I really believe that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It kicks off the metabolism after a night of fasting and sets your energy levels for the day ahead.

Eat the wrong foods (processed, high sugar foods) at breaky and it could leave you hungry, flat, irritable, with brain fog and poor concentration. Eat the right foods (wholesome, natural, fresh foods) at breaky and you’ll be set up to conquer goals and smash your training.

These are the 5 go-to breakfasts that I rotate through over the week. They all take less than 10-mins to prepare and are packed with essential vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, good fats, fibre and goodness.

You’ll notice some staple ingredients in most recipes. I love using cinnamon for balancing/stabilising blood sugar levels, chia seeds are a great source of fibre and omega 3s, oats are a perfect slow-release complex carbohydrate, sourdough is the best toast for digestion, berries and spinach are loaded with antioxidants and eggs are packed with protein.

All recipes serve one hungry runner!

[A few of my favourite breakfasts]

#1 Overnight Oats

  • ½ cup oats
  • 1 tbsp. chia seeds
  • flax meal
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 cup almond/coconut milk
  • Fresh berries or sliced banana

Before you go to bed, combine all ingredients a jar, seal, shake and mix well, and leave in the fridge overnight.

In the morning, pour into a bowl and top with your favourite fresh berries or sliced banana.

Or in winter, gently warm the overnight oats in the morning and top with sliced pear!

 

#2 Chia pudding

  • 1 cup almond/coconut milk
  • ¼ cup chia seeds
  • 1 cup frozen mixed berries
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp. maple syrup
  • More fresh berries or sliced banana to serve

Combine milk, berries, maple syrup and cinnamon in a blender and blend until smooth.

Stir through the chia seeds until well combined, pour into a glass and leave in the fridge overnight.

In the morning, top with fresh banana or more berries if desired.

 

#3 Eggs, avocado and wilted spinach

  • 2 free range eggs
  • 1-2 slices of sourdough toast
  • ¼ avocado
  • Large handful of spinach
  • 30g smoked salmon

Poach eggs in a saucepan and wilt the spinach in a steamer above.

Toast the sourdough and top with the avocado, wilted spinach and poached eggs. Add smoked salmon for an extra boost of omega-3 goodness! You could also swap the smoked salmon for homemade baked beans.

Season with salt and pepper.

 

#4 Peanut butter toast, banana and cinnamon

  • 1-2 slices of sourdough bread
  • 1 small banana, sliced
  • 1-2 tbsp. natural peanut butter
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon

Toast the sourdough and top with peanut butter, sliced banana and sprinkle the cinnamon on top.

 

#5 Power protein smoothie

  • 1 scoop of your favourite protein powder
  • ½ tsp. of ground cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp. of chia seeds
  • A handful of frozen berries
  • ½ frozen banana
  • ½ cup spinach leaves
  • 1 cup of almond/coconut milk.

Combine all ingredients in the blender and blitz until smooth. Enjoy on the go!