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Breakfast is your first meal of the day, and you want to make sure you eat something nutritious that’ll get you to start your day right.
By nutritious I mean something rich in nutrients like fiber, protein, and healthy fats. Not just something that tastes goods, but something good for your body and health.
The benefits of eating a healthy breakfast like that range from weight loss to stronger heart health.
To illustrate what’s considered a good, healthy breakfast, I created a list of 6 healthy breakfast ideas.
This list gives you options and introduces you to new breakfast ideas. They are delicious and packed with essential nutrients and vitamins that are vital to your health and wellbeing.
Here are 7 quick and easy healthy breakfast ideas that’ll make your morning hassle-free.
1. Avocado Toast
This is probably the easiest breakfast you’ve ever come across. It’s basically a 2-ingredient recipe with just whole grain toasts and 1/2 an avocado. It’s a crazy easy, delicious and very satisfying meal you can make in 5 minutes or less. With loads of healthy fatty acids, you can kick start your day with whole a lot of satiety and satisfaction.
You can easily add variations to this recipe by adding smoked salmon, poached egg, or even cayenne pepper. Grab the avocado toast recipe here.
2. Acai Bowls
Acai bowls are my favorite fruity healthy smoothie bowl to make. Its refreshing taste just keeps me coming back more and more. I’m sure you’ve seen those yummy looking pics on Instagram and wondering where you can get your fix. Well, you no longer need to go shed $10 on an acai bowl. Why not just make one yourself? It only takes 5 minutes or less.
Yours can be equally-as-delicious (and healthier) as the from outside. And the pretty simple to make too.
They’re nutritious and taste refreshing, you’ll enjoy every bite. There’s no better way to start your day, then have one. Find your Acai bowl recipe here.
2. Breakfast Burrito
A breakfast burrito is a perfect breakfast meal to start your morning.
In case you haven’t realized, I’m not talking about McDonalds breakfast burrito.
Breakfast items like breakfast burrito that you order off of McDonald’s menu are loaded with high sodium, partially hydrogenated oils, and food additives that disqualify them from being on a healthy breakfast list.
The healthy breakfast burrito I’m talking about here is on the other had, very filling, nutrient dense and nutritionally well-balanced, containing all three macronutrients you need in your diet: lean protein, healthy fat and carbs.
It’s also portable.
How to make a healthy breakfast burrito
- 2 Whole Eggs
- 1 Sliced of Paleo Turkey Bacon
- 1/4 cup of back beans
- 1 cup of chopped bell peppers
- 1 cup of chopped onions
- 1 cup of goat cheese
- Half avocado peeled, diced
- 1 cup chopped cilantro
- 1 ( 10 inch) flour tortillas, warmed
- 1 tablespoons of coconut oil
First, take out all of your ingredients and put them on the counter.
Next, cook up the turkey bacon in the oven for about 15-20 minutes. Heat up the 1 tablespoon of coconut oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the peppers, onions and cilantros. Sautéed until onions are transparent.
In a mixing bowl, beat together two eggs.
Add egg mixture to the vegetables and stir in. Continue to cook until the eggs are set. When the eggs are almost done, add the cheese and mix everything together.
Once the eggs are done, place them on top of the tortillas and add the bacon, black beans, diced avocado and a little bit of salsa before rolling it up.
I usually make ahead and roll a few of these the night before to make it to-go friendly.
If you decide to make ahead, simply heat it up before you eat and enjoy!
3. Overnight Oats
Overnight oats can be the best solution for a busy morning.
When I first heard the term overnight oats, I was puzzled.
I thought to myself, how appealing could oats that’s been left out overnight be?
I was completely wrong.
After doing a little bit of research and trying some overnight oats recipes, I finally began to understand the benefits of overnight oats.
Overnight oats are:
- Quick on the go healthy breakfast
- Time saver – no cooking needed in the morning.
So what is overnight oats?
Overnight oats are just oats soaked overnight in milk or any kind of liquid you like. I prefer milk because it gives that creamy, yogurt like texture.
Easiest Overnight Oat Recipe
The most common ingredients of overnight oats are:
- Raw rolled oats
- Prepare all three ingredients in equal parts 1/3 or 1/2 cup each.
- Mix all ingredients together and put it in a mason jar or container of your choice.
- Put the cup with oat mixture in the fridge overnight and let them soak up the liquids.
- Add some healthy toppings to make it more delicious, exciting and less bland.
To save time in the morning, you can add the topping the night before. Or, if you prefer, you can add them when you eat. It all depends on what toppings you add.
Toppings like superfood chia seeds and flax seeds are just few examples of toppings you can add the night before.
Just in case, you haven’t heard, chia seeds are packed with omega-3 fatty acids, protein, fiber, antioxidants, and minerals in just a small spoonful.
Flax seeds are less known for its fat, but its half of their fat content is omega-3 fatty acids also known as alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). They too provide antioxidants and fiber.
If you are looking for a way to incorporate them into your diet, overnight oats provide an excellent opportunity.
If you are adding chia seeds, know these seeds react differently than other seeds when in contact with liquids.
If you’ve read our 9 Reasons to Be Addicted to Chia Seeds, you already know that chia sees absorb liquids.
It’s their water absorption that allows them to create fruit spread and pudding with nothing but chia seeds and liquids.
When added to overnight oats, chia seeds can add additional firmness to oat mixture.
The tiny seeds also expand in your stomach, keeping you full for much longer.
There are also other toppings you can add in the morning or when you eat.
Some of my favorite healthy choices are:
- Almond butter
- Pure maple syrup or Honey
- Sliced nuts
- Coconut chips
If you are adding maple syrup or honey, be mindful of how much you add.
Despite of them being healthier than refined white table sugar, they’re still sugar. Consuming too much can add quickly lead to over-consumption of sugar. Remember, daily recommended sugar intake is 6 teaspoons.
Overnight oats are a wonderful option year round; you can heat them up on chilly winter mornings or have them cold during hot summer months.
To make it your overnight oat more grand, you can play around with toppings and ingredients.
Here is one of my favorites.
Vanilla, Coconut Power Pack Overnight Oats
- 1 cup old fashioned oats (not instant)
- 1½ cups almond milk or any other liquid (try avoid sugary beverage)
- 1 cup yogurt
- ½ teaspoon chia seeds
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon oat flour
- ½ tablespoon coconut oil, melted
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 tablespoons sliced almonds
- 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup or Honey
- 1/2 Bananas
- 1 cup of Mixed Berries
Place all ingredients (besides the toppings) in a glass container and stir until well combined. Seal with a lid and place in the fridge overnight.
Prepare the toppings.
Bring out the overnight oats out of the fridge and stir. You can see that oats and chia seeds soaked up a lot of the liquids. If you prefer a little looser consistency, add a little more almond milk before serving.
Place the toppings on top of the oats and enjoy!
4. Breakfast Quiche
I love breakfast quiche, because it combines all of my favorites foods: eggs, chicken/turkey sausages, fresh veggies like bell peppers, onions, and cheese.
Breakfast quiche is fun and delicious.
You can definitely say it’s a crowd-pleaser.
Although the process of having quiche as a breakfast may feel like a major cooking undertaking, it’s really not.
Especially if you have all ingredients at home, all you have to do is to mix, pour and bake the night before.
Here is the easiest quiche recipe I’ve been using for years.
- 1/2 lb turkey breakfast sausage
- 4 eggs, lightly scrambled
- 1 1/4 cups almond milk
- 1 small onions, minced
- 1 bell pepper, minced
- 1 frozen deep dish pie shell
- 2 1/4 cups of low-fat cheese
- 1 cup of spinach
- 1 tomato, minced
- Preheat oven to 350°.
- Slice and cook the turkey sausage for 4 or 5 minutes, until cooked through.
- Sauté onion and pepper in fat for 12 minutes, until softened.
- In pie shell, layer with the cheese, onion, green pepper and sausage.
- In bowl, whisk together milk, eggs and flour.
- Pour over layered pie.
- Bake for 45-60 minutes until set, then cool for about 1/2 hour.
There you have it! breakfast quiche.
In the morning, you’ll have a healthy option that takes less than 5 minutes to reheat and packed with tons of nutritional benefits.
5. Yogurt Parfait
Mixed berry yogurt parfait looks and taste delicious. I never really cared for eating yogurt in the morning until I recently discovered this mouth watering recipe with Greek yogurt.
Greek Yogurt, Better Than Regular Yogurt
I only eat Greek Yogurt, and it’s not just for its creamy and rich texture. It’s healthier and more nutritious.
Compared to regular yogurt, it has double the amount of protein. For example, the one I buy in particular, Wallaby Organic Plain Whole Milk Greek Yogurt has 19 grams of protein per serving. That’s more than protein you can find in 3 eggs.
But don’t think you can just buy one at Starbuck or McDonalds and get the same benefits.
Pre-made yogurt parfaits from those vendors are high in calories and loaded with sugars; something you definitely don’t want to start your morning with.
So for your waistline, it’s best you make yours at home.
And homemade yogurt parfait gives the best bang for your buck, money wise as well.
So here is how to make it.
- 3 cups Greek yogurt
- 1/2 pint fresh blackberries, raspberries, blueberries
- 1 cup good quality granola (no canola oil, no trans fat, no high sugar)
- Prepare 4 tall glasses.
- Layer 1/3 cup Greek yogurt into the bottom of each glass.
- Add a layer of berries by laying them on top of the yogurt.
- Add a layer of granola on top of the fruits.
- Alternate layers of yogurt, fruit and granola until glasses are filled to the top.
Serve parfaits immediately to keep granola crunchy. Enjoy!
6. Almond Butter Toast
This is probably the easiest breakfast you can make in the morning, and the best part is, no cooking skill needed.
If you can make PB&J, you can make this.
You can also use peanut butter but I prefer almond butter over peanut butter. Although both options can be healthy, almond butter has the added benefits of higher amounts of iron, magnesium, and vitamin E, protein and fiber and are associated with a number of health benefits:
- Lowering cholesterol
- reducing the risk of cancer
- Reducing the risk of heart disease
Just a handful of almonds, approximately 1once contains 1/8 of necessary daily protein.
To make your almond toast, spread a spoonful of almond butter onto the toast and add a sliced banana on top.
Not surprisingly the total time to make this is less than five minutes, but it will keep you energized, full and awake throughout your entire morning.
Do you squeeze in a morning workout like our 6-Minute Morning Workout?, then you are in luck.
This simplest protein packed toast is also great as a post morning workout meal.
- 1 slice of rye bread
- 2 tablespoon almond butter
- 1 medium banana, sliced
That’s it! There you have it. 6 simplest, healthy breakfast meals you can ever make.