If your main priority on a morning is to get to your trading desk before market open, it can be common for traders to sacrifice breakfast ahead of an extra few minutes in bed.
But it won't surprise you that it isn't always a good idea to skip breakfast, especially if (as is also likely) you gorge on coffee as an alternative.
So we asked the fitness gurus at Psycle London (psyclelondon.com) to pass on their favourite breakfast ideas that, with a little bit of organisation and planning, will take just minutes to knock up (and eat!). So here's nutritionist, naturopath and Psycle London CEO Rhian Stephenson with her top five breakfast suggestions...
1. Poached Eggs with Chickpea Mash & Spinach
Chickpeas are an amazing breakfast food - high in fibre, protein, and good carbohydrates, you'll be full for hours. While your egg is poaching, sauté some organic canned chickpeas in a little coconut oil, cayenne, sea salt, thyme and lemon.
Add some fresh parsley to liven it up and you're done. Since the chickpeas are already cooked, it will only take a few minutes to heat them through. Add a handful of greens and you're set.
2. Banana Pancakes
Grain free, filling, high in protein and a good punch of energy from the banana. Instead of maple syrup, try fresh berries & seeds, a scoop of yogurt or extra cinnamon and coconut oil. The recipe is super simple, and a great way to use over ripe bananas. Serves two.
- 2 eggs
- 2 extra ripe bananas
- 5 tsp ground almonds OR coconut flour
- 1/8 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp cinnamon (optional)
- Coconut oil, for frying
3. Black Bean, Avocado & Tomato Smash with Pumpkin Seeds
This is a comforting, filling, incredibly healthy breakfast and is perfect if you've fallen into an egg rut (equally, you can add an egg if you must!). There's only 280 kcal in 1 cup of cooked black beans (which is a very filling portion, we recommend 3/4).
With that you're getting 14g protein and a whopping 17 grams of fibre, so this will be sure to keep you going into the early afternoon. The rest is just for flavour and texture - we heat up the beans and love to add avocado, fresh tomato, coriander and pumpkin seeds but it just depends on what's in your fridge. Top it off with some lemon, salt and pepper and you're set!
4. Overnight Oats
Not new, but very handy, very healthy and very tasty. Soaking the oats makes them more digestible and the great thing about overnight oats is the longer they sit, the better they taste.
They'll last 3-5 days, so you can double the recipe below if you know you want an easy, quick week of breakfasts. We like to make a base and then add different flavours/toppings each day. A good base is:
- 1 cup whole oats
- 1/2 cup chia seeds
- 3 cups plant milk
- Orange zest
- Juice of 1 orange
- Make sure you stir everything well to prevent the chia seeds from clumping together.
Recommended topping combos:
- Walnut, pear, and cinnamon
- Almond, raspberries, coconut
- Goji, blackberry, pumpkin seed
- Papaya, fresh coconut, lime
5. The Ultimate Breakfast Smoothies (bowl)
We highly recommend that everyone creates their perfect breakfast smoothie. There's nothing better than finding that je ne sai quoi. If you're obsessed with smoothies you know exactly what we mean.
It's when the temperature, thickness and sweetness are PERFECTLY balanced and it tastes a little bit like iced cream, except you know it's super healthy so it's 100% guilt free.
One of our favs is this (serves 2):
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 cup frozen raspberries
- 1/2 avocado
- 1 tbsp cashew butter
- 1 very large handful of spinach
- 1 medjool date
- 1 tsp vanilla
- Almond milk - start with 200 mls and blend. Add if you need extra liquid.