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chia seed smoothieEveryone knows that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and can be a major influence for how we feel in the hours ahead. Starting the day with a healthy meal can kick-start your metabolism, but loading up with unhealthy things at breakfast time can make you feel sluggish until lunchtime and beyond, so we thought we’d take a look at some healthy alternatives to your breakfast naughties. Once you’ve got your morning cleanse, tone and moisturise out of the way, consider one of these breakfast swaps.

Swap Coffee for a Power Smoothie

Many of us are guilty of skipping breakfast altogether and simply hitting the coffee pot for a morning pick-me-up, however there are far healthier ways to give yourself a boost. Smoothies are a great way to get some of your 5-a-day and if you add ingredients like a spoonful of chia seeds and Manuka honey, you’ll be upping you energy and antioxidant levels, as well as all of your vitamins and minerals, in just a few motuhfuls.

Swap Pastries for a Muffin

Croissants, Pain au Chocolate and Brioche are all oh so tempting when you see them on the pastry counter and are brilliant in moderation, but are mostly made of sugar and fat! If you have a sweet tooth first thing in the morning, there are some super healthy muffin recipes around, such as this breakfast muffin made with apple sauce, rolled oats and blueberries which will sate your urge for something sweet but massively reduce your intake of bad stuff.

Swap a Fry-Up for a Grill-Up

Okay, so there are some days when only a sausage for brekkie will do, but there are ways to minimise the unhealthy impact of a fry-up. Opt for Quorn sausages, or even try chicken sausages from a good butcher, grill everything instead of frying it, choose a toasted seedy bread instead of a fried white slice, and opt for scrambled eggs instead of fried. Making a few small changes can make a huge difference to the caloric and fat intake of a fry-up and will leave you feeling lighter on your feet instead of weighed-down by stodge!

Swap a Shop-Bought Cereal Bar for a Home-Made One

Cereal bars might seem like a really great idea for a quick breakfast when you just don’t have time to stop, but a quick look at the labels will reveal that some of the worst offenders contain over 40% sugar! This may give you an early morning boost but it’s likely to sent you crashing back down to earth before you’ve even made it to lunch time. Consider making your own cereal bars, using unsweetened granola and a little maple syrup, which is low-GI and will release its energy much slower, giving you a more sustained vivacity throughout the morning.