Healthy Breakfast Ideas
The most important meal of the day is the first bit of energy to push you through the morning. Breakfast, despite being considered the most valuable meal, is often ignored due to time constraints from busy schedules and limited knowledge of what to prepare—and no, coffee is not considered a suitable meal. Here are a few breakfast ideas that are quick to make and easy to take with you.
Yogurt with fruit and granola: The simplest morning breakfast option is yogurt. Some benefits of yogurt include being high in protein, being helpful towards digestive health, strengthening your immune system, among other things. By adding things like fruit and granola, it can help turn a simple snack into a meal that will keep hunger at bay until lunch time.
Avocado toast: Avocados contain more potassium than bananas, has heart-healthy fatty acids, and are loaded with fiber. Unless seasoned, avocado can be “bland,” therefore I would recommend mixing salt, pepper, and lemon juice into your avocado spread. The choice of which bread to use is entirely up to individual preference, but whole wheat and whole grain bread will provide the most health benefits.
Oatmeal and fruits: Although typically thought of as a meal for the elderly, oatmeal has many health benefits. It is satisfying and will help you feel full until lunch. It is high in soluble fiber, which may help to lower cholesterol, and has a healthy amount of protein. It can be spiced up with sliced fruits such as strawberries, bananas, pears, apples, etc. You can also satisfy your sweet tooth with things like honey and brown sugar. For a less chunky meal, oatmeal can be topped with cinnamon, granola, chia seeds and an array of nuts. The options are endless and will help you feel satisfied throughout the day.
Egg white omelet with a side of fruit: The great thing about making omelet is all of the amazing ingredients you can put inside of it. This idea is best for those that have a little bit more time in the morning. Egg whites make up approximately half of the protein in an egg, and are chock full of vitamins and minerals, and less and cholesterol than the yolk.. Egg whites are a great option for those that are conscious of their protein intake. To add some flavor, egg whites can be seasoned with the classic salt and pepper, Adobo (which is the combination of salt, paprika, black pepper, onion powder, oregano, cumin, garlic powder, and chili powder; a Latino concoction that can be found in supermarkets), or anything of preference. Ingredients like cheese, spinach, kale, tomatoes, avocado, etc. can be added to omelets for more nutrition. Add fruit on the side to have a well-rounded meal.
Kodiak Cakes with scrambled egg whites: Kodiak Cakes are a great way to incorporate protein into your breakfast. Kodiak Cakes are essentially whole wheat buttermilk pancakes that have 14 grams of whey protein isolate per serving. Protein is a great component in meals to help you feel satiated throughout the day. Although it is possible to make protein pancakes by just mixing protein powder into pancake mix, but it can add a gritty and chalky taste to the pancakes. Kodiak Cakes are a great option for those that may be keeping a closer eye on their diet and want to add a sizeable amount of protein to their meals. By adding scrambled egg whites to this meal, it will be a protein-dense meal that will help keep you satisfied well into the day.