No time to cook in the morning? No fear, read here!

If you are anything like me, getting up is already hard enough, let alone getting up early enough to make breakfast. What is the solution then? Make it the night before, or better yet, prepare for the whole week!

The two most popular overnight breakfasts include oats and chia seeds.

Oats

Oats are very easy to prepare but the time it takes to boil them can take more time than you have in the morning. That is why many people cook the oats overnight and just heat them up in the morning. Not only that, the oats quality will not decrease over the week if put in the fridge, then should remain the same soft and creamy texture when reheated! If you are feeling extra lazy, cook enough for the week and just separate them into jars! Oats can also be combined with such a large variety of things such as fruit, nuts, jam, honey and milk. That means that you don’t have to be eating the same thing everyday!

The Kitchn does a great recipe for creating overnight oats for the week!

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Ingredients

1 2/3 cups steel-cut oats
4 cups water
1/4 teaspoon salt

Optional Mix-Ins

Milk or soy milk
Cinnamon or other spices
Raisins or other dried fruit
Fresh berries
Nuts or seeds
Jam
Honey

Chia

The reason using chia seeds are so popular for overnight breakfasts is that the seeds expand overnight. Chia seeds will expand multiple times when soaked in things like water or milk, this helps with feeling fuller for longer but also helps with your digestive track. This is because the seeds develop a gelatinous coating when soaked, allowing for easier travel through your body.

Guess what, its mango season again! What better way to celebrate then having mangoes in your breakfast. It will give it such a fresh and exciting taste!

Popsugar has this amazingly simple recipe for chia seeds overnight! Check it out!

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1/4 cup chia seeds
1 cup light or full-fat coconut milk, depending on preference
1/2 tablespoon honey

Just soak the seeds overnight and you are done!! Whats more, the seeds are similar to oats in a way that you can add whatever toppings you like on it! Don’t like mango? No worries, just add some strawberries!

But what if you don’t like oats or chia?

Breakfast frittatas is another food that is tasty warm or cold and can be made the night before!

bon appetit has an amazing broccoli and sausage frittata which would go perfectly in the morning!

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12 large eggs
½ cup whole milk
¾ cup grated cheddar, divided
Kosher salt and coarsely ground black pepper
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
½ medium onion, chopped
½ pounds fresh Spanish chorizo or hot Italian sausage links, casings removed
1 bunch broccoli rabe, coarsely chopped

Or try these banana smoothie muffins by Popsugar!

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3 ripe bananas
2 cups packed baby spinach
8 strawberries
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1/4 cup canola oil
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon salt

Remember if you want to ‘Think like a beast, have your morning feast!’

E.C

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How eating breakfast has changed my life

I’ve never really been a regular breakfast eater, don’t get me wrong I’ve always tried my best to grab something to eat before leaving the house, but it was always something very very little. Like a piece of bread. So whilst I might have had “breakfast”, it was never really a full meal. Boy was I missing out.

I went on holidays recently to the Gold Coast. I stayed at a hotel and in order to save money and time we paid for the breakfast buffet at the hotel. There were your eggs, bacon, sausages, grilled tomatoes, buttermilk pancakes, selection of fruits, yogurt, oats, selection of cereals, wholegrain toast, white toast, you name it! I made sure to eat really full at breakfast, partly because I had to get my moneys worth!, but because I knew i had a busy day ahead.11262567_1489012201394317_2119567815_n

I literally did not feel hungry until the late afternoon on those days. Besides from having plenty of water and maybe one or two other drinks, I didn’t have any snacks in between breakfast and lunch. Looking back at those days, it was actually quite amazing. I was full enough to last me until lunch and not once did I feel like I lacked energy.

It was 3 days of waking up at 7:30, eating at 8 and i could not believe the difference such a short period of regular full breakfast eating helped! It was great, and it really did save us heaps of money and time!

  • Like clockwork, we would wake up at 7:30 to get ready to eat at 8. Allowing us more time in the day as opposed to sleeping in.
  • We didn’t need to spend any extra money on food and snacks to keep up occupied during the day. Plus its a buffet and i definitely ate my moneys worth!

The result? I had so much fun!

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Breakfast really gives you that boost of energy that you need for the day. There are the days where I go to work and all I had was a little bit of toast. I feel the difference between having breakfast and not having breakfast. I get super tired and sleepy and there should be no reason for that. I slept early the night before yet I was still tired. All because I chose to skip out on breakfast. Same for at school, hunger was always a distraction for me. If i was hungry, that’s all I would think about, making sure that my stomach didn’t growl too loudly in class!

If i had known this earlier in my life, I would definitely have changed my habits way back in high school!

You know your parents always tell you to eat breakfast and you’re always hearing how important it is, but you don’t really believe. I was like that, but this accidental regular eating of breakfast really changed my mind.

So I encourage all of you to try the same, set aside a couple of days where you have a full breakfast everyday and see what kind of results you get!

Remember if you want to ‘Think like a beast, have your morning feast!’

E.C