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Three easy and healthy breakfast ideas

Get your day off to a great start with these delicious breakfasts packed full of goodness. Whether it's a busy work morning, or a much needed lazy Sunday, you can whip up these tasty recipes in no time!  

1. Almond and flax seed porridge

  • Serves 4: Minutes 20.

  • Calories 265.

  • Fat 8g (25%*).

  • Protein 7g (10%*).

  • Carbs 49g (66%*)
    * percentage of daily allowance.

Your shopping list: 

  • 200g rolled oats.

  • 500ml water.

  • 500ml coconut water.

  • 2 tbsp flaked almonds.

  • 3 tbsp flax seeds.

  • 3 tbsp maple syrup.

  • 2 large kiwis.


  • Combine the oats, water and coconut water in a heavy-based saucepan.

  • Bring to the boil over moderate heat before reducing to a simmer, stirring frequently.

  • Cook until the porridge is thick and creamy, about 8–12 minutes usually. Continue to stir frequently to prevent sticking.

  • In the meantime, toast 4 tbsp oats with the flaked almonds in a dry frying pan set over medium heat until golden and aromatic.

  • Tip out onto a chopping board and roughly chop. Transfer to a small bowl.

  • When ready to serve stir the flax seeds into the porridge before dividing it between four serving bowls.

  • Drizzle with maple syrup and top with diced kiwi fruit and the chopped oat and almond mixture before serving.

2. Banana almond pancakes

  • Serves 1: Minutes 15.

  • Calories 352.

  • Fat 7g (16%*).

  • Protein 11g (11%*).

  • Carbs 73g (73%*).

Your shopping list: 

  • 1 medium banana.

  • 1 large egg.

  • 10 almonds.

  • 10–15 raspberries.

  • 1 tsp raw honey.

  • 1 tsp cinnamon.

  • 4–5 sprays light spray oil.


  • 1. Whisk the egg in a bowl.

  • 2. Peel banana and mash it in a small bowl.

  • 3. Place the beaten egg on the mashed banana and mix well. Add the cinnamon and stir thoroughly.

  • 4. Spray a coated pan with light cooking spray oil and place over medium heat.

  • 5. Pour the banana and egg mixture into the pan to make a large pancake or pair of small pancakes, as desired. Cook for 3–4 minutes. Turn the pancakes to cook the other side.

  • 6. Chop or mash the almonds and spread on the pancake.

  • 7. Top the pancake with raspberries.

  • 8. Drizzle with honey and serve hot.

3. Apple berry smoothie

  • Serves 1: Minutes 5.

  • Calories 275.

  • Fat 3g (8%*).

  • Protein 10g (13%*).

  • Carbs 60g (79%*).

Your shopping list: 

  • 1 cup spinach.

  • 1/2 apple.

  • 1/2 cup blueberries.

  • 1 tbsp raw honey.

  • 200 ml low-fat milk.

  • 3–4 leaves fresh basil.


  • 1. Wash the spinach leaves and put in the blender.

  • 2. Wash the apple, cut into slices and put in the blender.

  • 3. Put honey, milk and washed blueberries in the blender.

  • 4. Mix well.

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