Thursday, 9 October 2014

Fitness Thursday - Breakfast Favourite Recipes

Getting fit and, particularly, eating right is not always the most exciting of things. If you don't experiment and branch out a bit you can find yourself getting a little bored. If you get bored, you're more likely to stray from the healthy foods and starting eating too much of the naughty treats again.

Breakfast is one of the trickiest meals to keep on track - for most of us, we don't have a great deal of time before we rush out the door for work to faff about with breakfast. At the weekend, healthier things like scrambled or poached eggs are ok as you have a bit more time on your hands but during the week, unless you have options to hand, it can be far too tempting to reach for the buttery toast or sugary cereal, that will have your sugar levels crashing within an hour or so, leaving you digging in the work biscuit barrel long before lunchtime...

With this in mind, I thought I'd share a couple of my favourite breakfast things to eat so that those of you who are also on a health kick might find some inspiration from these!

First off is my granola recipe adapted from one I found online a long time ago. Now I'll admit this is not the healthiest of granola recipes when you look at it but its very tasty and you only need a small portion to fill you up. The nuts mean it packs quite a bit of protein in each portion, which keeps you full for longer too. I normally top it with some sliced banana and greek yogurt so I'm getting a bit from every food group in my breakfast.

A small bowl of this will definitely keep me full until lunch (and normally I'm a terrible snacker!) so its worth a few extra calories because it saves me some later in the day!

I've been tending to have smoothies most mornings but when I've been for a run I allow myself a healthy treat of granola for breakfast - I figure that's when I most need all the carbs and so on that it contains!

(Note - I have made it without the coconut but it adds a nice chewiness to it all so I would recommend using it if you have it!)

Oven 125c
3 cups oats
2 cups mixed nuts
¾ cup dessicated coconut
¼ cup plus 2 tbsp dark brown sugar
¼ cup plus 2 tbsp Golden syrup
¼ cup melted butter
¾ tsp salt
1 cup raisins or other dried fruit

Combine the oats, nuts, coconut and brown sugar.
Combine maple syrup, oil and salt. Add to dry mixture and pour onto 2 baking trays.
Cook for 1 hour and 15 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes.
Remove from oven and stir in raisins.

My other breakfast favourite is a banana smoothie. I freeze bananas (handy if, like in our house, you often have a couple hanging about looking past their best!) in slices, one banana per bag. The mix varies a little day to day but its usually along the lines of - 1 frozen banana, 150ml milk, 80g no-fat Greek yogurt, 1 heaped tsp of almond butter. Then I blend it until smooth. I love the way the banana makes the whole thing have a frozen texture - like an ice cream milkshake! The almond butter adds a nice protein kick and a little salty flavour too. Delish.

Do you have any favourite healthy recipes - please share them with me in the comments!


  1. Delicious! I don't even have time for that in the morning, normally eat at work - but lately I've just been having a small portion of beans on whole wheat toast and keeps me full all morning! x

    Jasmin Charlotte | UK Lifestyle Blog

    1. I'm a bit funny about beans - sometimes I really like them and other times not! Weird. But that's a good protein hit at breakfast if you do enjoy them x

  2. The granola recipe looks so good, I am definitely gonna try it this weekend.
    Zeynab xx
    The Beautifully Disastrous

    1. Let me know what you think of the granola xx

  3. Wow, that granola looks delicious! I'll definitely be trying that out.

    Katie xx



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