They don’t say breakfast is the most important meal of the day for nothing. We all know breakfast matters but putting healthy breakfast meals on the table can be a challenge on busy weekday mornings.
While eating breakfast-to-go may actually be easy, we aren’t doing our body’s any favours by going thru the drive-thru line, eating frozen pastries, or using coffee as breakfast.
Often times, the easy breakfast isn’t always the healthiest choice. We’ve rounded up some quick and easy breakfast ideas below that are as delicious as they are healthy.
For a quick low-calorie breakfast, look no further than breakfast toasts. When you think of toast, don’t limit yourself to just jam and butter.
The increasingly popular avocado toast is popular for a reason. Taking the amazing avocado and adding some tomatoes or an egg, on a whole-grain toast makes for a protein-packed boost of morning energy.
If avocados aren’t your jam, try slathering peanut butter on some whole grain toast and adding banana slices. This only takes minutes to prepare and it will give you a sweet pick-me-up that can help kerb any desire for sweets you may feel in the morning.
Smoothies and Juices
Smoothies and juices are light breakfast options that you can actually prepare the nite before. You can make a smoothie or juice with almost anything. Just choose your favourite fruits and sneak in some greens if you can.
A machine that can make cold-pressed juice at home like the Naturopress makes juicing even easier during the craziness of the morning hustle.
To add a boost of protein scoop in some protein powder or peanut butter. For some creaminess when making a smoothie add avocado, bananas, Greek yoghurt, oat milk, or coconut milk in place of dairy.
You can prepare smoothies the night before and grab them out of the fridge before you head out the door. You can also freeze smoothies or juices so they stay cold later in the day.
Parfaits are a delicious and healthy option for breakfast on the go. Fruit and yoghurt are a classic combination that is easy to prepare. You can layer Greek yoghurt with your favourite fruit and berries to make a quick breakfast that you can eat in the car or at your desk.
You can also add layers of granola, additional fruit, and honey. Pumpkin and quinoa are a couple of unexpected additions that you may not have tried in a parfait as well.
Porridge can be so much more than just powder in a pouch. Porridge makes for a great breakfast on the fly. You can prepare porridge fairly quickly and also add in almost any of your favourite mix-ins.
To spice up your porridge you can add honey, berries, nuts, jams, fruit, and even eggs.
Overnight oats are sweetened porridge that is prepared and stored overnight in the refrigerator. This cool treat is a new twist on a classic breakfast staple.
Breakfast Muffins and Breakfast Bars
Breakfast muffins and breakfast bars are handheld gems that make getting out of the house with breakfast a breeze. You can make breakfast muffins a little healthier by filling them with fruit and natural sources of sugar.
You can also make muffins or bars with peanut butter, quinoa, coconut, carrots, and raisins for a sweet chocolate alternative.
Pack either bars or muffins with oats and nuts for a nice crunch and some extra protein.
Eggs are super easy to prepare no matter what level of cook you are. You can make eggs quickly in the morning and throw in some vegetables for a hearty and healthy omelette. You can also make eggs in muffin cups for quick eggs prepared ahead of time.
Eggs can also be added to almost any of your favourite breakfast foods. You can add eggs on top of porridge, eggs on toast or eggs in savoury breakfast muffins for extra protein.
Protein has been shown to support muscle health and weight loss throughout the day.
Everyone loves a taco and breakfast time is no different. You can roll up eggs with quinoa and veggies for a quick and portable breakfast. These tacos can also be made ahead of time and heated up in the morning.
Instead of getting up early to cook a huge meal, you can catch up on sleep and do a quick re-heat.
Breakfast casseroles are the ultimate breakfast on the go. The best part about breakfast casseroles is that you can prepare them ahead of time and eat them throughout the week.
For an easy breakfast casserole, you can use potatoes, eggs or egg whites, quinoa, veggies, and some light cheese.
Jazzed Up Fruit
While fruit is typically the easiest, quick breakfast option, you may want to spice it up a little from time to time. Instead of just eating an apple, you can slice it up and add some peanut butter with sprinkled oats or quinoa on top.
You can also take a bowl of berries and warm them up on the stove for a couple of minutes to make some warm fruit. This is also a great porridge topping.
The Importance of Healthy Breakfast Meals
Eating healthy breakfast meals can be challenging on rushed mornings. When everyone is just trying to get out of the door, the last thing anyone wants to do is prepare a laborious meal.
With a little meal prep, you can have some easy breakfast items that you can grab as you rush out the door in the morning.
Skipping breakfast may leave you feeling sluggish and hungrier come lunchtime. If you aren’t properly fuelled, you may find yourself overeating later in the day or grabbing sugary snacks.
Instead of eating something you’ll regret, grab a breakfast that is packed with nutrients and one that will give you energy.
Cheque out the recipes section here for more great meal ideas and ways to incorporate healthy eating without skimping on flavour.