Easy (and Delicious) Breakfast Ideas
Mornings can be so hectic. The last thing we want to think about is putting together a breakfast that will provide healthy nutrition. These quick and flavourful meals contain a healthy allotment of protein, keeping you full well into lunch time.
Confession: I like foods that are easy to prepare. Here are 3 options that only take 10 minutes to assemble. I like to alternate the recipes every couple of weeks.
½ cup rolled oats
¼ cup nonfat Greek yogurt
¾ cup unsweetened coconut milk (or milk of your choice)
½ frozen blueberries (or fruit of your choice)
1 tsp raw honey
1 tsp chia seeds
1 tbsp slivered almonds
Mix all the ingredients in a portable container. I like to use mason jars for my overnight oats. Cover and let soak overnight. Top with slivered almonds in the morning. Can be taken “on the go” or enjoyed at home.
FILLING EGGS + BABY SPINACH
Eggs are one of my favorite foods. Who doesn't enjoy eggs in the morning? Here is a quick and easy recipe I learned from a fitness-loving acquaintance of mine. It’s very filling!
3 eggs whites
1 egg yolk
2 cups of baby Spinach, washed
Dash salt and paper
Heat a small pan with medium heat. Add 2 sprays of cooking spray. Stir the eggs until cooked to your liking. Season with salt and pepper. Remove immediately and top with one tablespoon of salsa or a slice of tomato. Serve with berries.*
*Berries are some of the most fiber-dense foods on the planet. Naturally occurring fiber is filling. Strawberries can be substituted, but fiber count will be lower.
Nutritional information: 314 calories, 7 g fat, 612 mg sodium, 42g carbs, 14g fiber, 10g sugars, 26g protein
MEGA FRUIT & YOGURT BOWL
Here is another great tasting and easy recipe from Hungry Girl. The yogurt bowl can be prepared the night before or even in batches as much as 4 days in advance. I like to substitute a banana for the apple and I skip the no-calorie sweetener.
6 ounces (about ⅔ cup) of fat free plain Greek yogurt
1 no-calorie sweetener packet (optional)
⅛ teaspoon cinnamon, or more to taste
1 ½ cup chopped apple (or any other fruit)
¼ cup Fiber One bran cereal
½ ounce slivered almonds or pistachios (about 12 almonds or 24 pistachios)
In a medium bowl, mix sweetener (optional) and cinnamon into yogurt. Top with fruit, cereal and nuts!
Nutrition information: 313 calories, 7.5g fat, 134 mg sodium, 50g carbs, 13g fiber, 27g sugar, 22g protein
Source: The Hungry Girl Diet by Lisa Lillien. Copyright March 2015.
Check out more free recipes from Hungry Girl on her website.
The great thing about these recipes is they can be customized to suit your tastes. Feel free to experiment with different ingredients to find a combination that you love. If you personalize the recipes and make it your own, chances are you’ll actually look forward to eating a healthy breakfast every day.
Skip the unhealthy fast food breakfast options and carve out 10 minutes out of your day for the simple, easy, nutritious, and delicious version. Do you have any favorite quick and healthy go-to breakfast recipes? Share in the comments below.