Picture the scene: it’s Monday morning, your alarm goes off, and flailing a tired limb, you manage to hit the ‘snooze’ button on your phone. Twenty minutes and six snoozes later, caught in a bizarre half-life of kinda-sorta awake, you begrudgingly admit defeat and edge a toe slowly to the floor.
This act of emerging slowly from your duvet-cocoon, if done correctly, should take roughly 30 minutes - leaving you a healthy nine minutes to shower, dress and do everything else you should have done instead of lying around grunting.
Unfortunately, there is one obvious thing missing from this morning routine - breakfast. As most of us know, it’s important to start your day right by eating a balanced breakfast filled with enough energy to carry us through to lunch.
With our jam-packed morning schedule full of lying in bed, often it’s easier to grab something to eat at work or on the go. But just because you’re in a hurry, this doesn’t mean you have to skimp on a healthy and tasty breakfast. In this blog, we will look at some creative, nutritious and delicious fruit ideas for breakfast, perfect for even the least enthusiastic morning person!
Picking fruit for breakfast
Eating breakfast at work not only gives us the energy we need, but is a good way to ease into the day ahead, but what to eat? One of the benefits of picking fruit for breakfast is the variety on offer - with a fruity topper changing the taste of porridge, cereal and toast.
But how do you choose what fruit to have? In addition to taste, different fruits also have varying nutritional values, which for the health-conscious amongst us can be an important factor. Others might want to pick seasonal fruit, or perhaps you want to assign a specific fruit to each day - on Wednesdays, for example, we eat pink fruit.
However you pick ‘em, here are some top fruit ideas for breakfast:
Berry bonanza overnight oats
Overnight oats are perfect for the busy professional, as all the prep is done the night before. In a secure container (use a Kilner jar for hipster points), mix together oats with the milk of your choice, a dollop of greek yoghurt and whatever fruit you fancy, and leave it in the fridge overnight to soak. In the morning, all you have to do is stick it in your bag.
This super easy breakfast is a great way to eat fruit for breakfast, and you can put any combination you like in there. For a berry good breakfast, throw in a handful of blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, blackberries and red currants, for a sweet and zingy start to the day.
Apples, sultanas and cinnamon baked oats
This is another night-before breakfast that offers a different spin on oats, and is perfect for winter. Mix together 40 grams of oats with a small egg, one tablespoon of sugar or sweetener, half a teaspoon of cinnamon, 100 grams of natural yoghurt, a chopped apple, and a handful of sultanas. Bake in an ovenproof dish at 200°C for 35 minutes.
The result should be a light, fluffy and filling breakfast packed with sweet and spicy flavours. A great warming start to a cold winter’s morning. Try dividing the mixture into muffin cases for an easy grab and go option.
Banana and peanut butter smoothie
If you’re having breakfast on the move, then eating food isn’t always the easiest option - particularly for something like porridge or cereal. A breakfast smoothie is a good way to ensure you get everything you need without having to stop and eat.
Banana and peanut butter was one of Elvis Presley’s favourite treats, and while Elvis and his pelvis preferred this combo in a fried sandwich, having these delicious flavours in a smoothie is a healthier homage to the King.
Blend together a banana with two tablespoons of natural peanut butter and 300ml of your preferred milk for a delicious and filling breakfast smoothie. Our top tip is to use overripe bananas for a more intense flavour.
Blueberry, banana and honey with yoghurt
Blueberries and bananas are a match made in heaven, add in greek yoghurt and a liberal drizzle of honey, and you've got yourself a delicious breakfast. This combination would also work well with porridge or on cereals such as Weetabix or Shredded Wheat.
For a vegan alternative, use a soya-based yoghurt and replace the honey with maple syrup.
Cranberry, pomegranate and apricot jam on toast
This Moroccan-inspired fruity breakfast combines the sharpness of cranberries with the crunchy sweetness of pomegranates. When sprinkled liberally over a layer of apricot jam, this combination has a sharp and sweet taste, with a combination of textures.
Try this fruity combo over porridge, cereals, or as we’ve suggested here, fresh toast. For those with a bit more time, you could also make your own apricot jam using 1kg of halved and stoned apricots, simmered in 250 ml of water and the juice of one lemon. Add 1kg of caster sugar once the fruit has softened and a small knob of butter, and bring to the boil. Once cooked, pour into a sterilized container to set.
Chocolate orange porridge
Finally, for an indulgent breakfast treat, why not try the classic combination of chocolate orange? Add some chocolate chips (or dark chocolate shavings) alongside fresh oranges for a tasty topper, or try adding these ingredients to overnight oats.
Chocolate orange is also a fantastic flavour combination for baked oats, which you can make using the zest of your leftover orange peels - two breakfasts in one delicious fruit.
Whether you are busy, tired, or fancy just a few more minutes in bed, choosing fruit for breakfast is a healthy, tasty and super easy way to start your day. And the best part? Ripe has a range of products available that include having fruit delivered to work. Enjoy!