6 Quick & Healthy Breakfast Ideas
School is back in session (yay!) which means early mornings (boo!). I don't know about you, but personally, I like to wake up a few hours before the children to prepare a made-from-scratch, organic, well-rounded breakfast using ingredients from my personal garden in the back yard. What a wonderful bonding time this provides as I too am able to sit and peaceful enjoy this first meal of the day with my children who are always so incredibly thankful as they eagerly consume every last bite of the meal I prepared for them. I am filled with joy as I watch they skip off to school with belly's full and minds eager to learn.
And then I hit the snooze for like, the 10th time, jump up and scramble to find something half way decent for all of us to eat before we rush out the door. No morning people in this house.
So, if you are like me and need some ideas for quick and healthy breakfast ideas, many of which can be made ahead of time, check these out.
These egg "muffins" are a great option for those looking for a low-carb (or no carb) breakfast that is quick, easy & packed with protein & veggies. You can make a batch at the beginning of the week, keep in the fridge and simply warm-up in the microwave before you head out the door on a busy morning.
- 6 eggs
- 1 cup milk of your choice
- Veggies (onions, peppers, mushroom, spinach and kale are all excellent options).
- OPTIONAL Ingredients: Shredded cheese, meats (turkey bacon, chicken sausage, ham).
Mix eggs & milk in a bowl and scramble. Add salt & pepper to taste if you like.
Saute veggies and add to the egg mixture.
Poor egg mixture into a cupcake pan (or you can do casserole style if you prefer).
Bake at 350 degree for about 20 minutes or until eggs are cooked through.
Avocados...can't say enough about these little guys. This fruit (yep, it's a fruit) is packed with tons of vitamins, minerals, fiber AND healthy fats making it a SUPER FOOD.
Sprouted Grain or a healthy gluten free bread (usually found in the freezer section) provides a great base for your avocado which can be topped by simply slicing or (if ripe enough), spreading onto your toast. Keep it vegan or add an egg for a little extra protein.
Brown rice cake, almond butter & BANANA
Almond butter is all the rage and for good reason. Like avocados they are a great source of healthy, unsaturated fat but you also get about 7 grams of protein for a 2 Tbsp serving (that's more than an egg!). Spread on a brown rice cake & top with banana slices or berries (or both) for a gluten free & vegan breakfast option that is packed with healthy carbs, vitamins, minerals & fiber.
Yet another SUPER FOOD in the bunch! Chia seeds are packed full of all sorts of good stuff including calcium, protein, antioxidants and the coveted omega-3 fatty acids. (Just be careful about going overboard with the chia seeds because they are high in fiber! A little goes a long way!)
The great thing about this breakfast is that you can make it the night before, stick it in the fridge and it's ready to go the next morning. I do recommend either using a milk that is already sweetened or adding in honey, steevia, agave syrup or another sweetener of your choice. Top with some berries and or nuts and it's a very well-rounded and filling breakfast you can take on the go.
- 1 cup Coconut or Almond Milk
- 1/4 cup Chia Seeds
- Honey, agave syrup, Steevia
- Option Toppings: Blueberries, nuts, honey
Smoothie are a great option, especially if you want to get lots of good nutrients from your first meal but aren't a big breakfast eater. (A great resource if you are new to the smoothie world is Simple Green Smoothies.)
- 1 -2 cups of water or almond milk (or milk of your choice)
- 2 cups of leafy greens
- 1 cup of frozen fruit (bananas, berries, mango are good starter fruits)
From here there are tons of option add-ons! Some popular options include peanut or nut butters, yogurt, chia seeds, flax seed, oats, and protein or nutritional powders.
My girls love "Chocolate, PB, Banana Milkshakes":
- 1 Cup Regular Almond Milk
- 1 Cup Chocolate Almond Milk
- 2 Cups Spinach
- 1 sliced, frozen banana
- 2 Tbsp of Peanut Butter
This is another simple recipes with tons of potential! All you need to get started is 1 ripe banana and 2 eggs. Simply mash the banana, add eggs (slightly beaten), mix and wah-la!
Again, let your creativity lead the way. Some popular add-ons include: Ground oats or flax seed, cinnamon, vanilla, blueberries, pumpkin, apple, chocolate chips, peanut butter, nut butters, protein powder. Let your imagination be your guide and enjoy!