36 healthy breakfast ideas
Start the day well with our easy, nutritious breakfast recipes. Boost your morning with a batch of breakfast muffins, a super green smoothie, or low-cal buckwheat pancakes
Looking for healthy breakfast ideas? Try our easy low-calorie recipes. Our healthy options to start the day include gut-friendly breakfasts foods, vegan breakfast ideas and many more recipes for a nourishing breakfast.
We can all benefit from adding more plant-based foods to our diet, for they are typically richer in certain vitamins and minerals such as vitamins A, C and E, zinc and magnesium, and they are naturally higher in fibre which is important for supporting your digestive system and its microbiome. Having more plant foods in your diet may also help reduce the risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
Our low-calorie breakfast recipes are ideal for a busy lifestyle. We also have plenty more easy breakfast recipes and on-the-go breakfast recipes from acai smoothie bowls to muffins and lighter style eggs. For more inspiration, try our healthy oat recipes, high-fibre breakfast recipes, smoothie recipes and smoothie bowl recipes. We also have our easy juice recipes for you to try.
Healthy breakfast ideas
1. Protein porridge
Start the day with this healthy porridge. It’s high in protein and low in sugar – we used granola, banana, chocolate chips and seeds as toppings.
2. Acai bowl
Whip up this antioxidant-rich acai bowl for a speedy breakfast – top with nut butter, seeds and fresh fruit, if you like.
3. Berry and nut butter porridge
Packed with nuts, fruit and oats, this hearty bowl is perfect for a post-workout breakfast.
4. Baked oats
Simple, healthy and ready in half an hour, make these easy baked oats part of your new breakfast routine.
5. Healthy chia pudding
You only need a handful of ingredients to rustle up this nice and easy chia pudding, topped with quickly cooked apples.
6. Healthy muffins
Serve a batch of these vegan crumble muffins, bursting with tropical sweetness, as part of a healthy breakfast spread.
7. Rhubarb breakfast pots
Check out our rhubarb pots for a nourishing breakfast. These colourful pots are simple to make and are high in protein, perfect fuel to start your day.
8. Mango smoothie bowl
For a quick and satisfying breakfast packed with vibrant fruit, check out this creamy lassi smoothie bowl.
9. Vegan flapjacks
Quick to make and easy to eat on the go – fast and raw food is a hot healthy trend. These breakfast bars use dates and nut butter to hold together. Experiment with different seeds and nuts in your next batch, and use agave for a vegan version.
10. Mocha porridge
Morning porridge tastes so much more exciting when you add cocoa powder, espresso, almond milk, dates and cinnamon. The perfect vegan start to the day.
11. Green juice
Boost your energy in the mornings with this super vibrant and refreshing green juice full of vitamins and plenty of antioxidants.
12. Avocado and smoked salmon toasts
If you're looking for a healthy eating recipe that feels like a treat, try our avocado and smoked salmon toasts – a recipe that's bound to get you out of bed in the morning. We're a little obsessed with avo at olive, so try one of our best avocado on toast recipes.
13. Detox juice
This purple-hued vitality juice is a quick way to get plenty of nutrients into your body all at once.
14. Figs on toast with goat’s yogurt labneh
Delicious and good for you... these easy figs on toast with labneh are simple and quick to make. This recipe is light yet creamy, and veggie-friendly. Ready in just 15 minutes these make for a mouth-watering breakfast, brunch or snack.
15. Detox smoothie
In this nourishing smoothie recipe, the aniseed flavour of fennel is balanced out by the tang of the green apple and kiwi.
16. Smoked haddock and spinach rye toasts
One for those early risers with a savoury tooth, this quick and easy breakfast idea is high in protein and full of flavour from the smoked haddock, pecorino and garlic oil.
18. Healthy overnight oats with plums and almonds
Prep your oats the night before to make this quick and easy vegan breakfast for two. It may be low calorie but it'll leave you feeling satisfied and full until lunchtime.
19. Bircher muesli with chia seeds
If you're looking for an easy breakfast recipe that you can plan the night before, try our bircher muesli with chia seeds. This muesli is perfect for a healthy breakfast and can be topped with banana and blueberries.
20. Vegan tofu scramble
Check out this filling vegan breakfast recipe with smoked tofu, punchy chilli and pan-fried courgette – ready in less than 30 minutes. Have a look at more low-calorie vegan ideas.
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21. Spring greens shakshuka
If you want a healthy brunch recipe to try for a weekend brunch, make this healthy spring greens shakshuka. Made with eggs and green vegetables, this dish is perfect for anyone wanting a healthy yet filling breakfast.
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22. Baked eggs with spinach
Baked eggs with spinach is the perfect dish for a lighter brunch. It feels like a treat but, made with spinach, mushrooms and crème fraîche, it'll leave you feeling light and energised. Want more eggs inspiration? We have more than 60 egg recipes for you to check out.
23. Apricot, blueberry and almond muffins
Make these fruity almond muffins for an energising breakfast. Banana and yogurt keep them moist, while the butter, ground almonds and oats make them filling. No added sugar means you’re getting the day off to a good start, too.
24. Kefir, banana, almond and frozen berry smoothie
Full of plenty of good bacteria, this fruity smoothie recipe makes a great on-the-go breakfast idea.
25. Healthy vegan breakfast smoothie with strawberry and banana
Check out our quick and easy vegan smoothie with fresh strawberries, bananas and tofu. Using silken tofu gives a creamy texture to the smoothie. Our healthy smoothie recipes are easy to make, and we have plenty more.
26. Almond milk smoothie
This almond milk smoothie combines banana, cinnamon, porridge oats and nutmeg to make a hearty, high-protein and gently spiced shake to start the day.
27. Protein pancakes
Drizzle maple syrup or nut butter over these protein pancakes, made with bananas, wholemeal spelt flour and yogurt.
Make your own plant milks with these three quick and easy recipe ideas
You can make this with white or brown rice but the latter will give a nuttier taste. To keep it vegan, use maple syrup as a sweetener.
This easy milk alternative is great to splash over cereals or add to your morning tea or coffee. To keep it vegan, use maple syrup as a sweetener.
An easy, creamy milk alternative for vegans – simply use rolled oats and water, blend together and strain through a muslin. To keep it vegan, use maple syrup as a sweetener.
28. Breakfast oatmeal cookies
These healthy breakfast cookies are easy to make and full of wholesome ingredients including fibre-packed oatmeal and fruit – ideal for a breakfast or a mid-morning snack.
29. Healthy granola
Start every day the right way with this easy to make, healthy granola. Serve with milk or yogurt, and plenty of fresh fruit, for an energising breakfast.
30. Healthy spinach omelette
This healthy omelette is a satisfying vegetarian breakfast or lunch, topped with creamed spinach and juicy cherry tomatoes – we've lowered the fat by replacing cream with light soft cheese and milk.
31. Healthy banana bread
A healthy glug of maple syrup is the key to this wonderfully moist vegan banana bread, flavoured with coconut oil and desiccated coconut
32. Healthy banana pancakes
Using just three ingredients, these dairy and gluten-free pancakes are quick to whip up, and the peanut butter makes them sturdy, so they’re easy to flip!
33. Healthy sardines on toast
Sweet shallots, plump raisins and sharp capers go perfectly with sardines in this nourishing Sicilian-style dish – pile the lot on toasted bread for a speedy, fuss-free meal for two.
34. Healthy beans on toast
These baked beans are made with a twist. They have the welcome addition of juicy tomatoes, sweet peppers, chilli heat, tangy pomegranate molasses and fresh herbs.
35. Gluten-free pancakes
Check out these quick and gluten-free pancakes for your next brunch – make sure to finish with your favourite toppings!
36. Blueberry smoothie
Blueberries are loaded with healthy antioxidants – this easy smoothie is a great way to make them a regular part of your diet.
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