Rediscover the pleasure of a healthy breakfast with these delicious ideas from The Pure Package recipe book

When starting out on a new diet, many of us at the first hurdle – breakfast. Making healthy, balanced choices first thing in the morning can be a chore if you don’t have the time or just can’t stomach a meal. But missing out, or reaching for a quick bowl of sugary, carb-loaded cereal will start the day off on a slippery slope and can impact the rest of your food choices.

With her love of food and desire to look and feel healthy, Jennifer Irvine understands this problem. Based on her philosophy of creating dishes that are both delicious and good for you, she founded a gourmet healthfood delivery service, The Pure Package, to make it easier for people to make healthy choices on a daily basis. Delivering tasty, nutritionally balanced meals to your door. The Pure Package is designed to be a stress-free way of having a healthy diet.

Description: Perfect Start To The Day

Obviously bespoke menu plans don’t come cheap, so Irvine has now written The Pure Package: The Diet for Food Lovers (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, $31) to make her secrets available to everyone. With delicious recipes, including muffins, curries, salads and snacks, and tempting photographs, it’s hard to believe it’s a recipe book that’s good for you. But with Irvine’s healthy tips, simple rules on portion sizes, fresh ingredients and a three-week diet plan, the book offers everything you need to manage a healthy lifestyle while enjoying your food.

Revealing her most important tip for a healthier life, Irvine compares having breakfasts to stoking a fire. “If you want to a good fire with lots of energy, you have to fuel it,” she says. It’s the same with your metabolism – it works depending on when and what you eat for breakfast. The better the fuel, the better your body will work. That means breaking your overnight fast with complex carbs and protein. But the key is not to get stuck in the same breakfast routine, says Irvine. She advises you to “Explore some of the nutritious and delicious options out there.” With this in mind, here are some of Irvine’s breakfast recipes, with deliciously balanced sweet and savoury options. So mix things up, find your favourites, and start fuelling your body for a healthier way of life.

Quick tip: “Weather influences cravings so check the forecast when planning your meals, if you’ve had your porridge you won’t give into that latté on a miserable morning.”

Apple and blackberry porridge

Description: Apple and blackberry porridge

Serves: 4

Preparation time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: 10 minutes

Per serving: 257 calories; 8g protein; 8g fat (of which 3g saturated fat); 38g carbs (of which 14g sugar); 7g fibre; 0.1g salt

160 jumbo porridge oats

400ml whole milk

400ml water

3 large apples, cored and chopped

½ tsp ground cinnamon

100g blackberries

1.    Put the porridge oats, milk, water, apple and cinnamon in a non-stick pan and cook over a medium heat.

2.    Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for four to five minutes, stirring all the time with a wooden spoon, until the oats are tender and creamy.

3.    Stir half the blackberries through the porridge and remove from the heat.

4.    Spoon the porridge into warmed serving bowls and scatter over the remaining blackberries.

Chef’s tip: Blackberries are bursting with antioxidants, vitamins and fibre. Pretty good for something so small!

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