Start your day right

We’ve all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but all too often, a lack of time and variety has us guzzling a quick bowl of cereal before rushing off, that is, if we don’t skip it entirely. Mindful of healthier options, VIDA brings you a fresh host of breakfast ideas – why not try one of these tasty treats to kick start your day? They’re certainly a step up from bland toast and soggy cereal!

Strawberry oatmeal smoothie (Serves 2)

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Smoothies are quick and easy to make, as well as being healthy and tasty to boot. Try this breakfast variant for a fresh and fruity start to your day.

Ingredients

• 1 cup milk
• ½ cup rolled oats
• 1 banana, broken into chunks
• 14 frozen strawberries
• ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
• 1 ½ teaspoons white sugar

Preparation

Combine milk, oats, banana and strawberries in a blender. Add vanilla and sugar to taste. Blend together until smooth. Pour into glasses and serve.

Chocolate banana oatmeal (Serves 4)

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This sweet breakfast idea is a little moreish so might be best saved for weekends if you’re counting calories. The combination of nuts, fruit and rich cocoa still have loads of health benefits though, so don’t feel too bad!

Ingredients

• 2 cups plain almond milk
• 2 large bananas (1½ diced and ½ thinly sliced)
• ¼ teaspoon almond extract
• ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
• salt
• 2 cups rolled oats
• 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
• 2 tbsp honey
• ⅓ cup toasted and chopped walnuts
• Pinch ground cinnamon
• 2 tbsp semisweet chocolate chips

Preparation

Bring the almond milk, 1¾ cups of water, the diced bananas, almond and vanilla extracts and pinch of salt to the boil in a large saucepan.

Stir in the oats, cocoa powder and half the honey and reduce the heat to medium. Cook, stirring frequently, until the oats are cooked to desired consistency, about 6 minutes.

Transfer to bowls, top with sliced bananas, walnuts, the remaining honey, cinnamon and chocolate chips and serve.

Scrambled eggs on crumpets (Serves 1)

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This healthier version of scrambled eggs uses no milk or butter, and can be served with whole meal bread for an extra fibre kick or on an English crumpet as a special treat.

Ingredients

• 2 eggs
• sundried tomatoes
• fresh basil, torn
• crumpets

Preparation

Scramble the eggs without butter or milk. Stir in chopped sundried tomatoes and torn fresh basil. Serve atop whole meal bread or toasted crumpet halves.

Peanut butter and banana toast (Serves 1)

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Traditional ingredients to go on toast can get old after a while, so why not try this tasty variant? It’s not only nutritionally balanced but also oh-so-tasty!

Ingredients

• 2 slices brown bread
• 1 small banana
• ½ tsp cinnamon
• 1 tbsp crunchy peanut butter

Preparation

Toast bread slices and chop the banana. Layer banana on one slice of toast and dust with cinnamon. Spread the accompanying slice with peanut butter, then sandwich the two together and voila! You can also top with some honey for an extra treat.