Many people struggle to find the time, and the inclination, to start slaving over a hot stove first thing in the morning, especially just before they have to head out to work. The answer could be amazingly simple. Cook when you have the time and freeze your creations to make morning meals quick and simple to prepare.
Of course, you could start every day with a bowl of uninspiring cereal, but wouldn’t you rather be tucking into a piece of warm banana bread or even a hearty breakfast burrito? Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so why put up with a half-hearted attempt at a meal when you can have wholesome home-made fare in almost the same time as it takes to pour out some cereal and add some milk? If you’re stuck for inspiration, here are some more top ideas for nutritious breakfast treats that will freeze well and give you enough energy to make the most of your day.
Smooth Start to the Day
Take a tip out of many catering companies’ books and fill your freezer with bags of chopped fruit that can be whizzed up to make delicious smoothies in a matter of minutes. You don’t need a commercial refrigeration unit to prepare breakfast like a professional; just think ease and speed and you’ll understand why being prepared and chopping and freezing your fruit in advance is the ideal solution. It’s also an ideal way to ensure you get through your five a day – the minimum amount of fruit and vegetables health professionals believe you should eat every day.
Get Fruity in the Morning
If you have a waffle maker, get to work when you have a few spare minutes and freeze what you create. Add peanut butter to create a protein-filled waffle sandwich or simply top with heaps of fresh fruit and some low-fat creme fraiche when it’s time to serve. You can do the same with pancakes. Make up a batch and then just reheat and fill when you’re ready to serve. Who would have thought that investing in a new freezer from the likes of fridgefreezerdirect.co.uk could open up such a world of morning culinary possibilities?
If you like the idea of waking up to a healthy and hearty bowl of porridge, it is easy to make this in advance. You will be giving your schedule a boost as well as your health, according to scientists.
If you choose to reheat porridge, it is a good idea to make it slightly more runny than usual or be prepared to add more milk or water when you come to reheat. Porridge is great on its own with just a sprinkling of salt or sugar, or you could add a multitude of tasty treats. Try adding some fresh strawberries and a few dark chocolate chips for a really decadent treat.
For a great savoury start to the day, pre-cook egg muffins with spinach and low-fat cheese or use a basic muffin recipe and add whatever ingredients you fancy. These freeze surprisingly well and will leave you feeling satisfied and less likely to snack before lunchtime comes around.