Hi, guys! As i mentioned in my previous post, i am trying to eat healthier without starving myself or spend a lot of money. I also am a really busy person, so i need to find quick and easy meals.
My "go-to" breakfasts are pretty simple. I simply chose one of those options:
I really like to have eggs for breakfast. Last time i used the stir-fry leftovers from the day before to make an omelette. I usually use leeks or whatever that is on my fridge to make my omelettes. Sometimes, i check which vegetable is on sale at Lidl to make an omelette. I don't know how to flip an omelette, at least i don't have the skills to do it, so i use a non-sticky fry-pan with a lid and let it cook without making a mess.
Another delicious way to eat eggs are "egg muffins".
I will share with you some "egg muffins" recipes someday.
I love overnight oats, specially when i have my breakfast at work. (Yes, at work... Sometimes i leave the house without breakfast. I'm aware that it isn't the healthier choice but, let's be honest, nobody has time to eat at 4am. And i'm usually to sleepy to even think about putting something on my stomach. Not so often i manage to do that, but we'll get there in a minute).
This meal is pretty simple to prepare. I do the dairy-free version. Just grab a cup porridge oats (You can find 1kg at Lidl for £0,39), pair with some non-dairy milk (usually the unsweetened soy milk that is found at Lidl for £0,59. It's important to be unsweetened because the recipe won't turn out too sweet), add some honey, put some fruits (i use frozen berries), any type of nuts ( i don't use nuts, because it isn't allowed at the factory i work), chia seeds (they are expensive, but they worth it. They are a nutritional boost and they create a ticker texture. I usually buy them at Holland & Barrett when they are on sale) and let everything sit overnight.
I usually drink a smoothie before going to the gym. Sometimes it happens to be my breakfast.
I found the Iceland smoothie portions (4 smoothie bags for £2) really easy for my busy life, but sometimes i like to prepare my own smoothie portions in advance.
I put the following ingredients in a freezer bag: some frozen fruits (berries, bananas, mango, pineapple...), some greens (kale, spinach, wild rocket), some other ingredients (cucumber, celery, carrots, basil or mint leaves). I keep the bags in the freezer. When i need a smoothie i blend the bag content with pure fruit juice (mango is my favorite), but you can use yogurt (i personally don't use), water, coconut water, non-dairy milk. My favorite is juice, but you must be aware of the the sugar levels. Even if there is no added sugar, it doesn't mean that fruits don't have sugar as well.
Whole wheat bread or whole wheat tortillas:
First of all, please keep in mind the way i choose my carbs (at least 3g of fiber per 100g). That's how, in doubt, you will know if something is whole wheat or not.
Bread and tortillas aren't my breakfast staples, because i prefer to have them at lunch time, but i still love a slice or two of toasted bread with omelette or scrambled eggs, or a banana tortilla in the morning.
I usually leave my toasted bread simple, i mean without butter. But you can spread with a mashed avocado, or almond butter, or peanut butter. But i personally eat my bread without any of those. I prefer a slice or two with eggs and i add some greens leaves (wild rocket or spinach. At this point you already notice i'm not a big fan of lettuce).
Banana tortillas are the way i eat tortillas for breakfast. You can't find whole wheat tortillas everywhere. It depends on where you live, but here they're hard to get. I usually buy those at Lidl (and i'm not being sponsored by Lidl, it's just near home and affordable).
When you find your whole wheat tortilla, spread that with peanut butter without "getting too excited" (you know what i mean), place the banana on top and roll it all up. You can easily replace the peanut butter spread with almond butter, which is much healthier and more expensive, or a mixture of light cream cheese and honey. You can add whatever you like (granola, raisins, cinnamon...), but i keep it simple. You can eat it just like it is, or you can grill it on a non-sticky pan or toaster until is golden on both sides.
I am still testing out a lot of healthy pancake recipes. Most of those have 3 ingredients and one is often banana. I didn't find the perfect measurements yet, but i will.
As you see, there's a lot of healthy breakfast options. These are just my favorite ones and i will bring some recipes in the future. I will share some lunch ideas and snacks as well. As an african-portuguese girl you can expect me to really enjoy food.
If you don't believe that you can only eat fruit and salads all day to be healthy, stick around. I include a lot of fruit and salads on my everyday diet, but i also eat other delicious things. I'm not perfect, as i indulge myself to guilty pleasures sometimes, but i try to find healthier alternatives to my cravings.