A few breakfasts to spice up your morning! Low calorie and high protein.

Have a go and let me know how you get on.

 

Here are some ingredients that are handy to have for your breakfasts (and these can sometimes be handy for snacks too):

Milk or a milk alternative- eg. almond, coconut milk, oat, rice milk

Eggs - ideally free-range and organic

Jumbo / porridge oats

Yoghurt - preferably fat free greek yogurt (a good protein source)

Raw, unsalted nuts (almonds, hazelnuts, pecans, brazils, walnuts, cashews) and seeds (sunflower, pumpkin, flaxseeds, hemp, sesame).  Keep these in an airtight container in the fridge to protect their essential oils - but need to watch the consumption of these!

Nut butters - mixed nut butter, almond butter, peanut butter,

Fruit such as berries or apples. Frozen fruit can also be used - berries freeze well and can be bought from major supermarkets (I always have some frozen fruit in my freezer).

Protein powder - you can get these in a variety of flavours and I can source these for you if needed.

 

NB: Please choose the oil that you prefer within the recipes and use minimal amounts.

 

Greek Yogurt Breakfast Bowls

These Greek Yogurt Breakfast Bowls are the perfect start to the day. You can fill it with greek yogurt, which is high in protein and top it with your favorite healthy carbs and superfoods, which gives you an energy boost. Play around with the portion sizes to suit your calorie balance.

Fat Free Greek Yogurt Breakfast Bowls with Toppings Ideas:

Dark Chocolate Orange:
Greek Yogurt + Fresh Orange + Sprinkle of Dark Chocolate + 1 heaped tbsp Pistachios
Pina Colada:
Greek Yogurt + Fresh Pineapple + Sprinkle of Toasted Coconut + 1 heaped tbsp Hazelnuts
Blueberry Superpower:
Greek Yogurt + 1/2 cup Fresh Blueberries + 2 tbsp Granola + 1 tbsp Honey
Strawberry Kiwi:
Greek Yogurt + 1/2 cup Fresh Strawberries + 1/2 cup Kiwi Fruit

Banana Pancakes

Gluten-free banana pancakes you can whip up in just 10 minutes! Scatter with pecans and raspberries to enjoy a low-calorie (but still indulgent) breakfast.

Ingredients

  • 1 large banana
  • 2 medium eggs beaten
  • pinch of baking powder
  • splash of vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp oil
  • 25g pecans roughly chopped - optional
  • 125g raspberries - optional

Method

  • STEP 1

    In a bowl, mash 1 large banana with a fork until it resembles a thick purée.

  • STEP 2

    Stir in 2 beaten eggs, a pinch of baking powder (gluten-free if coeliac) and a splash of vanilla extract.

  • STEP 3

    Heat a large non-stick frying pan or pancake pan over a medium heat and brush with ½ tsp oil.

  • STEP 4

    Using half the batter, spoon two pancakes into the pan, cook for 1-2 mins each side, then tip onto a plate. Repeat the process with another ½ tsp oil and the remaining batter.

  • STEP 5

    Top the pancakes with 25g roughly chopped pecans and 125g raspberries.

Nutrition: per serving
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low in kcal 243
fat 15g
saturates 2g
carbs 15g
sugars 14g
fibre 4g
protein 9g
salt 0.3g

Kale, tomato & poached egg on toast

There's no tastier way to eat kale than smothered in a runny yolk and scattered with feta cheese. This veggie, low-calorie breakfast has it all!

Nutrition: per serving
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low in kcal 251
fat 12g
saturates 3g
carbs 18g
sugars 2g
fibre 3g
protein 15g
salt 0.8g

 

Ingredients

  • 2 tsp oil
  • 100g ready chopped kale
  • 1 garlic clove crushed
  • ½ tsp chilli flakes
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 slices multigrain bread
  • 50g cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 15g feta, crumbled

Method

  • STEP 1

    Bring a large pan of water to the boil. Heat the oil in a frying pan over a medium heat and add the kale, garlic and chilli flakes. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 4 mins until the kale begins to crisp and wilt to half its size. Set aside.

  • STEP 2

    Adjust the heat so the water is at a rolling boil, then poach your eggs for 2 mins. Meanwhile, toast the bread.

  • STEP 3

    Remove the poached eggs with a slotted spoon and top each piece of toast with half the kale, an egg, the cherry tomatoes and feta.

Ham, mushroom & spinach frittata

Try a filling frittata that's low in calories and guaranteed to keep you going until lunch. Save half in the fridge overnight if you're cooking for one.

Ingredients

  • 1 tsp oil
  • 80g mushrooms sliced
  • 50g ham , diced
  • 80g bag spinach
  • 4 medium eggs, beaten
  • 1 tbsp grated cheddar

Method

  • STEP 1

    Heat the grill to its highest setting. Heat the oil in an ovenproof frying pan over a medium-high heat. Tip in the mushrooms and fry for 2 mins until mostly softened. Stir in the ham and spinach, and cook for 1 min more until the spinach has wilted. Season well with black pepper and a pinch of salt.

  • STEP 2

    Reduce the heat and pour over the eggs. Cook undisturbed for 3 mins until the eggs are mostly set. Sprinkle over the cheese and put under the grill for 2 mins. Serve hot or cold.

Nutrition: per serving
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low in kcal 226
fat 15g
saturates 5g
carbs 0g
sugars 0g
fibre 1g
protein 22g
salt 1.1g

Mushroom brunch

You only need mushrooms, eggs, kale and garlic to cook this tasty one-pan brunch. It's comforting yet healthy, low-calorie and gluten-free too.

Ingredients

  • 250g mushrooms
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 tbsp olive oil (or 1 cal spray)
  • 160g bag kale
  • 4 eggs

Method

  • STEP 1

    Slice the mushrooms and crush the garlic clove. Heat the olive oil in a large non-stick frying pan then fry the garlic over a low heat for 1 min. Add the mushrooms and cook until soft. Then, add the kale. If the kale won’t all fit in the pan, add half and stir until wilted, then add the rest. Once all the kale is wilted, season.

  • STEP 2

    Now crack in the eggs and keep them cooking gently for 2-3 mins. Then, cover with the lid to for a further 2-3 mins or until the eggs are cooked to your liking. Serve with bread.

Breakfast burrito

Make a nutritious cocoon for breakfast ingredients with a wholemeal wrap. I’ve included protein-rich eggs and avocado to add good fats to this burrito.

Ingredients

  • 1 tsp chipotle paste
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp rapeseed oil
  • 50g kale
  • 7 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • ½ small avocado sliced
  • 1 wholemeal tortilla wrap , warmed

Method

  • STEP 1

    Whisk the chipotle paste with the egg and some seasoning in a jug. Heat the oil in a large frying pan, add the kale and tomatoes.

  • STEP 2

    Cook until the kale is wilted and the tomatoes have softened, then push everything to the side of the pan. Pour the beaten egg into the cleared half of the pan and scramble. Layer everything into the centre of your wrap, topping with the avocado, then wrap up and eat immediately.

    Nutrition: Per wrap
    Nutrient Unit
    kcal 366
    fat 21g
    saturates 4g
    carbs 26g
    sugars 4g
    fibre 5g
    protein 16g
    salt 0.9g

Baked eggs with spinach & tomato

A rustic dish with a delicious combination of flavours and just four ingredients, try whipping it up for brunch.

Ingredients

  • 100g bag spinach
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tsp chilli flakes
  • 4 eggs

Method

  • STEP 1

    Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Put the spinach into a colander, then pour over a kettle of boiling water to wilt the leaves. Squeeze out excess water and divide between 4 small ovenproof dishes.

  • STEP 2

    Mix the tomatoes with the chilli flakes and some seasoning, then add to the dishes with the spinach. Make a small well in the centre of each and crack in an egg. Bake for 12-15 mins or more depending on how you like your eggs. Serve with crusty bread, if you like.

    Nutrition: per serving
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    kcal 114
    fat 7g
    saturates 2g
    carbs 3g
    sugars 2g
    fibre 2g
    protein 9g
    low in salt 0.43g

Additional ideas:

Easy Eggs

* Boiled or poached eggs

Boil or poach 1-2 eggs and have with oat cakes. Spread your oatcakes with nut butter, hummus, pesto (very good with eggs), or a non-hydrogenated spread.

 

* Scrambled eggs

Beat 2 eggs with a of your milk choice.  Heat a little extra virgin olive oil - don't allow this to smoke.  Cook the eggs to the consistency you prefer and serve with oat cakes / rice cakes or other breads or crackers. This can be garnished with fresh herbs such as dill, chives or parsley.

 

* Scrambled eggs and smoked salmon

Make the scrambled eggs as above and add some pieces of smoked salmon when the eggs are nearly cooked. Serve with chopped dill and black pepper.

 

  1. For those mornings when you fancy something extra with your eggs, grill or steam some tomatoes, or steam any other vegetable. It takes a few minutes and is a great way to add additional colour and flavour to your plate. Try broccoli, asparagus, spinach, mange tout etc.

 

Bacon, Sundried Tomato and Courgette Frittata

A wonderful option served hot or cold. If you pour the mixture into a tray bake tin you can cut it into squares and take a portion with you to work for lunch as well.

Serves 4

 

8 slices of streaky bacon, cut into dice

2 medium courgettes, grated

6 sundried tomatoes, chopped

100g, lactose free cheese or soy cheese (can omit)

6 large eggs, lightly beaten

6 cherry tomatoes, halved

Pinch of cayenne pepper

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

 

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C, gas mark 4. Grease an 20cm / 8inch cake tin or small traybake and line with greaseproof baking parchment.
  2. Cook the bacon in a frying pan until crispy. Remove from the heat and drain.
  3. Combine the bacon, courgette, sundried tomatoes, cheese and eggs in a large bowl. Season with salt and pepper and cayenne. Pour into the baking dish, top with the cherry tomatoes and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until firm and golden brown.
  4. Remove from the oven and let stand for 5 minutes before slicing

 

Oats

* Home-made Muesli

Make a large quantity of the below and store in an airtight container for a quick, delicious and economical muesli. It is vital to include lots of nuts/seeds to keep it high in protein.

- Jumbo porridge oats - use this as your base and add other flakes if desired such as buckwheat, millet, rice, quinoa or amaranth

- Mixed nuts. E.g. flaked almonds, chopped hazelnuts, pecans, brazils, walnuts, flaked coconut, etc.

- Mixed seeds. E.g. sunflower, pumpkin, flaxseeds, hemp, sesame

- Dried fruit (if allowed). E.g. raisins, currants, sultanas, apricots etc.

 

Method:

Combine all of the above and store in an airtight container. To serve place in a bowl and add milk or yoghurt from your staples. Top with fresh fruit if desired such as berries. Can be soaked overnight for easier digestion.

 

* Quick and Easy Porridge

Serves 1

- 2 x tablespoons of jumbo porridge oats

- 50ml of water

- 1 x tablespoon of nuts or seed mix

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