If you're like me and you get caught leaving the house without time to prepare a breakfast like I suggested in Breakfast Hacks Part 1 last week, then check out my top ten grab and go recommendations below. I've also included my favourite places to sit and have a healthy breakfast meeting. Nothing says I'm professional like a great breakfast!
Ok here are my top London grab'n'go picks:
1. A good little winter warmer is Pret's slow burn porridge (not gluten free though)
2. For a little bit of everything go for Pret's hard boiled eggs add a banana and/or fruit cup
3. For a protein packed morning boost go for Leon's full English breakfast cup.
4. If you need a lighter energetic vitamin & antioxidant boost then go for a freshly made juice or smoothie from The Natural Kitchen. I love The Green Machine - kale, spinach and apple and The Rejuvinate - carrot, apple, spinach and beetroot.
5. Roots and Bulbs antioxidant loaded chia pot with almond milk, dates, cinnamon and cacao makes a great lighter option and it tastes like dessert!
Breakfast meeting recommendations - start as you mean to go on
an amazing little place that you can also find in 7 other locations around town. With a mixture of breakfasts, juices, smoothies and salads and if you need to take your meeting in the office they'll deliver to you!
Amazing juice and smoothie bar with superfood alternatives like the matcha latte or the reishi latte. I love the gluten free porridge with the toppings bar from nuts, cacao nibs to goji berries to bee pollen - yes bee pollen!
This aptly named eatery serves a legendary breakfast menu. The winning plate is chirizo hashbrowns - perfect for your protein types. A close second would be the halloumi salad wrap.
This place keeps it in the family by using only nationally sourced produce. A traditional breakfast menu with classics such as salmon and eggs and Welsh rarebit. Quintessentially British - a good one for entertaining your foreign business guests!
A selection of eggs, granola/fruit/porridge, good juices and smoothies, but the real treat on the menu is the gluten free buckwheat pancakes - yay for GF treats!
I LOVE this place! My favourite breakfast is the gluten free tortilla with either halloumi cheese or spicy Armenian sausage. It's the perfect size, the flavours are amazing and it keeps me filled up all morning. Also take the fresh Moroccan mint tea which is served in the traditional little coloured glasses and poured traditionally too!
Offering a delectable middle eastern style menu with breakfast favourites like shakshuka and smoked mackerel and egg sandwich it's a winner! I personally like the pink grapefruit with curd cheese and oat biscuits for something different.
Whole Foods do a brilliant breakfast buffet and also have a fresh juice and smoothie bar. A great choice for a quick stop in or for a casual catch up or meeting too.
For a superfood extravaganza try Roots & Bulbs in Marylebone and Kensington. They serve brilliant organic coffee, fresh pressed almond milk, raw cacao, cold pressed juices and a delectable breakfast menu - I love the Mexican eggs!
Peruvian flavours burst from every dish on the menu. A great selection of rare teas like yacon, artichoke or for something really different go for warmed Fuerza made with quinoa, apple, cinnamon, milk and maca. They also smoothies filled with South American superfoods like lucuma, maca and kiwicha.
A little gem in the East end of London serving crab omelettes, and South American style steak and eggs for breakfast. An impressive cold pressed juice menu as well - I'm digging 'Sunshine' - a blend of pineapple, ginger, mint and coconut water. What is not to love?
So, after this well researched, sweat and blood laden effort of an article I'm hoping the phrase, "I don't know what to eat for breakfast", disappears from the studio... ;p Trust me, the day always gets better when you've had a good breakfast. Happy breakfasting everyone!