At Hugo Sleep, we believe there’s no wrong time for breakfast in bed. Anniversaries, birthdays, Mondays, you name it. If it involves a tv tray, comfort food, and an excuse not change out of pyjamas, count us in.
That being said, our standards for breakfast in bed have changed since we were kids. Once upon a time, it would have been perfectly acceptable to settle for a bowl of Coco Pops and call it a day. Now, Melbourne brunch has changed our expectations for the ideal breakfast in bed. We want it healthy, artisanal and, of course, Instagram-worthy.
While there are all sorts of lazy ideas that we find ourselves resorting to when making breakfast (Cold pizza? Any sort of leftovers on toast?), sometimes putting in a bit of effort really makes a difference in how much we enjoy our first meal of the day. So whether you’re cooking for yourself or want to treat someone else to brekkie in bed, consider the following options:
- Overnight Oats
This is one of the easiest breakfasts ever; perfect for when you want a breakfast ready to go as soon as you wake. Simply combine oats and water or other liquid of your choice in a 1 to 2 ratio. (We love vanilla almond milk.) Add some dried fruit, nuts, seeds or even protein powder, then store in an airtight container in the fridge over night. In the morning, simply give it a stir, top with some fresh fruit and a bit of milk or non-dairy alternative, and enjoy!
- French Toast
This ones also pretty easy, and a great way to use up stale bread. If you don’t have stale bread, toast it first. Then, whisk up a mixture of eggs plus a bit of milk, and sweet or savoury spices of choice. We recommend cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg for sweet, and paprika, black pepper and turmeric for savoury. Always add a pinch of salt and sugar either way. Thoroughly dredge bread slices in egg mixture. Heat a frying pan with a bit of oil or butter and lightly fry toast on either side. Once golden brown, plate up and go crazy with the toppings. Sweet suggestions: fruit, maple syrup and dairy or coconut yoghurt. Savoury suggestions: avocado, tomato relish, bacon or tempeh bacon
- Chocolate Smoothie Bowl
Anyone who has social media or has set foot in any café over the last few months would know that smoothie bowls are all the rage right now. They’re pretty, they’re nutritious, and they’re fun to eat. But they only satisfy when made with the right ingredients to keep you full all day. Our favourite base is ripe, frozen bananas, as they add natural sweetness and a nice, creamy texture. Simply chop up the nanas, add a splash of milk (dairy or non), then blend until you have an ice cream consistency. From there, mix in some berries, a bit of cocoa powder, and perhaps some superfood powders, then blend once more. Transfer to a big bowl and top with granola, more fruit, mixed nuts or other toppings of your choosing.
- Coffee or Tea
No breakfast is complete without a cup of joe. For a quick and low-maintenance option, French presses are ideal and can serve multiple people with one batch. You can also make any sort of tea in a French press. All you need to do is fill it with some loose leaves, add hot water, press and serve.
We know that getting out of bed in the morning can be tough – especially when you sleep on a Hugo mattress – but we hope these breakfast-in-bed ideas can help you wake up a bit easier.