3 Healthy Breakfast Ideas
March 18, 2015
It's a common saying that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and it's a little cheesy, but it's true. A healthy meal in the morning is the perfect way to kickstart a productive day. Breakfast is actually my favorite, mostly because I love having pancakes, waffles, eggs, bacon, etc. But obviously life doesn't allow us to have a leisurely meal every morning, so there are three breakfasts that I alternate for early weekday mornings when I'm running late for school (which is every day). There's a 1 minute, 5 minute, or 10 minute option, and all three are filling, nutritious, and prepare me for the day ahead.
The 1 Minute: Granola + Milk
This is so incredibly simple and it may not even seem worth it that I'm talking about it, but it's a great alternative to some of the processed, sugary cereals that taste so damn good. Now I do love a good bowl of Froot Loops or Peanut Butter Cap'n Crunch, but I try to only have those once in a while because of the hidden sugar. For this I used the Back To Nature Apple Cinnamon Granola Clusters, which I found at Whole Foods. This is an all-natural granola that's high in protein and fiber, plus it's delicious. You can also add some sliced fruit, like bananas or strawberries.
The 5 Minute: Yogurt + Toppings
Yogurt, especially Greek yogurt, has amazing benefits, and I love the fact that it's high in protein. I used the Oikos Coconut Vanilla Greek Yogurt, which isn't the healthiest of Greek yogurts, but it's still better than some. The best part about this breakfast is that you can change it up and have it in so many different ways. I love coconut, so I use that flavor a lot, but you can use any kind of yogurt and pair it with any toppings. Here I used shredded coconut, goji berries, bananas, chia seeds, and peanut butter granola (Kind Peanut Butter Whole Grain Clusters). You can use raspberries, chocolate chips, flax seeds, cinnamon -- the possibilities are endless.
The 10 Minute: Avocado + Toast
The last option is my favorite, because I think avocados are so tasty. Usually this doesn't even take me 10 minutes, and after doing it a lot I've gotten even faster at the preparation. I like to use rye bread, but anything works. While I'm toasting the bread I take half an avocado (I like to put the other half in a sealed plastic bag in the fridge, and I keep the pit in) and mash it up in a bowl. This works best when the avocados are ripe or slightly overripe. I then spread the mixture on the two pieces of bread and season it to my liking with salt, pepper, and lemon juice. And that's it!
What's your favorite breakfast?