Breakfast Recipe Ideas

Here are just a few simple ideas to provide a healthy kick-start to the day.  All recipes on this page are provided courtesy of the BBC Food Collection.  Click on the links to locate the full recipe instructions.

Overnight Muesli with Apple and Nuts

Otherwise known as Bircher, this is one you can prepare the night before.  The oats will soften and take on the gentle spice flavours, resulting in a super-quick tasty breakfast.


Porridge with Berries

The perfect breakfast, this creamy-tasting porridge can be topped with fresh or thawed frozen fruit and toasted flaked almonds for extra protein.


Toasted Crumpets and Warm Spiced Berries with Yoghurt and Honey

Top your crumpets with this mixture of gooey fruit, honey and yoghurt and you won’t miss the butter.


Light n’ Low Pancakes

Use wholemeal flour to give a healthy twist to traditional pancakes. Top with mixed berries and yoghurt for a delicious breakfast.



The best thing about making your own muesli is that you can make it exactly how you like it. So feel free to adapt accordingly.


Crunchy Banana Yoghurt

Banana and yoghurt are a perfect low-calorie breakfast combination that will keep you going until lunchtime. The banana adds sweetness without the need for extra sugar and the seeds bring a satisfying crunch.


Cinnamon Porridge with Grated Pear

This porridge is made with water and skimmed milk to keep the calories low. A little ground cinnamon makes it taste sweeter without adding calories and it is topped with juicy grated pear.


Boiled Egg with Rye Bread Soldiers

For a healthier version of the classic breakfast make rye bread soldiers.



Blackberry and Apple Crumble Smoothie

Mix up this high-protein fruit smoothie, with oats and almonds, for a fibre-filled start to the day.


Scrambled Eggs with Smoked Salmon

Scrambled eggs are made extra special by adding smoked salmon. Serve with fresh watercress and grilled beef tomatoes for a more filling breakfast.


Warm Spiced Oranges with Labneh

Labneh is a thick strained yoghurt that is easy to make using natural yoghurt. Topped with warm spiced oranges it makes a wonderful breakfast or light dessert.


Packed Lunch Recipe Ideas

Green Club Sandwich

This healthy sandwich is packed full of goodness to keep you going until dinner.



Storecupboard Pasta Salad

This pasta salad makes a quick and healthy lunch, or is perfect prepared ahead for a picnic or lunchbox .


Two Bean, Potato and Tuna Salad

This main course salad is rich in flavour and Vitamin C – great for lunchboxes too.



Satisfying and nutritious lunchbox fillers which take minutes to make .

Chicken Guacamole Wrap, Very Easy Pasta Salad, Mini Ham Rolls, Ploughman’s Lunchbox or Sweet Potato and Chickpea Soup


BLT Pasta Salad

An easy pasta salad that makes a tasty addition to any lunchbox. Ideal for kids aged 9 – 12, it also makes up 2 of their 5-a-day.


Chicken Taco Salad

A crunchy chicken salad that’s zesty, healthy and 4 of your 5-a-day. Try this for variety in your teenager’s lunchbox or take it to work.


Tortellini with Pesto and Broccoli

A speedy pasta salad with Mediterranean flavours – perfect for packed lunches .



Carrot and Houmous Roll-ups

Roll-up, roll-up – snaffle something superhealthy in a flash with these vegetarian wraps.



Keep hunger pangs at bay with these healthy, yummy lunchbox nibbles.

Bean Dip with Veggie Sticks, Raspberry Banana Smoothie, Cinnamon Custard Plums, Apricot Yoghurt Granola Pots and Carrot and Pineapple Muffins


Fruity Sundae

A sweet and fruity treat for kids needing a boost at lunchtime – yogurt swirled with mashed strawberries, topped with berries .


Choco-dipped Tangerines

Who could resist a chocolate orange in fruity form? These easy segments make the ideal lunchtime snack for kids and adults!


Sweet Potato Crisps

Everyone’s favourite veggie snack: crispy sweet potato slices roasted in olive oil. They’re a great lunchbox filler and vegan too.


Chocolate-Drizzled Popcorn

This chocolatey snack makes a sweet little lunchbox filler. It’s quick and easy to prepare too.



Melon and Crunchy Bran Pots

Not just for breakfast, this healthy pot of yoghurt, fruit and seeds is a real mid-afternoon hunger booster and ready in 10 minutes


Welsh Rarebit Muffins

Get the kids to help make these yummy muffins, perfect for lunchboxes.



Rhubarb and Custard Crunch

Kids will enjoy assembling these little pots. If rhubarb isn’t your thing, any cooked or canned fruit works well.


Spiced Apple Crisps

Keep hunger pangs at bay by snacking on healthy dried fruit – this version bakes Granny Smiths with cinnamon.


Chocolate Flapjacks

Lovely for a lunchbox treat, these flapjacks have plenty of slow-burning carbs to keep you going through the afternoon.


Cheese and Fruit Sticks

A perennial favourite with children, these sticks are ready in seconds.



Smashed Bean Dip

Dip vegetable crudités into this low-fat, moreish dip for a superhealthy snack fix.



Frozen Fruit Sticks with Passion Fruit and Lime Drizzle

On a hot day you’ll be glad of this fruity, frozen snack that is low-fat and a great source of vitamin C – perfect for kids.


Red Lentil and Sweet Potato Pate Dip

This vegetarian dip is a healthy alternative to houmous and great with crudités in a lunchbox.