5 Minute Breakfasts

Jan 20, 2021 | Food, Recipes

One of my colleagues at work asked me how best to fuel the brain for breakfast. I asked him what he usually ate: milk and an unsweetened wheat cereal was his answer, thinking that was a pretty healthy breakfast.

When I shriveled my nose, he cried out: “But what else can I eat? Milk and cereal is so quick, easy and satisfying!”

Well, milk is pro-inflammatory as is gluten for most people. Our brain works best when the foods we eat are anti-inflammatory.

Some of the foods that fight inflammation are:

  • leafy greens,
  • berries,
  • walnuts,
  • chia seeds,
  • flax seeds,
  • hemp seeds,
  • turmeric,
  • ginger,
  • cinnamon.

Below are a couple of quick and easy breakfast recipes that will give us energy and ignite our brain.

To make them speedy, however, you will need a little organization.

Oat and Chia Porridge

Overnight oats in a bowl with berries on top

This is to be prepared the night before.


  • ½ cup non-dairy milk (unsweetened almond, coconut or a mix of both)
  • ½ cup water
  • 3 tbsp rolled oats
  • 2 tbsp ground chia seeds
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ginger
  • ½ cup fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 1 tbsp chopped walnuts (optional)

Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Cover and put in the fridge overnight. In the morning, you can either warm the porridge up in a small saucepan (2 minutes) or have it cold. Add in a little water or non-dairy milk should you want it of a thinner consistency.

Green Smoothie

Green Smoothie with Strawberries on top

I love green smoothies, they have all the ingredients to give you a good boost of energy to your day, they nourish your body and cells and are quick and easy to make.


  • 1½ cups non-dairy milk (unsweetened almond, oat or coconut)
  • 1 cup tightly packed fresh spinach (or frozen… I buy it fresh, wash it, dry it and freeze it in about 1 cup portions so I have it ready for my speedy breakfast)
  • 2 tbsp ground hemp seeds
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen organic strawberries (or blueberries)
  • ½ banana (optional)
  • ½ tsp organic vanilla extract

Add ingredients to the blender, blend and enjoy!