How are you all doing with your healthy eating? Hopefully, you’re managing to find lots of different, tasty meals. As promised in one of our earlier blogs on healthy eating during the lockdown, we’re sharing our healthy brunch recipes.

We tend to have brunch on a Sunday as we’re up a little bit later than through the week and we like to do all our exercise, plank challenge etc first, meaning that we are normally eating about 12pm.

We like to make things that we can do quickly or pre-prepare to bake in the oven so we can then sit and eat with a nice coffee, the newspaper and the sun streaming through the open windows 😊 (hopefully!)

All the brunches are between 200 and 400 calories per serving so perfect to fill you up before an afternoon snack!

We’ve found a few different things to eat, although the cinnamon pancakes are still my favourite 😊. We’ve even included a healthy, alternative fry up. Give them a try and let us know what you think.

 

Cinnamon Pancakes – Serves 2

Ingredients:

1 ½ cups wholemeal rolled oats

A pinch of salt

1 tsp cinnamon

2 tsp baking powder

1 banana

1 egg

1 cup of almond milk

1 tsp vanilla essence

chunks of dark chocolate

 

  1. Blend the oats in a blender until they resemble a flour consistency.
  2. Pour the oats into a bowl and add the salt, cinnamon and baking powder and mix together.
  3. In your blender, blend together the banana, egg, almond milk and vanilla essence.
  4. Once, blended, add the dry mixture into the blender and blend until combined.
  5. Pour the mixture into a bowl and mix in the chunks of dark chocolate.
  6. Spray a pan with low cal butter spray and heat on high.
  7. Reduce the heat to medium and add a small amount of batter. Cook either side for 2 to 3 minutes. Repeat until all the mixture has been used.
  8. If desired, serve with a drizzle of agave nectar, berries and fat free Greek yogurt.

 

Almond Pancake/Pudding – Serves 2

This is a great alternative to the recipe above, if you don’t have time to stand and make the pancakes. You can add cinnamon to this recipe too if desired.

Ingredients:

2 eggs

270ml almond milk

100ml almond flour

1 tbsp plain flour

1 tbsp honey

½ tsp baking powder

A pinch of salt

1 tbsp butter

 

  1. Preheat the oven to 220°C.
  2. Whisk the eggs and then add the milk, flour, honey, baking powder and sea salt.
  3. Melt the butter and stir into the mixture.
  4. Pour into a baking dish and bake for 25 to 30 minutes.
  5. Leave to cool for a few minutes and then serve with fat free Greek yogurt and blueberries.

 

Spinach and cottage cheese frittata – Serves 8 (you can save and eat cold later)

Ingredients:

400g fresh raw spinach

1 small red onion, finely chopped

4 eggs

450g cottage cheese

225g cheddar/wensleydale or a cheese of your choice

 

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C
  2. Wash and dry the spinach, place in a saucepan and wilt over a medium heat, a little at a time until it is all wilted.
  3. Stir in the red onion, cottage cheese and the cheese of your choice.
  4. Bake in the oven for 50 – 60 minutes until cooked.

 

You can add other ingredients into this quiche such as bacon, mushrooms, peppers, tomatoes, parmesan, courgette, salmon, watercress etc.

 

Smashed avocado and poached egg on toast – Serves 2

Ingredients:

2 eggs

1 avocado

2 slices wholemeal bread

 

  1. Pop the eggs into a poacher or drop into simmering water for 4 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, peel the avocado, remove the stone and mash with a fork.
  3. Toast the bread and spread the avocado onto both slices.
  4. Pop a poached egg on top and sprinkle with black pepper if desired.

 

Healthy apple omelette – Serves 2

Ingredients:

3 tbsp plain flour

¼ tsp baking powder

A pinch of salt

2 large eggs, separated

3 tbsp semi-skimmed milk

1 tbsp lemon juice

3 tbsp stevia granules

For the top:

1 large apple, sliced thinly

1 tsp stevia granules

½ tsp ground cinnamon

 

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C
  2. Mix the flour, baking powder and salt together in a bowl.
  3. Beat the egg yolks in a separate bowl and add in the milk and lemon juice. Then add this mixture to the flour mix.
  4. Whisk the egg whites until foamy. Gradually add the stevia, beating between spoonfuls until you have stiff peaks. Fold this into the flour mixture.
  5. Spray a baking dish with low calorie oil spray and pour in the mixture. Place the apple slices on top in a nice pattern.
  6. Mix the cinnamon and the 1 tsp stevia and sprinkle over the top.
  7. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes. Stick a skewer or knife in to make sure it is cooked – it should come out clean.

 

Healthy Fry-Up – Serves 2

Ingredients:

4 chicken sausages

4 rashers of bacon (bacon medallions if you can get them)

1 x 400g tin of chickpeas, drained and rinsed

½ red onion, finely chopped

3 garlic cloves, crushed

1 ½ tsp paprika

½ tsp oregano

½ tsp black pepper

½ tsp sea salt

½ tsp chilli powder

½ tsp rosemary

1 large beef tomato

2 eggs

 

  1. Put the sausage, bacon and tomato on the grill pan and grill for 10-12 minutes, turning occasionally.
  2. Spray a frying pan with low calorie oil and heat. Add the onion and cook for a few minutes. Then add the garlic, chickpeas, paprika, oregano, black pepper, sea salt, chilli powder and rosemary. Cook for 5 minutes stirring all the time.
  3. When the chickpeas are cooked, remove from the pan, and set aside in a warm bowl. Use the same pan to fry the eggs, adding a little more oil if needed.
  4. Once the eggs are cooked, serve on a warm plate with the chicken sausages, bacon, tomato and chickpeas.

Enjoy!