When you barely have time to dry shampoo your hair in the morning, who can think about breakfast at a time like that? The judgement call of beauty vs. breakfast always seems to creep into our morning routine.
No need to sacrifice one or the other, breakfast is still the most important meal of the day. Those that think wine o'clock Wednesday is the most important, we hear you, however, breakfast still reigns supreme. For the past eight hours, your body has been resting and surviving off of the nutrients from your previous meals. Zero nutritional intake for that period of time, followed by another four hours without breakfast means your body has been running on next to nothing.
While that quick donut, sugary cereal or waffle delight might be the only thing you seemingly have time for in the morning, we have easy and quick alternatives. All can be warmed up or made fresh before your morning coffee has been poured. Score.
Make ahead breakfast options are the ultimate time-saver, even better is a make ahead that lasts for an entire week. Protein pancakes fill your body with the fuel it needs to get you started for the day and keep you full until your next meal. We love the Tone it Up gals' version as their plant-based protein powder has a zero sugar and a subtle sweet taste. The key to the best protein pancake is a yummy and healthy protein powder. The powder along with a very ripe mashed banana will act as your pancake base, mix in egg whites, almond milk and fruit of your choice for a tasty start to the day. Keep these cakes in the fridge all week and be sure when cooking them to slowly let them cook through on the stove-top. They will not necessarily bubble up like normal pancakes, but if you slow cook them, they will turn out perfectly golden brown.
Sweet potatoes pack a serious nutrient punch. They are an excellent source of vitamin A, B6 and C, as well as ideal for fiber and potassium. This hash does not require skillet cooking or even an oven! Chop up your favorite veggies along with eggs (or egg whites) and a sprinkle of cheese, herbs and spices for a savory start to your day. If you have kids that are not big vegetable eaters and even less of breakfast eaters, make this in their favorite mug for a fun alternative to the usual dining ware. And if you need a bit more than veggies in the morning, throw in breakfast sausage or any leftover protein of your choosing! We like chorizo for a spicy kick.
Chocolatey, creamy and fruity goodness is about to be your new breakfast go-to with this chia seed pudding recipe. Chia seeds are very high in Omega-3 fatty acids and even contain more Omega-3s than salmon, gram for gram! No fish for breakfast, however. What makes it so decadent is the addition of unsweetened cocoa powder and the sweet dates, offsetting any bitterness that might arise. Throw in seasonal fruit and berries to keep this quick dish interesting. Chia pudding is best when it has been sitting for at least 15 minutes, make this in a mason jar and let it hang in the fridge until the morning.
You can be fancy before 5 pm, it is possible. Why not start with a fancy sounding breakfast that is actually super simple? Deal. That leftover bread from dinner the night before, don't even think about throwing it out just yet. Slice it up and layer apple or fig butter with apples and cheddar cheese. Broil the tartine for 2-3 minutes and enjoy a little bit of sweet and savory heaven. The apples in this recipe will provide you with antioxidants, flavanoids, and dietary fiber to keep you healthy and energized.
We get it, sometimes the last thing you want to do is whip up a completely balanced breakfast at the break of dawn. If you can carve out a bit of prep time Sunday evening before the madness of the week begins, you will thank yourself for these frittatas are worth it. Add zucchini for its vitamin C, carbohydrates and fiber benefits. Bursting with flavorful veggies baked within an egg and cheese mixture, you will never look at your muffin tin the same way again.
One of the biggest misconceptions about the "healthy" smoothies all your colleagues are slurping down daily are that they are just that, healthy. Filling smoothies with mostly fruit, sweetened milks and just a small amount of greens will not do the trick. Bananas are great natural sweeteners, however, sometimes the overload of banana and sweet fruits creates a serious sugar rush. In this recipe by Laura Lea Balanced, she suggests swapping out avocado or even canned pumpkin. You achieve the same if not better smooth consistency without the increase in sugar.