Skip navigation and jump to content
Welcome to Ireland's Youth Information Website
Follow us
Facebook Twitter Instagram YouTube Snapchat

Accessibility Options

High Contrast Text Size
Three glasses of smoothies lined up.

Breakfast for busy people

Why it matters and what to munch on


Written by SpunOut | View this authors Twitter page and posted in health


Share this article -

Breakfast is said to be the most important meal of the day and there is no doubt that a good breakfast can make you feel ready to take on the world. Yet, sometimes it’s hard to eat breakfast – either because you are not a morning person or because you just have no appetite in the morning.

Breakfast is kind of a habit though so once you start eating it your body will get used to it and demand it. You may also find that you have more energy and fewer cravings for junk foods if you have a good breakfast. This is because our glucose levels are lowest in the morning and the body is desperate for some fuel to bring them back up. This is why some people crave sugary foods in the morning.

Some quick and cheap brekkie ideas

  • Fruit smoothie. Simply dump a load of tasty fruit into a blender with milk and/or yogurt. You can mix it up by using coconut milk and adding spices. There are tons of FREE smoothie recipes online and in books (try our amazing banana and oat option). Fruit is usually cheaper in farmers markets than in supermarkets. Click here for a list of farmer’s markets around the country.
  • Chopped up fruit salad with natural or Greek yogurt. You can chop up the fruit the night before.
  • Omelettes. You can prepare the filling the night before, so that all you have to do is dump eggs over the veggie mixture and wait for it to set, giving you an omelette from hob to plate in 5 minutes flat. You could also make a frittata or quiche at the weekend, and then just eat a warmed up a slice in the morning. If you make a Spanish omelette, your carbs are even baked in. Otherwise serve with toast or fruit.
  • More eggs.You can boil ‘em or scramble ‘em. Scrambling them in a knob of butter is the quickest way of cooking them, but you could always boil them the night before and eat them cold. The great thing about eggs is that even the free range ones are pretty cheap. Try out easy recipe for poached eggs!
  • Porridge. This is very simple and easy. It’s also very filling and you can make it with any type of milk that you like. Adding some fresh fruit can sweeten the deal. Give this recipe a go!
  • Cottage cheese and fruit. Many people enjoy this combo, many more think it's yuck.
  • Fruit (straight up!). Peel or rinse and bite. Nice.
  • A handful of nuts and seeds (trailmix for the hardcore types). This mix will give you a boost of energy and healthy goodness.
  • French toast is a great and filling option for breakfast. And it's simples to make!
  • Making a batch of breakfast bars means you have something light for breakfast, that'll last you the week. 

If you don’t have time to eat before you get to work/college, you can take some of these with you to work. Or you could just leave some porridge, yogurt etc. in the office fridge and eat your breakfast when you arrive in there. If you go to college, you could put your fruit salad or omelette into a lunch box and eat it on the bus.

Yum to all that!

Share this article -

Published January 4th, 2013
Last updated October 27th, 2015
Tags breakfast healthy eating food
Can this be improved? Contact editor@spunout.ie if you have any suggestions for this article.

Need more information?

Request to speak with a youth worker in your area over the phone, by email or text. They may be able to assist you by providing further information specific to your needs.

Youth Work Ireland - Crosscare - YMCA

Contact via: Phone E-mail Text
By clicking submit you agree to our terms and conditions. ​Please note that this service is run by Youth Work Ireland and Crosscare​.​ E​nquiries are not handled by SpunOut.ie directly.
Jump to related articles
Was this article helpful?