Our best healthy breakfast recipes
A delicious, healthy breakfast sets the stage for a healthy day’but it’s easy to be stuck for ideas. Whether you’re looking for a quick weekday fix or a gourmet treat on the weekend, try our best healthy breakfast recipes to change things up
Source: Web exclusive: October 2008
Quick and healthy breakfast recipes
Peach Streusel Muffins
Chunks of fresh peach and crunchy pecans add flavour and nutrition to these delicious streusel-topped muffins.
Homemade Low-Fat Granola
Quick, simple and healthy, this versatile granola is more than just a breakfast cereal: add dried fruit for a portable snack, or combine with yogurt and berries for an amazing parfait.
Apricot and Pecan Muffins
Packed with fresh fruit and nuts, and delicately spiced with cinnamon, these homemade apricot and pecan muffins are lower in fat and sugar than store-bought muffins, and contain no trans fats or preservatives.
Muesli with Strawberries and Hazelnuts
The original recipe for this nutritious breakfast cereal was developed more than a century ago, by Dr. Bircher-Benner at his clinic in Zurich. The technique of soaking the cereal, here using milk, makes the muesli easier to eat and digest.
Fresh Fruit Muesli
Fresh muesli, moist from soaking and rich with juicy fruit, is a revelation to those who have only eaten dried muesli. It has the consistency of oatmeal with the freshness of raw ingredients. This fresh fruit muesli makes a satisfying way to start the day.
Apple Spice Muffins
Craving some freshly baked goods? Make these fruity muffins in just 15 minutes.
Dried cherries add flavour to these muffins, a great portable snack or breakfast idea.
Banana and Mango Shake
A thick banana-flavoured milk shake with a tropical touch, this will appeal to children and adults alike. It is an ideal drink for busy breakfast times as it is packed with nourishment and very quick to prepare.
Summer Berry Muffins
Fresh summer berries add delicious flavour, colour and nutrition to these tempting berry muffins. They are best fresh from the oven, but are also good once cooled’an ideal addition to a lunchbox, or for breakfast on the go.
Chocolate Almond Smoothie
This is a satisfying, antioxidant-rich smoothie that will keep the hunger away for hours.
Banana Cinnamon Muffins
These delicious, moist muffins with a crunchy sweet topping are low in fat and contain bananas, oat bran, soy milk and soy flour’all beneficial for anyone eating for a healthy heart. Enjoy them warm at breakfast or at morning coffee.
Fruity Vegetable Muffins
Not only do grated vegetables and dried fruit add food value and flavour to these muffins, but they also make them deliciously moist. Unlike many other kinds, these vegetable muffins are not too sweet, so they are as good in a packed lunch or as a snack.
Country Berry Smoothie
Serve up this berry smoothie for a quick, light breakfast.
Muffins are perfect for breakfast, providing the energy boost the body needs to start the day. This particular breakfast muffin recipe is packed full of good ingredients that add fibre, vitamins and minerals, too.
Bring variety to breakfast by skipping the oats and cooking up some healthy, protein-rich quinoa instead.
Worth-the-time healthy breakfast recipes
Peach Ricotta Pancakes
Each pancake is garnished with three slices of fresh peaches, offering a sweet flavour to every bite. To reduce prep time, combine the wet ingredients the night before, store in the refrigerator and combine with the dry ingredients in the morning.
Lima Beans and Bacon on Toast
Here’s a new version of beans on toast, combining creamy lima beans with crisp bacon, cottage cheese and mustard. Accompanied by a fresh salad, this makes a fabulous meal that is ready to serve in about 15 minutes.
Noodle-Stuffed Thai Omelette
For these delectable chili-flavoured Thai omelettes, the eggs are whisked with cornstarch to give them a slightly firmer texture, suitable for folding around a colourful filling of stir-fried rice noodles and vegetables.
Eggs Benedict traditionally uses ham or bacon and a rich butter sauce. Here, a yogurt and chive hollandaise sauce contrasts with the richness of poached eggs and lean prosciutto, to make a lighter, but equally special version.
Apple-Walnut Pancakes with Spelt (pictured)
Bring your family together on the weekend with homemade pancakes that blend the best flavours of Canada’s changing seasons: crisp, sweet apples and real maple syrup.
Cinnamon Raisin Bread
This milk-enriched fruity loaf tastes good plain or can be served spread with a little honey or jam. It’s also wonderful toasted for breakfast, when the gentle aroma of warm cinnamon makes a soothing start to the day.
The term ‘Florentine’ in a recipe title indicates that the dish uses spinach. This updated version of the classic eggs Florentine uses a sauce thickened with cornstarch rather than a butter and flour roux. Serve with whole-wheat toast.
These little bread rings are delicious teamed with savoury fillings such as smoked salmon and a soft cheese, or egg and salad. The double cooking method gives bagels their unique softness and slightly chewy crust.
Herbed French Toast with Mushrooms
Give breakfast or brunch a new twist with this savoury version of French toast. Triangles of bread are dipped into a fresh herb and egg mixture, then fried until crisp and golden. Serve herbed French toast with mushrooms and lean bacon.
Egg-White Omelette with Spinach
A delicious basic omelette minus the fat and cholesterol’that’s the kind of recipe every health-conscious cook needs. To make this egg-white omelette even more delicious, you can embellish the dish in creative, savoury ways with simple fillings.
Caramelized Banana Crumpets
Forget about smothering toasted crumpets in butter; this low-fat topping is yummy and much healthier. Mashed bananas are mixed with ricotta and spices and piled onto crumpet fingers, then drizzled with honey and broiled.
Blueberry Popovers with Berry Salad
Similar to Yorkshire puddings, popovers are a much-loved treat, and the sweet version here is perfect for breakfast or brunch. The batter is baked, and the blueberry popovers are served with sweet, fresh berries to add extra vitamin C.
Waffle with Glazed Nectarines
Waffles aren’t just for weekends any more! You can dig into this hot breakfast any weekday morning. Light and simple ingredients and plenty of juicy glazed nectarines make these wonderful waffles a heart-healthy way to start the day.
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