Struggling to get out of bed in the mornings? Our healthy breakfast ideas are the perfect recipes to inspire you to throw off the covers and start the day on the right foot. Whether you’re looking for a protein-packed meal or a healthy bite on-the-go, there are plenty of ways to get your morning off to a great start.
Make the mornings ultra-colourful with a smoothie bowl that transforms a simple blitz of your favourite fruits into something much more exciting, as you can top with fruit slices, crunchy nuts and seeds or crisp granola for extra texture and flavour. Try a gorgeous pink raspberry and pomegranate smoothie bowl or this more autumnal blackberry and fig breakfast.
Chia seeds are popping up in restaurants and cafés all over the place, so why not try cooking with them at home? Often used in vegan baking, the seeds become soft and plump when soaked in liquid. For breakfast try in a creamy chia pudding, or use to bake up a banana breakfast loaf for a sweet slice to start the day.
There’s no reason your breakfast can’t be just as crammed with veg as any other meal of the day, giving you the chance to get more of your 5-a-day from the minute you wake up. Make spinach, mushrooms and tomatoes the stars of your cooked breakfast, or opt for easy all-in-one options such as this baked eggs with ratatouille or one-pan brunch bake.
Already a staple at breakfast, eggs are a source of protein which contributes to the growth and maintenance of muscle mass and normal bones. How you cook them is up to you; boiled for dipping, poached on toast with smoked salmon, scrambled or even fried – just use a good, nonstick pan and spray oil rather than butter or oil. For something a bit more fancy, this souffléd mushroom omelette ticks all the boxes.
If you've never thought about making your own cereal, then these easy, crunchy granola-style oats should change your mind. Making your own means you know exactly what's gone into them, and you can change the flavours to suit your tastes. We've included dried apricots, figs, dates and apples with coconut and spices, but you could try different dried fruits, swap the ginger for cinnamon, or replace the coconut with seeds. Binding the oats with egg whites is a clever way of keeping them crisp, too.
If you're catering for family members with different diets, pleasing everyone with a healthy meal can be tricky. Luckily, tasty, fluffy pancakes are incredibly versatile and liked by everyone. These gluten-free pancakes are a real treat, but can also be made dairy-free if served with soya or coconut yogurt. For a vegan option, these clever banana pancakes don't need eggs, as the bananas help to bind the batter together.
It can be all too easy to grab a pastry or muffin on the morning commute, so remove the temptation by batch-baking some sweet treats you can munch on on-the-go. These nubbly banana and oat muffins have just the right level of sweetness and happen to be vegan, too, or for a savoury option, try these mini tomato and bacon muffins to satisfy those bacon sarnie cravings.
Make breakfast something to look forward to with some unusual flavours and vibrant ingredients that bring some zing to the breakfast table. These fruity overnight oats are subtly spiced with ginger, this multi-grain porridge has a warming cinnamon plum topping, while these pretty kiwi parfaits are full of tropical lime, coconut and fragrant mint. For a savoury option, this tofu scramble makes a great vegan alternative to scrambled eggs, with bright turmeric and spicy red chilli for a hit of sunshine, whatever the weather.
An easy win at breakfast, swap your normal butter and jam for a tasty fruit or veg topping to make your morning toast into a healthy option that will help fill you up for the day ahead. These colourful combinations are some of our favourites:
Houmous, avocado and tomato on toast: A source of protein which supports the maintenance of normal bones and is 1 of your 5-a-day Peanut butter, banana, blueberries and hazelnuts: A source of protein which also supports the maintenance of muscle mass Roast butternut squash with rocket, cheese and seeds: A savoury option and a source of vitamin E which supports the protection of cells from oxidative stress Pear, ricotta, blackberries and honey: Swap the honey for maple syrup for a vegan option Kale, smoked salmon and poached egg: This classic combo is high in protein and also high in vitamin B12 which supports the reduction of tiredness and fatigue, perfect for early starts!
Bored of the same old thing? Take some inspiration from sunnier destinations and try a Mexican spin on your breakfast. These baked sweetcorn fritters are easy to whip up and are given a fresh, flavour-packed topping with a zingy avocado and bean salsa. For a sweet treat, try a fruity twist on tacos with this cinnamon-spiced almond and berry tacos recipe.