Breakfast-ideas

5 Breakfast Ideas To Boost Weight Loss

Looking to make some healthier changes in your diet this summer? Rather than skipping breakfast and choosing meals which won’t sustain your body for the day, we have compiled a list of five options that will promote weight loss and keep you feeling fuller for longer.

RELATED: 5 Valentine’s Day Breakfast Ideas

Poached eggs

While the eggs themselves might feel difficult to poach at first, this is actually a quick and easy breakfast everyone can enjoy. Stick to wholemeal or multi-grain bread which is packed with added nutrients to keep you going throughout the day.

5 Breakfast Ideas To Boost Weight Loss

Oatmeal

A bowl of oatmeal with a few sliced vegetables and low-fat milk is another great breakfast option that won’t have you binge-eating by the early afternoon. The oats help to fill your stomach without feeling too bloated, also.

5 Breakfast Ideas To Boost Weight Loss

Chia pudding

Choose a healthy chia pudding which is loaded with fibre, omega 3 and protein to provide your body with energy all morning. Sprinkle a few pomegranate seeds over the top to naturally sweeten the meal.

5 Breakfast Ideas To Boost Weight Loss

Green smoothie

A green smoothie might seem like an obvious choice, but it’s packed full of vitamins and minerals which are so good for you! Be careful with your portions since this might actually cause weight gain.

5 Breakfast Ideas To Boost Weight Loss

Smoked salmon and avocado

Not only is smoked salmon easy to prepare (it’s mostly pre-cooked) but it’s so good for you! The protein will keep your body full and will give enough energy to last all day long.

5 Breakfast Ideas To Boost Weight Loss

Images via World Lifestyle, BuzzFeed, Popsugar Fitness, Pinterest, Love This Pic, A Simple Pantry

July 30, 2015

5 Healthy Summer Breakfast Ideas

Embrace the warmer weather and make sure your breakfast is packed with seasonal fruit and vegetables this summer. Stuck on ideas? Try some of our favourite healthy summer breakfast dishes below, which are quick and easy to create if you’re in a hurry!

RELATED: Low Fast English Breakfast Recipe

Acai bowls

These healthy breakfast options are packed with fibre, vitamins, and are so yummy! Add some of your favourite fruits such as banana, strawberry, blueberry, kiwi fruit, and grains to give the bowl added texture.

5 Healthy Summer Breakfast Ideas

Parfait jar

Create this stunning parfait the night before and layer yoghurt, fruit, and crunchy grains to create a delicious meal for the morning.

5 Healthy Summer Breakfast Ideas

Fruit yoghurt popsicles

This is the perfect recipe for kids who are more than picky eaters! Create your own fruity popsicles with delicious berries which everyone is bound to enjoy during the summer.

5 Healthy Summer Breakfast Ideas

Smoothie

A healthy fruit smoothie is the perfect way to feed your stomach first thing in the morning. Add a handful of berries to give even those sour vegetables a fruity taste.

5 Healthy Summer Breakfast Ideas

Quinoa bowls

For more of a filling meal, opt for quinoa which works well with milk and coconut water. Drizzle some sliced fruit and honey over the top for extra flavour.

5 Healthy Summer Breakfast Ideas

Images via Peanut Butter and Peppers, Pinterest, Serge The Concierge, Babble, Skinny Taste, Dessert For Two

July 17, 2015

Breakfast Staples: The Perfect Bircher Muesli Recipe

Breakfast is my favourite meal of the day. There are so many breakfast foods that are absolutely delicious and guarantee a good start in the day, one of them being Bircher muesli.

Bircher muesli has become a classic breakfast recipe and a staple in every reputable cafe. It was invented by Swiss physician Maximilian Bircher-Benner at the start of the 20th century; he wanted to create a healthy breakfast that included fruits for his patients in Zurich.

RELATED: Easy Paleo Breakfast Recipes

Throughout the past 100 years, the recipe has been copied, altered, and honed worldwide, but the basic ingredients stay the same: Oats, nuts, apples, and milk or yoghurt. There is no cooking involved and it’s incredibly quick to prepare.

There are many ways to make Bircher muesli and different tastes require different ingredients, but I think the following is a winner:

Ingredients

2 cups rolled oats

25 grams of almonds, chopped

1 1/2 cups Greek yoghurt

1/2 cup apple juice

1 big apple, grated

Method

  1. Mix the rolled oats and almonds with 1 1/2 cups of natural Greek yoghurt and apple juice and let soak overnight. Depending on how mushy you like your muesli to be you can adjust the amount of yoghurt and apple juice you use.
  2. Add grated apple to mixture and sprinkle with honey for sweetness.
  3. Add any (dried) fruit or nuts you like. A bit of cinnamon works well, too.

This recipe is so easy to make and the best thing is that you can prepare everything the night before, then in the morning all you have to do is mix it, put it in a jar and it will easily last a few days in the fridge. Your healthy breakfast for this week is sorted! Enjoy hitting the snooze button on your alarm one more time.

image via davidlatta.files.wordpress.com

July 10, 2015

5 Valentine’s Day Breakfast Ideas

With Valentine’s Day just a few sleeps away, indulge your partner in a themed breakfast or even brunch recipe.

Our guide gives you quick and easy ways to create a delicious meal which is perfect if you haven’t decided to exchange gifts this year. A few heart-shaped pancakes never did anyone harm, right?

RELATED: Fluffy Pancake Recipe

Pink cinnamon scrolls

Just about the perfect scrolls you will ever have, and the best part – they’re pink! Use white and pink icing sugar to create a sweet texture which will won’t last until midday. We warned you!

5 Valentine's Day Breakfast Ideas

French toast

Who doesn’t love French toast, nutella and love hearts? Use a cookie mould to shape your french toast before baking in the oven or over a hot pan. Strawberries and nutella are an extra treat which count as a cheat meal, right?

5 Valentine's Day Breakfast Ideas

Red velvet pancakes

Possibly one of the best ideas we’ve ever seen. Take a conventional red velvet recipe and alter it to create some yummy cupcakes. The cream-cheese icing makes for the finishing touch to a sweet breakfast recipe.

5 Valentine's Day Breakfast Ideas

Pink hot chocolate

Simply sprinkle pink and red icing sugar with cream over the top of your usual hot chocolate. Yum!

5 Valentine's Day Breakfast Ideas

Bacon hearts

For the true bacon lovers, take a single rasher of bacon and curve the ends into a heart shape. Grill or bake until crispy, and serve with a poached egg and avocado.

5 Valentine's Day Breakfast Ideas

Those are just a few of our favourite breakfast ideas for Valentine’s Day. Comment below with some of your must-haves!

Images via House Hunt, Rachel Schultz, Simply Kierste, Recipe By Photo, Love From The Oven, Something Swanky

February 13, 2015

Wild Mushroom Omelette Recipe

Start your morning the right way with a healthy wild mushroom omelette which is sure to keep you full until lunch time.

Our recipe takes about 5 minutes to prepare, and will leave you with lots of time to get ready for work afterwards!

RELATED: Baked Eggs in Tomatoes Recipe

Ingredients

2 cups mushrooms

3 eggs

2 tbsp butter

1 tbsp olive oil

1 tsp chopped chives

Salt and peper to season

Method

  1. Wash and slice the mushrooms into small, bite-sized pieces.
  2. Heat a pan over medium heat, and add the butter until it begins to sauté. Add the mushrooms into the pan, and cook for approximately 10 minutes, or until they begin to melt. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Break the eggs into a small bowl, and whisk until the yolks have combined. Transfer this into another non-stick pan. Cook on both sides until the egg looks golden-brown. Then fold and transfer onto a plate.
  4. Pour the mushrooms over the omelette, and season with salt, pepper and chives.

Image via Cooking Insens

February 7, 2015

Janelle Bloom’s Breakfast Mushrooms Recipe

Mushrooms are great at any time of the day but after this meal, you’ll be wanting mushies for breakfast everyday.

Preparation time 15 mins

Cooking time 35 mins

Serves 4

Ingredients

1/2 cup SunRice Brown rice, rinsed

1 cup water

1 tbsp olive oil

1 brown onion, finely chopped

2 tsp ground cumin

1 tsp ground coriander

1 lemon, rind finely grated, quartered

2 tsp fresh thyme leaves

4 (medium-large) flat mushrooms, stems removed

60g soft marinated feta

4 free range eggs

Lemon wedges, thyme & toasted grain bread, to serve, optional

Method

  1. Preheat oven 200°C fan forced. Put the rice and water in a medium saucepan. Bring to the boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 25 minutes. Remove from heat and stand covered for 10 minutes. Rinse then drain well.
  2. Meanwhile, heat oil in a small frying pan over medium heat. Add the onion, sauté 3-4 minutes until soft. Add the spices and cook 1 minute until aromatic. Stir into the rice with the lemon rind and thyme.
  3. Put mushrooms into a greased roasting pan. Divide the rice mixture amongst the mushrooms. Bake 10-15 minutes or until mushrooms are tender. Remove from the oven and crumble over the feta.
  4. Meanwhile, to poach eggs, almost fill a deep frying pan with water. Bring to simmer. Stir the water to create a gentle whirlpool. Crack 1 egg into a small ramekin then slowly tip the egg into the water and stir gently to continue the whirlpool effect. Repeat with remaining eggs. Cook for 11/2- 2 minutes, use a slotted spoon to remove the egg to a tray lined with paper towel.

Tip: Put 1 egg on the top of each mushroom, season and serve with lemon wedges, extra thyme and toast.

November 22, 2014

Pumpkin Pecan Maple Granola Recipe

Sometimes, even the “healthy” granola from the supermarket can have hidden sugars, preservatives and artificial additives. That is why we always recommend making your own – so you know exactly what is going into your body. This pumpkin, pecan and maple granola is the perfect fall recipe, packed with the season’s yummiest ingredients. Try something new for breakfast this week!

Makes 18

Ingredients

3 cups rolled oats

1 1/4 cups raw pecans

1/3 cup raw pepitas

3 tbsp sugar (optional – substitute with extra maple syrup or agave)

¼ tsp of sea salt

3/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice (optional – an extra pinch of cinnamon)

1/4 cup coconut oil

1/3 cup maple syrup

1/3 cup pumpkin puree

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 340 degrees.
  2. Mix oats, pecans, pepitas, sugar, salt and spice in a large bowl.
  3. In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, warm the coconut oil, maple syrup and pumpkin puree and whisk.
  4. Pour over the dry ingredients and quickly mix with a wooden spoon.
  5. Transfer mixture to two baking trays, lined with baking paper, and spread evenly across the surface. Bake for 22-30 minutes, stirring at the halfway mark. If you prefer chunkier granola, don’t stir as it breaks up the clusters. Instead, just rotate the pan or tray to ensure the batch is cooked evenly.
  6. Once the granola is golden brown, remove from oven and let cool until crispy.
  7. Transfer to an airtight container.
  8. Enjoy with milk or yoghurt.

 Image and recipe via minimalistbaker.com.

September 29, 2014

Healthy Vegetarian Breakfast Burrito

Want a creative way to get the kids to eat a healthy and substantial breakfast? Breakfast burritos are great for changing-up your usual breakfast routine. They’re also easy to make, full of nutritional goodness, and delicious. This vegetarian option includes super foods like beans and spinach, but if you’re really lusting for some meat, it also works well with bacon.

RELATED: Vegan tofu scramble breakfast recipe

Serves 4

Ingredients

4 eggs, scrambled (For larger servings, it is often best to calculate 1-2 eggs per burrito depending on the size of the tortilla and your appetite)

10 ounces baked beans

1 avocado

1 tomato, diced

1 packet baby spinach leaves

1 cup tasty cheese, grated

4 tortillas

(The portions on this recipe are just a suggestion. You are welcome to vary the amount of each ingredient, based on your preferences)

Method

  1. Heat a greased skillet on medium heat.
  2. Crack eggs into bowl, whisk lightly with fork, pour into heated skillet and scramble.
  3. Prepare beans – if you are using normal baked beans, heat them according to given instructions. However, I strongly recommend trying these easy homemade baked beans.
  4. Heat tortilla either on a skillet or in the microwave (best to follow any directions provided on the packaging).
  5. Place a spoonful of eggs, beans, a few slices of avocado, and sprinkle the diced tomatoes, spinach leaves and grated cheese down the middle of the tortilla.
  6. Fold the edges of your tortilla inward to make a burrito.

Image via yummly.com

September 27, 2014

5 Ways To Eat Eggs For Breakfast

Eggs are a wonderfully versatile food that can be eaten at any time of the day. Put them in a salad with lunch, a stir fry at dinner, or in a cake for dessert. They are used in different types of cuisines all over the world, and can be served with meats, vegetables, breads or noodles. Not only are there a million ways to eat them, they are also incredibly nutritious. Eggs are full of protein, omega 3 fatty acids, and vitamin A. They are also great to eat during pregnancy. However, in the western world eggs are most often eaten at breakfast. Here, we have just a few options for you to try out this week.

RELATED: Healthy tomato and bacon breakfast quiches

1. Poached shutterstock_136479254 Eggs benedict is a favorite way of eating poached eggs. Traditionally, eggs benedict describes poached eggs with wilted spinach and ham on an english muffin, covered in hollandaise sauce. To poach an egg, bring a pot of water to the boil, adding a tablespoon of vinegar. Carefully crack an egg into the water, gently stirring to make sure it doesn’t break apart too much, and forms a smooth, rounded shape. Leave for no longer than 3 minutes for a delicious, runny yolk.

2. Baked shutterstock_98776874 Shakshuka is a popular middle eastern version of baked eggs in a spicy tomato sauce. For a less exotic, but equally tasty and simple recipe, try these baked eggs in ham cups. Missing a skillet? Nevermind, you can also bake eggs in avocado!

3. Omelet  shutterstock_189340868 Cooking an omelet is a difficult skill to perfect. The folding or flipping phase can often turn our omelet into something resembling a scramble. For the best results, cook your omelet on a low heat, in a small, well-greased or non-stick pan. As you can see it it cooking through, use a spatula to carefully lift one side and gently fold it over. You don’t want the middle to be too runny or dry, so make sure the omelet is moist before folding, but without any excess that will splash or spill over when folding. Also, don’t pack your omelet with toppings. It is best to dice or finely chop any fillings, and use only a pinch of each.

4. Scrambled shutterstock_185793890 I would argue that scrambled eggs are the easiest eggs to cook. You don’t need to worry about runny yolks, or delicate flipping techniques. Just whip your eggs in a bowl with some milk, cream or butter, throw them in a pan and fold as they cook. I know – there are chefs rolling their eyes at me right now! But take it from Tetsuya, and try his ricotta and creamed corn scramble.

5. Fried shutterstock_203204710 The hardest part about frying eggs is definitely cracking them open! The number of times I have cursed myself for breaking a yolk or making a mess of the shell. There will always be arguments as to whether the corner of a bowl, or a flat surface is the best for cracking eggs – but personally, I prefer the flat surface. Cook to your liking – Runny? Sunny side up? – and serve with bacon in a bread roll, or with baked beans and toast.

September 20, 2014

Homemade Baked Beans Recipe

A serve of baked beans is a nutritional powerhouse, packed with good fiber, protein, iron and calcium. They are low GI, which means they slowly release carbohydrates, keeping you energized and full for longer, unlike artificial sugars. These baked beans are a great vegan breakfast treat, and are cheap to make in bulk so you’ll be able to feed the whole family! We recommend you eat with eggs and toast, seasoned with fresh coriander.

Ingredients

Splash of coconut oil (olive or vegetable oil is also fine)

1 small brown onion, peeled and diced

1 cup crushed or sieved tomatoes (from a tin/jar)

1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved

¼ cup semi-dried tomatoes (or more cherry tomatoes)

14oz can Borlotti beans (or your favourite beans), drained and rinsed

1 tsp dried cumin

1 tsp dried oregano

1 tsp dried thyme

½ tsp dried cayenne pepper

Salt and pepper to season

Bread, toasted (to serve)

Instructions
  1. Heat oil in a pan over medium heat
  2. Cook onions first, stirring until translucent.
  3. Add tomatoes and simmer for a few minutes
  4. Add beans, herbs and spices and continue to simmer for 10 more minutes.
  5. Taste and season with salt and freshly cracked pepper, if desired.
  6. Serve on toast or fresh crusty bread. Enjoy!

Image and recipe via vegansparkles.com

September 17, 2014

Healthy Tomato And Bacon Breakfast Quiches

Breakfast is an important part of your day because you’re refuelling your body after an overnight fast.  If you don’t eat breakfast you’re essentially running on empty and you’re more likely to be overweight, reaching for those high sugar snacks mid-morning.

Eggs are one of the most nutritious foods on the planet – they are packet full of nutrients that have been shown to reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease, help with brain function and help to reduce the risk of macular degeneration, so why not add them to your breakfast.

Try this simple and healthy recipe that will leave you feeling full for longer and ensure that you’re getting a boost of vitamins and minerals first thing in the morning.

Ingredients

175g bacon, rind off and diced

1/3 cup cottage cheese

¼ cup milk

¼ cup grated parmesan

¼ cup chives, chopped finely

3 Lebanese or mountain breads

5 eggs

5 cherry tomatoes, halved

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees Celsius and lightly grease 9 holes of a muffin pan.
  2. Cook bacon in a small frying pan until brown then set aside.
  3. Cut 3 x 11cm rounds from each bread to make 9 rounds in total then ease into greased muffin pan holes.
  4. Whisk together eggs, cottage cheese, milk and parmesan.
  5. Sprinkle bacon on the base of each bread in the muffin pan then top with egg mixture and a tomato half.
  6. Bake for fifteen minutes or until filling is set.
  7. Sprinkle with chives to serve.

Image via taste.com.au

September 16, 2014

Vegan Tofu Scramble Breakfast Recipe

Add this tasty tofu recipe to your vegan cookbook for a simple, animal-friendly meal. Feel free to add whatever spices and sides you like. Personally, I think it’s great with grilled tomatoes and mushrooms, and sourdough toast.

Ingredients

300g/10.6ozs tofu (firm or silken)

50ml/1.7 fl ozs soy milk (if using silken tofu)

2 teaspoons oil for frying

1/4 cup sliced green onions or 1/2 a red onion, sliced (I prefer red onion)

1 small garlic clove, peeled and sliced

handful baby spinach leaves

3/4 teaspoon turmeric

1/3 teaspoon curry powder

salt and pepper

Bread to serve

Method

  1. Place tofu in a sieve and drain for at least 20 minutes. Put some weight or pressure on it to speed up the process. For silken tofu, blend with the soy milk (there’s no need to strain it).
  2. Heat a skillet on medium-high heat and add the oil. Fry the onion and garlic until the onion is translucent and then add the spinach leaves and stir until wilted. Add the tofu and sprinkle with the turmeric and curry powder. Gently stir and then season with salt and pepper. Serve with toast.

Image and recipe via Not Quite Nigella.

August 24, 2014

DIY Bircher Muesli Recipe

Why are so many of us venturing out to  score a serving of bircher muesli, when it’s so easy to make at home? Follow SHESAID’s no-fuss recipe and you can have this cafe-style meal in your own kitchen.

Bircher was created by a Swiss physician in the 1900s. It’s an oats-based breakfast option, but can also be a great healthy snack. Oats help lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease. Add some yogurt and fruit, and you’ve got a perfect balanced meal!

The great thing about making your own bircher, is that you can add whatever you like. We’ve made our suggestions, but feel free to play around with your favorite fruits and nuts.

Ingredients

1 cup rolled oats

1/2 cup apple juice or water

1 green apple

1/4 cup natural yogurt

To serve (optional):

Fresh seasonal fruit

Nuts

Honey

Method

  1. Combine your oats and apple juice or water in a large bowl and soak overnight. [Note: Apple juice will make your oats nice and sweet, but water works just as well, and is the healthy alternative to high-sugar juices]
  2. The next morning, add grated apple (as much or little as you like) and yogurt. Sprinkle with your choice of fruits and nuts. I suggest strawberries and raspberries, with flaked almonds, pistachios or hazelnuts. Drizzle honey for extra sweetness.

Tip

Make your bircher in a jar to manage your portions and ensure an easy clean-up. Just half fill with oats, cover with water or juice, and follow the rest of the instructions above.

Image via unravelmytravels.wordpress

August 1, 2014

French Women Don’t Get Fat Magical Breakfast Cream Recipe

One of the most popular French Women Don’t Get Fat recipes, this Magical Breakfast Cream is everything you want for breakfast: tasty, healthy and ready in just a few minutes. It’s also a delicious way to get a serve of calcium.

From the French Women Don’t Get Fat Cookbook by Mireille Guiliano.

Beware: this recipe is addictive. It’s also extremely easy and quick to make, and one can play and interchange so many ingredients. It is the perfect complete breakfast and will keep you from getting hungry until late lunch. Why do I call it Magical Breakfast Cream? Magical? Something that is a combination of tasty, easy, and so good for your well-being has to be magical, right?

Serves 1

Preparation Time: 10-15 Minutes

Ingredients 

1/3 cup yogurt
1 teaspoon flaxseed oil
1 to 2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon honey (or to taste)
2 tablespoons (20g) finely ground cereal (with no added sugar such as Shredded Wheat)*
2 teaspoons (5g) finely ground walnuts*

Method

1. Mix yogurt and oil in a bowl. Add lemon juice and mix well then add the honey and mix well.  (It is important to add each ingredient one at a time, mixing well between additions to obtain a smooth, creamy texture.)

2. Add ground walnuts and cereal to the yogurt mixture and mix well.  Serve at once.

* You can finely grind the cereal and walnuts using a small food processor or mortar and pestle.

Mireille’s notes:
* You can do a week’s worth of grinding cereal/nut mixture and keep it refrigerated so in the morning it will take just an instant to mix together!

* Flaxseed oil is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, have no fear, you will not taste the oil in the fine creamy blend.

* I use Shredded Wheat cereal made from whole grain wheat, but you could add other wholegrain cereals which contain no added sugar.

What’s your favourite healthy breakfast recipe?

November 10, 2013