Working an office life takes its toll on your eating habits. From chocolate bar elevenses to sneaking off to McDonalds on your lunch hour, several factors force you to eat badly whilst you work. Everything from boredom to hormones can cause cravings of the fatty kind but the main culprit is always skipping breakfast. You may think skipping out on the most important meal of the day will help you onto the path of losing weight or that your cereal bar packed full of sugar will be enough to last you till noon but you couldn't be more wrong. Eating a great breakfast keeps you fuller for longer, helps you on the path to looking and feeling your best and should always contain a big helping of fruit (you knew that your office fruit supplier would have to slip that in somewhere!)
- Porridge with fruit
Any type of fruit tends to go great with porridge, from blueberries and strawberries to bananas and raisins. If you're missing sprinkling sugar over your bowl of deliciousness then add a teaspoon of honey or add some cinnamon to perk you up.
- Fruit Salad
Easy to make the night before and if you can stop yourself from eating the whole batch then you can have some as a sweet treat at lunch to! If you do need help, go see Sabrina's tips for the perfect fruit salad!
- Yoghurt with granola and fruit
Easy to whip up in a hurry and can even be enjoyed in a tupperware during the dreaded commute! To keep it healthy, go for low-fat greek yoghurt and to save yourself from the horrors of sugar and salt filled granola, make your own! Here's our simple granola recipe that'll keep for a whole month:
- Preheat oven to 150c/130c fan/gas mark 2
- Mix 300g rolled oats, 1 tbsp vegetable oil, 125ml maple syrup, 2 tbsp honey and 1 tsp of vanilla extract in a large bowl
- Add any seeds or nuts you wish at this point e.g. sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, almonds
- Tip onto two baking sheets ensuring it is spread evenly
- Bake for 15 mins then add any dried fruits or unsweetened coconut you wish.
- Bake for a further 10-15 mins before removing and leaving to cool
- Once cool, store in an airtight container, ready to be enjoyed!
- Cottage cheese topped with fruit
Make sure you've chosen the low-fat kind then top it with any assortment of fruit you like, along with any nuts too.
- Banana Cocoa Pancakes
From the wonderful pages of The Healthy Foodie comes these guilt-free but sinfully delicious chocolate pancakes. We've omitted the sauce so you'll have to go to her for that but we assure you it's just as delectable as you're imagining.
- Mix all ingredients together using a food processor
- Coat a frying pan with cooking spray on a high heat
- Pour a dollop onto the pan and once little bubbles form on the top, then flip.
- Cook other side for approx 30 seconds then transfer to warm oven whilst you cook the rest
- Stack them up and garnish with the low-fat chocolate sauce and raspberries/strawberries/bananas
How does your breakfast stack up? Let us know in the comments below! But to be fair, we wouldn't blame you for skipping breakfast if it was just to fill up on our delicious office fruit when you got into work - healthy and convenient!
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