Easy, healthy breakfast ideas

Try our easiest ever, delicious and healthy breakfast ideas, with new takes on cereal and porridge plus avocado on toast, overnight oats and eggs.

Poached egg and smashed avocado on toast

It's easy to get stuck in a rut with breakfast. These delicious recipes all provide a burst of flavour, a boost of nutrition and a taste of something different from your usual toast or cereal. All it takes is a bit of planning and finding a few extra minutes in the morning. Think of it as a gift to yourself that gets your body kick-started with all the goodness you need to get the most out of your day.

Avocado on toast

Mexican beans, tomatoes and avocados on toast

With its vibrant, creamy green flesh, the avocado is a filling (and justifiably popular) breakfast and brunch ingredient to spread or slice on toast. 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. Watch our video on how to prepare, stone and skin an avocado then read our guide for more on the health benefits of avocados.

Turbocharge your avocado on toast with our easy ideas:

Mexican beans & avocado on toast
Poached eggs with smashed avocado & tomatoes


Bowl of muesli topped with raspberries, blueberries and yoghurt

It’s the work of moments to make a batch of your own cereal for the week ahead, packing in the flavours just the way you like, while avoiding the extra sugar of many pre-packaged versions from the supermarket. 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.

Try these healthier homemade cereal recipes:

Homemade muesli with oats, dates & berries
Orange & raspberry granola
High-fibre muesli


Porridge topped with bananas sliced lengthways, in rectangular dish

Cost-effective, quick and filling, porridge is an all-round winner for a crowd-pleasing, 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.

Ring the changes with our healthy porridge ideas:

Baked banana porridge
Cinnamon porridge with banana & berries
Summer porridge
Porridge with blueberry compote
Apple & linseed porridge

Overnight oats  

Bowl of bircher muesli topped with banana and apple shavings

We love overnight oats for a grab-and-go, midweek brekkie to start the day, offering a fast hit of nutrition. Leave a Kilner jar of oats and fruit to soak overnight in the fridge and wake up to instant, 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 best prepare overnight oats – also known as bircher muesli – then try our different suggestions.

Simple overnight oats and bircher muesli inspiration:

Bircher muesli with apple & banana
Orange & blueberry bircher


Poached eggs with broccoli and tomatoes on flatbread

Cheap and versatile, eggs are also loaded with proteins, vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids. Check out our guides outlining the health benefits of eggs, what to look for when buying eggs and how to choose and store different types of eggs. Discover healthy egg recipes, too, from omelettes and shakshuka to a new take on poached eggs on toast.

New healthy ways with eggs:

Poached eggs with broccoli, tomatoes & wholemeal flatbread
Microwave shakshuka
Herb omelette with fried tomatoes
Mushroom & basil omelette with smashed tomato

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