It isn’t just an old wives’ tale, breakfast truly is the meal of champions. It gives you five or ten minutes to sit down, wake up and gather your thoughts, it fuels you for the day ahead, it’s the optimum time to get your first fix of vital nutrients and it makes you less likely to reach for high-sugar snacks at that 11 o’clock slump. The benefits of not skipping this meal have been rehashed time and time again and, whilst we understand its importance, we also recognize that it can become a little bit boring and repetitive.
To help you shake up your morning routine in a healthy and delicious way, we’re sharing some of our favourite breakfast recipes for summer. Cool, colourful and packed full of flavour, they’re the perfect way to keep you feeling satisfied until lunchtime.
1. Fresh fruit parfaits
Creamy Greek yoghurt is layered with heart-healthy oats or granola and fresh, frozen or dried fruit in a glass or jar for the perfect make-ahead breakfast. The fruit’s juice (if fresh or frozen) will mix with the yoghurt for a burst of flavour, whilst the granola/oats give it some welcome crunch.
2. Fruit kebabs with a coconut yoghurt sauce
From seasonal berries to hydrating melon, tropical pineapple and juicy grapes, fruit kebabs are a super simple way to kick-start your system. Just layer up chunks of your favourite fruits on wooden skewers, dip them in a bowl of coconut yoghurt (thinned slightly with a splash of milk) and you’re good to go!
3. Homemade granola
Served up with fresh fruit, yoghurt or a splash of cold milk, granola is a fantastic substitute for sweet shop-bought cereals. Plus, when you make it yourself, it’s cheaper, healthier and you have complete control over what goes in it! Granola doesn't really merit a recipe – just use the following formula based on what you have in your cupboards.
3 cups Rolled Oats + 1 cup Nuts and Seeds + 2 tbsp mild-tasting Oil + 4 tbsp Honey or maple syrup + any other flavours you fancy!
Mix it all together then bake evenly for 30-40 minutes or until golden brown. Just be sure to add anything like dried fruit or chocolate chips once the granola has cooled.
4. Date Shake
Rich in calcium, irons, potassium, fibre and much, much more, dates are a fantastic source of energy and whizzed up into a creamy shake, they make a fantastically simple, delicious and indulgent tasting breakfast. Simply blend 5 stoned dates with a pinch of cinnamon and 250ml cold milk to make an individual portion.
The easiest way to make sure you’re well into getting your 5-a-day before 9am, smoothies are packed full of healthy goodness and, even better, you get to control what goes into them! Simply blend fresh or frozen fruit with a splash of liquid, along with anything else you fancy – from rolled oats and a pinch of cinnamon to a chunk of fresh ginger and a handful of baby spinach leaves, the world is your oyster!
6. Baked eggs
For an early morning helping of heart-healthy fatty acids, omega-3s and protein, this savoury breakfast certainly packs a punch. Simply prepare and season the vegetables of your choice – our favourite combinations are tomatoes with basil, spinach with a pinch of Parmesan and sliced leeks with an aged cheddar. Lay them at the bottom of an individual ramekin and add a dab of butter. Gently break an egg over the veg and season, then bake at 180°C for about 15 minutes before serving with a slice of wholemeal toast.
7. Scrambled egg muffin
Scrambled eggs are a fantastic source of good fats, omega-3 and protein, plus they’re oh-so-easy to prepare. Simply crack your eggs into a bow with a splash of milk, salt and pepper. Heat a little oil or butter in a pan and add the egg mixture. With a fork or wooden spoon, mix the egg until cooked ‘curds’ begin to take shape. Add any toppings like smoked salmon, ham or chopped chives. Slowly turn the eggs until they’re cooked through then serve immediately on top of a slice of toast.
8. Smoked salmon and cream cheese bagel
Some mornings call for a little bit of luxury and, whilst this salmon and cream cheese bagel tastes like pure indulgence, it’s actually packed full of healthy fats, ‘brain food’ fish oils and protein. Choose a wholegrain bagel for fibre, spread a thin layer of cream cheese and layer it up with tasty smoked salmon for a nutritious yet absolutely delicious brunch
9. Avocado toast
Not only are they so creamy and rich that they’re known as ‘nature’s butter’, avocados are packed full of antioxidant carotenoids, folate, fibre and heart-friendly fats and oils. Substantial, silky smooth and every bit as simple as it sounds, avocado toast is a quick and easy way to kick-start your day. Simply slice and toast a good quality piece of seeded bread, drizzle it with a bit of olive oil and mash an avocado on top. Sprinkle it with salt and pepper, and devour.
10. Overnight oats
It’s been said time and time again that porridge is a power breakfast – full of vitamin A, fibre and perfect for keeping your blood sugar levels, waistline and cholesterol in check. However, as we enter the warmer months, hot porridge can become a bit much. For a cool, summer alternative these overnight oats are just the ticket. Simply mix 100g rolled oats in a large bowl with 250ml milk or water and leave overnight to soak. To serve, top with fresh or dried fruit, honey or any other toppings of your choice.