Healthier Alternatives to Cereal to Kick Start Your Day

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Thinking of different breakfast ideas can be challenging sometimes. Unless you are doing intermittent fasting and are skipping breakfast, you will want to have a few nutrient-dense recipes on hand that will keep you full until lunchtime that do not include cereal from a box.

Here are some delicious breakfast options:

Smoothie Bowl with Pumpkin

Smoothie bowls are popular all year round as a way to add more nutrient-dense foods into your diet and to have a healthy, delicious breakfast. It may seem weird having a smoothie with pumpkin, but it actually imparts the perfect texture and just enough sweetness to make a filling and healthy breakfast bowl. The trick here is to add banana to the smoothie bowl along with your pumpkin puree for a sweeter taste. You can then use some almond milk or your favourite milk option. For toppings, try chia seeds, ground cinnamon and walnuts.

Sweet Potato Breakfast Bowl

This may not sound appetising, but give it a chance! You aren’t just eating a bowl of sweet potatoes; you are combining them with some classic flavours for a healthy and nutrient-dense breakfast bowl that is easy to prepare. In addition to the sweet potatoes, which should be mashed after cooking, add in a mashed banana and mix it together. Other ingredients are up to you, though chia seeds and almond milk go really well with this type of breakfast bowl.

Apple Quinoa Breakfast Bowl

In this tasty breakfast bowl Quinoa is added to give you a healthy grain that is filling and contains plenty of fibre. This quinoa bowl is on the sweeter side, using sliced apples, applesauce and some almond milk or other milk. You can also make it even sweeter with some pure maple syrup drizzled on top.

Mini Frittatas

These are basically mini omelettes that are baked in a muffin tray. You can eat them hot or cold, depending on your mood. You can also add in other healthy foods like vegetables, cheese or meats. Simply mix up eggs with some chopped vegetables, a pinch of salt and pepper and pop in the oven for 15-20 minutes. You can even make these ahead of time in batches!


Muesli is great for the summertime when it’s too hot for foods like a hot bowl of oatmeal. Raw oats, fruit and nuts are very filling and can be soaked in milk overnight to make a cold breakfast that’s ready to help you beat the heat of the summer’s day.


Porridge isn’t just for Goldilocks and the three bears. It’s a great breakfast meal that can be changed up easily just by adding a different topping to it. Some tasty porridge toppings to try would be natural yoghurt, honey, fruit, crushed nuts, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, nut butter, banana and pepitas. YUM!


Smoothies are very healthy for you, but it can be tricky to make sure they fill you up until your next meal. Try adding some nut butter, chia seeds or avocado for more protein and belly-filling power!

Yoghurt cup

Plain or Greek yoghurt with fresh fruits added in can be tasty and good for your muscles and bones. You can also try adding mixed nuts, honey to sweeten, fresh fruits and muesli. This way you get a healthy breakfast that’s quick to prepare.

Breakfast Bar

You need to be very careful with these. Some of these bars say they are healthy when they are really packed with sugar. I prefer to make my own so that I can make sure I am eating only the cleanest ingredients. Instead of adding sugar, try adding some nuts or dried fruit.

So,whether you are in a rush or have enough time to cook up a hearty meal, you’ve got plenty of healthy options to choose from that will make sure you stay focused for the day. They will set you up for a happier, healthier day and your body will thank you for it.

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