Healthy Breakfasts

Date and walnut breakfast muffins with cinnamon streusel

These muffins could be filled with any variety of fruit or dried fruit and nuts. The secret is to make them quickly and to avoid over-mixing. If you do over-mix, the muffin goes rather chewy and tough, so just fold the wet ingredients into the dry until they are just combined and then pop them into the oven.

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Smoked salmon and scrambled eggs on wholemeal drop scones

These little drop scones are as light as a feather and take moments to make. Using wholemeal flour instead of refined white flour, they are a healthier and more sustaining version of the traditional drop scone, or scotch pancake, and are equally good with sweet or savory accompaniments. Try them with smoked salmon and scrambled eggs for a special and nutritious weekend brunch treat.

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Devilled tomatoes on toast

This is a really satisfying breakfast ... and quick to prepare. The tomatoes and the wholemeal toast have a really low G.I. and so will release energy to your bloodstream slowly and gradually; the tomatoes are brimming with nutrients, including vitamin C, vitamin A and B and minerals such as niacin, riboflavin, magnesium, phosphorous and calcium. They are also a good source of fiber and the antioxidant lycopene (good for fighting disease).

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Eggs Florentine

For some reason spinach and eggs make the most delicious combination. Eggs Florentine is traditionally covered with a double cream or a Mornay sauce. This lighter, lower fat version uses crème fraîche, and as a breakfast dish, is a little easier on the stomach.

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Go faster porridge with blueberries, toasted walnuts and honey

This is my fail-safe breakfast if I have got a big day ahead. You can guarantee that I will always have this breakfast on the morning of a marathon. The oats have a very low G.I., meaning that the carbohydrate is released into your bloodstream slowly and therefore will sustain your energy levels and help prevent those 11 o'clock food cravings. What's more, studies show that a bowl of porridge can lower cholesterol.

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Breton buckwheat pancakes with ham and cheese

Despite its name, buckwheat, or sarrasin, is a member of the rhubarb family and has absolutely nothing to do with wheat. It is naturally gluten-free and has a deliciously sweet, nutty flavor. It is traditionally used in Brittany in "galettes au sarrasin", or buckwheat pancakes. Breton galettes can be filled with any number of fillings.

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Hot oatcakes with strawberries and minted maple syrup

These ultra-light little oatcakes make a delightful, quick, easy and balanced breakfast, containing protein, slow-burning carbohydrate, vitamins, calcium, minerals and fiber. A fantastic start to the day if you plan to do exercise or if you have a big day ahead of you. The mint in the maple syrup makes it slightly less sweet and is the perfect accompaniment to the strawberries. We sometimes warm the syrup and the strawberries together in a pan for a moment before pouring over the oatcakes.

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Pancakes with fresh blueberry jam

Warm blueberry pancakes, what's not to love about this? Any soft berries can be used, stoned fresh cherries also work really well, however they will need a bit more cooking. The addition of red wine vinegar to the jam gives it a nice acidity.

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