First it was rice, then pasta and now eggs. The British public has gone through a fair few kitchen cupboard staples that have been absent on supermarket shelves during this period of lockdown. Eggs are essential, I know; whether you just want them for breakfast or if you're a baker. If you're struggling with alternatives to your morning meal, now you can't have your perfectly poached eggs or serving of sunny side up; why not try these alternatives to breakfast each morning? Truth be told, we shouldn't be eating eggs every day anyways so you might find that these temporary alternatives become your new kitchen cupboard essentials.
Granola & Muesli
Remember the days when cereal was a legitimate breakfast? Well it still is. I know, it's hard to remember since we are overwhelmed with "Instagrammable", trend-led avocado toast and yolk porn breakfasts but, personally, I try to have lighter breakfasts now I'm moving about less because of the lockdown. Lizi's is a granola and muesli brand I've tried recently and I'm a convert. You see, this is no ordinary granola or muesli. Of course, the original flavour exists but I'm more interested in the passion fruit and pistachio; the treacle and pecan and the apple and cinnamon granola. Soggy, tasteless museli is a thing of the past with Lizi's Super Muesli in Boost (mango, papaya and turmeric) and Glow (fig, apple and almond). Tell me you're not forgetting about your eggs already...
Why not enjoy some sausages instead of eggs one morning? Mix it up, go wild. While, sure, sausages might go nicely on the side of some eggs, they aren't a hand-in-hand meal combo. Switch things around and have sausages and beans or a sausage sandwich and soon, you'll forget all about your eggs (or lack thereof...) I'm obsessed with Heck sausages right now; I can get them crispy, just the way I like them and also love that they have chicken sausages for anyone who can't eat pork. The brand has even released vegan sausages too in delicious beetroot and carrot; pea protein and there is even a range of sweet potato fusion flavours. I'm a meat-eater but the fusion flavours are so tasty, I'd almost happily forego regular sausages in place of them.
Fresh Fruit Smoothies
If you're someone who is used to having breakfast on the go, a shortage of eggs in the supermarket might not affect you as much as others. Not one to be looking for an alternative to eggs in the morning necessarily, you might be happier with a fruit and veg smoothie. Quick and easy to make as ever and perfect if you don't want to spend a long time in the kitchen preparing the first meal of the day. It's worth checking out fruit and vegetable suppliers such as Pale Green Dot who deliver weekly fruit and veg boxes to your door. The delivery time is quicker than the supermarkets right now and you're definitely getting a higher quality of produce. Throw them in your blender or NutriBullet and you're good to go for the day.
Sometimes the heart (or stomach, in this case) wants what it wants and you can't escape your favourite breakfast dishes. However, a popular breakfast item such as pancakes actually doesn't have to include eggs. As long as you have self-raising flour, baking powder, sugar, vanilla extract, vegetable oil and your favourite plant-based milk, you're good to go. This is a perfect option for anyone who likes to treat themselves to a 'bigger' breakfast and remind themselves of pre-quarantine brunch occasions. Serve them sweet with maple syrup and fresh fruit or have them savoury with tomatoes and mushrooms.
If you're on the go, you'd definitely welcome a Nurishment milk drink in your bag to tide you over or act as a stop-gap after your morning meal. Alternatively, why not upgrade your morning muesli or cereal and pour flavoured milk instead of regular into your bowl. Completely creamy and totally delicious, having a Nurishment drink in your fridge will become something you get very used to and will be a welcomed boost in the morning. To give you an idea of our faith in the flavours, we tried the vanilla flavour first, to get the 'boring' one out of the way but it was so tasty, we were actually in a state of regret that morning. Who needs eggs?
Lots of people enjoy making breakfast becoming more of an activity - it's another thing to pass the time in isolation, after all. But if you don't have the time or simply aren't that interested in cooking a big breakfast, breakfast bars are the one for you. Again, no eggs involved, shocker. Your favourite cereals will have a range of cereal bars but I'm loving the throwback to my school days with Fruit Bowl's school bars. Do you remember them? They weren't the most attractive-looking bars (and still aren't, if I'm 100 per cent honest) but they are made with real fruit and are even gluten-free. I'm a sucker for the raspberry but they come in apple, strawberry and blackcurrant flavours too.