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8 Ways To Shake Up Your Breakfast

To celebrate Breakfast Week, here are eight easy ways to give your first meal of the day a healthy boost

By Amy Lewis, 10 January 2016
8 Ways To Shake Up Your Breakfast

It’s no lie that breakfast really is the most important meal of the day.

Fill a small to medium sized bowl with combinations of granola, muesli, oatmeal, yoghurt, chopped fresh fruit and nuts for an early morning hit of nutritional goodness

Studies have shown that children who arrive at school with empty tummies often don’t progress as well as those who regularly eat a filling morning meal, while adults who skip breakfast admit to unhealthy snacking throughout the day.

So because it’s Breakfast Week and because it really is so important for all the family to have a healthy start to the day, here’s a few brilliant ideas to ‘shake up your wake up’!

From speedy recipe ideas to a healthier full English, there’s no need to skip breakfast when you’re armed with all of these ideas...

SWAP JUICE FOR SMOOTHIES

Swap a glass of fruit juice for a smoothie containing whole fruits and veggies for a more filling and nutritious morning drink. You can even blend them up the night before and chill in the fridge.

DON’T UNDERESTIMATE EGGS

Scrambled, poached, boiled with soldiers – no matter how you like your eggs in the morning they all take less than 10 minutes to prepare and are one of the most filling, healthy breakfast options of all. Add some toast, some ham or even a side of salmon to give them a boost.

 

GET CREATIVE WITH TOAST TOPPINGS

There’s more to toast than butter and jam. Peanut butter contains plenty of protein, bananas are packed with vitamins, fibre and potassium and avocado contains plenty of healthy fats to keep you feeling full. The combinations are endless, so think outside the box when it comes to toast toppings!

EXPERIMENT WITH BREAKFAST BOWLS

Breakfast bowls are fast becoming a foodie trend. Fill a small to medium sized bowl with combinations of granola, muesli, oatmeal, yoghurt, chopped fresh fruit and nuts for an early morning hit of nutritional goodness. Depending on what you’re including, you can even make them up the night before and store them in plastic to-go pots, for eating on the run.

SPRUCE UP YOUR PORRIDGE

Plain porridge can get a little boring. Why not try adding some flavour by topping your bowl with chopped banana, blueberries, a dollop of honey, some cinnamon or even some blended fruit. They’re all healthier and far tastier than a sprinkling of sugar.

MAKE FRUIT MORE FUN WITH KEBAB STICKS

If you struggle to get the kids to eat fruit, try putting a fun twist on apples, grapes, bananas and more by chopping them up and stacking on kebab sticks. 

GO THE FULL ENGLISH

Can a full English ever be healthy? If you switch up the way you cook what’s on your plate, then yes! Grill good quality sausages (check the packaging for a high percentage of meat content, we like these healthy sausages from Heck) and lean bacon rather than frying, add some poached eggs and serve with grilled fresh tomatoes and brown toast.

To find out more about Breakfast Week and why eating breakfast is so important, visit shakeupyourwakeup.com