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Healthy Breakfast Ideas for 2016

January 4, 2016
healthy breakfast ideas

Breakfast is a big deal in our house. I’m not sure why but it always has been: somewhere along the line I seem to have instil in my two the importance of eating a good healthy meal to start the day.

Well, at least in Huxley I have. He has a long-lasting passionate love affair with porridge and given the chance would eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner. However come breakfast time for the usually healthy Elfie it’s a battle to get her to eat anything that isn’t either a small hoop or shaped like a Frozen character and packed with sugar.

healthy breakfast ideas

And then there’s me, who would literally choose marmite and butter on white toast over every single food in the whole wide world but, you know: WHEAT. Basically, three days into my Jan resolution not to drink booze or eat wheat and sugar and I feel like I deserve a place on the Queen’s New Years honours list. Why does everything that’s bad for you taste so good?

As a family we adore these American Pancakes with Maple Cooked Bacon but again: wheat! Sugar! Calories! And of course anything involving avocados is golden but who has time to always have a perfectly ripe avocado on hand? The mums who always do the school run with brushed hair, that’s who.

healthy breakfast ideas

I rarely do the school run with brushed hair.

So I’m always looking for healthy breakfasts that we can enjoy together. Seriously, on the days we all sit down and eat the same thing for breakfast I feel like superwoman. Superwoman armed with a very palatable mixture of healthy breakfast foods.

healthy breakfast ideas

Optiwell sent us some of their lovely yoghurt before Christmas and we’ve had great fun experimenting to make our breakfast times more fun, interesting and healthy.

Optiwell is a new kind of yoghurt drink in either Strawberry and Raspberry or Apricot and Peach flavours – yum (we like them both). With only 64 calories per 200ml serving, it’s low-fat, flavoured with real fruit juices and great for breakfast or as a quick snack.

One of my favourite ways to eat Optiwell is with a posh healthy cereal. It’s a super quick and simple breakfast to have when I’m home from the school run and really takes the stress out of the rush to put something healthy together. My favourite is the Straberry and Raspberry Optiwell over some Scrumshus granola or Mini Magoos Funstuff seeds and nut mix. Delicious, filling and healthy.

healthy breakfast ideas

Elfie’s had hers over the dreaded Cheerios once or twice but this morning I mixed up a great smoothie for her and Hux. We added a handful of frozen berry mix to a big glug of Optiwell and voila! A super tasty icy, fruity and creamy breakfast treat.  healthy breakfast ideas

As well as coming in a very convenient 1 litre bottles (which we use for breakfasts) there’s also the handy 330ml bottles, too. My two sometimes split one of these for a healthy pudding or they’re good for me as a snack to grab and go on my way out the door.

healthy breakfast ideas

There are loads more healthy Optiwell recipes over on their site, or if you fancy more healthy breakfasts then check out some of these bad boys:

Breakfast stuffed peppers
Mini frittatas
Eggs baked in avocado
Wheat and sugar-free pancakes
Peanut and choc healthy cookies ;)

Happy eating!

Big thanks go to Optiwell for supporting MTT. 

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7 Comments

  • Reply Slummy single mummy January 4, 2016 at 12:02 pm

    I must say I’m very partial to a snack that it’s a handy bottle shape, as I don’t like eating for a couple of hours after I wake up – not conducive to a healthy breakfast.

    • Reply alice January 4, 2016 at 12:19 pm

      I’m the same – I want to DO STUFF when I first get up, don’t have time to laze around eating cereal. That needs to happen at around 10am…

  • Reply Jen January 4, 2016 at 12:03 pm

    Maxi loves breakfast and would have porridge or granola with yogurt every day. Mini is blooming hard work. If he could have pain au chocolate every morning then he would!

    • Reply alice January 4, 2016 at 12:18 pm

      Isn’t it funny how different two children can be in their breakfast tastes! We bought croissants for a special treat to have on Christmas morning and all Elfie said was: there’s no chocolate in mine!

  • Reply laura redburn January 5, 2016 at 10:16 am

    i feel like i’m the only person that doesn’t like yogurt! good idea with the smoothies though, i’d definitely give something yogurty a try in a smoothie. do you know if they do dairy free versions too? am lactose intolerant, so my general dislike of yogurt isn’t a huge deal as it would be to some ;) saying that, the lactose (lactase?) in yougurt is apparently easier to digest.

  • Reply Eleanor (TheBristolParent) January 6, 2016 at 7:27 am

    Love my breakfast juices and smoothies and sometimes I manage to persuade Tibbs to have some too. If I make one, or her Dad does, she’s quite likely to want to try it. Funny that…other people’s breakfasts always look more interesting!

  • Reply Fritha January 10, 2016 at 6:21 pm

    I’ve heard quite a bit about this product lately, it sounds ace. I also love your bowls! I never ever skip breakfast, it’s my favourite meal of the day! x

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