Top 15 healthy breakfast ideas
Bring colour, nutrients and variety to your breakfast table with our simple, satisfying recipes. Our healthy breakfast ideas include new takes on cereal and porridge, plus avocado on toast, overnight oats and eggs.
It's easy to get stuck in a rut with breakfast. And if you're trying to start your day in the healthiest way possible, your options can feel limited.
Fear not. We've collected our most nourishing, flavourful breakfasts – from creamy avocado on toast to heart-healthy porridge oats – to give you a welcome break from your usual toast or cereal.
All it takes is a bit of planning and a few extra minutes in the morning. Think of it as a gift to your body to kick-start it with all the goodness you need to get the most out of your day.
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Take a look at our fifteen nutritious ideas below, then browse our collection of healthy breakfast recipes for more inspiration.
1. Avocado on toast
Instagrams favourite breakfast, vibrant, creamy avocado is a nutritious, filling way to start the day. An excellent source of monounsaturated fat and vitamin E, it has more soluble fibre than other fruit and provides a range of minerals from iron and potassium to folate. Read our guide for more on the health benefits of avocados.
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It’s the work of moments to make a batch of your own cereal for the week ahead, adding exactly what you like while avoiding the extra sugar hidden in many shop-bought varieties. The DIY option is also a great way to up your intake of fibre in the form of wheatgerm or bran, slow-release carbs like oats, and/or nutritionally valuable dried fruits, nuts and seeds.
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Cost-effective, quick and filling, porridge is an all-round winner for a wholesome, versatile breakfast to make at home or work. With a few twists and tasty add-ins, it can be flavoursome and even more nutritious, too. Get into the habit of eating a bowl in the morning and it will fuel you all the way to lunchtime. Read our guide to the health benefits of oats and the best way to prep porridge.
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4. Overnight oats
We love overnight oats for a grab-and-go brekkie, offering a fast hit of nutrition. Leave a glass jar of oats and fruit to soak overnight in the fridge and wake up to creamy, soft oats that you can pack and take to work or enjoy as a no-prep, express breakfast ahead of a busy morning. Learn how to make overnight oats – also known as bircher muesli – then try our different suggestions.
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Cheap and versatile, eggs are also loaded with proteins, vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids. Whip them into an omelette along with veggies, herbs, salmon or cheese. This healthy herb omelette with fried tomatoes makes a protein-rich brunch or breakfast for two people and is ready in just 10 minutes.
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Smoothies are a great way to boost your vitamin C levels in the morning. If you are a fan of fruity blends, then try our vegan strawberry smoothie or tangy raspberry & apple smoothie. Get a burst of tropical flavours from this pineapple and banana sunshine smoothie or fuel your morning workouts with a protein-packed blueberry & banana power smoothie. For some green goodness, our kale smoothie, avocado smoothie and green smoothie are packed with vibrant veg and sure to keep you feeling satisfied though to lunch. Wondering if smoothies are good for you? Read our health guide to find out about their sugar content, as well as the best portion sizes and fruit to include in your homemade blends.
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7. Chia pudding
Small but mighty, chia seeds are a nutritional powerhouse. As well as being high in fibre, calcium and magnesium, they provide a rich plant source of protein and omega-3 fatty acids. As they have a low GI, chia seeds also help to stabilise blood sugar, making them a great breakfast option. Despite being pretty pricey, chia seeds have a long shelf life and are delicious in porridge, jams, or even as an egg substitute in baking. Put them to good use in our delicious vegan chocolate chia pudding, which can be made in just 5 minutes. Simply mix together the seeds with almond milk, cacao powder, maple syrup and vanilla extract, then leave overnight to soak. Enjoy it with frozen berries for a luxurious yet low-calorie breakfast.
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8. Scrambled eggs
Supercharge your breakfast with a steaming plate of scrambled eggs with basil, spinach and tomatoes. Spinach is bursting with nutrients that are important for our skin, hair and bone health, whilst tomatoes provide a source of vitamins. Protein-rich eggs will keep you full through the morning. This simple brekkie packs in two of your five-a-day and is great for those on a gluten-free diet.
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While it's tempting to reach for the shop-bought granolas, these are often very high in fat and sugar. Instead, by making your own, you can control the level of sweetness using natural alternatives, whilst maximising the health benefits of oats. This bowl of crunchy oat clusters is naturally sweetened with dried apricots and contains healthy seeds and nuts, making it a good source of energising carbs. Served with fresh peaches and yogurt, it's a really special way to start the day.
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10. Full English breakfast
There's little more satisfying than sitting down to a hearty full English breakfast, but that shouldn't mean you feel bloated and lethargic for the rest of the day. Our lighter take on this celebrated national dish features homemade baked beans, poached eggs and low-fat chipolatas served with roasted cherry tomatoes and mushrooms. It's packed with flavour and even delivers three of your five-a-day.
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11. Baked oats
We just can't get enough of oats, and given their multiple health benefits, it's no surprise! Baked oats, in particular, make a filling, fibre-rich and fuss-free hot breakfast to set you up for the day. Try this blackberry & apple oat bake for a comforting twist to your regular porridge. The warming spices, crunchy pecans and fruit provide a variety of textures and flavours to liven up the oat base, making it almost reminiscent of a crumble. Best enjoyed with milk, yogurt and a drizzle of maple syrup.
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Start the day with a fragrant mélange of spiced tomatoes, pepper, spinach and eggs. Our healthy shakshuka offers a lighter take on the traditional Middle Eastern dish, perfect for sharing with friends and family. It packs in four of your five-a-day, as well as being a source of vitamin C, calcium, iron and folate. Boost the veg content further by incorporating greens into the dish – our green shakshuka and pea & broad bean shakshuka both make the most of seasonal veg and herbs. In a hurry? This budget-friendly microwave shakshuka will be ready in just 10 minutes.
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Pancakes aren't just for Shrove Tuesday – we believe this highly versatile staple should be enjoyed as a nutritious breakfast throughout the year. Give them a fruit boost by incorporating mashed banana into the batter and serving with fresh berries and yogurt. Or make them super light and fluffy using whipped egg whites and skimmed milk.
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Alternatively, why not try a savoury twist for brunch? Our Staffordshire oatcakes with mushrooms are vegan and provide a source of folate, fibre, iron and two of your five-a-day. If you're looking for something filling, whip up these hearty potato pancakes with chard and eggs.
We've got plenty more healthy pancake recipes to test your flipping skills.
14. Tofu scramble
Tofu is a versatile veggie ingredient made from soya beans which forms a significant part of many plant-based diets. As well as providing a natural source of iron, magnesium and calcium, it's also packed with heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, is low in calories and high in protein. Try our vegan spiced tofu scramble with cherry tomatoes for an egg-free take on scramble on toast. It's remarkably similar to the original dish and extra firm tofu will maintain its structure best, whilst taking in the flavours of turmeric, cumin and paprika. Perfect for breakfast, served on toasted rye bread or sourdough.
Our tofu brekkie pancakes also make a delicious treat using this versatile ingredient.
15. Healthy bakes
Who said baking can't be healthy? With a few clever ingredient swaps, you can whip up all manner of nutritious treats to enjoy for breakfast. These chia & oat breakfast scones with yogurt and berries use wholemeal spelt flour, chia seeds and oats to achieve a light and bouncy texture, whilst also being high in fibre and folate. A trick to making your bakes healthier is incorporating fruit or veg in place of butter and sugar. For example, mashed banana and apple sauce provide a source of natural sweetness and moisture in these wholemeal breakfast muffins, whilst our healthy banana bread uses overripe bananas and low-fat yogurt in the mixture.
For more tips, read our guide on how to make healthier bakes.
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