Healthy breakfast tips and recipes

Sixty per cent of Irish people agree that breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day, however one in four people say that they do not eat breakfast regularly. To celebrate the brighter mornings, Kellie O’Connor, nutritionist with Danone Ireland, has developed some delicious healthy breakfast options to get you off to the right start and to coincide with the launch of Danone’s in-store daily hamper competitions, recipe leaflets, and product tastings which are happening in a number of Dunnes Stores branches across the country.

Probiotic smoothie

One banana, two tablespoons of porridge oats, one generous spoonful of runny honey, one 100ml Danone Actimel, 150ml low-fat milk.

Put all the ingredients in a blender or in a jug if using a hand blender. Give it a quick whizz until smooth, and enjoy.

Creamy cereal crunch

30g wholegrain cereal, eg, bran/wheat flakes; one 125g pot Danone Activia Natural yogurt; large handful of blueberries.

Mix together the granola and Danone Activia Natural yogurt in a bowl. Top with the blueberries.

Minty fruit salad

One pear; two kiwis; one peach or nectarine; handful of strawberries; small handful of fresh mint leaves, chopped, and one 100ml Danone Actimel.

Wash the pear, peach, or nectarine and strawberries. Peel the kiwi. Chop all the fruit into similar-sized pieces and place in a bowl. Sprinkle over the mint and pour over your favourite Danone Actimel.

Berry pancakes

A delicious brunch recipe for all the family.

One egg, lightly beaten; one 120g pot Danone Activia Strawberry Cereals yogurt; 180ml low-fat milk; 150g self-raising flour; two tablespoons of maple syrup or honey; cooking spray for frying; fresh fruit, such as strawberries, raspberries or sliced peaches and Activia Natural yogurt to serve.

Mix together the beaten egg and the Danone Activia Strawberry Cereals yogurt, then stir in the milk, flour, and maple syrup or honey. Mix until you have a smooth batter.

Heat a non-stick frying pan over a medium heat and spray lightly with cooking spray. Drop heaped tablespoons of batter into the pan, leaving plenty of space around each one. They should spread to about 6cm across. Cook for one to two minutes until lightly browned, then flip and cook for a further one to two minutes until browned on the other side and set in the centre.

Keep this batch warm on a plate in the oven while you cook the rest of the pancakes. Serve scattered with fruit and drizzled with Danone Activia Natural yogurt.

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