Are you now having a “working from home breakfast”? A lot of people are working from home at the moment, or being furloughed like myself. Well, unless you’re a key worker it stands a chance you’re spending a lot more time at home. Or if you’re not, you should be…..
According to studies, breakfast kick starts your metabolism, and provides essential fuel to help improve your health. Studies suggest that eating breakfast every morning can also help concentration and memory. A working from home breakfast gives you a bit more time to prepare for this.
I used to be one of these people that didn’t regard breakfast as an important meal. Some days I’d eat breakfast, other days I would just skip it and have a bigger lunch. Even when I used to work from home I’d tend to skip breakfast and make myself a considerably larger than normal lunch. I didn’t really see the importance of breakfast until I started exercising most mornings. I needed it for my energy, however it soon became the norm and I continue to eat it on days when I don’t train. I can’t honestly remember the last time I skipped breakfast now, whereas rewind back a few years, then this would have been at least a weekly occurrence for me when I’d not eat before noon.
Every morning I would rush into the city, battling to beat the rush-hour traffic each day, desperately trying to get to get through the hustle and bustle of Birmingham each morning, just to ensure I was at my desk for 9am.
I’d quickly grab a sachet of porridge if I had time, chuck it in a bowl and bang it in the mic for 2 minutes. I’d very rarely enjoy my breakfast if I’d eat it. I’d wolf it down as quickly as possible whilst catching up on emails, barely tasting what was on my spoon (not that porridge is exciting) occasionally burning the roof of my mouth just to essentially tick a box to say I’d had breakfast.
I wouldn’t even had taken the time to add some berries or a banana maybe. Or a dollop of fruity conserve to add some sweetness to the dull oaty taste that is porridge. I mean talk about neglection.
That’s how my mornings used to start.
I’ve made a few changes to my routine, general health and wellbeing, and just being conscious of leading a healthier lifestyle.
Since starting my Headspace journey, over time I have taught my body to get up earlier of a morning, take more time out for myself, and not rush so much before getting to work. This has had a massive impact on my mental health. I no longer feel as stressed sat in the morning traffic, I’ve usually eaten a good breakfast before leaving the house, meaning when I get to work, I can start work straight away.
I’m not going to bore you with morning routine just yet, but over the past few years I’ve become more into wellbeing and mindfulness, and this has changed many of the decisions I make on a day to day basis.
With so many breakfast choices available, why do we tend to stick to same old routine mornings? I know Tom and Bex prefer to have more of a liquid based breakfast, but that’s because Bex is a smoothie Queen! (Check out some of her recipes here)
One thing I’ve never been too into is pastries. A croissant just seems a bit dry for me, and I’m not a huge lover of chocolate despite enjoying a pan au chocolate every now and again. Maybe it’s a morning thing…
Having spent the past decade working in recruitment, I have attended, hosted and ran more events than I can remember. Typically these are breakfast events as it’s easier to get an audience in the morning before work, especially when you’re offering free coffee and breakfast. We would usually put on a spread that would consist of an assortment of croissants and pastries, fruit juices, granolas and a few different dairy products.
Now, if you’re at a free event you’re more likely to try something if it’s free. I must say I’m becoming more and more fond of berry tarts. Does anyone have a good recipe they can share? I’ve never attempted one before. I was hoping to find a berry mix in a shortcrust pastry type recipe.
Working from Home Breakfast’s are definitely on my target list for the blog over the next few weeks, as I feel as though this where people may need a little inspiration. . With most people having less time of a morning to prepare for work, it’s easy to skip breakfast or have a bowl of cereal as it’s quick and easy, but times are a little different right now.
I for one have been trying to be more adventurous with my breakfasts, as my usual go to recipe is usually a Yoghurt & Granola bowl or a Post work out meal after my run. It’s so easy to make, takes literally 2 minutes to prepare, and tastes absolutely incredible. Not to mention the amount of goodness in the bowls.
This morning I rustled up some bacon and eggs as I fancied something a bit naughtier today. It is bank holiday after all! I grilled my bacon, fried and egg, added some tinned tomatoes and toasted some sourdough bread. So in 15 minutes, and not having to do too much in the kitchen I’d got a full, hot cooked breakfast. I love a full English, but sometimes it can be a bit too much of a morning, and appreciate processed meat isn’t everyones desire first thing after brushing your teeth.
I’ve got a few American style breakfasts in my to do lists over the coming weeks. You know, waffles, maple syrup bacon, pancakes and that kind of stuff.. Actually – Blueberry Pancakes Coming Soon!
Probably not the best if you’re dieting at the moment, but we’re allowed a cheat day once a week, and if you’re getting out every day for your hour of exercise then you should be allowed a treat 🙂
What’s your favourite working from home breakfast recipe? I’d love to hear about some different ideas, maybe there’s a super tasty breakfast that I’ve completely missed?
Come on…. Inspire me 🙂
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