious meal in less than two minutes!

 

3. Fruit and yoghurt parfait

One of the easiest, healthiest and tastiest breakfasts out there is a classic fruit and yoghurt parfait. And the best bit? It can be topped with whatever fruit you like. Try choosing fruits that are in season to get the most flavour. 

 

4. Breakfast burrito

Who doesn't love a burrito?! It will take about 10 minutes to make in the morning but if that's still pushing it, you can make it the night before. Scramble two egg white, 1/4 cup of black beans, two tablespoons of salsa and some shredded cheese. Wrap in a whole-wheat tortilla and you're good to go. 

 

5. Leftovers and egg

Stuck with last night's leftover meat, veg and potatoes? Pop them in a microwave container and crack on egg on top. Heat in the microwave for 30-45 seconds and your breakfast is ready!

 

6. Overnight oats

This is the ultimate lazy person breakfast. The night before, combine 1/2 cup of milk, 1/3 cup of rolled oats, 1/2 banana and a handful of chopped nuts in a sealed container. By morning, you'll have delicious overnight oats. You can also heat the meal up in the microwave for a minute or two if you're in the mood for something warm.

 

7. Avocado toast with egg

Sometimes, simple is just better. Lightly toast two slices of wholegrain bread and top with smashed avocado and a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Top with two sunny-side-up eggs for a healthy dose of protein. 

 

8. Fruity breakfast quinoa

Cooking quinoa in milk and adding some sweet spices and fruit is a great healthy substitute for classic hot breakfast cereals. Simply cook the quinoa in milk, add some cinnamon or nutmeg and top with fresh berries and chopped roasted nuts. 

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Taking time at home to actually sit down and eat something for breakfast is something most of us reserve for Sunday mornings, but in reality if you can spare five or ten minutes, you have more than enough time to prepare (and eat!) a tasty, homemade breakfast.

We know that some mornings you can't even spare 30 seconds, let alone ten minutes, so we've come up with a few recipes to fit each and every time frame.

Give one of these a go tomorrow morning.

If you have no time to spare, try… Overnight Oats
This tasty breakfast can be prepared the night before so all you have to do is take it out of the fridge and grab a spoon. This is a perfect portable meal, so if you're under pressure it can be taken to college or work. There are so many variations on this recipe but here's a favourite:

Ingredients

  • 40 – 50g dry porridge oats
  • 40 – 50g milk of your choice (regular, almond, soy)
  • 40 – 50g vanilla or natural yoghurt
  • 1 teaspoon nut butter (peanut, almond or cashew)
  • Handful blueberries
  • Seeds or chopped nuts of your choice

Method

  1. Mix all ingredients (except the blueberries and seeds/nuts) in a sealable container or jar until combined
  2. Leave in fridge for a minimum of six hours
  3. Add the blueberries, seeds and nuts
     

If you have 3 minutes to spare, try… Avocado, Pesto and Tomato on Toast
Avocado toast has been having a moment (for the last year), and there are so many variations that it's impossible to get sick of it. Here's one that'll take you no time at all.

Ingredients

  • 1 ripe avocado, peeled and cored
  • 2 slices wholewheat bread of your choice
  • 6 – 8 cherry tomatoes, or 1 small tomato
  • Teaspoon of pesto
  • Squeeze of lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper

Method

  1. Pop the bread into the toaster or under the grill
  2. Slice the avocado flesh into cubes and mash into a rough paste with a fork
  3. Mix in pesto, lemon juice and a twist of salt and pepper
  4. Slice the tomato into small slices (if using cherry tomatoes, slice them into halves)
  5. Place bread on a plate, spread avocado mix on each slice and top with the tomato slices

 

If you have 5 minutes to spare, try… Spinach and Scrambled Egg Breakfast Pita
Nothing beats a hot breakfast in the morning, and this contains enough fibre, protein and complex carbs to keep you satisfied til lunchtime. Add some cheese like parmesan or crumbled feta at the end if you wish!

Ingredients

  • 1 wholemeal pita bread
  • 1 large handful of baby spinach
  • 2 eggs
  • Splash of milk
  • Salt and pepper to season
  • Relish or chutney

Method

  1. Heat up a teaspoon of oil in a frying pan, add the spinach and sauté until it has wilted (about 1 minute)
  2. Whisk the eggs, milk, salt and pepper in a bowl and add to the pan
  3. Stir occasionally until the eggs have set, and meanwhile pop your pita in the toaster or under the grill
  4. Slice open the pita, add the eggs and a dollop of relish or chutney.

 

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