Top ten alternatives to sugary cereal for breakfast


Everybody knows that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and so its probably a real relief to most parents that many breakfast cereals targeted at children now come with a green banner across the top stating how healthy they are. However, one glance at the ingredients lists tells a different story, and regardless of how “packed with fibre” they might be they are also packed with sugar!

Sending your kids of to school after your average bowl of coco pops means that their insulin (blood sugar) levels are raised but not for long and they will then come crashing down again. Leaving them slumped over their desks at school craving more sugary snacks at break time. Its not just breakfast cereals either – Nutella, brioche, croissants, waffles and pancakes will all have the same effect.

Read on for 10 awesome (and super speedy) breakfast ideas that aren’t laden with sugar…

PancakesBanana pancakes

Ingredients –

  • 2 Bananas
  • 4 eggs
  • 50g ground almonds
  • Teaspoon vanilla essence
  • Teaspoon cinnamon

Method –

Combine all the ingredients together in a bowl or blender whilst heating up a skillet. Pan should be hot for the first pancake. I recommend coconut oil or butter as your cooking oil. Spoon the mixture onto the skillet, when you can see tiny bubbles appear on the surface this is when its ready to be flipped.

Peanut butter appleRepeat until you’re out of mixture.

Serve with the topping of your choice – we like bacon, nut butters, creamed coconut, dark chocolate, lemon juice, maple syrup, honey or just regular butter (obviously not all at once, although that would make an interesting combination), apple (or pear) slices with peanut butter (or any other nut butter – almond is amazing)

Mini egg muffins

Ingredients –

  • 6 eggs
  • Chopped veggies (peppers, tomatoes, mushrooms, broccoli all go well)
  • Small bits of ham, bacon or smoked salmon

Method –

Whisk the eggs in a bowl and the chopped veg and meat. You can also grate in some cheese for extra calcium and protein. Divide the mixture in a silicone muffin tray and bake till cooked through. Usually around 20 minutes.

Granola barHomemade granola energy bars

Ingredients –

  • 85g butter
  • 90g Honey
  • 55g golden syrup
  • 100g oats
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 40g desiccated coconut
  • 30g chopped dried apricots
  • 30g cranberries
  • 30g raisins
  • 40g chopped pecans (or any other nut)

Method –

Preheat the oven to 170c/325f and line a square tin with baking parchment. Place the butter, honey and golden syrup in a pan heating gently and stirring occasionally until the butter has melted. Remove from the heat and mix in the remaining ingredients. Bake for around 25 minutes or until golden around the edges. Allow to cool completely, then lift out of the tin and cut into bars. These may need storing in the fridge.

Chia porridgeChia seed pudding

Ingredients –

  • Chia seeds
  • Coconut milk (tin)
  • Vanilla essence
  • 1 banana

Method –

Pour the chia seeds into a container and add the coconut milk, add enough water to cover the seeds as they absorb a lot of water. Stir so everything is combined. Mash a banana into the mixture and add 5ml vanilla essence. Store in the fridge overnight.

Smoothie Citrus power

Ingredients –

  • 1/2 grapefruit
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1/2 green apple
  • 1 cucumber
  • Handful of lettuce/rocket/watercress
  • Handful of mint leaves
  • 1 tsp chia seeds
  • 2 tsp greens powder
  • 125-250ml coconut water
  • Ice

Savoury smoothie delight

Ingredients –

  • 1 bulb fennel
  • 1 cucumber
  • 3 stalks celery
  • 100g spinach
  • 125 ml coconut water

Coconutty berry smoothie

Ingredients –

  • 250ml coconut yoghurt (co-yo)
  • 1 egg
  • handful of frozen mixed berries
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • Honey to taste

Green smoothie 1

Ingredients –

  • Spinach
  • 3/4 cup coconut milk
  • 1 cup frozen pineapple

SmoothieBanana bread smoothie

Ingredients –

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 2 frozen sliced banana’s
  • 2 tbsp nut butter
  • Ground nutmeg to taste



Strawberry/coconut smoothie

Ingredients –

  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 banana
  • 2 cups of strawberries
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Green smoothie 2

Ingredients –

  • 5 ice cubes (optional)
  • Juice from 2 oranges
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 cup Kale
  • 1 banana
  • Fresh mint if you have it

Super berry smoothie

Ingredients –

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup strawberries
  • 1/2 cup raspberries
  • 1/2 cup of blueberries

Orange smoothie

Ingredients –

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 x grated carrots
  • 2 x peeled oranges
  • pinch nutmeg

Avocado on toastAvocado on wholemeal toast




Scrambled eggs on wholewheat toast


Porridge with honey and berries


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