We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Eating a healthy breakfast helps give us the energy we need to burn and gets our metabolism going. If most of you are like me, we do not take the time to make a proper breakfast (if at all) and it would be a whole lot easier to get in a quick breakfast if we just knew how.
For a great fueling breakfast, you need a combination of three things: fat, carbohydrate, protein. These should really be included in all meals of the day since they provide long-lasting energy (and prevents the spikes in blood sugar that an all-carb breakfast would give you). Of course, you want the quality of those ingredients to be super-nutritious: healthy fats, fiber-rich carbs, lean proteins.
Here is a list of six quick breakfasts to help you get going in the morning. Some of them are assembled the night before for an even faster morning!
Chia seeds (fat) + soy milk (protein) + blueberries (carbs). Spending five minutes the night before to stir together chia seeds and some sort of milk gives you a grab-and-go breakfast in the morning. Try Giada De Laurentiis’ version of Chia Seed Pudding (pictured at top).
Rolled oats (carbs) + whole milk (fat and protein) + grated apple (carbs) + walnuts (fat) + cinnamon. Similar to chia pudding, overnight oats follow the mix-and-sit approach for a quick-and-easy breakfast. You can also try a blueberry almond version.
There are endless variations of the yogurt (protein) + fruit (carbs) + seeds/nut butter/fat formula. Ellie Krieger’s Peanut Butter Split Smoothie is particularly simple. You can also add a couple tablespoons of rolled oats to boost the fiber in your smoothie.
Try pairing a latte (protein) with a fruit-and-nut energy bar (carbs and fat), such as Marcela Valladolid’s chewy Aztec Fruit Bars. If you’re out the door before you’ve had a chance to eat breakfast, this is a combination you can find on the go.
Avocado Toast with a Soft-Boiled Egg
Who doesn’t love a good avocado toast? The avocado gives you healthy fat (and fiber), the whole-grain toast gives you carbs (and more fiber) and the egg is your protein.
Cottage Cheese Parfait
Low-fat cottage cheese (protein) + raspberries (carbs and fiber) + flax seeds (fat). You can always enhance it with a drizzle of maple syrup
Do you have a quick breakfast that you would love to share with us? Leave it in the comments below!