Food and health blogger Martha Norris loves nourishing her body with good, healthy food and exercising regularly. To share her love with those of you just as passionate about food, she has put together simple and easy-to-follow recipes that work for everyone. Read more about Martha on her blog

It’s 8.46am – you’ve pressed snooze five times, you have a 9am lecture and for some reason you can’t find that damn matching sock. Right now, breakfast is the last thing on your mind. ‘I’ll just skip breakfast. It’ll be fine.’

If you haven’t heard the phrase ‘breakfast is the most important meal of the day,’ WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN? It’s an annoying cliché and makes me roll my eyes, but irritatingly – it’s true. Breakfast really is the best meal to set you up for a productive day.

Recently, I saw a tweet saying: ‘Waking up at noon means you only need to pay for two meals instead of one #studentproblems.’ I mean, yes, this is true, however, since when did breakfast become a money burning machine (unless you’re burning toast)? Breakfast is so important for optimal health:

  • It kick-starts your metabolism,
  • It regulates the blood glucose levels (that 3pm slump is the worst!),
  • Eating breakfast is healthy for the brain as well as the body (meaning you’ll feel like a boss in that 9am lecture),
  • You’re less likely to overeat when you have a great breakfast.

By the looks of things, I can’t see why you wouldn’t love a hearty, healthy breakfast.

But I’d rather sleep!

I agree, sleep is the ultimate bae – especially when you’re dreaming about Ryan Gosling (the pain is real). So the excuse ‘sleep is more important’ might be tempting, but studies have shown that breakfast enhances your performance both mentally and physically.

I don’t have time though?

I’m not expecting a Nigella-worthy breakfast of smoked salmon, avocado and poached egg (and on a student budget that isn’t happening any time soon). However, there are quick, easy and healthy breakfast ideas – some you can even make the night before.

Here are my favourites:

Overnight Oats © Martha Norris

Overnight Oats

This is the ultimate breakfast for the lazy student. The only thing that is required is a little effort the night before. I promise it’s super simple!


½ cup of porridge oats
1 banana, mashed
Milk (amount depends on thickness)
Protein powder (optional)
Honey, cinnamon or mixed berries


  1. Pour the porridge oats into a container.
  2. Add the protein powder and/or cinnamon or honey, stir until combined.
  3. Add the milk and stir (add more to dilute, personally I like mine thicker).
  4. Add the banana and mix through. Add mixed berries on top.
  5. Place a lid on top of the container (or if you’re super lazy just leave in a bowl), and store in the fridge overnight. Ready to eat in the morning!
The healthy option to an Egg McMuffin © Martha Norris

Egg, Spinach and Ham McMuffin

Probably a little different to the version from McDonald’s, but eating healthy doesn’t have to compromise on good tasting foods. Breakfast muffins are great to make in bulk too, meaning you have breakfast set for the rest of the week made in under fifteen minutes!


3-4 eggs
2-3 handfuls of spinach
Ham (as much or as little as you want)


  1. Preheat the oven to 180° Celcius.
  2. Crack eggs and whisk in a bowl until well combined. Add the spinach and mix together.
  3. Cut up the ham into smaller pieces, add to mixture.
  4. Pour the batter into cupcake tins and bake for about ten minutes (cooking time can vary).
  5. Once they look cooked and ‘muffin-like’, take them out.
Chocolate Mug Cake © Martha Norris

Banana, Chocolate and Maple Syrup Mug Cake

That’s right… you heard it here first. You can have cake for breakfast and it’s totally healthy (well, somewhat). I mean we are technically adults but who’s going to stop us from having cake in the morning? And better yet, it takes literally three minutes to do and there’s practically no washing up – JACKPOT!


1 banana, mashed
Cocoa powder (drinking hot chocolate will do)
1 egg
1 tbsp of oats (gluten-free oats work as well)
2 tsp maple syrup
Yoghurt or mixed berries for topping (optional)


  1. Mix together the banana and egg.
  2. Add the oats, maple syrup and cocoa powder, mix together until well combined.
  3. Place in the microwave for one minute (high heat).
  4. Add your toppings of choice once cooked (I love adding yoghurt as I love the hot and cold combination).

Words by Martha Norris

Martha believes that true happiness is found doing what you enjoy most without feeling judged or criticised. As someone who has suffered with mental health problems she knows that her best medication is both the fuel of good, nutritious food and having exercise that makes you feel energised and strong.


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