Friday, 10 January 2014

#FitFruitFriday - Healthy Fruit Breakfasts

Be it a chocolate-filled croissant with a large Frappuccino or the greasy temptation of a McMuffin, the commute to work can be a healthy eater's worst nightmare. Blame it on boredom or hormones for causing the cravings but the main culprit is always skipping a balanced breakfast. You may think skipping out on the most important meal of the day will help you onto the path of losing weight or that your cereal bar packed full of sugar will be enough to last you till noon but you couldn't be more wrong. Eating a great, fruit-filled breakfast keeps you fuller for longer and helps you on the path to looking and feeling your best. So, save yourself the money and the empty calories by giving to-go breakfasts the shove and start picking out the perfect porridge topping from your office fruit supplier.

  • Porridge with fruit
Any type of fruit tends to go great with porridge, from blueberries and strawberries to bananas and raisins. If you're missing sprinkling sugar over your bowl of deliciousness then add a teaspoon of honey or add some cinnamon to perk you up.

  • Fruit Salad
Needs no explanation - chop up whatever fruit you fancy from your office fruit box and scoff it down with whichever toppings you like. Easy peasy!

  • Yoghurt with granola and fruit
Easy to whip up in a hurry and can even be enjoyed in a tupperware during the dreaded commute! Flavoured strained yoghurt or plain greek yoghurt always tastes the best with some sweet oaty granola. Here's our simple granola recipe that'll keep for a whole month:
  1. Preheat oven to 150c/130c fan/gas mark 2
  2. Mix 300g rolled oats, 1 tbsp vegetable oil, 125ml maple syrup, 2 tbsp honey and 1 tsp of vanilla extract in a large bowl
  3. Add any seeds or nuts you wish at this point e.g. sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, almonds
  4. Tip onto two baking sheets ensuring it is spread evenly
  5. Bake for 15 mins then add any dried fruits or unsweetened coconut you wish.
  6. Bake for a further 10-15 mins before removing and leaving to cool
  7. Once cool, store in an airtight container, ready to be enjoyed!

  • Cottage cheese topped with fruit
Whether it be flavoured, plain, low-fat or full-fat, just top it with any assortment of fruit you like, along with some nuts or seeds too - for a protein & fibre-filled crunch!

  • Banana Cocoa Pancakes
The Healthy Foodie has graced our tastebuds with this these angelic but sinfully delicious chocolate pancakes. We've omitted the recipe for the sauce so you'll have to go to her for that but we assure you it's just as delicious as you're imagining.
  • ½ banana
  • ½ cup coconut water
  • ½ cup egg whites
  • ½ cup spelt flour
  • ¾ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp instant coffee granules
  • A pinch of salt
  1. Mix all ingredients together using a food processor
  2. Coat a frying pan with cooking spray on a high heat
  3. Pour a dollop onto the pan and once little bubbles form on the top, then flip.
  4. Cook other side for approx 30 seconds then transfer to warm oven whilst you cook the rest
  5. Stack them up and garnish with the low-fat chocolate sauce and raspberries/strawberries/bananas

What's your favourite healthy breakfast this new year? Let us know in the comments below or tweet us @office_fruit with your most Instagram-worthy photos of your morning meal!

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