Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Most mornings we go straight for a bowl of cereal and a cup of tea so I’ve decided it’s time to shake it up with some healthy breakfast ideas.
Like most families, our mornings can be pretty hectic. With racing in and out of the shower, searching for a matching pair of socks (or shoes) for the kids, coaxing our pre-schooler out of the house and a stressed husband that’s going to be late (again). Adding a carefully prepared breakfast to the mayhem is one step too far.
The other day Jack asked if he could have egg for breakfast instead. I am so ingrained in our cereal and juice/tea routine that I’d forgotten that the humble egg is a quick, healthy and easy breakfast to put together.
At weekends I occasionally make American style pancakes as a treat, but even these can be quickly put together in the mornings, with some mixture left over for the next day.
With that in mind, here are a few recipes that nail the delicious, simple and healthy brief, made to help you start the day on the right foot.
Raspberry Dark Chocolate Chip Overnight Oats
Seriously nom from Annies Noms, this breakfast is filled with oaty goodness and makes it okay to eat chocolate for breakfast. This is just what you need on a Monday morning. Hurrah!
Banana Breakfast Smoothie
I love a breakfast smoothie. They are so healthy and quick to put together too. My son loves them too and is a great way to get something nutritious in his belly. Try out this banana breakfast smoothie from Marsha Baking Addiction. Just four ingredients and can be rustled up in minutes.
Frozen Fruity Yogurt Bites
With just a few ingredients and minimal equipment required, these healthy and simple yogurt bites from Eats Amazing are great for little ones. They make a yummy snake, desert or breakfast and you can get your toddler involved in making them too.
Low Fat and Low Sugar Rise and Shine Muffins
I don’t need much persuasion to eat muffins for breakfast. These breakfast muffins from Kate on Thin Ice are easily prepped the day before for a tasty (and guilt-free) breakfast the next morning.
Wise Owl Toast
Kids will love this cute looking breakfast by Daisies and Pie. Made using a wholemeal English breakfast muffin, with a layer of peanut butter and decorated with strawberries, blueberries and bananas for the owl features.
These are my absolute favourite pancakes to make at the weekend. You can put them together really quickly should you fancy a mid-week treat. Enjoy them with a sprinkling of blueberries (or whatever fruit you prefer) and a dollop of natural yogurt and honey. Or devour them with blueberry syrup and cream for a not-so-healthy, wickedly delicious version.
Poached Eggs and Avocado
Poached egg is a quick and simple breakfast that can be ready in less than five minutes. I poach my egg for 3 minutes, during that time I toast my bread and perhaps prepare a few extras such as avocado, cherry tomatoes or spinach. Or keep it simple with a poached egg and toast on its own washed down with some orange juice.
I make my poached egg by adding 2-3 tablespoons of vinegar to a pot of boiling water, then cracking in the egg and cooking it for 3 minutes. The egg whites may look all stringy to start with, but leave it alone as the vinegar will help it bind together. Check out this recipe from Lauren Caris Cooks.
Sweet Potato Overnight Oats
I love sweet potato but I’ve never put it down as a breakfast meal. Devon Mama shared this recipe by Jourdan Bourke. Sweet potato is a natural sweetener and packed with healthy nutrients making it a great way to start the day.
Apricot Muesli Bars
These look absolutely delicious and perfect for if you’re grabbing breakfast on the go. The recipe from Boo Roo and Tigger Too has shared a simple recipe which makes tasty bars that are much lower in calories than leading brands.
Fruity Yogurt Baked Oats
Oh I love the look of these from Eats Amazing. Sometimes I crave something that resembles cake for breakfast so these fit the bill. Little ones can get involved with making these too as they are really easy to make with only a couple of ingredients.
And there we have it; healthy breakfast ideas for the whole family.
Do you have a favourite breakfast recipe?