A tasty breakfast works wonders – delighting our taste-buds, nourishing our bodies, and energising us for the day ahead. For a while now, many nutritionists have told us it's the most vital meal – and who are we to question that?
There are numerous avenues we can go down with our breakfast, depending on what sort of mood we're in – sweet or savoury, hot or cold, grilled or fried. The simpler options are often the most attractive when you're making it yourself – so here are three very simple suggestions that any student can master. (And no – none of them are cereal!)
Peanut Butter & Jam Bagel
The Sugar-Fuelled Wake-Up
We'll start with something sweet, because there are some mornings when a sugar injection is required in addition to a full stomach (like the morning of a big exam, for example).
If you've had peanut butter and jam together before, you'll know it's a winning combination (like cheese and onion is, though the taste is entirely different). If you're new to the PB&J experience, we envy you. As you'll find out, this fruit-and-nut combo tastes even better in the middle of a bagel. Why? We're not really sure.
How to make it
Whether or not you toast the bagel is up to you – lightly toasted is always a good way to go if you're unsure. We'd say a ratio of 2/3 jam to 1/3 peanut butter is about right – if you go 50/50, the peanut butter tends to overpower everything else. (Unless you want it to be The Peanut Butter Show – in which case go nuts...)
And also, you don't necessarily have to use strawberry jam – raspberry is great too. In fact, any type of berry-based jam should work well.
Smoked Salmon & Scrambled Eggs
Something for the Weekend
Smoked salmon with scrambled eggs is certainly a classy breakfast, but that doesn't mean it's a complicated one. Far from it.
It's perhaps wise to save this one for weekends only (or lecture-less mornings), as it does require a little bit more care and attention than toast – it's not the best option if you're in a rush.
How to make it
Simply break two or three eggs into a small bowl and whisk them up. Put a little bit of oil and a touch of butter into your frying pan. While the pan is heating up, get your smoked salmon and slice it quite thinly.
Once the oil and butter are hot enough, throw in your eggs, wait about 10 seconds and start stirring – keep it all moving or you'll end up with an omelette. If you're a fan of black pepper with eggs, be sure to add some of that straight away. When the eggs are almost done, add your salmon slices to the party – just to warm them up. Then you're done. Bon appétit!
Greek Yogurt & Granola
The Last-Minute Lifesaver
In a way, Greek yogurt with granola is like a more sophisticated version of milk and cereal. Granola isn't sugar-free like some people seem to assume – most granolas still contain quite a lot of sugar, but not as much as the likes of Frosties and Coco Pops...
And this classy alternative is just as convenient as your childhood cereal – a lifesaver on mornings where you missed your wake-up alarm and don't have as much time to get yourself ready as you usually do.
How to make it
There's nothing to it – quite literally. Simply scoop your yogurt into a bowl and sprinkle your granola on top. Easy!