I’m so sorry. Whatever small audience I might have accumulated upon writing that first blog post has undoubtedly been scared away by the 1) length of my first post 2) lack of photos to break up the heavy blocks of ranting text and c) overly cynical tone of my description of uni, my fears of the future and my lack of faith in the grand scheme of things. I’m generally actually a very optimistic person, and so I’ll continue writing with a fresh attitude in mind.
I’ll also try and stop myself in future from becoming overly-verbose – writing freely and without a word limit is a new and quite challenging experience – as an English student I obviously love the look of my own words on the page (and as a Drama student I obviously love the sound of my own voice too, fuck knows how I have friends).
As I’m entering a fresh blogging state-of-mind, I thought I’d start today with breakfast.
I’m a big breakfast person. Big in variety, portion and frequency (frequency meaning the number of breakfasts I have per day – this can range from 1 to 3 depending on how delicious the first one was).
Breakfast in my opinion, however, should always contain one of the following:
- banana (80% of the time, the base ingredient will be a banana or 2 or 5)
- Oats of some variety
- Pancakes (cocoanut flour or buckwheat are my preference)
As much as I’d love to spend half an hour every day making the perfectly puffy pancakes and positioning them meticulously on a plate surrounded by bananas and maple syrup ready to for instagram, most of the lectures at the moment start before 10 and I like to try and get to the gym a few times before then. So instead, breakfast at the moment consists of one of the two following recipes. Again, you don’t really need a specific recipe for either of these – this is just a rough idea of what I like to eat before I rush off for the day.
Breakfast 1 (pictured first) – frozen banana yoghurt breakfast bowl
1-2 frozen bananas
Large dollop of natural greek style yoghurt
A sprinkling of sunflower seeds, goji berries, dried cranberries, chopped medjool dates, chia seeds – anything you fancy mixing in (though always add dates – dates and bananas = healthy banoffee pie)
drizzle of maple syrup
- Chop the bananas, add the yoghurt, sprinkle and drizzle until you’re heart’s content and wait 5 minutes for the bananas to cool down the yoghurt and create a soft frozen yoghurt/ice cream mix. Eat.
Breakfast 2 (pictured second) – kale, banana, berry and matcha smoothie bowl
A large leaf of kale
1 frozen banana
a handful of mixed frozen berries
a fresh plum, peach or other small stone fruit
1/2 tsp of spirulina (optional)
1 tsp matcha powder
1 tsp vanilla bean paste
Small drizzle of maple syrup
50-100ml almond milk
Anything you fancy sprinkling on top – I use the same mix as the banana yoghurt bowl recipe above
- Add the kale, banana, berries, plum, spirulina, matcha, vanilla bean paste, maple syrup and a small amount of the almond milk to a nutribullet, vitamix or strong blender and blend on high.
- Add almond milk until the consistency resembles a thick smoothie or soft-serve ice cream
- Spoon out and top with anything you want
Yes, they’re simple and not particularly varied in flavour, but I’m one of those people that finds something that tastes good and proceeds to eat it every day until I can no longer look at it.
P.s. If using spirulina, don’t use more than half a teaspoon. This is what happens.
Yes, it’s a superfood and it’s got a ton of health benefits and it makes your smoothie an intriguingly deep green colour etc. etc. but if used in abundance it tastes like grassy poo. After adding half a tablespoon to my acai bowl and tasting it, I quickly spat it out, rinsed my mouth out with tea and made myself some toast.