Today I'll be sharing some healthy breakfast recipes with you that are...
I know that making the time to prep food can be a challenge, so I've picked 5 breakfast options that are quick and easy to accommodate your busy schedule.
When you think of "typical" breakfast food, what comes to mind? Bagels? Muffins? Cereal? Pancakes? Waffles? French toast?
I don't know about you, but when my first meal of the day is super carby, sugary, or greasy, not only do I feel GROSS and TIRED, but I also have a MUCH harder time sticking to my healthy eating habits for the rest of the day despite my best intentions.
Don't be fooled -- This is NOT a willpower issue!
When you eat sugar, you crave sugar. When you eat bread, you crave bread. When you eat cheese, you crave cheese.
So if you want to CRAVE the good stuff, you've gotta EAT the good stuff!
Make your first meal count. It will set the tone for the rest of the day.
If you're ready to give your breakfast a makeover, keep reading...I've got some ideas I think you'll really like!
OPTION #1: SMOOTHIE
This is breakfast for you if...you like to drink your meals, want something cold and refreshing, and need an instant energy boost.
If you have a blender, give this one a try. Grab 1-2 cups of water or non-dairy milk, add frozen fruit, fresh leafy greens, protein powder (optional), and you've got yourself a nutrient-dense, easily transportable, energizing meal! I don't even make these ahead of time because they're so fast to make the morning you want them. To speed up the process, portion out your ingredients or set them out on your counter (except for the frozen ones!) ahead of time.
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OPTION #2: VEGGIE EGG BAKE
This is the breakfast for you if...you want something savory, warm, and grounding.
All you need are your favorite veggies and eggs. I usually use one sweet potato (either shredded with my food processor or diced) + a ton of greens (current favorites include broccoli, asparagus, and leafy greens). Sauté the veggies in either broth or fat (coconut oil, olive oil, ghee). While the veggies are cooking, crack open 6-7 eggs and whisk. Combine veggies and eggs then pour into a greased casserole dish or muffin tins. Bake at 375 for 25 minutes (or until the eggs are fully cooked). Breakfast for the week!
OPTION #3: CHIA PUDDING
This is the breakfast for you if...you want a cold, creamy, smooth, make-ahead meal that feels like you're eating dessert.
All you need is non-dairy milk and chia seeds. I like to use full-fat coconut milk from a can because it's much thicker and contains fewer ingredients than other non-dairy milks. If you're feeling adventurous, you can make your own almond milk. The recipe below will stay good in the fridge for 3-4 days...the perfect make-ahead breakfast. Just add your toppings (optional, but recommended) and you're good to go!
OPTION #4: BREAKFAST SALAD
This is the breakfast for you if...you want something light and refreshing, but don't like drinking your meals.
All you need are leafy greens and your favorite salad fixins. Add a hard- or soft-boiled egg, bacon or smoked salmon to make it taste more breakfast-like. Add avocado, sliced almonds, and cooked or raw veggies of your choice. I like shredded carrots, halved grape tomatoes, and roasted sweet potatoes. Make ahead of time but don't add dressing until you're ready to serve. Need dressing ideas? How about classic oil and vinegar? Just mix together 2 tbsp of olive oil + 1 tbsp (or a little less) of balsamic or apple cider vinegar.
No recipe here...just mix together your favorite ingredients and serve on a bed of leafy greens.
OPTION #5: HEARTY GRAIN/SEED BOWL
This is the breakfast for you if...you are craving warm, hearty, comfort food.
All you need is cooked quinoa flakes, quinoa, gluten-free oats, or any other gluten-free hot cereal plus toppings of your choice. Make it SWEET by adding nut butter, unsweetened coconut flakes, and fruit. Make it SAVORY by adding an egg (prepped any way you like!), sliced avocado, and salsa.
BONUS BREAKFAST: YESTERDAY'S LUNCH OR DINNER
This is the breakfast for you if...you don't want breakfast food.
Breakfast doesn't have to look like breakfast! Why not enjoy some leftover lunch and dinner from the day before? Don't feel like you have to be limited to eating only "breakfast food" at breakfast.
Use your imagination. Think outside of the breakfast box!
Instead of eating what other people and the media say you should eat, listen closely to what your body wants and eat what sounds good to you.
If it's snowing and your house is freezing, a smoothie probably doesn't sound all that appealing. If it's 100 degrees and humid outside, the last thing you probably want is a veggie egg bake.
These breakfast ideas are very different in taste, texture, and temperature. Experiment with them all and see what you like. Put your own spin on them. Pay attention to how you feel afterward. Keep eating what makes you feel your best!