It’s no joke when you hear that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Not that every single meal you eat isn’t important, but after an 8-10 hour fast from food while we are sleeping, it’s important they we take in healthy and nutritious foods right when we wake up in order to avoid starvation mode.
Time is one of the biggest complaints I hear when given the list of excuses as to why breakfast was forgone in order to make it to work or school on time, but here are some quick and easy– not to mention healthy recipes that will get your metabolism firing, the stomach grumbling to end, and boost your energy throughout the morning.
Quick and Easy Meal #1
Whole grain oatmeal is a “super food” all on its own. Packed with figure-friendly carbohydrates, fiber, protein, and other various nutrients, oatmeal is a great choice to start your day. Unfortunately though, oatmeal is one of those foods that can turn boring very quickly if you don’t spice it up. In addition to adding fruits, nuts, cinnamon, or honey to this breakfast favorite, my favorite little spin on oatmeal is to simply stir in a tablespoon of all natural peanut butter and top it off with some sliced apples or bananas. It gives the oatmeal a thicker texture as well as adding some heart-healthy fats to the mix. It’s delicious!
Quick and Easy Meal #2
Have you ever experienced the unique taste and consistency of Greek yogurt? The difference between Greek yogurt and standard yogurt is that Greek yogurt has been strained in a cloth or paper bag or filter to remove the whey. It’s a bit thicker and a bit tart, but creamy and delicious! I could go on and on about recipes that use Greek yogurt, but particularly, this has become one of my favorite breakfast staples. One quick and easy recipe entails adding blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries into the Greek yogurt. Mix in a tiny bit of honey or sugar free maple syrup and sprinkle with slivered almonds. It makes a fruit parfait-like mixture and loads you full of protein, fiber, and heart-healthy fats.
Quick and Easy Meal #3
I personally love breakfast sandwiches from nearby fast food restaurants, but they spell disaster for my waistline. Here is a little trick I discovered on how to make an egg sandwich that has about half the calories of the McDonalds or Burger King version. Grab a light wheat English muffin– they only have about 90 calories. Spray some non-stick spray in a pan on the stove and let the outsides of the English muffin brown in the pan. In another small pan, scramble 3 egg whites or a 1/4 cup of egg substitute. As soon as they are finished, melt a piece of light American cheese on top. Next to the muffin, lightly brown a serving of deli ham– maple ham goes really well with this recipe. Stack all of the ingredients and enjoy!
Breakfast doesn’t have to turn into a huge burden or time commitment, and you don’t have to be limited to cereals or toast. Use these three quick, easy, and healthy recipes to put a twist on one of the most important meals of the day. Your hunger and your metabolism will thank you.