Quick Healthy Breakfasts Ideas: Start Your Day The Right Way
One in six adults in the UK never eat breakfast, are you one of them? If the answer is yes, does the excuse “I just don’t have time” sound familiar? One in five of us claim to be too busy to eat brekkie – this is a pretty shocking statistic considering we are still managing to exceed calorie recommendations by about 500 a day. Instead of preparing planned, healthy breakfasts, we are grazing on sugary and fatty snacks which are notching up the calories and leading to weight gain.
Research actually shows that people who eat breakfast are slimmer than those who don’t, so it's a vital part of maintaining a healthy weight. Eating breakfast keeps our metabolism boosted and energy levels high, not to mention the nutritional benefits of eating a nutritious morning meal packed with fruit, wholegrains or lean protein.
If you don’t eat breakfast, no more excuses, now is the time to eat better and feel better.
Here are some quick healthy breakfast ideas you can prepare cheaply and quickly. Don’t believe me? These brekkies have less than 5 ingredients and are ready in less than 5 minutes.
Our Nutritionists Top 8 Healthy Breakfast Ideas
Beans on toast
2 slices of wholegrain toast spread, a little low fat spread with 1 small tin of baked beans. Sprinkle with grated low fat cheddar cheese.
Nutrition Bonus: Beans are full of fibre and protein which will keep you feeling full until lunch.
Eggs with peppers
Whisk 1 egg and 1 egg white together. Meantime spray low calorie spray in a non-stick pan and heat. Chop ½ red pepper. Add the egg and pepper to the pan and cook to your preference. Add a good sprinkle of black pepper.
Nutrition Bonus: Peppers are great sources of vitamin C which is vital for boosting the immune system.
Yoghurt with mixed nuts
Mix 1 pot of low fat natural yoghurt mixed with 5 walnuts and drizzle with honey.
Nutrition Bonus: The Dairy Council recommends that we eat 3 portions of low fat dairy per day – eat this meal and you are already 1/3 of the way there.
Prepare 1 hard-boiled egg in advance. Sprinkle with a little pepper and serve on 2 slices of wholegrain toast.
Nutrition Bonus: A fantastic breakfast option that can be prepared the night before. Eggs are rich in vitamin B, which is essential for a healthy nervous system.
Bran flakes with berries
30g bran flakes, 200ml semi-skimmed milk and a fistful of berries.
Nutrition Bonus: Blueberries are a particularly good source of heart-healthy potassium. They also keep your skin looking radiant.
Microwaved poached egg
Pour water into a small deep bowl. Add 1 egg. Gently prick the yolk with tip of a knife. Cover with a plastic lid. Cook on full power for about 2 minutes. Pour off water to serve or lift out with a slotted spoon. Serve on a toasted wholemeal bagel.
Nutrition Bonus: A great one for anyone who works in an office with a microwave. Eggs are a fantastic source of protein which takes longer to breakdown than carbohydrate so you will feel fuller for longer.
Cinnamon banana toast
2 slices of wholegrain toast, topped with 1 mashed banana and a little sprinkle of cinnamon.
Nutrition Bonus: If you are planning on doing a little exercise after your quick healthy breakfast, bananas are a great pre-exercise snack. The potassium in bananas helps reduce cramping in tired muscles.
Morning fruit salad
Combine 1 mandarin orange, 1 chopped apple, 3 halved walnuts, 1 tbsp of raisins and 50g seedless grapes together. Add in a splash of no added sugar orange juice.
Nutrition Bonus: Fruit is packed with antioxidants which help your skin to look healthy and glowing.
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