You most likely heard the phrase, “Breakfast is the most important part of the day,” more times than you can remember. When you are younger, it is easier to get breakfast.
If you were not able to grab breakfast at home, then many schools had a breakfast program available. As you get older, it is not uncommon to start skipping breakfast. Many adults spend their mornings getting their children ready for school before going to work, leaving little time to make breakfast for themselves unless working from home.
People often make up for this by grabbing breakfast on the way to work, typically from a fast food restaurant. While it is important to at least eat something in the morning, it is better to have a healthy breakfast. Many adults overestimate how difficult it is to grab a quick, but healthy breakfast. Some meals require more preparation but are easy to grab throughout the week.
If you are particularly busy in the morning, then banana bread is an excellent healthy breakfast choice. There are many banana bread recipes to choose from. For the healthiest results, use whole-wheat bread and instead of adding oil or butter, add unsweetened applesauce. Another substitute to make banana bread healthier is using honey as a sweetener instead of refined sugars.
If you want an additional boost of protein in the morning, then add some peanut butter to the banana bread. Banana bread is a popular choice for quick grab breakfasts because you can bake a loaf over the weekend and have enough slices to last you throughout the week. As far as breakfast meals go, it is one of the quickest options to eat.
Avocado toast is one of the most popular breakfast choices, but if you are getting tired of avocado toast, then there are plenty of ways to spice it up. The main ingredients in Avo-Tahini Toast include the following:
All of the ingredients are topped off with a drizzling of Tahini. Tahini is an Israeli paste produced from toasted ground hulled sesame seeds. It adds a rich, nutty flavor, often being compared to peanut butter. Tahini is a healthy topping with a unique flavor to add a little spice to your breakfast. Avo-Tahini toast is quick to prepare but fills you with energy to last until your lunch break.
Smoothies are an excellent breakfast choice for anyone with a busy morning. Normally, the downside to smoothies is how long it takes to prepare in the morning. Smoothies are typically faster to prepare since it is a liquid and not a solid meal. You may need many ingredients to prepare a smoothie though, and if you live in an area with a small kitchen it is even harder to quickly prepare a smoothie in the morning.
A healthy alternative is the overnight smoothie. The overnight oats smoothie is designed to be high in protein and nutrients, providing you with a much-needed energy boost throughout the day. There are a couple of variants of the overnight oat smoothie using different fruit. Traditionally, the smoothie includes blackberries, blueberries and strawberries with ground flax seed and a hint of honey. If you are particularly health conscious, then substitute milk for unsweetened almond milk.
Most healthy breakfasts avoid bacon, but you can get away with some bacon in your diet. Broccoli and bacon muffin-tin frittatas must be prepared in advance, but you can easily cook enough frittatas to last for the week, only needing a minute to reheat each morning. If you are a picky eater and do not enjoy the bland taste of most health foods, then these frittatas are an excellent choice in the morning. Muffin size frittatas are quick to consume, and you can even carry it around the house while you are getting ready.
Yogurt itself is a good choice for a healthy quick grab breakfast, but it is easy to grow sick of yogurt if you have it every morning. Yogurt dipped fruit is a healthy alternative with a much stronger flavor than traditional yogurt. Creating yogurt dipped fruit uses the same process as creating chocolate covered fruit.
Before you dip your fruit, mix a tablespoon of honey with your yogurt. For additional flavor, dip your fruit into melted almond butter before coating it in yogurt. If you want to go above and beyond, then you can add shredded coconut or chopped nuts. Leave the yogurt-dipped fruit in the refrigerator, then grab it in the morning for a quick and healthy breakfast.
While missing breakfast is primarily a problem for adults, there are some children who skip breakfast because they do not enjoy breakfast foods. Parfait pops are excellent for picky children, and adults, since the finished product looks more like a sweet dessert than a healthy breakfast food. There also a cool, sweet treat for adult workers getting additional training in the summer.
Parfait pops are easy to make, primarily needing yogurt, honey, blueberries, strawberries and granola. Parfait pops take longer to prepare than some of the other overnight breakfast choices, but the end result is worth the additional wait. The recipe itself is simple enough where parents can cook alongside their children, making it an excellent family activity.
A peanut butter waffle is one of the simplest quick grab breakfast foods. Normally, waffles are not seen as healthy breakfast foods, but only because waffles are often accompanied by unhealthy syrup. Instead of using sugary syrup, coat the top of the waffle with peanut butter.
Peanut butter is a healthy alternative and an excellent source of protein. Another benefit of peanut butter is it holds other ingredients well. You can sprinkle raisins or sesame seeds over the peanut butter for added flavor.
Breakfast pizza is different from the pizza you have for lunch or dinner. Breakfast pizza is served on a small slice of bread, mixed with three tablespoons of low-fat ricotta, slices of tomatoes and a drizzle of olive oil. You can sprinkle salt and pepper over the pizza if you want a little more flavor.