Everyone loves the idea of eating healthy in the mornings, but putting your thoughts into action is easier said than done. Before you head for that sugar-ridden donut, that extra-creamy latte, or skip breakfast altogether, remember that there are plenty of healthy breakfast options that use relatively few ingredients, taste great, and are healthy for you. Check out these fast but simple breakfast ideas that you can make on even the busiest mornings.
1. Overnight Oatmeal Lets Your Fridge do All the Work
Who wants to stand over a hot stove all morning waiting for water or milk to boil? No one I know! Overnight oats are an easy breakfast considering how your fridge does all the work. Basically, you combine oats with milk/milk substitute, your favorite spices (cinnamon or a little raw sugar/stevia), and some fresh fruit. Let your oatmeal ‘marinate’ in the fridge and in the morning you’ll have a simple breakfast all ready to go!
2. Hardboiled Eggs Makes a Protein-Rich Meal to Keep You Full All Morning
A lot of people swear by hard-boiling a bunch of eggs over the weekend to have protein-rich food on hand for breakfast. This is an awesome and simple meal idea for breakfast. Eggs provide a ton of protein, which is pretty important considering how most people have fasted overnight while they were sleeping, and chances are their blood sugar is pretty low. A protein-rich breakfast like eggs will keep you full and focused all morning long.
3. There’s Nothing Wrong with a Good Old Fashioned Bowl of Cereal and Milk
Who says you can’t still eat cereal and milk for breakfast? Unless you’re eating a sugary bowl of cereal that’s meant for a small child, cereal and milk can be a great breakfast when you’re on the go. Try to choose a cereal with at least five grams of fiber. Also don’t be afraid to add fresh fruit and healthy toppings like nuts and seeds to provide some extra protein and fat. Not a fan of milk? There are plenty of dairy alternatives like almond, coconut, or cashew milk that taste great.
4. Chia Seed Pudding is Full of Healthy Fat to Keep You Focused
Like overnight oats, chia seed pudding is also easy to make and lets your fridge do all the work. Simply combine chia seeds with some milk substitute and place in your fridge for the next morning. For breakfast, add fresh fruit like strawberries, blueberries, cherries, or anything else you have on hand!
5. Despite the Gluten-Free Craze, Whole-Grain Toast Makes a Quick and Healthy Breakfast
I know the gluten-free movement has made some of you reconsider your morning slice of bread, but I’m not here to take that away from you! Whole-grain toast can definitely be part of a healthy breakfast. Choose brands of bread that are 100% whole grain and have at least 3 grams of fiber. Instead of butter or cream cheese, top your bread with nut butter, avocado, or another source of healthy fat. My personal favorite is sprouted whole-grain toast with almond butter, sliced bananas, and a drizzle of raw honey.
6. Go Nuts for Nuts with a Fruit and Nut-based Breakfast
One of the easiest breakfasts is fruit and nuts. There are going to be days when breakfast is truly a mad dash to the door and I totally understand that. That’s why something as simple as an apple with a handful of almonds might be all you have time for in the mornings. This simple breakfast can be eaten in the car, while you’re waiting for a bus/train, or even at your desk in the morning.
7. Who Says Breakfast Needs to Be Something Traditional?
One final tip for fast breakfasts: don’t be afraid to think outside the box! If there’s a leftover ham and cheese sandwich in the fridge on whole grain bread, that’s an unconventional, but perfectly healthy breakfast. Some leftovers also make an effortless breakfast. Experiment with different foods until you figure out what works for you!
Breakfast can be simple, fast, and healthy. There’s no excuse to give in to office temptations like bagels and other breakfast pastries. Instead, try one of these fast breakfast ideas to keep you full all morning long.