5 Healthy Breakfast Ideas

Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day, it provides our bodies and brains with the fuel they need after an overnight fast - that’s where its name originates from, breaking the fast! So kick start your day with these 5 healthy breakfast ideas designed to whet the appetite of even the most habitual breakfast skippers.

1. 'Apple Pie' Porridge

Serves: one adult
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 5 minutes
Calories per portion: 345kcal 

 Short on time but need a breakfast that packs a punch? Try this warm and comforting porridge spiced up with the classic flavours of homemade apple pie. Full of energy and protein it will keep you going well past lunchtime.

 Ingredients:
50g porridge oats
200ml apple juice (with no added sugar)
100ml semi-skimmed milk
1 medium dessert apple, diced
1 pinch of cinnamon
Directions:

Throw all the ingredients into a saucepan. Heat and stir until boiling, then lower the heat and simmer gently for five minutes, stirring often. Spoon the porridge into a serving bowl and add a sprinkling of cinnamon. Simple!

 

2. 'Grab and Go' Breakfast Bar

Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 25 minutes
Calories per portion (one bar): 300kcal 

 Sometimes mornings can be a bit of a rush. Make a batch of these granola bars, made with no added sugar, in advance for a healthy breakfast on the go.

 Ingredients:

150g jumbo oats
2 medium very ripe bananas 
60g melted butter
60g cherries
60g cranberries
40g sunflower seeds 
40g pumpkin seeds

 Directions:

Preheat the oven to 200°C (fan 180°C, gas mark 6). In a bowl, mix together the oats, cherries, cranberries and seeds. Pour in the melted butter and mix in thoroughly to make sure the oats are well coated. On a separate plate, mash the bananas into a pulp with a fork, add to the oat mixture and mix well. Spread the mixture into a 30cm x 20cm tin. Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes. Once cooked, transfer to a wire rack to cool, then cut into six bars.

 

3. 'Berry Breakfast' Smoothie

Serves: 1 Adult
Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 0 minutes
Calories per portion (one glass): 224kcal

 

Wake up to a delicious blend of banana, strawberries, blueberries and peanut butter. This fruit smoothie recipe is a good source of protein and fibre.

 Ingredients:

1 banana, cut into chunks
1/2 cup fat-free milk (cold in the summer, warm in the winter)
1/4 cup frozen unsweetened blueberries
1/4 cup frozen unsweetened strawberries
1 teaspoon peanut butter
1/2 teaspoon honey

 Directions:

In a blender, combine the banana, milk, blueberries, strawberries, peanut butter, and honey. Process about 1 minute, or until the consistency of a thick milkshake.

 

4. Scrambled Eggs with Smoked Salmon, Asparagus, and Goat Cheese

Serves: 4 Adults
Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 8 minutes
Calories per portion: 328kcal

 

Gourmet breakfast in just 13 minutes? Sign us up! This smoked salmon, asparagus, and goat cheese scramble is full of healthy fats and packed with protein. This scramble has all the makings of hearty breakfast fare--butter, cheese, protein--but with healthy fats, fresh vegetables, and a light caloric toll. Serve it with a scoop of roasted potatoes and fresh fruit.

 Ingredients:

1 tbsp butter
8 stalks asparagus, woody bottoms removed, chopped into 1” pieces
salt and black pepper to taste
8 eggs
2 tbsp fat-free milk
1/4 cup crumbled fresh goat cheese
4 oz smoked salmon chopped
Directions:

1. Heat the butter in a large nonstick skillet or saute pan over medium heat. When the butter begins to foam, add the asparagus and cook until just tender ("crisp-tender" in kitchen parlance). Season with salt and pepper.

2. Crack the eggs into a large bowl and whisk with the milk. Season with a few pinches of salt and pepper and add to the pan with the asparagus. Turn the heat down to low and use a wooden spoon to constantly stir and scrape the eggs until they begin to form soft curds. A minute before they're done, stir in the goat cheese.

3. Remove from the heat when the eggs are still creamy and soft (remember, scrambled eggs are like meat-- they continue to cook even after you cut the heat) and fold in the smoked salmon.

 

5. Strawberry Parfaits

Serves: 4 Adults
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 0 minutes
Calories per portion: 169kcal

 

If you've got a sweet tooth when you roll out of bed, head straight for this low-fat strawberry parfait. Breakfast that tastes like dessert? That's our kind of morning!

 Ingredients:

1 lb strawberries
2 cups low fat vanilla yogurt
6 tbsps muesli cereal
Directions:

1.Cut 1 lb strawberries into quarters and divide half among 4 glasses.

2.Divide 1 cup low fat vanilla yogurt and 3 Tbsp muesli cereal evenly among glasses.

3.Repeat with remaining berries and additional 1 cup yogurt and 3 Tbsp muesli. Top with sliced berries.

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