Ah, breakfast – never has a meal divided the weight loss community more. Is it really the most important meal of the day? Some people swear by their morning bowl of porridge and the act of breaking your night-long fast, whereas some people think it’s unnecessary and will gladly skip it. True, it doesn’t kickstart the metabolism (as you might have been told) and the very act of eating breakfast doesn’t automatically make you healthier, but if you’re a breakfast kind of person and you find yourself hungry upon waking then there’s nothing wrong with having breakfast.
But breakfast can get pretty calorific and leave you hungry by 10am if you’re not careful. Cereal, toast, croissants – they’re all delicious, but they’re not going to satisfy you for long. Here are 7 of our favourite breakfasts that will keep you going until lunch and won’t break the calorie bank.
Low calorie satisfying breakfasts: 7 of the best
Creamy banana porridge with raspberries – 214 calories
You can’t beat a warming bowl of porridge for breakfast IMO. This recipe gets its creaminess from the addition of mashed banana, which also serves to bulk it up a bit. Get the recipe here.
Carrot cake porridge – 328 calories
If you think porridge is boring, do something a bit different with your oats and make them into carrot cake porridge. At under 400 calories, this is a great way of having something a little more indulgent for breakfast without splurging. Get the recipe here.
English breakfast frittata – 567 calories
A brilliant protein-packed option for breakfast on the go, this frittata recipe is a versatile one to have on hand for any veg that needs using up. Try switching out the sausage for bacon. Get the recipe here.
Sweet potato hash – 290 calories
This is one of my all-time favourite breakfast recipes and it’s something I make when I’ve got a little more time, usually at the weekend. It’s paleo-friendly and looks a lot more difficult than it actually is – if you’ve got a food processor, put it to good use here and it’ll do all the work. Get the recipe here.
Southwest tofu scramble – 252 calories
If you’re vegan or just don’t fancy eggs, try giving scrambled tofu a go. Tofu is high in protein and it’s a perfect blank canvas, taking on whatever flavour you throw at it. This Southwest-inspired recipe is full of flavour and makes for a veg-packed breakfast. Get the recipe here.
Simple banana oat pancakes – 85 calories per serving
If you think breakfast is only worth having if it’s something sweet, I hear you. Pancakes, croissants, muffins – drool. These pancakes are a fraction of the calories of regular pancakes but are light, fluffy and damn delicious anyway. Get the recipe here.
The healthier fry up
Fancy a fry up? There’s no need for a full English to be off-limits when you’re losing weight, but it’s worth keeping in mind how you can make it a little healthier. In short, skip the fried bread, load up on grilled veggies such as mushrooms and tomatoes and cut down on cooking oil. Get more guidance on how to make your fry up healthier here.