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How To Have The Perfect Breakfast (Even When You've Got Zero Time)

Recipes Jun 29, 2016

How To Have The Perfect Breakfast

What is a morning without a delicious, healthy and relaxing breakfast?

If you’ve been following me for a while you’ll know that I’ve been trying to get into a consistent (enough) morning routine. I hate to sound cliche but having a decent breakfast is the foundation for a really productive day. For me, in the past, the challenge to a good breakfast was always time. I never had enough and the mornings suffered. And while yessss these days I do aim to get up earlier and give myself more time, the truth is that’s not always possible. Maybe I’ve got to get up extra early to organise a shoot or I’m heading to the gym (or… I slept in). Either way, time is the key factor. But over time I’ve learnt that you don’t need hours to enjoy your first meal of the day. What we wanted to share with you, in collaboration with Nespresso, is a few things I’ve learnt about having the perfect breakfast – whether you’ve got all the time in the world, or none at all.

How To Have The Perfect Breakfast

1. Feed Yourself

No time
The key to a good quick breakfast? A multi-tasker. One thing I’ve started doing is combining my coffee with what I’m eating (hello 10 minutes saved) so I often make a banana coconut smoothie with a long shot of Nespresso Envivo Lungo, or a quick Coffee Chia pudding the night before (see recipe below). You can even eat these ones while lying in bed if you’re wanting a few more minutes of shut eye! 😉

Loads of time
I am a breakfast addict (follow me over on snapchat to get some of my breakfasts IRL) so if I have a little more time I’ll always make something more interesting. Nothing tooooo time consuming but something that’s worth getting up for. I’ve been loving using frozen peas from the freezer to make a warm pea, mint and feta salad with poached eggs on top, or golden turmeric eggs with coriander. One thing I’ve learnt? Make sure to stock up on ingredients on a Sunday or the night before so you have things at hand.

2. Pick Good Company

No Time
Good company when you’ve only got ten minutes? Just you. And whilst that may not be possible if you’ve got a big family or children, a good way to feel less rushed is to take a moment on your own, whether it’s your first coffee of the day in bed or a moment on the sofa just for you. Don’t hate me Ben for saying that!

Loads of time
That being said, breakfast is the perfect time of the day to get together with the fam or friends – it really is my meal of choice for catch ups. If I have time, a little outdoor (or indoor if the weather isn’t cooperating) breakfast party like we threw here is a perfect way to celebrate the start of the day. Top it off with a few leisurely coffees, and a hike where you literally don’t come up for air because you’re chatting so much and you’ve got a seriously good morning.

3. Disconnect

No Time
Less than ten to have breakfast? We talked about mindfulness a little while ago, and if I’ve only got a really short amount of time one good idea is to apply some mindfulness to your ten minutes, being present in what you’re doing and not being distracted. Even 10 minutes of being all there can do wonders for your day!

Loads of Time
You guys know I’m all about digital down time, but if I’ve got a bit of time I’ll take half an hour on the sofa to read a book, flip through a magazine or the paper. Even do some meditation if I have the mental energy. You do you (minus your phone) in the mornings and you’ll be happy.

Coffee Chia Pudding

Ingredients (Serves 2)

  • 1 cup of almond milk (or any milk you prefer)
  • 2 Nespresso Envivo Lungo espresso capsules extracted at 110ml (the lungo/long style).
  • 6 tbsp chia seeds
  • Honey (we used about 1 tbsp, you can also use maple syrup or agave)
  • Yoghurt
  • Fruit (we used cherries)


  1. Extract two Lungo cups with the Nespresso capsules and let the coffee cool.
  2. Place the milk, coffee, chia seeds and honey in a jar or container and give it a good stir.
  3. Place the chia mixture in the fridge for four hours or ideally, overnight.
  4. To serve, spoon into a cup or a bowl and top with a dollop of yoghurt and your choice of fruit.


Ollie loves breakfast as much as I do 🙂

Photos by Bryant Lee

This post is in collaboration with Nespresso. Stay tuned for more posts in this creative series with Nespresso.

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