Quick and Healthy Breakfasts
10 Wholesome Breakfast Recipes
The moment your morning alarm buzzes, it’s crunch time. It’s a race against the clock to get yourself ready, get the kids ready and squeeze in any last minute to-dos before facing the day ahead. Unfortunately, breakfast can easily be forgotten during the morning rush. Instead of skipping the most important meal of the day, start with a quick and easy recipe to keep everyone energized.
Making breakfast a priority is a must, and some healthy tips can keep your morning running smoothly too. Monday means routine, so start strong on Sunday. Combine food, family and fun into your weekend meal prep and have quick, healthy breakfast options throughout the upcoming week.
Try some of these healthy recipes to prepare in advance for more efficient mornings:
1. Breakfast Burritos
A healthy homemade breakfast burrito is a delicious way to pack many healthy ingredients into a single meal. Cook your favorite meats and veggies, and scramble a few eggs while you warm tortillas in the microwave. Then, wrap up the burritos, tuck them into the freezer and reheat as needed for a quick, protein-packed breakfast.
2. Mini Egg Muffins
Cut out the carbs and boost the protein of a typical muffin. Beat some eggs, chop up seasonal veggies, add in cooked bacon or ham and bake in a muffin pan for 20-25 minutes. Freeze your egg muffins and then just reheat as desired throughout the week.
3. Homemade Granola Bars
Save money and create your own specialty granola bars that will satisfy everyone’s appetite. This option cuts out extra sugar and offers a variety of essential nutrients. Keep these goodies at your desk for an energizing snack to munch on during the day, and pack them in your kid’s lunch for a tasty treat.
4. Baked Oatmeal
Skip the pre-packaged oatmeal envelopes and opt for these heart-healthy oatmeal bars instead. They’re easy to prepare ahead of time and are a great on-the-go option for the whole family. Store them in the freezer and warm in the microwave for 45 seconds to start your day.
5. Whole-Grain Muffins
Make healthier muffins by substituting Greek yogurt for butter, applesauce for oil and flax meal for eggs. Change the flavor with seasonal fruits to keep your energy levels up all day.
If Meal Prep Sundays aren’t an option for you, try out quick, nutritious breakfast favorites.
6. Avocado Toast
Rather than lathering your toast in butter or a sugary jam, try topping it with a creamy avocado mash, which provides fiber and healthy monounsaturated fats. Add spices and additional veggies to amplify the flavor.
7. Fruit and Yogurt Parfait
A yogurt parfait is a quick, easy and tasty alternative for an on-the-go breakfast. It’s easy to customize to your family’s tastes, and even your little ones can help build their own breakfasts. To make the parfait even tastier, include seasonal fruit from the farmers’ market.
8. Fruit and Yogurt Smoothie
Keep energized throughout the day with protein-packed smoothies. Throw your favorite fresh fruit, plain Greek yogurt and leafy greens (like spinach) into a blender, and you’ll have a mobile breakfast in seconds.
9. Microwave Scrambled Eggs
Protein-packed eggs provide essential nutrients and are easy to prepare in the microwave. Whisk two eggs in a bowl, add your favorite vegetables or breakfast meat, and microwave for one to two minutes. You’ll have a nutritious and filling breakfast ready in no time.
10. Peanut Butter, Banana and Chia Seed Toast
Introduce superfoods into your little one’s diet with this quick recipe. Spread all-natural peanut butter onto whole-grain toast and top with bananas and chia seeds. The combination of protein and fiber will help keep your family full all day long.
After breakfast, feel good throughout the day with healthy sack lunches and jump-start snacks.
source: Northwestern University – Northwestern Medicine