Lockdown two is now well underway and the nights are drawing in.While some of us like to hibernate over the winter having it forced on us isn’t going to be easy!
Breakfast is a really good way to start each day well. Here are some Isle of Wight essentials that you should check that you are not overlooking:
If you are a tea drinker, why not start the day with a pot of tea rather than a mug? There is something lovely about it and the flavour is better than making it in a mug. There are some great choices and blends to discover. Try some locally blended tea from the Island Tea and Coffee Co. Carisbrooke Blend Teabags are suited to the Island’s hard water and produce a warming cup.
Instant coffee is OK for convenience but if you have a little more time treat yourself to great coffee in the morning. It will set you up for the day ahead, you don’t need an expensive machine there are plenty of ways to make a great little cup of coffee, single cup coffee brewers are cheap and easy. Did you know that Island Roasted have their own roastery on the Island? Located on the bank of the River Medina expert it creates artisan blends which you can get delivered to your door on subscription so you are never left “depresso” again!
High protein energy that keeps you going without snacking through the morning is important if you are at home more. While is it not low a low-calorie option, for anyone who does not have nut allergies it is a high energy treat to spread on bread or toast. Add it to cornflakes, the sweet nutty taste and the crunch can add a kick of flavour to your regular breakfast. It works well with fruit too!
Oats are high in protein and rich in fibre. The health-giving properties of oats make them a perfect food to start the day. It not all about porridge you know, you can make other dishes with oats that are quick and easy. Why not just whiz oatmeal into a fruit smoothie. How about oatmeal bakes? just add eggs, some milk and fruit and nuts of your choice and bake to make great baked oatmeal breakfast bar, 50 minutes at 175 degC and you have a tray of something you would buy for £3 with a coffee at a fraction of the price!
Easyweigh in Newport have dried fruits, sugar, cereal and oats all sold loose and provide Island wide deliveries during lockdown so you can easily get these breakfast essentials.
JAm and marmalade
Jam on toast with fresh butter, Mmmm! The Isle of Wight has a few really good local jam and preserve producers, try Mr Cs for some lovely Seville marmalade or The Island Jam Company who make handmade jam suitable for vegans. If you have a bit more time on your hands, try making your own jam. You can make jam from most fruits, try a few unusual combinations of your own. This time of year, it’s great to add warming spices like cinnamon or nutmeg to give it that extra kick.
A really versatile protein with many benefits and so good soft-boiled on granary bread and butter! Local eggs are available at many of the Island’s farm shops, grocers and corner shops so keep your eye out eggs from local, happy, free range chickens including Hazelgrove Farm and Brownrigg Farm
Keep these essentials at home and start your day with a smile. Stay healthy & safe!