8 Healthy Breakfasts You Won’t Complain About in the Morning
Breakfast. You’ve probably heard that it’s the most important meal of the day, but many Aussies still skip it. When you’re rushed enough as it is, pausing for a boring bowl of cereal or slice of toast hardly seems worth it.
Jazz up your morning with these healthy breakfast recipes—not only will they give you the energy to charge on until lunchtime, they taste so good that you won’t want to skip that critical morning meal.
1. Greek or Coconut Yogurt and Muesli
Greek yogurt can help you load up on fibre in the mornings.
First, mix a teaspoon of chia seeds with a bit of water, then allow the seeds to soak for a few minutes while you get out the yogurt. Chia seeds are high in protein, fibre and they provide a great source of omega 3.
For a filling breakfast dish up ¾ of a cup of either coconut or Greek yogurt. Sprinkle a bit of cinnamon on top and mix it into the yogurt. Then grab your chia seeds—they should look like a jelly—and put them straight into the yogurt.
Now you can start adding your toppings. Sprinkle muesli (preferably with no added sugars) on the yogurt and add some chopped fruit; strawberries, raspberries and blueberries go well with yogurt and muesli.
2. Avocado Toast
You can’t go wrong with the classic avocado on toast. Pop two slices of wholegrain bread into the toaster and mash up some ripe avocado. Top the toast with smashed avocado, sprinkle on some salt and pepper and then add your toppings.
You could add tomato, feta, or if you have a bit of time, sunny side up eggs for an extra dose of protein in the morning.
3. Peanut Butter, Banana and Chia Seed Toast
As we mentioned, chia seeds are a great addition to your breakfast, and they’re more versatile than you might think. When left unsoaked, chia seeds can add a healthy crunch to your breakfast dish.
Spread peanut butter on toast and add sliced banana. Top it off with the magic ingredient by sprinkling chia seeds on top of the bananas.
4. Berry and Yogurt Smoothie
For a quick and easy blend, take a cup or two of frozen fruit (bananas and berries work well together) and blend them together with a few tablespoons of Greek yogurt and your choice of liquid; this could be almond milk, regular milk, coconut water, juice—whatever you’re in the mood for.
Smoothies can also be made ahead of time and enjoyed as a midday snack. Freeze your mixture overnight and let it thaw throughout the day to enjoy a tasty treat in the afternoon.
5. Overnight Oats with Fruit
If you’re in a rush in the mornings, this is perfect for you. The night before, mix together the following ingredients in an airtight container:
- ⅓ cup of oats
- ½ cup of almond milk
- 1 teaspoon of chia seeds
- ½ tablespoon of maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
Seal the container and place in the fridge overnight.
In the morning, first stir the oats and then top them with slivered almonds, sliced banana, and blueberries.
6. Acai Bowl
It can be tough to eat healthily when you’re out, so we’ve included a few great breakfast restaurant options for the ever-popular acai bowl. Pronounced ah-sigh-EE, these are essentially smoothie bowls topped with granola, fruit, and coconut. Sounds simple, but it’s delicious.
Here are a few good places around Sydney where you can get your acai fix:
- Bare Naked Bowls (Bronte, Manly)
- Acai Brothers (Neutral Bay)
- Fruitologist (Bondi, Rozelle)
- Bondi Wholefoods (Bondi, Surry Hills)
- Culture Bean (Kogarah)
- Happy as Larry (CBD)
7. Granola Pancakes
This one is for the lazy weekend morning when you have time to put in a little bit more effort. We promise, it’s worth it.
First, organise the following ingredients:
- 1 cup granola
- ½ rolled oats
- 2 bananas
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup of low-fat milk
- ¼ teaspoon of baking powder
- Yogurt (optional topping)
- Berries (optional topping)
Step one: Whizz up the granola, oats, bananas, eggs, milk and baking powder in a blender. Blend until smooth, then rest for 5 minutes.
Step two: Heat a small non-stick pan over medium heat. Spray the pan with oil and then drop ¼ cups of batter into the pan. Cook for 30 seconds or until small bubbles appear on the surface of the batter. Flip the pancake over and cook for approximately one minute until cooked through. Repeat until all the batter has been used.
Step three: Toppings! It’s up to you how to serve your pancakes. Add berries, yogurt, coconut flakes; the list is endless.
8. Healthy Banana Bread
Like the granola pancakes, our healthy banana bread is probably best suited for a morning where you have a leisurely amount of time to create your health masterpiece.
For your banana bread you are going to need the following ingredients:
- ⅓ cup of unsweetened applesauce
- ¼ cup of honey
- 2 tablespoons of light brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 3 ripe bananas
- ¼ cup of almond milk
- 1 teaspoon of baking soda
- 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon of salt
- ½ teaspoon of ground cinnamon
- 1 ½ cups of white whole-wheat flour
Step one: Preheat your oven to 175°C and grease your loaf pan.
Step two: Mash the bananas until you have approximately 1 ½ cups.
Step three: Combine the applesauce, honey, brown sugar and eggs together in a large bowl. Stir in the mashed bananas and almond milk. Add baking soda, cinnamon, vanilla extract, salt and stir it all together.
Step four: Gradually fold the flour into the batter until just combined; do not continue to mix after this point as you risk overmixing it.
Step five: Pour the batter into pan and bake for approx. 45 to 50 minutes. The loaf is ready when you can insert a toothpick into the centre of the loaf and it comes out clean. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes before transferring to the wire rack to cool.
These eight recipes give you a mix of options to get you through the week and the weekends. Mix up the flavour combinations until you find one that gets you excited about breakfast!