There’s not always enough time for the most important meal of the day, so it often gets neglected. While protein shakes or power bars can work in a pinch, especially post-workout, there are benefits to eating a proper breakfast.
Fortunately, there are endless recipes for quick, easy morning foods to take with you on the way to work, the gym, or when you need to start your day in a hurry. Breakfast is an opportune time to add in protein to keep you satisfied until lunchtime. A cup of coffee on an empty stomach simply won’t cut it.
Here are three healthy breakfasts you can whip up in no time and get your day off to a delicious and healthful start.
Gone are the days of drinking your breakfast. Smoothie bowls are the latest trend that is both satisfying and scrumptious. Take the same ingredients you’d want to use in your smoothie and add it to a bowl topped with your favorite nuts and berries.
The trick when making a smoothie bowl is to make it a little bit thicker than the average breakfast shake, closer to the consistency of yogurt. A fruity favorite includes: pineapple, banana, coconut water, and honey mixed in the blender. Pour into a bowl and top with blackberries, sliced almonds, or chia seeds for extra texture and crunch.
Prep time: 5 minutes
This popular breakfast craze hasn’t died down. In fact, it’s only gotten bigger with people becoming more and more inventive with what they’re choosing to top their toast. Avocado has been the long-standing, popular choice, which makes for a simple breakfast needing no more than a sprinkle of salt or a dash of red pepper flakes.
Other tasty combinations are: peanut butter and banana, hummus and cucumbers, pineapple and cottage cheese, or pear and ricotta. Try different protein-rich foods combined with fresh fruits or vegetables with an agave syrup drizzle or swirl of hot sauce, depending on if you’re in the mood for something sweet or savory for your first meal of the day.
Prep time: 5 minutes
Homemade breakfast tacos are a good option as a make-ahead meal you can store in the freezer. Take out an individual serving to heat up whenever you’re ready to walk out the door. To create a diet-friendly version, load up on roasted veggies sprinkled with a little olive oil, salt, and pepper. Add in cooked slices of chicken breasts or mashed up black beans for protein. Use whole grain tortillas for added fiber and don’t forget the salsa for an extra spike of flavor.
Prep time: 20-30 minutes (to roast veggies and chicken); 2 minutes to heat fully prepared tacos in the microwave
The fuel we feed our bodies is essential to getting in a good workout and making sure we are consistent in our health goals. Start the day out strong with a filling, good-for-you breakfast and see how much better your body feels when it’s properly nourished.