Best fruits for breakfast
Whether you love them for their delicious taste, their colourful appeal or because you’re aiming for your five portions of fruit and vegetables a day, one thing is for sure: fruits are amazing. So, if you want to get everyone in the family excited about that first meal of the day, make sure you keep the fruit bowl topped up!
Nature has given us a wonderful selection of sweet, sour, and even slightly bitter flavours to enjoy. This means there are so many ways to make breakfast exciting, whether you’re a fan of single fruit cereal toppings or can’t resist a good fruit combo. Yummy! And since fruit makes a great pair with breakfast cereals, we’ve also added a few tips on how to enjoy them best. Have your shopping list ready and let’s dive in:
Citrus breakfast: orange, lemon, lime, grapefruit
Deciding what is the best fruit to eat in the morning often comes down to the sweet or citrusy choice. If citrus is the winner, the good news is that the superstars in this category are all deliciously refreshing. Oranges, lemons or grapefruits taste great no matter the season. Why not add them to your favourite overnight oats recipe for a tangy twist or add a bit of orange juice to a Cheerios cereal smoothie and enjoy the sweet-sour flavour?
Exotic twist for your morning meal: banana, mango, pineapple, coconut
Apples are great, but let’s be honest – they’re not the most exciting of fruits. If you want to make your breakfast extra special, think tropical fruits. Luckily there are plenty to choose from and so easy to purchase from any supermarket. The beloved banana is still one of the best fruits for breakfast and it goes so well with a bowl of breakfast cereal. If you want to be a bit more adventurous, you can add a few more ingredients and turn it into a delicious cereal milk banana cream pie. Check out our easy recipe if you want to give it a go.
Or why not go for a tropical fruit combo with a coconut and mango smoothie? Add Shredded Wheat, yoghurt and vanilla in the blender and you’ve got yourself a delicious breakfast in five minutes tops!
Berries extravaganza: strawberries, blueberries, raspberries
You can never go wrong with berries. Red, blue, purple – choose your colour. Or even better, have them all. They look so good sprinkled on top of your favourite cereals and taste even better with their sour-sweet flavours making an impression in every spoonful.
If you can’t decide which one to go for and are still wondering what’s the best fruit to eat in the morning, we don’t blame you. They’re all equally enticing. So why not choose a berry mix instead? You can sprinkle them on top of cereals, add them to a smoothie or even create your own signature berry bars. Our Cheerios Fruitylicious Apple and Berry bars recipe is a great start.
Amazing stone fruits: cherries, peaches, plums
These juicy fruits are seasonal and known for making the best jams ever. But no matter what choice you go with, they’re bound to get on well with the rest of the morning food in your bowl or plate. Cut them in bite-sized pieces, toss them on your cereals and you’ve got an awesome breakfast even the fussiest eater in the family will ask you to repeat. Want to impress them even more? How about a yummy peach crumble and topping made with Cheerios?
Dried fruits to for a delicious morning meal: dates, raisins, figs, apricots
‘Dried’ and ‘food’ don’t usually make a great combination. But that stops being true when it comes to fruit. It’s not just that dried fruits such as raisins or dates are very delicious. They’re also extremely convenient. Fresh fruit is great, but it’s a matter of days before they stop being tasty or go bad. Dried fruit doesn’t have that problem. Plus, you can enjoy it all year round. So why not stock up on your favourite ones? This way whenever you ponder which fruit to have with your breakfast you know you can jazz up your morning routine just by going to the cupboard. Add cinnamon and cocoa powder to your stash and you’ve got the perfect combo for many morning meals to come.
Don’t forget that tinned fruit and frozen fruit are also extremely convenient options giving you plenty of delicious combinations for your breakfast cereals. Fill up your cupboard and freezer with your favourite ones and you’ll always have a colourful and tasty breakfast, no matter the season.
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