It was a sad, sad day when I realized that Pop Tarts were not the best idea for breakfast anymore. As a busy mom, I know I need to start the day with a healthy breakfast but sometimes I just need to get out the door. In an effort to quit off and on dieting, I decided that I need to makeover my breakfasts. These are the recipes that I eat that are quick and delicious. A fast and healthy breakfast is possible!
Healthy Breakfast Ideas That are Also Fast
I think I've mentioned it before, but the Tone It Up girls have a meal plan that I really like to follow. It focuses on whole foods, eating 5 small meals a day and not depriving yourself. That's right up my alley. Everything in moderation, right? Their plan has a lot of great fast, healthy breakfast ideas including this Almond Butter Toast which is perfect when you are craving something sweet! Of course a piece of avocado toast would also be a great idea for those days where you need something a little more savory. I do one piece of Ezekiel toast, 1/4 of an avocado, smashed, and top it with some sea salt and red chili flakes.
I basically laughed at this recipe the first time I tried to make it. I was like, “there is absolutely no way this will fill me up or satisfy me.” And I was TOTALLY wrong! These pancakes (I usually just make one big one) are so tasty (I usually follow this recipe and add in a splash of vanilla and cloves, nutmeg and ginger along with the cinnamon). And a tiny bit of honey, heated up, and drizzled on top feels super decadent! This is another one where it is easy to play around with flavors. I usually reserve this breakfast idea for the days where I'm not feeling super stressed out and have to rush off to do something. It takes a little bit longer to put together but totally worth that time.
I eat Overnight Oats several times a week. On a night where I have dinner to make but it isn't too elaborate, I'll usually put together a few of this recipe at the same time. What I love about this is that it takes just about the same amount of time to make enough for 3 days as it does for one. So you've only had to do the work one time but you can just grab and go for the next 3 days! I also love that you can make each batch taste different so you aren't having the same flavors all the time. Some days I add a little vanilla and cinnamon. Other days I'll add coconut and almonds. This keeps things from getting boring but keeping you on track with an easy, healthy breakfast. Microwave Scrambled Eggs
When I first made scrambled eggs in the microwave it felt life changing. I feel like there are different hurdles we face in our quest to eat a healthy breakfast. Sometimes for me it's how long something takes to make. Other times it's having to get out a frying pan. To be able to make a protein-packed breakfast in the microwave is HUGE!
I don't drink a lot of smoothies. I'm lazy and I hate to get my blender out (which you would laugh about if you were in my kitchen because the blender literally sits on the counter and I really just have to move it a little and plug it in). But I do really love the flavor of this banana smoothie once in a while. The addition of oats makes it super satisfying and it's sweet without being overly so. I think adding some chocolate protein powder would also be a really great idea to help fill you up a little bit more.
Even though this one requires a little bit of cooking time, it still comes together super fast. I've become obsessed with making egg white scrambles. They are super fast because I found an amazing product that makes them delicious! Clever Foodies' Scramble is pre prepped veggies and seasonings (in a few different flavor profiles) that you literally just have to spoon in to egg whites right in a pan. They heat up as the eggs are cooking and in no time, you have a gourmet breakfast. I usually eat this over a bed of arugula. You can find several varieties of the egg mix-ins at Sprouts.Do a Juice Cleanse
When I'm really feeling like I need to get back on track with my eating I do a one day juice cleanse. I've tried a 3 day before and didn't complete it. A one day cleanse is hard but doable and I feel so much better after I do it. I don't do juices often, as I know fruit juice has a lot of sugar plus I usually end up eating something too. But a juice cleanse is a mix of juices, some including protein to keep you feeling more full. And the one day also has you drinking one every 2 hours which keeps you from feeling like you want to eat your leg off.
A lot of instant oatmeal has tons of sugar in it. I like to use the plain packets (since I hate taking the time to cook it myself on the stove) and then make it taste good. I know that oatmeal is a healthy breakfast staple but I could never get through a bowl. I finally figured out how to jazz it up enough that I actually looked forward to it. After cooking it in the microwave (using almond milk instead of water), I add a splash of vanilla extract, a dash of cinnamon (and sometimes other spices) and some toasted coconut. The coconut helps add some texture and keep it from being too mushy. Sometimes I'll also add a few chopped up roasted almonds which also helps with texture. Smooth oatmeal? Gross. But add some crunch and it's delightful.
What healthy breakfast ideas do you keep in rotation?
First image by Dez and Tam Photography
Juice photo by Jess Pirro Photo
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