Kelly Holmes’ winner’s breakfast egg muffins

Turmeric has several health benefits including anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and anti-cancer properties. It is a good source of manganese and contains iron, vitamin B6, fibre, copper and potassium. Curcumin is the principle active ingredient in turmeric and gives it its vibrant colour. Add black pepper to any dish prepared with turmeric for better absorption as it contains piperine, a natural substance that enhances the absorption of curcumin by up to 2000%.

breakfast egg muffins
Peter Cassidy


450g butternut squash, peeled and cut into 3cm chunks
2 tablespoons olive oil
60g spinach
4 spring onions, finely sliced
12 large eggs
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
½ _teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
chilli flakes or pul biber (optional)

1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/gas mark 4.

2. Spread out the butternut squash on a roasting tray, drizzle with the oil and season. Roast for 20–30 minutes.

3. Remove from the oven and mix together with the spinach and spring onions in a large bowl. Divide the vegetables between the holes of a 12-hole muffin tray.

4. Whisk the eggs, turmeric, pepper and chilli flakes together in a bowl. Pour over the vegetables in the muffin tray.

5. Reduce the oven temperature to 150°C/gas mark 2 and bake the muffins for 30 minutes until they are puffed and golden.

6. These can be also be served with lean grilled bacon, if you wish. They will keep for a couple of days in the fridge.

Gold medal-winning Olympic athlete Dame Kelly Holmes has written Running Life, a guide to how mindset, exercise and diet can transform your overall wellbeing. In the book she explains how, ‘The right diet helps every part of us feel its best – good skin, healthy hair, lower body fat, more energy, increased strength and focus. It has a 360◦ effect that goes far beyond just seeing a decreasing number on the scales. With my high fitness levels and stamina as a former athlete, I know that making healthier food choices and creating balance in my daily food intake makes all the difference. No one wants to live a life of denial, it’s all about finding that magical happy spot called moderation…

Recipe from Running Life by Dame Kelly Holmes, published by Kyle Books.