3 Easy “Desk-Fasts” To Make For Breakfast Today

Yup, desk-fasts are a thing.


Leigh Champanis-King |

We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day (unless you’re intermittent fasting, of course!). But when you’ve got an early-morning HIIT session before heading off to work and you stayed late at the office the night before, sometimes it’s hard to prepare everything for the next day. Luckily, desk-fasts are a thing so you don’t have to rely on the downstairs restaurant for a “healthy” bran muffin every day. Here, three easy breakfasts to prepare at work and eat at your desk.

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1. Toast

This is a breakfast oldie, but it’s definitely a goodie. Pimp your slices by choosing your favourite bread – brown, wholewheat, rye, seeded etc – and adding your favourite toppings – avo, of course, plus sliced tomato, toasted sesame seeds, chopped spring onions. If you want to add an extra protein punch, scramble a free-range egg in a bowl in the microwave and pile on top. If you like it spicy, add a good few shakes of Tabasco. The combinations are endless, but a few to try are: peanut butter with banana slices, a healthy chocolate spread with fresh raspberries or sliced strawberries, hummus with sliced avo etc.

2. Oats

Breakfast oats get a bad rap, but, if you treat them well, they will treat you well in return. For the basic oat recipe, add half a cup of rolled oats to a bowl with a sprinkle of salt and cover with hot water (or almond milk). Microwave for one minute or until cooked. Now is where you get to be creative. Oats don’t have a strong flavour, so you can add what you want. A few to try: a tablespoon of your favourite nut butter plus a sliced banana, one chopped apple and a sprinkle of cinnamon, fresh berries and a splash of vanilla, a teaspoon of cacao plus toasted hazelnuts, the list goes on. If you want to add some extra protein, add a scoop of protein powder.

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3. Muesli with yoghurt and fresh fruit

If you have the time to make your own muesli on the weekend for the week ahead, do it – nothing is as nice as customising your own. Mix oats, nuts (chopped almonds, hazelnuts etc), seeds (sesame, sunflower, pumpkin), dried fruit (apricots, mangos, raisins, cranberries) and apple juice together and toast in the oven until golden brown. If you don’t have time, you can buy your favourite from the store. From here, just add a scoop of yoghurt (go vegan with coconut) and your chopped fruit. If you’d prefer not to use yoghurt, go with almond milk.

Want more? Here are five yummy porridge variations to make you a breakfast person.

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