Breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day, but it’s easy to ignore when you’ve got a busy day ahead of you. Here are a few quick and easy breakfast ideas that won’t slow you down.
Whether you’re dropping the kids off at the bus stop or rushing to the early morning spin class, it’s important to kick start your body with essential nutrients in the morning. But is it possible to keep both your schedule and stomach full at the same time? Of course, it is!
Quick and Easy Breakfast Ideas: Smoothies
When a friend of mine started commuting to work with a smoothie in a to-go cup, I thought he’d gone crazy. I had only ever thought of smoothies as desserts. But when I asked him about it, he told me about all the healthy things he was putting in his smoothies– protein, kale and other veggies. I gave it a try, and to great surprise it was delicious. Here’s a healthy breakfast smoothie you can try for yourself.
Blueberry Kale Protein Smoothie
- 1 cup frozen blueberries
- 1 cup baby kale
- 1 cup plain yogurt
- 1 banana
- 1 scoop protein powder
- 2 tbsp old fashioned oats
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- Place blueberries, kale, yogurt, banana, protein powder, oats, chia seeds and 1/2 cup of ice into blender. Blend together until the mixture is smooth and consistent.
- Serve ASAP!
Frozen fruit and other fresh ingredients take only seconds to blend together, making smoothies the perfect breakfast on the go. If you need another smoothie breakfast option, try this delicious acai bowl recipe!
There are several different ways to make a breakfast sandwich, and some are much healthier than others. A stop at McDonald’s might feel quick and easy, but fast food breakfast can be extremely high in sodium and preservatives. With the right preparation, you can put together a delicious breakfast sandwich right at home!
English muffins, scrambled eggs, and veggies are a great place to start for a healthy and savory breakfast meal. Make a few of these sandwiches beforehand and put them in the freezer. Scramble together two eggs, cook with some spinach, top it with a tomato and throw everything together in between any English muffin of your choosing. There are several gluten-free options out there, too.
Quick and Easy Breakfast Ideas: Slow Cooker Oats
Oatmeal might sound blander than burnt toast, but it’s jam-packed with nutritional ingredients that are essential to a balanced diet. Oats are gluten-free and full of fiber and antioxidants. Some oatmeal mixes are high in sugar and sodium, but homemade oatmeal can be fine-tuned to cut out what you don’t want.
Slow Cooker Oats
- 1 cup steel-cut oats
- 3 1/2 cup water
- 1 cup apple (peeled and chopped)
- 1/2 cup raisins
- 2 tbsp butter
- 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
- 2 tbsp brown sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Mix together steel-cut oats, water, apple, raisins, butter, cinnamon, brown sugar, and vanilla extract in a slow cooker.
- Stir together until the sugar has dissolved. Cover the slow cooker and cook on low for 6 to 7 hours. For softer oats, let sit on low for an additional 45 minutes.
This recipe for slow cooker oats might take some time to prepare, but once it’s finished you’ll have an easy breakfast meal for each morning of the week!
Quick and Easy Breakfast Ideas: Avocado Toast
Today, a popular breakfast recipe is avocado toast. Spread a layer of ripe avocado over your choice of healthy bread, top with lemon pepper and olive oil and you’re good to go. Yes, it’s really that simple. No one said great breakfast ideas had to be complicated.
If avocado toast isn’t your thing, then peanut butter toast is just as easy. Add some fruit on top of your toast and you’re well on your way to starting the day off right. Some great bread options are sourdough, flax bread and 100% sprouted rye. If you have peanut butter allergies, substitute the peanut butter with other nut butters.
Yogurt and Granola Bowls
If hot foods tend to upset your stomach in the morning, there are plenty of simpler options that sit a little lighter. Yogurt and granola is a great easy breakfast to start with.
For those with dairy intolerances, fat-free and pro-biotic yogurts are just as tasty! Scoop a cup or two of your favorite yogurt into a bowl. Then, top with a handful of granola and add top it all off with fruit for some extra flavor. Adding peanut butter or other nut butters is a fast way to get some extra protein, too.
These breakfast recipes are just a starting point, and we hope that you’ll find a breakfast routine that fits you best. If you’re into intermittent fasting and usually don’t eat until later in the day, each of these breakfast recipes works great for brunch. You could also opt for breakfast for dinner, and eat these meals at all hours of the day. Check out FamilyApp for more healthy recipe ideas and let us know what foods you like to start your day with!