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Curb the carbs at breakfast time

When it comes to the first meal of the day there is no shortage of mixed messages as everyone has a view on what’s healthy, and what’s not.

Take cereal, for instance. Marketed as a healthy start to the day it’s a quick and easy option yet the irony is that many of the ready-to-eat cereals found in shops and supermarkets throughout the UK are full of carbs, high in sugar and arguably the worst way to start your day.

So, what’s the alternative for those who are high on hunger but low on time in the mornings?

Quite simply, it’s protein.

Scrambled egg and smoked salmon on toast

Protein reduces hunger as it’s filling and means that you consume less food. It also takes more calories to digest so the more you eat (in tandem with reducing your carb intake, of course), the more energy your body burns to process it.

And that’s why smoked salmon is the ideal protein partner. After all, it’s ready-to-eat, so you don’t have to spend precious morning time preparing it like you would do with other protein sources such as sausages and bacon. It’s also lean and delicious, too.

But what do I eat it with?

Smoked salmon works well on its own, accompanied by a sprinkling of pepper and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. But if the thought of going ‘carb cold turkey’ or ‘binning the bread’ is too much to bear, then you can complement your smoked salmon with a low carb option – such as rye bread, which is both delicious and filling.

If time is on your side then you could of course go for smoked salmon and scrambled eggs or even add smoked salmon in an omelette. Both options are healthy and will leave you feeling full without depending on sugars to power you through your day.

For a full range of smoked salmon breakfast options click over to our smoked salmon  category.

Smoked salmon Eggs Benedict

Continuing our series of smoked salmon recipes we’re turning our attention this week to a twist on a traditional American breakfast dish: Eggs Benedict.

Typically made with ham or bacon, the substitution of smoked salmon to the recipe makes a tasty alternative and adds a distinctly smokey taste. Choose from traditional smoked salmon or opt for our smoked salmon with cracked black pepper for a little extra kick.

eggs benedict with smoked salmon hollandaise sauce

Served over warm English muffins with homemade hollandaise sauce, Eggs Benedict make the perfect breakfast or brunch dish. Refrigerate any spare sauce and you can quickly serve up a second helping the next day.

Ingredients (Serves: 2)

For the Hollandaise Sauce

  • 75g x unsalted butter, cubed
  • 2 x egg yolks
  • 1 x tablespoon of white wine vinegar
  • 1 x tablespoon of lemon juice


1. For the sauce. Mix the lemon juice and vinegar in a bowl before adding the egg yolks. Whisk until nice and light then whisk further over a gently boiling pan of water. As the mixture thickens, gradually stir in the butter cubes. Season and remove from the heat to cool.

2. For the poached eggs. Before adding the eggs, add a tablespoon of white wine vinegar to aid the cooking process. Then, take a spoon and swirl around until you have a whirlpool effect. Quickly crack the eggs and add them into the swirling water. Simmer for 3-4 minutes before gently removing them with a sieve spoon.

3. Halve and toast the muffin. Add a couple of slices of smoked salmon to each half. Add the poached egg to each half before sharing the sauce between the two. Serve and enjoy.