Good Morning! It’s Breakfast Time…
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but it’s not for everyone. Since it’s so important, and especially so when you’re regularly hitting the gym, we’ve prepared a list of 5 quick, easy, and healthy breakfast ideas to get you sorted!
Breakfast is the first meal of the day and as such, it’s an important one to get right. Making sure you get enough energy in your meal means keeping you healthier all day long, as you’ll feel fuller and less likely to snack!
While cereal is well and good, it rarely hits the spot in terms of energy needs. Moreover, most branded cereals are also full of sugar! And not the good kind… Starting your day with a bowl of sugary cereal can leave you feeling peckish and lethargic all day. Not quite what you want when you’re looking to get fit!
On the other hand, starting your day off with a healthy breakfast, full of nutrition, can leave you feeling fuller and more satisfied throughout the day. Plus, you’ll start your day off right with lots of fruit and vitamins!
Have a look at the below 5 healthy breakfast ideas for some nutritious inspiration. All of the recipes listed below are quick and easy to make yourself at home, so no excuses there! What’s more, they’re all very easy to put into a Tupperware or keep-cup to bring to work. So ditch those extra 10 minutes of snoozing in the morning (how much difference do they really make anyway?) and start preparing these healthy breakfasts!
Idea 1: Overnight Oats
Overnight oats have become a breakfast sensation in the last couple of years. You would have a hard time not finding these in most coffee shops these days! Thankfully, they’re also really easy and quick to make yourself at home. Even better, they’re a cheap breakfast idea, and you can prepare them in bulk for the week!
Try this 2-step tropical overnight oats recipe from BBC Good Food for an exciting and healthy breakfast idea…
Step 1: Soak the oats in 150ml water with a pinch of salt, then cover and chill in the fridge overnight.
Step 2: The next day spoon half the oats into a bowl. Layer with the coconut yoghurt, sliced kiwis, the pulp of the passion fruit and the rest of the oats, then top with the toasted mixed seeds.
Oats are a great way to start the day. Full of fibre and low in sugars, they’re the ideal healthy breakfast!
Idea 2: Apple (or Banana) & Cinnamon Porridge
Much like overnight oats, porridge is a great way to go in the morning. Quick to prepare, full of fibre and easily jazzed up with fruit and nuts, porridge is an easy recipe that’s always easy to spruce up. Try this apple & cinnamon porridge recipe from Jamie Oliver for something particularly special in the morning…
Step 1: For the basic porridge, place the oats and the milk (or 600ml water) into a large pan over medium heat, and add a tiny pinch of sea salt.
Step 2: Bring to a steady simmer for 5 to 6 minutes, stirring often to give you a smooth, creamy porridge, and loosening with extra milk, if needed.
Step 3: Serve as is, or while it’s in the pan, follow the next steps to prepare the banana and cinnamon topping.
Step 4: Peel and slice the bananas at an angle.
Step 5: Toast the almonds in a dry non-stick frying pan over medium heat for 3 to 4 minutes, or until lightly golden.
Step 6: Stir the cinnamon, poppy seeds and a little maple syrup or honey through the porridge, then divide between bowls.
Step 7: Scatter the bananas and almonds on top, then drizzle with a little extra maple syrup or honey, if you like.
Idea 3: Peanut Butter & Banana Toast with Chia Seeds
For a healthy breakfast twist on the classic toast meal, add peanut butter, bananas, and chia seeds. Not only is this an energy-packed, filling meal, it is also a great way to sneak some chia seeds into your diet. This is especially great for those who aren’t keen on nuts & seeds in general. For an added benefit, make sure to choose wholegrain or seeded bread, which is generally the healthier option.
While the benefits of eating bananas are clear, the benefits of small quantities (beware the sugar content) of peanut butter are often understated. Peanut butter is high in valuable nutrition-packed with potassium, protein, and fibre, it’s perfect for a healthy breakfast.
Chia seeds are a great source of some oft-missed nutrients. For example, antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids, iron, and calcium. Sprinkle these on your toast for an added crunch and a nutrient boost!
Idea 4: Berry Breakfast Parfait
Nutritious, delicious, and very appealing first thing in the morning, berry breakfast parfaits are a fantastic morning choice. They’re also very easy and relatively cheap to prepare! For a cheaper alternative to fresh berries, buy frozen.
Also, adding a handful of berries to your diet in the morning will give your body an antioxidant boost! For quick and easy preparation, check out this recipe from Tasty. Remember, these can also be made to go!
Step 1: In two glasses, divide the yoghurt and top with a layer of strawberries and bananas.
Step 2: Continue with another layer of yoghurt, granola, and berries.
Step 3: Drizzle with honey.
Idea 5: Green Smoothie
A classic of the healthy breakfast bunch, the green smoothie is an ideal start for everyone. Packed full of nutrients, it’s a quick and easy meal for those on the go, and especially, for those who aren’t fond of a solid breakfast first thing in the day.
For a simple and delicious morning drink, check out this green smoothie recipe from Pinch of Yum! You’ll need 1 large banana, 1 ½ cups of unsweetened almond milk (or substitute for soy milk), 3-4 pitted Medjool dates, and 2 cups of spinach.
Step 1: Puree everything together in a blender until very smooth. There should be no flecks of spinach or small pieces of dates left. Everything should be incorporated and smooth. Serve immediately!
Start Your Day Off Right with a Healthy Breakfast
As we’ve (hopefully!) shown in this blog, a healthy breakfast doesn’t need to be boring, or an ordeal. The 5 healthy breakfast ideas featured in this blog are just some of the hundreds. All of these are packed full of vitamins, easy to make, and very affordable.
Remember, a healthy body relies heavily on a healthy diet – so ditch the cereal and pull out the blender! For more tips on healthy eating and fitness, check out Beckwith Health Club’s blogs on Healthy Food Swaps& Healthy Meal Prepping.