Breakfast: Is it worth the fuss?

Bryn Porter 23 January 2014

The most important meal of the day is, unfortunately, rarely one worth relishing. When you’ve just shuffled out of the shower and are battling your bedhead whilst packing a rucksack, juggling overdue library books and mentally mapping your way through the next essay, cooking is only going to lead to disaster.

As amazing as packet-porridge is, it lacks any properties that get the saliva flowing. You’ve woken up. You’ve made the mammoth trek to the kitchen. What you need is motivation, not gloop.

So what’s the answer? How do you keep breakfast quick, healthy, and (at least a little) palatable?

Tastes vary, but one solution is fruit. You’ll find that some chunky raisins sprinkled over your porridge will turn that bowl of sludge into pure ambrosia. Or at least, something that tastes less like missing deadlines feels.

For muesli fans, a dollop of yoghurt is a livelier substitute for milk. If you’re a toast-muncher, try topping with a mashed banana and a pinch of salt to bring out the flavour.

Most of us haven’t the time or the patience required for a morning fry-up when faced with a hectic Cambridge day. But once you start experimenting, you’ll be amazed at the alternatives you find. So, start the day as you mean to go on: with a good breakfast.