In the midst of a hectic morning routine, it’s easy to let breakfast slide to the bottom of your list of priorities, especially if time is tight. However, starting the day without having breakfast is much like trying to drive a car without fuel, and it can even be detrimental to your health and wellbeing.
Even if you’re short of time in the morning, making sure you fit a healthy breakfast into your routine is essential. Here are some of our favourite breakfast ideas, which we think make breakfast just too good to miss!
If time is an issue when it comes to preparing a nutritious breakfast, overnight oats may be the answer. Oats themselves are packed full of plant-based protein, fibre and magnesium, and contain no sugar, making them a super-healthy option for a breakfast that will keep you feeling full for hours. Easily prepared in the evening and great to grab-and-go, you can mix oats with just about anything, from granola to fruit, nuts and seeds. (One of our favourite combinations is banana, topped with grated Ombar 72%- a match made in heaven!) The result is a cool and creamy bowl of oats, perfect for warmer seasons. To make your overnight oats, stir half a cup of oats with ¾ cup of your favourite plant-based milk, combine with your ingredients and put the mixture in the fridge to thicken up overnight.
Essentially an extra-thick smoothie served in a bowl, smoothie bowls are certainly a tempting and delicious option for breakfast time. As well as being super easy to throw together in the morning, smoothie bowls give you the option to add whole fruit pieces, granola and seeds to create a more filling option than the traditional smoothie. For a healthy (and incredibly Instagram-worthy) breakfast to start your day off right, use fresh fruit and vegetables for the base of your smoothie bowl, and top with superfoods. Try adding crushed ice or frozen berries for a refreshing morning wake-up, and add protein such as nut butters to keep you full until lunch time.
The ultimate breakfast-to-go, no-bake bars can be a great source of fibre and protein without the sugar that is usually added to shop-bought alternatives. The bars can be wrapped individually and packed for a day out, so you have a healthy snack at-hand when hunger strikes. The possibilities are endless when it comes to these- and what better way to start the day than with a sprinkling of chocolate?! Our tried and tested favourite, Apricot and Chocolate no-bake bars, are really easy to make- just combine oats with dates, almond butter, cashews, dried apricot and chopped Ombar, spread the mixture into a baking pan, and cool in the fridge for at least an hour before cutting into bar-size pieces.
For a breakfast option that could easily be confused with a dessert, creamy chia seed pudding is both quick and easy to make, and can be made with endless combinations of ingredients. Packed full of antioxidants and protein, chia seeds make a perfect base for this breakfast treat, absorbing up to 10 times their weight in water- which will also help to keep you hydrated. Some of our favourite toppings and ingredients include fresh strawberries, matcha powder, mango - and chocolate, of course! Simply soak chia seeds in any type of milk, put the mixture in the fridge to thicken, and add whichever ingredients take your fancy.
Breakfast doesn’t have to be boring, and adding a little Ombar to your first meal of the day is sure to make it unmissable! All Ombar ingredients are natural and minimally processed to make sure your chocolate fix contains as much goodness as possible.
Check out our full range of Ombar chocolate here.
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