14 Easy omelettes for a healthy start to your day
Keeping fit and healthy is easier if you start your day with a healthy choice for breakfast. Omelettes are high in protein, low in fat (depending on your choice of filling, of course) and a great source of nutrients - they'll leave you feeling full until lunchtime, and they're also easy to make on a budget; what's not to love? Because it can be a bit boring eating cheese, cheese and ham or mushroom omelettes, we've come up with a definitive list of 14 omelette recipes that will help to banish breakfast boredom. Try one of these everyday for the next two weeks and we guarantee you won't go back to toast ever again!
#1. Kale Omelette
We love kale - it's a super-vegetable, packed with vitamin C! Combined with avocado (loaded with healthy fats), a little ham and eggs, it makes the perfect light brunch option. Remember not to over-cook your kale as a couple of minutes to wilt is all it needs!
Loaded with vegetables to help you get your five-a-day - peppers, red onion, mushrooms, sweetcorn and tomatoes - this pizza-style omelette is flashed under the grill like a frittata for a crispy, oozy finish thanks to the Mozzarella. Yummy, and perfect to refuel after a run for a brunch or late breakfast!
Omelettes don't need to be folded over with the filling inside - Spanish style omelettes, often called tortilla or frittata, are set under the grill and are often more substantial. This recipe contains potatoes, vitamin C and iron-packed spinach, onion and eggs, and makes enough to enjoy for leftovers the next day - take it to work for a hearty lunch!
Did you known that sun-dried tomatoes contain more lycopene (an antioxidant that can help slow down the ageing process) than regular tomatoes - they're also loaded with magnesium and potassium to keep your heart healthy and your energy levels up (1). This omelette includes salty feta cheese, which may be high in fat, but you'll find you can eat less of it due to its saltiness! It's packed with flavour and a great option for a Mediterranean style breakfast.
We all know that we need to eat more oily fish to ensure we're getting enough omega-3 fatty acids in our diet, essential for healthy brain function. So why not try adding one of your portions of fish (two a week are recommended) to your morning omelette? This frittata has a great fresh flavour, thanks to the mint, whilst the broccoli counts as one of your five a day.
If you're cooking for kids, getting them involved in the kitchen is important to ensure they learn about food and healthy eating. This recipe will get the whole family involved and the flavour combo is guaranteed to be a winner with kids of all ages - cheese, ham courgette, peas and spring onions. It's a great way to get everyone to eat more vegetables whilst also being packed with protein from the eggs!
From kid-friendly recipes to grown-up flavours, this omelette is packed with ingredients we love, and would be great to serve to friends for a late breakfast/brunch after your workout at the gym. Pumpkin is a source of vitamin A, essential for healthy skin and vision, halloumi - well halloumi just tastes great and is also a source of calcium - and spicy chilli can boost your immune system. Quick to make and super-tasty!
The name may not be the most enticing, but one of the best things about omelettes is that you can pretty much use up whatever ingredients you have lurking in your fridge. All you need are eggs, milk, some type of cheese and some vegetables - try spinach with ricotta cheese, grated cheddar cheese with mushrooms, peppers and asparagus or your own flavour combinations. Delicious!
We all love a Full English Breakfast, but unfortunately it's hardly the healthiest choice you can make, and it's usually loaded with saturated fat. This healthier take turns the ingredients for a Full English into a baked frittata - try to use high-quality butcher's pork sausages and lean bacon if you can (it's best to know where your meat comes from) and organic baked beans.
Who said omelettes had to be savoury? We think this fruity berry take is good enough to replace your morning granola. With naturally-low-in-fat cottage cheese, strawberries, blueberries and raspberries and a little honey and cinnamon, this is an omelette to save for those lazy post-workout weekend mornings. We recommend whipping it up after our Morning Abs Workout...
Using two whole eggs and three egg whites lowers the cholesterol content of this recipe, giving it its 'skinny' credentials, and you can apply this rule anytime you're looking to make a healthier omelette. The combo of tomatoes, ham and peppers with cheese is a classic one, and we recommend serving this with some wholemeal toast for the perfect breakfast.
Mini omelettes are great when feeding the family or if you have friends coming over, so if you've bagged yourself a fitness buddy and are looking for a healthy brunch option, you've found it! Un-dyed smoked haddock is best, as it naturally contains less salt and additives from the dye than the bright yellow kind you'll often come across. This is a real treat, and the amino acids from the eggs are used to repair tissue and boost your metabolic reaction (2).
Omelettes don't have to be made with whole eggs, and using just the whites is a low-fat, low-cholesterol option that's super-good for you. It might not have the golden glow of a traditional omelette, but if you're looking to lose weight or are trying to get fit, an egg white omelette is the way to go.
Whilst this might be a bit heavy for an early-morning breakfast, it's great for brunch, with spicy chorizo sausage, creamy goat's cheese and a hint of chilli. The addition of fresh chives really makes the flavours stand out - why not grow your own, it's really easy!
We're going to be trying out each and every one of these omelette recipes over the next two weeks, and we look forward to hearing from you which ones are your favourites - or feel free to share with us any of your favourite omelette recipes that you make regularly!
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