Healthy breakfast recipes to get your day off to the best start, including paleo porridge, homemade granola and dried fruit bars
Find healthy breakfast recipes to get your day off to the best start. It's the easiest thing to grab toast or cereal first thing in the morning, if you can even find enough time to even think about breakfast, so we've put together healthier breakfast ideas that will keep you fuller for longer.
Making a healthy breakfast doesn't have to be time consuming. Making a smoothie or healthy juice first thing in the morning will set your day off on the right foot, particularly as fruit and veg like avocado, spinach and berries are full of the vitamins and antioxidants you need to get you re-energised and ready to take on the day.
The benefits to starting your day with a homemade granola bar are countless too, as they're full of oats, seeds and fruit, and are portable too. You can make them ahead, so you have a whole batch ready to go for the week!
Buy a bag of frozen berries so that you'll have them to hand if you're ever in the mood for a smoothie - just add milk and a banana if you've got one! But on a cold day, sometimes a juice just won't cut it when your body is craving something warm and filling. Eggs are the perfect solution if you've got a big day ahead. They're so versatile, and you'll find plenty of recipes ideal for when you're in a rush or for when you have a little more time on the weekend.
Why not give this egg rougaille recipe (pictured) a go? It's really simple to make and it's a step up from the standard poached eggs. You can even choose to add some spinach leaves to it, if you want to make it extra healthy. It's ideal served just as it is, or you can have it with warmed up tortilla wraps.
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Oat-Free Paleo Porridge
If you need warming up on a cold morning, this oat-free paleo porridge is ideal. It's perhaps even more tasty than its classic counterpart. You can make this porridge with your favourite nut milk too!
Poached Eggs on Toast with Avocado
Davina McCall's poached eggs on toast with avocado were a must on her 5 week programme to cut down on sugar and this healthy recipe will keep you filler for longer, so you won't reach for an 11am biscuit. Avocado is the trendiest ingredient of the moment, and it goes so well with a poached egg.
Dried Fruit Bars
These flavour-packed dried fruit bars are great for when you're on the go. Make a batch on the weekend and you'll have plenty to keep you going during the week. You can also have them with a cup of tea first thing in the morning for a tasty and filling fruity breakfast choice.
Fruit and Nut Granola
Making your own granola is easier than you'd think and you can use our fruit and nut granola recipe as a starting point. Some people prefer more fruit, others more nuts - whatever your preference, you can change the quantities to suit you.
If you're looking to try something different for breakfast, give our sunken eggs a go - they're ideal for the weekend when you have a little more time on your hands and the tomatoes are full of antioxidants, which means you'll be doing your body a lot of good!
Pineapple and Kale Digestive Juice
Kale is the superfood of the moment, so be healthy and on trend by starting off your day with a glass of this pineapple and kale digestive juice.
The benefit of making these granola bars yourself is that you can customise the recipe based on the dried fruit and seeds you have at home, and you can experiment with different combinations. They don't take long to make and you'll have breakfast sorted for the coming days.
Spiced Scrambled Eggs
Give your metabolism a kick start with a little spice from these wonderful spiced scrambled eggs. This recipe proves that being healthy does not mean boring! You can even have them with a little bit of grated cheese over them to cut through the spicy flavour and add a little edge!
Start your day off right with these banana pancakes - they take less than 10 minutes to prepare and cook so there's no excuse to not give them a go! Plus, you only need three ingredients to make these pancakes.
Fruit Salad with Star Anise and Coconut
The colours in this fruit salad with star anise and coconut are so vibrant, surely it means you'll be in for a bright day? They're naturally sweet, full of flavour and a really lovely combination to start the day off with.
Asparagus, Crispy Ham and Poached Egg on Toast
Sometimes there's nothing that will beat a poached egg at breakfast! Along with the asparagus in this asparagus, crispy ham and poached egg dish, they're a marriage made in heaven, topped off with a little crispy ham. If you want to be super healthy, skip the ham and you've still got an enviable breakfast.
Banana and Pear Milkshake
How about starting your day with a tasty banana and pear milkshake? It's a really easy way to get two pieces of fruit in your diet first thing in the morning and you'll start your day feeling energised and ready to take on anything.
This classic Mexican dish is ideal for the weekend or if you're preparing breakfast for a small group as you can easily scale it up, with everyone helping themselves. If you want to keep your huevos rancheros super healthy, leave out the grated cheese.
Weight Loss Juice
Watermellon, ginger and carrot come together in the form of this delicious weight loss juice. Who thought losing weight could be so tasty!
Banana Oat Muffins
Oats can be used in so many more exciting ways than just porridge - how about these delicious banana oat muffins? They're packed full of ingredients that are good for you and the oats and seeds will keep you feeling full for ages. They mainly get their sweetness from the ripe bananas too, so you won't be consuming too much sugar.
Tropical Fruit Salad
Leave out the syrup in this tropical fruit salad if you want it to be as healthy as possible - the fruit should be sweet enough on its own! You can get experimental with this recipe and make the most of the fruit you've got at home!
Berry Yogurt Parfait
As well as making a great dessert, this berry yogurt parfait is essentially just yogurt and fruit which makes it a great breakfast too!
The nuts and blueberries in these wonderful blueberry buns complement each other perfectly and they're subtly sweet too, which means you won't be overpowered by sugar first thing in the morning. Looking for more healthy eating ideas? Take a look at our healthy recipe collection.
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