We know the rule: you should always eat a hearty breakfast to kick-start your day. But unless you really love cooking or find yourself in a fancy hotel with a magical toaster that provides unlimited avo toast (dreamy), it’s hard to muster up the energy to make something really delicious. Especially on a lazy Sunday.
*Food klaxon* This is why we love overnight oats. Not only do they take five minutes to make as you prep them the night before, but this tasty, oaty recipe actually comes complete with a decadent dollop of ice cream. Wait, WHAT? Yes, you heard us right. We are shaking up the brunch world once again with something naughty, because incase you hadn’t heard… oats + ice cream = breakfast of champions.
Just don’t tell your ‘rents we keep doing this or you’ll be on diet of dry muesli before you can say ‘sultana’.
For the overnight oats (enough for 4 mornings):
150 g rolled oats
420 ml almond milk
60 ml apple juice
3 tbsp maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
For the cinnamon ‘nice cream’:
2 bananas, peeled and frozen
1 tsp vanilla extract
1⁄2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 medjool date
a pinch of salt
1. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and then leave to soak overnight in the fridge.
2. The next day, if the mix looks a little dry add more almond milk. Then scoop into a small jar or bowl.
3. Now for the cinnamon nice cream! Just pop the bananas, vanilla extract, cinnamon, date and salt in a food processor and blend until thick and creamy, scraping down the sides every 30 seconds.
4. Whizz until the mix becomes completely smooth, like a Mr. Whippy.
5. Scoop the nice cream on top of the oats and add a tasty toppings (we love caramelised bananas, crumbled nuts and coconut flakes).
They (whoever ‘they’ are) say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but sometimes it can be the one that’s easiest to skip. Dry toast, soggy cereal or a slightly soft apple aren’t exactly the most appealing options… but did you know that as well as looking great on Instagram, a good brekkie is VITAL for boosting your brain power?
With exam season just around the corner, it’s time to start making your morning meal count by mixing up your recipes to a) be way more delicious and exciting, and b) include a few genius ingredients that could help keep you full and focused all day long.
Stuff like nuts, seeds, berries and veggies might not sound as appetising as a giant bowl of Coco Pops, but just wait ’til you see these five awesome recipes that are about to TOTALLY change your breakfast game.
1. All things avocado
Tacos for breakfast? Yep, dreams really do come true. And aside from the fluffy, soft tortilla, crispy bacon, fried eggs and melted cheese, a mega helping of avocado on top is where the brain boosting powers come into play.
Every organ in your body – and especially your brain – is reliant on blood flow, and the monounsaturated fats in avocados are brill for enhancing and increasing that. They’ll fire up your brain cells at super speeds, and their potassium will also help to lower your blood pressure when you’re stressed.
Smoothies can be a pretty unsatisfying breakfast that’ll only leave you hungry as hell a couple of hours later. No one needs hunger distractions when they’re trying to revise, so instead opt for a smoothie’s epic upgrade sibling, the smoothie bowl.
Perfect for summer, smoothie bowls are creamy, cold, thick and filling, but it’s the berries you chuck on top which really provide the good stuff. Blueberries are uhmazing for your brain – studies have shown they can boost concentration and memory for up to five hours, as their antioxidants stimulate the flow of blood and oxygen to your brain to keep you switched on.
Is this real life? Breakfast pizza is actually a thing that exists, and providing you don’t go and whack a load of pepperoni on top, it can actually be a pretty healthy option for your body and your brain.
Broccoli is the best possible topping you can opt for (and it goes seriously well with some runny egg yolks). It’s packed with vitamin K, which can help improve your cognitive abilities, as well as a chemical called sulforaphane which research shows could actually help the brain repair itself.
Told you that breakfast could be great. Anything involving chocolate is great. Just make sure that it’s dark chocolate you’re opting for when it comes to topping your brekkie. It contains a (very) small amount of caffeine which can heighten your mental alertness, along with magnesium to help de-stress – and if you’re a serious chocoholic, will even release endorphins to make you feel good.
These chocolate protein pancakes are a pretty genius invention as they’ll also provide you with long lasting, slow release energy to keep working hard, and you can top them with berries for extra brain boosting nutrients. Coco PROPS.
5. Overnight oats, obvs
Compared to piles of chocolate pancakes and breakfast tacos, overnight oats might sound like the boring option – but actually, they’re what you make ‘em. First off, they’re a handy choice as (just like the name suggests) you make them the night before, which gives you an extra precious 15 minutes in bed.
They’re also the perfect recipe for cramming in as much brain-boosting food as you possibly can. Oats themselves provide a slow and steady boost in blood sugar for sustained brain power, but the extra treats you can mix with ’em are where it really makes a difference.
Berries are an obvious choice, but how about bananas, raisins, fruit or nuts and seeds, which are full of vitamin E, antioxidants and amino acids to jump-start your focus. Flax seeds and chia seeds are also brill – all the magnesium, vitamins, fatty acids and fibre you could ever need.
Smoothie bowls are a delicious, easy breakfast full of fruit and seeds and other good things. The secret to a good smoothie bowl is to get the right balance of soft and crunchy things, and this pineapple and banana smoothie bowl does exactly that.
YOU WILL NEED:
* 200g pineapple
* 1 banana
* 60ml pineapple juice
* 1 tablespoon of honey
* Chia sees, sliced banana, blackberries, and a sprinkle of oats
Sign up and get the latest updates
Get updates on all the latest gossip and advice. Just give us your email address and we’ll do the rest.