Life can be hectic, especially in the morning. Sometimes, there is barely enough time to brew a cup of coffee. Indulging in an enjoyable and nourishing morning meal can seem impossible unless you wake up before dawn; however, a busy schedule should not prevent you from energizing your body and recharging your mind with a delicious and nutritious breakfast. Below are five healthy and easy breakfast ideas everyone with chaotic mornings needs to try.
Granola is nutritious, tasty, and easy for those with frantic morning routines. You can buy pre-made granola in the cereal aisle of the grocery store, but making your own is cheaper and healthier. With homemade granola, you avoid unwanted additives like excess sugar and preservatives. Since you are making it yourself, the recipe can be adjusted to fit any food allergies or preferences.
- Three cups of rolled oats
- Two cups of nuts and/or seeds—pumpkin seeds, pecans, almonds, etc.
- ¼ a cup of oil—coconut oil, olive oil, etc.
- ½ a cup of sweetener—maple syrup, agave nectar, honey, etc.
- One cup of dried fruit—raisins, dates, cranberries, etc.
- Flavor—cinnamon, vanilla, brown sugar, etc.
Pick one oil base and one sweetener. For the other ingredients, add as many different ones as you would like.
- Heat oven to 300°F.
- Then, mix the dry ingredients—rolled oats and nuts/seeds—together in a bowl.
- Mix the wet ingredients—oil and sweetener— together in a bowl.
- Add the extra flavors to the wet ingredients. Do not add dried fruit at this time. Add in ¼ a tsp. of vanilla, ½ a tbsp. of cinnamon, ¼ a cup of brown sugar, and ½ a tsp. of salt. The measurements and flavor ingredients are just suggestions. Thus, add as little or as much of what you like to get your perfect flavor.
- Pour the liquid ingredients over the dry ingredients. Mix until the dry ingredients are thoroughly coated with the wet ingredients.
- Then, place the mixture evenly on a pan with parchment paper.
- Bake, the granola for 30 to 45 minutes or until it, is golden brown. Every 15 minutes stir the mixture so that it can bake equally.
- When the granola is done baking, add the dried fruit.
- Let the granola cool, and place it in a jar for storage.
Make a large batch for the whole week. It will save you money and time. Top it off with plant-based or low-fat milk and fresh fruit.
Yogurt is a delicious and simple breakfast idea; all you have to do is throw the yogurt and toppings in a bowl. Opt for Greek yogurt, since it has extra protein. Top the yogurt with fresh fruit and granola to add extra flavor and texture. You can even use the homemade granola recipe above.
- Greek Yogurt—vanilla or plain
- Fruit—strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, etc.
- Honey (optional)
- Put 1/4 a cup of yogurt in a bowl.
- Sprinkle granola over the yogurt.
- Then, fill the rest of the bowl up with another 1/4 a cup of yogurt.
- Throw more granola and chopped, fresh fruit on top.
- If you choose plain Greek yogurt, drizzle honey on top as a sweetener.
Overnight Chia Seed Pudding
The chia seed pudding is prepped the night before, so you just have to grab-and-go. Additionally, chia seed pudding is a great vegan option. Not only is the recipe ridiculously delicious, but also, it is wholesome and simple.
- ½ a cup of chia seeds
- Two cups of milk—plant-based or low-fat
- 1/3 a tbsp. (or to taste) of cinnamon
- ½ a tsp. (or to taste) of vanilla
- ¼ a cup (or to taste) of honey, maple syrup, agave nectar, or other liquid sweeteners
- Fresh fruit
- The night before you want to indulge in this meal, mix the main ingredients in a bowl—chia seeds, milk, cinnamon, vanilla, and sweetener. For milk, use a plant-based one like almond or coconut milk; however, select low-fat milk if you do not find plant-based milk appetizing.
- Place the mixture in the fridge, and let it sit overnight. It is best to let it chill for 5 to 8 hours.
- In the morning, take the chia seed pudding out of the fridge. It will have a jelly-like texture. Top it with fresh fruit like strawberries and blueberries.
This energizing breakfast recipe gets you ready for the daily hustle of work or school. Although it takes a little more time in the morning than the recipes above, it is still a swift option if you have some extra time.
- Piece of whole-grain bread
- An avocado
- A tomato
- One egg
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Toast a slice of whole-wheat bread.
- Then, mash half an avocado, and cut two tomato slices.
- When your bread is done toasting, smother your piece of toast with the mashed avocado, and place the tomato slices on top.
- Next, cook your egg. The best type of egg for this meal is an over-easy or sunny-side-up egg. Put the egg on top of the toast.
- Lastly, add salt and pepper to taste.
Loaded English Muffin
This breakfast idea is speedy and scrumptious. The healthy fats, energizing carbs, and filling protein provide you with balanced breakfast to keep you satisfied all morning. Like the above recipe, give yourself a few more minutes in the morning to make this morning meal.
- English muffin—whole wheat, regular, light, etc.
- One egg
- Two slices of turkey bacon
- A slice of pepper jack cheese
- Extras—spinach, tomato, etc.
- On medium to high heat, place the skillet on the stove.
- Lightly toast the English muffin in the toaster. There are multiple kinds of English muffins to choose from.
- Next, cook two pieces of turkey bacon on the skillet.
- When the turkey bacon is done, cook an egg of your preference.
- Once the English muffin is done toasting, add a slice of pepper jack cheese on the muffin.
- Then, place the egg and turkey bacon on the muffin. You can also add spinach, tomato slices, or any other topping.
- Place the finished loaded English muffin on a plate, and enjoy.