Healthy Breakfast Options (For People Who Hate Breakfast)

Get into the habit of eating breakfast with these simple healthy breakfast options designed to whet the appetite of even the most habitual breakfast skipper. Not hungry first thing in the morning? Pushed for time? Trying to lose weight? These calorie-counted treats will essentially tempt you to rediscover the pleasure of breakfast.

healthy breakfast options; breakfast plate with toast, eggs sunny side up and bacon

From energy-boosting “apple pie” porridge and protein-packed scrambled eggs, to a nutrient-rich green smoothie and granola bars, there’s something for everyone.
“Creating the habit of eating in the morning is something you can build towards,” says dietitian Alison Hornby. “Start off with a light bite, such as a piece of fruit or a low-fat yoghurt.
“After a while, your morning appetite will naturally increase and you’ll probably find you eat less throughout the day, including snacks.”
Research suggests people who eat breakfast are slimmer because they ultimately tend to eat less during the day, especially high-calorie snacks.
If you’re short on time in the morning, think about ways of gaining time by keeping your breakfast choice simple, either by waking up 10 minutes earlier or getting other chores out of the way ahead of time.

Energy-boosting healthy breakfast options

‘Apple pie’ porridge

healthy breakfast options; apple pie porridge

Serves: one adult
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 5 minutes
Calories per portion: 345kcal (1,443kJ)
Ingredients
50g of porridge oats
200ml of apple juice (with no added sugar)
100ml of semi-skimmed milk
1 medium dessert apple, diced
1 pinch of cinnamon
This is a warm and comforting porridge spiced up with the classic flavours of a homemade apple pie.
Throw all the ingredients into a saucepan. Heat and stir until boiling, then lower the heat and simmer gently for five minutes, stirring often. Spoon the porridge into a serving bowl and add a sprinkling of cinnamon.

Protein-packed healthy breakfast options

Scrambled eggs (with optional wholemeal toast)

healthy breakfast options;scrambled eggs on plate with pieces of wholemeal toast

Serves: one adult
Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 5 minutes
Calories per portion: scrambled eggs 247kcal (1,033kJ), two slices of wholemeal toast 190kcal (795kJ)

Ingredients

2 eggs
4 tbsp of semi-skimmed milk
2 slices wholemeal toast
2 tsp of low-fat spread
1 pinch of black pepper
Optional sprinkling of chopped chives (calories nominal)

The secret to perfect scrambled eggs is to fold them gently in the pan to get curds, rather than a dried, quivering mess.

Lightly mix the eggs and milk in a bowl. Melt the low-fat spread in a pan and add the egg mixture. Cook over a medium-high heat, stirring slowly and gently until they’re just set with big, soft curds. Serve the eggs on the slices of toast, sprinkle them with chives, and season with some pepper.

Tips

  • To make green eggs, scramble your eggs with a handful (40g) of spinach (30kcal/125kJ).
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