Today I am bringing you a guest post by Samantha entitled Healthy Breakfast Ideas, you will remember from her previous post “Preparing Healthy Meals doesn’t have to be a chore”.
If you’ve ever read a single article on healthy living, you probably know that skipping breakfast is a huge No-no – and yet, many among us still do it on exceptionally busy days. Still, lack of time is not good enough of an excuse to pass over a nutritious brekkie: there are countless recipes out there that will add flavor and health points to your first meal of the day. Help yourself to a few quick breakfast ideas and start your day with mouthfuls of health.
Chia and Quinoa Porridge
For a nutritious morning meal, ditch classic cereals and try protein porridge starring quinoa and chia instead. Soak quinoa and chia seeds in milk (you can try soy or almond milk instead of cow milk for extra health points), top the mixture with cinnamon, vanilla, and/or dried fruit, and let it reach a boil. Stir the protein porridge well and let it cool before serving.
Protein Bomb Pancakes
Pancakes aren’t exactly a byword for healthy eating, right? They can be, if you make them the protein way. To make basic protein pancakes, you’ll need ¼ cup of raw oats, ¼ cup of cottage cheese, ½ scoop of Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Whey protein powder, and ½ cup of egg whites. Mix all the ingredients to make a homogenous batter, pour batches of it onto a griddle, and flip when the edges turn brown. You can coat your protein pancakes with peanut or almond butter or sugar-free maple syrup and dried of fresh fruit such as bananas, berries, or mashed pumpkin.
Peanut Butter and Banana Smoothie
If you’re not exactly a huge fan of energy-dense breakfasts, try a nourishing smoothie instead. A banana and peanut butter smoothie will keep your engines revved up, and the delicious drink is extremely easy to make, too. Throw a whole banana, milk, organic honey, Greek yoghurt, and a spoonful of peanut butter into a blender and mix until smooth. Now that’s a refreshing gulp of healthy morning nourishment!
Classic Oatmeal, Plus an Egg
Classic oatmeal doesn’t exactly taste like a million bucks, especially if you eat it regularly. Shake breakfast up a bit by combining standard oatmeal with a poached or over-easy egg, a pinch of salt and pepper, and sprinkle the mixture with grated low-fat cheese. You can also experiment with oatmeal, egg, and lean meat combinations if you’re a carne lover: the nutritious blend of ingredients will keep you full for hours.
Zapped Scrambled Eggs and Veggies
Did you know that you can make scrambled eggs in the microwave? Well, now you know. Beat two eggs into a scramble, pour into a microwave-safe bowl, and sprinkle with cheese and your favorite vegetables. Zap the mixture for 30 seconds, then take it out and stir it, and let the egg and veggie scramble cook until solid. Whoever said you can’t make healthy scrambled eggs in a matter of minutes?
Apples Stuffed with Yummy Delight
Apples are not exactly everyone’s first association to breakfast, but they can be introduced into the morning nutrition agenda easily. Cut a few apples into halves, take out the core, top each of the halves with a teaspoon of peanut or almond butter, and finally sprinkle with oats or granola. You can eat the yummy bites raw or bake them briefly in the oven prior to serving. Bon appétit!
Your mom was right: you shouldn’t skip breakfast, but you don’t have to waste hours making it either. When it comes to healthy morning nutrition, only your imagination is the limit – so grab the groceries, put on an apron, and start cooking! After all, a healthy breakfast is the best and the most appetizing way to start the day.
About the Guest Author
Samantha has a B.Sc. in nutrition, and has spent two years working as a personal trainer. Since then, she has embarked on a mission to conquer the blogosphere. When not in the gym or on the track, you can find her on Twitter, or in a tea shop. You can also read more posts from Samantha at ripped.me.