Even though I am not a morning person, breakfast is by far my favorite meal of the day. If it weren’t for the allure of oatmeal and eggs and fruit and coffee, I probably wouldn’t get out of bed.
I like to start my morning with a nutritious breakfast with a focus on healthful fats and fiber. Running, doing yoga, or gearing up for a full day of work is much easier on a belly full of whole grains and quality protein than on a chocolate croissant. So, I do my best to avoid sugar cereal, breakfast pastries, and the like even though the word “danish” alone makes me smile.
Eating a fiber-packed breakfast is also a good way to avoid unecessary snacking between breakfast and lunch.
Here are five of my favorite breakfasts!
Five Healthy Breakfast Ideas
A bowl of oatmeal keeps me satiated for hours especially when loaded with fruit and nuts. I generally use old fashioned or steel cut oats.
As steel cut oats take quite some time to cook, one option is to par cook them the night before. To do so, bring 1 cup of oats and 4 cups of water to a boil, turn off the heat, cover, and let sit overnight. The next morning, add another 1-1.5 cups of liquid (water, milk, and cider all work) and cook for 10 minutes.
In addition to seared bananas and blueberries, I love these oatmeal toppings:
Finely-diced apples, toasted walnuts, and cinnamon
Mixed berries, shredded coconut, and maple syrup
Sunflower seeds and a heaping scoop of nut butter
During the warmer months, muesli is a great alternative to oatmeal.
Ever have that moment when you just can’t look at another scrambled egg?! This happens to me often, but I think eggs are too important to my overall health to take a long break from them. So, I also try to hard boil and poach for variety even though this takes more time, and I also like to make frittatas.
Since I don’t have a large oven-safe pan, I use a muffin tin to make mini frittatas using whatever ingredients I have in my refrigerator. Mini frittatas make for a fun brunch, but they are also great as a portable breakfast. On weekdays, I pack a few in a tupperware container and then heat them up at the office for a quick and healthy breakfast.
I like to pair frittatas with whole grain toast, fruit, or nuts.
I refer to a bowl of yogurt with toppings as a “bowl of happiness” because it evokes the same feelings I had when standing in front of an ice cream sundae bar as a kid.
I love topping yogurt with fruit, nuts, coconut, and some all-natural granola for added crunch. Trader Joe’s chocolate-covered sunflower seeds are also fun as they are reminiscent of sprinkles. I generally eat Wallaby organic greek yogurt, but my new yogurt find is Siggi’s , which is skyr made with milk from grass-fed cows sourced from farms in upstate New York. It’s on the tart side so I add agave or honey for sweetness.
To pack a “bowl of happiness” for work, I put all of the toppings into a tupperware container separate from the yogurt and then mix everything together once I get to the office. This keeps the granola and other crunchy items from getting soggy.
Having a smoothie at breakfast is a great way to incorporate greens at the start of your day. One of my favorite smoothies is a Sour Apple smoothie:
1 apple (I leave on the skin for the nutrients)
2 handfuls of fresh spinach
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
6 ounces water
2 ounces crushed ice
Honey or agave to taste
Although I often use frozen fruit and vegetables in my smoothies, I find that fresh spinach has a much lighter taste than frozen spinach and, therefore, works better in smoothies because it doesn’t overpower the other flavors.
I’m a big proponent of eating nuts and I especially enjoy finding different ways to incorporate almonds into my diet given their nutritional value .
PaleOMG has a great recipe for apple muffins that are made with almond flour. They are so simple to make and are a fantastic portable breakfast (or snack).