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5 quick and healthy breakfast recipes

Robbie Puddick
Written by

Robbie Puddick

Medically reviewed by

Fiona Moncrieff

4 min read
Last updated May 2024

Jump to: Yoghurt bowl | Overnight oats | Snickers smoothie | Chia pudding with mango | Bircher muesli

We’ve all heard the old saying ‘breakfast is the most important meal of the day’, and while a healthy breakfast can set our body up in a positive way, both physically and mentally, this saying might not necessarily be true as all of our meals can hold equal importance.

The issue often comes down to time. How can you have a healthy breakfast when you need to get ready for work, feed the kids, or walk the dog in the precious hours before you start your working day?

Breakfast doesn’t have to be a chore

Our in-house nutritionists and dietitians have developed 5 quick, delicious, and healthy breakfast recipes you can make any day of the week in under 10-minutes. They’re packed with everything your body needs to start the day.

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1) Yoghurt bowl

Prep time: 5mins
Serves: 1

150g 150g plain natural, Greek yoghurt, or yoghurt alternative

1 medium handful berries, fresh or frozen (defrosted)

1 tbsp ground flaxseed

1 tbsp 90% dark chocolate, finely chopped

1 ½ tbsp hazelnuts, roughly chopped


Place the yoghurt in a bowl.

Add the toppings.


Second Nature special tip:

Bring this breakfast in a container from home and enjoy it at work, or pick up the ingredients on the way. Turn this recipe into yoghurt bark by spreading it on baking paper and placing it in the freezer until hardened.

2) Overnight oats

Prep time: 2mins
Serves: 1

40g rolled oats

100g plain natural or Greek yoghurt

100ml milk

1 small handful nuts (optional)

1 handful berries or 1-2 tbsp stewed fruit (optional)

1-2 tsp milled flaxseed (optional)

1 tsp ground cinnamon (optional)


Combine the rolled oats, yoghurt, milk, and a small pinch of salt in a bowl. Stir well to combine.

Cover and put in the fridge overnight.

In the morning, top with your favourite choice of toppings, such as nuts, milled flaxseed, berries, stewed fruit and/or ground cinnamon.

Second Nature special tip

Depending on how hungry you feel in the mornings, you can either enjoy a full portion, or have half and bulk it out with extra nuts, yoghurt or fruit.

3) Snickers smoothie

Prep and cooking time: 5mins
Serves: 1


200ml milk

1 peeled banana, frozen

100g plain natural or Greek yoghurt

2 tbsp peanut butter

½ tsp vanilla extract or paste

2 tsp cocoa powder

5g (or 2 small squares) dark chocolate, melted


Place all ingredients in the order they are listed in a blender, except for the chocolate.

Screw the lid on tight and blend until smooth.

Melt the chocolate separately in a small microwave-proof bowl or over very low heat in a non-stick saucepan. Drizzle the slightly cooled melted chocolate into the blender and blend again.

Pour the smoothie into the glass to serve.

4) Chia pudding with mango

Prep and cooking time: 10mins
Serves: 2

3 tbsp chia seeds

150ml tinned coconut milk

150ml water

1 mango, diced

2 tbsp toasted cashew nuts

1 small handful fresh mint, chopped


Combine the chia seeds, coconut milk, and water into a bowl and mix well. Let this sit for 15-20 minutes (or ideally overnight), until the chia seeds absorb the liquid and a pudding-like consistency is formed.

Divide the chia pudding into 2 bowls or glasses, layered with the fresh mango.

Top with the toasted cashew nuts and mint.

Second Nature special tip

Chia pudding can easily be made the night before, for a quick and minimal prep breakfast. You can swap the tinned coconut milk for 100mL of cow’s milk or a plant-based option. Additionally, fresh berries or pineapple are a delicious alternative.

5) Bircher muesli

Prep and cooking time: 5mins
Serves: 2

1 pink lady apple

40g rolled oats

2 tbsp chia seeds

200g plain natural or Greek yoghurt

1 tsp ground cinnamon

4 tbsp water

1 large handful walnuts

1 tsp orange zest (optional)


Grate the apple into a mixing bowl.

Add the oats, chia seeds, yoghurt, cinnamon, and water to the bowl and mix well.

Split the ingredients and serve topped with walnuts and optional orange zest.

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