Simple ways to make a healthier breakfast

It’s claimed to be the most important meal of the day, but are we really getting the most out of our breakfast? Whether you prefer toast, cereal or a smoothie to start your day, here are all the ideas you need to stir up your routine and make brekkie time a bit healthier.

1. Toast & toppings

Toast is an all-time classic when it comes to having a quick breakfast on the go – who isn’t guilty of gobbling down their last slice on the way to work? But dedicating just a few more minutes to jazzing up your toast in the morning is a simple way to start your day with some more nutrients – not to mention a more relaxed state of mind.

For a good dose of morning protein, try topping your toast with peanut or other nut butters, slices of boiled egg, a dollop of hummus or a spoonful of cottage cheese. If you want to kick off your fruit and vege intake for the day early, one of our favourite combinations is avocado, tomato and a squeeze of lemon – you can even add some parsley or rocket for an extra sprinkling of vege. Or if you want to be a bit adventurous, try one of these creative pairings: peanut butter and banana, tahini and honey, baba ganoush and sprouts or goat’s cheese and strawberries. And, try to opt for a wholegrain loaf over white – your body will thank you for it.

2. Cereal & porridge

If you’re more of a sweet tooth in the morning, there are so many delicious options for a healthy breakfast. As far as packaged cereals are concerned, a good rule of thumb is to look at the nutrition information panel on the back and opt for a box that has less than 20g of sugar per 100g. Or you canwhip up your own bowl of goodness, so you know exactly what’s going into it.

For porridge lovers, this Overnight Porridge is a cinch to make – simply put all the ingredients in your slow cooker and let it do its thing while you sleep! In the morning, instead of sprinkling your porridge with sugar, try adding a touch of cinnamon or frozen fruit to infuse it with natural flavour. For something a bit different, soak chia seeds in your milk of choice and chill it overnight, then top your chia pudding with fresh fruit in the morning. If you want to add some extra protein to your bowls, sprinkle some LSA for a nutritious boost to finish.

3. Smoothie swaps

Starting the day with a smoothie is such a great way to fuel your body with goodness, and there aren’t many nutritious meals that are as simple as chucking a few ingredients in a blender! But it’s important for smoothie lovers to know the tips for creating a concoction that will make your insides happy.

It’s great to pack lots of different types of fruit in your blender, but remember that fruit contains high levels of natural sugars, which are best when taken in small portions. An easy way around this is to swap some of your fruits with veggies – spinach and silverbeet are a great way to add extra colour, fibre and vitamins A and C. We also love adding avocado for a beautiful creamy texture, as well as a boost of fibre. Try this delicious Spinach, Avocado and Banana Smoothie to get a taste for it! Smoothies are a fantastic way to use up aging or Odd Bunch produce – if your fruit and vegetables are starting to get past their best, peel and chop them, then store in the freezer to use in your smoothies during the week.

For an extra hit of protein, top your smoothies with goodies such as hemp seeds and powder, LSA or peanut andother nut butters. They also bring delightful tastes and textures, so get creative with your favourite superfoods – this Macro Banana Smoothie uses chia seeds and goji berries!