As we are always told breakfast is the most important meal of the day and having a healthy, filling and balanced breakfast will set you up properly for the day ahead.
Here are three easy to prepare healthy breakfast ideas to give you the inspiration to get up and go:
Over night oats are one of my go to breakfasts as they are so easy to make, can be prepared the night before and left in the fridge and really keep you full as well as being a great way to incorporate one of your 5 a day! These are a combination of porridge oats, fruit and yoghurt and really anything goes!
Fill a jar or a bowl with layers of porridge, yoghurt and fresh or frozen fruit until you get to the top, then sprinkle with some sweetener, cinnamon or anything else that takes your fancy, cover them with a lid and leave them in the fridge overnight to soak. By morning the oats will have absorbed the yogurt and you have a healthy breakfast you can grab and go with.
I like to use fat free natural yoghurt with a little bit of sweetener or honey or a fat free fruit yoghurt and then add fresh strawberries, raspberries and blueberries or I will do an apple and cinnamon version with lots of fresh apple chunks and a little cinnamon mixed in with the natural yoghurt and a sprinkle of sweetener to finish.
Who doesn’t love a pancake! Let’s face it why wait until pancake day to have them as well! Pancakes are a great treat breakfast and great for the weekend for brunch too but equally these healthy versions are a really easy to make version that can also be made the night before and warmed up in the morning ready for your favourite toppings. I make my healthy pancakes 2 ways – either with oats and fat free yoghurt or with banana’s! 😊
For the oats version I make a batter mix using 40g porridge oats, fat free natural yoghurt and an egg with a pinch of sweetener and blitz this all up in a blender to make a smooth batter. I usually do this in advance and leave the batter in the fridge for a few hours before cooking it as it tends to work better when the batter has chilled a bit, you can even leave it overnight if you wanted as well. I usually get around 6 – 8 small / medium pancakes from this. Once the batter is ready, cook them in the pan and then serve stacked up. I like to have fresh fruit and a drizzle of honey on mine and usually use strawberries, blueberries and banana’s.
For the Banana batter version, I make a batter using 2 mashed up bananas, 2 – 3 eggs and a pinch of sweetener and whisk this all together, these are really quick and easy to make and literally take minutes to cook. I usually get around 3 – 4 medium pancakes out of this. Again, just top with your favourite toppings and enjoy. I like to drizzle some choc shot or honey over mine with some chopped up banana’s and a sprinkle of pecan nuts or just have fresh fruit with some sweetener with them.
A frittata is the perfect breakfast / brunch option. Cook either in a frying pan or in the oven in a deep baking dish and it’s a really filling option that you can eat hot or cold. Whisk up 4 – 6 eggs depending on the size of frittata you want to make and season with salt and pepper, you can add mixed herbs and a little garlic salt for some extra flavour too and also add things like quark, fat free fromage frais or crème fraiche aswell, then you just have to choose what you want to put into it for the filling!
For a breakfast frittata I usually fry off some bacon, onions, spinach, tomatoes and peppers in some frylight and slice some potatoes which I par boil before putting them in, so they cook nicely or sweet potato which I cut into chunks and soften a little in the microwave before putting them in. Then add the potatoes to the filling mixture and stir through before adding the whisked eggs and a sprinkle of cheese and cooking through. I prefer to cook mine in the oven as you get a nice firmer frittata and it cooks evenly with a baked top. With a Frittata you can literally put anything you like in for the filling and it’s a great way to use up what’s left in your fridge!
Which one will you try first?! 😊