Week day breakfast jars

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So far February has been non-stop. A packed working week and weekends spent away from home, have at times left my fridge bare, my washing unwashed and the house certainly not looking its best. But it feels good to be busy.

Neil and I often find ourselves talking about what life would be like, if we didn’t live in London. I long to be closer to my family and best friends, and even though they only live a couple of hours drive away, the distance can sometimes be overwhelming. I dream of a big garden with a vegetable patch, fruit trees and chickens roaming around, but most of all just being able to drop by my mum’s house in the evenings for dinner. For Neil, it’s a garage, well actually a double garage and a large driveway for him to indulge in his love of cars and mechanics. One day it will happen, I’m sure of it.

But for now it's the London life. This city is unbearably busy and at times very angry. It’s difficult not to be affected by the negative mood of grumpy and frustrated travellers or to block out arguments and police sirens. But there are things about London that I do love and will miss if we do move away - the little side streets with unfamiliar coffee shops, faded lettering on old signs and the way beautiful landmarks appear out of nowhere when you turn a corner. My current commute takes me into Waterloo station, I then make a 20 minute walk along The Cut and Union Street with the Shard growing intimidatingly in front of me, to a small studio next to Borough Market – one of my favourite areas of the city.

As soon as I wake up I’m thinking about food. I love to eat, which is probably why I get so excited about the first meal of the day. These breakfast jars are ideal for busy mornings and totally adaptable to what’s in your cupboards and fruit bowl. There is no excuse not to have a healthy breakfast and I promise these jars will fill you up until lunch, something a croissant certainly wouldn't do.

I make my jar and Neil’s, the night before and leave them in the fridge. In the morning I add some fresh fruit which takes minutes and we simply put the jars in our bags. I prefer taking my breakfast to work as the commute allows me some movement before eating, also the jar is back up to room temperature, making the most of the flavours.

This post shares three of my go-to breakfast jars as I couldn’t pick a favourite.

Overnight oats
Ingredients
1/3 cup oats
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 tbsp ground flax
1 tbsp unsweetened desiccated coconut
½ tsp ground cardamom
2/3 cup milk (I use oat or almond)

Toppings
Strawberries
Fresh mint

Method:
Measure out the oats, chia seeds, flax, coconut and cardamom into a jar and stir to combine. Add the milk and mix well. Place the lid on the jar and leave it in the fridge overnight. In the morning top with chopped strawberries and some fresh mint.

Chia pudding
Ingredients
2 tbsp chia seeds
½ cup milk (I use oat or almond)
¼ tsp vanilla extract

Toppings
Greek yogurt
Nut butter
Blueberries
Pomegranate seeds

Method
Measure the chia seeds, milk and vanilla extract into a jar and mix well. It’s best to then leave the jar to sit for five minutes then stir again as the chia seeds may sink to the bottom.
Place in the fridge overnight. In the morning top with Greek yogurt, nut butter, blueberries and pomegranate seeds.

Beetroot and berry smoothie
Ingredients
½ beetroot, peeled and roughly chopped
½ cup of frozen berries
Handful of spinach leaves
½ tsp ground cardamom
½ cup water

Toppings
Greek yogurt
Fresh raspberries
Walnuts
Pumpkin seeds
Sunflower seeds
Unsweetened coconut flakes

Method
Simply place all the ingredients into a blender and blitz until smooth. Pour into a jar and top with Greek yogurt, fresh raspberries, coconut flakes and some nuts and seeds for added crunch.

Note: I use a standard jam jar as I find them to be the ideal size.