Sometimes, I have been known to skip breakfast as a way of cutting calories. I struggle to find low-calorie options that can keep me going until lunchtime and figure it’s just easier to cut it out altogether.
However, I am perfectly aware that breakfast is the most important meal of the day as it provides me with the fuel needed for the day ahead (yep, I sound like my mum).
It also is a great way to kick-start my metabolism so that I will burn calories throughout the day, so I set out to find some healthy breakfast options that will keep me fuller for longer and thought I’d share with you too, so we won’t be wanting to clock-watch the morning away.
Overnight oats or porridge oats with protein mixed in are a great way to start the day. Not only do they taste delicious and are super filling, but they are also high in nutrients and a great source of fibre!
My personal fave is made with milk, chocolate protein and frozen berries – tastes more like a dessert than breakfast! But there are soooo many different flavours you can add to them such as fruits, nuts, dairy-free milk, spreads and seeds to come up with the perfect, healthy combo for you.
Poached Eggs on Wholemeal Toast
Now I am a real lover of eggs – a great source of protein that is absolutely delicious! They will be sure to leave you feeling satisfied right up until lunch so you don’t snack between meal times.
Where people go wrong is how the egg is cooked or what they serve it with, two fried eggs made with lo of oil with two pieces of white toast could rack up a hefty 600 calories! I like to poach two eggs and have it on one piece of wholemeal toast with a small amount of butter or low-fat spread – simple but satisfying and comes to a more modest 300 calories.
Just be mindful of how much sauce you have with it and try and get a healthier option such as the reduced tomato ketchup.
Healthy Breakfast Cookies
If you aren’t feeling like eating much or are pressed for time in the mornings, these are great to make in advance for the perfect on-the-go breakfast. The main ingredient in these are oats so are sure to wake up your metabolism and keep you feeling full.
Again, these can be made in lots of different variations with recipes being made with banana, peanut butter, dried fruits, seeds and even protein powder. I personally like to keep it simple with an oat and chocolate cookie.
Dippy eggs and Soldiers (Thins)
Now you can’t go wrong with dippy eggs and soldiers. I have always loved this growing up and strongly believe it isn’t just for kids!
Swapping out bread with a Warburtons thin can help keep the calories down and also make great little dipping soldiers – win-win if you ask me.
If you don’t have much of an appetite in the morning, smoothies can be a great way to get those much-needed nutrients and minerals in without feeling like you are eating something too heavy.
As smoothies are made with fruit and vegetables, it’s also a great contributor to that all-important 5 portions! You can cram it full with lots of different fruits, hidden veggies while still making sure it tastes delicious!
My personal favourite is milk (can be any variation), frozen berries, spinach and protein powder for that extra protein boost.
Note: Make sure you’re measuring out the ingredients as the macros can soon add up. Try and avoid adding fruit juice due to its sugary nature – great liquids to use are Greek yoghurt and coconut milk.
Natural Yoghurt and Fruit
My tummy’s always been sensitive to certain foods and I find natural yoghurt and its probiotic benefits help to keep my tummy happy. I like to pair it with a little bit of honey, some homemade or low sugar granola and some fruit. Really yummy and keeps me full right up until lunchtime.
Now, who doesn’t like to start their day with pancakes?! Protein pancakes have taken the fitness industry by storm and who can blame them? Healthy pancakes?! We are here for it! Not to mention they can provide you with around 20g protein per serving – yes yes yes!
I like to make mine with eggs, banana, protein powder, baking powder and a little bit of cinnamon. You can change up the protein powder to make them the flavour you want and add berries and chocolate nibs in the batter. These can be topped with whatever you want – just ensure you don’t go too crazy!
Let me know if you have any other healthy breakfast ideas – I’m always on the lookout for more and would love to hear from you.