We all know that, a good breakfast sets the tone for the remainder of the day. It provides us with the energy we need to get through our day and helps to jump start our metabolism.
Eating a healthy breakfast can certainly help us reach our health goals and can provide us with the essential nutrients we need to stay healthy; however, many of us just don’t have the appetite for a big breakfast, or worse, we have a hard time finding something healthy to eat that we actually enjoy.
If you’re in this situation, there are plenty of alternatives to a traditional breakfast that can still provide you with the energy and nutrients you need to get through the day.
Smoothies are a popular way to get essential vitamins and minerals in a delicious way. The beauty of smoothies is that they can be tailored to your individual tastes and needs; for example, if you’re struggling to get your antioxidants, you could add some frozen blueberries to your smoothie for a boost.
If you’re looking for some more protein, you could add some nut butter or plain yogurt to your smoothie. Smoothies can also be a great way to consume a variety of fruits and vegetables that you like, which is especially great for people who don’t want to eat vegetables.
Overnight oats are as simple as adding oats, chia, and a liquid of choice (for example, almond or soy milk) in a jar and letting it sit in the fridge overnight. In the morning, you can top the oats with whatever fruit, nut butter or yogurt that you like for a complete breakfast.
This is great for people who are short on time because it just involves the slight preparation of soaking the oats overnight and then adding toppings in the morning.
I can’t talk about healthy breakfasts without mentioning my favorite – the yogurt parfait. Yogurt parfaits are a delicious way to get your dairy and fruits in one meal; start with some full-fat yogurt as the base then top it off with your favorite fruits, nuts, and seeds. For extra sweetness, you can add a few tablespoons of honey or maple syrup.
Yogurt parfaits are an amazing way to get your probiotics, which are essential for gut health and can even help alleviate digestive issues like IBS and acid reflux. Try to opt for full-fat yogurt, as this will help keep you fuller for longer.
You may have heard of chia pudding, it’s all the rage right now. It’s simple to make and makes a delicious breakfast or snack. To make chia pudding, combine 1/2 cup of chia seeds with 1.5 cups of liquid and a sweetener of your choice (such as honey or maple syrup).
Allow the mixture to sit in the refrigerator overnight so that the chia seeds can swell and absorb the liquid. In the morning, top it with your favorite fruits, nuts, or other toppings and enjoy. Chia pudding is great because it’s packed with protein, fiber, and essential fatty acids.
If you’re a fan of Mexican food, you’ll love breakfast burritos. Breakfast burritos are easy to make and can be customized to your liking. To make a vegan breakfast burrito, start by sautéing some vegetables like onion and bell pepper.
Then add some cooked black beans, vegan cheese (or cheddar cheese if you’re not vegan), and diced potatoes. Next, wrap the mix in a whole wheat tortilla.
Finally, top with salsa, guacamole, and/or your favorite hot sauce to taste. Breakfast burritos can be made ahead of time and frozen, so you can quickly reheat them in the morning.
Honestly, the veggie hash is one of my favorite breakfast-for-dinner options. You can make it on a stovetop or in an oven, and it’s perfect for a filling and nutritious breakfast if you’re not a morning person or need something fast.
Add some diced potatoes and onion to a pan, and then add whatever veggies you have on hand. I like to add bell peppers, spinach, mushrooms, and kale to mine.
Then season generously with sea salt, black pepper, and some garlic. Let this cook until the potatoes are tender and the veggies have softened, and there you have it – a delicious veggie hash.
Grain bowls are also a great way to start the day if you don’t feel like having breakfast. Start with some cooked grains, quinoa, millet, and farro are great choices, and add some roasted veggies and a protein source such as chickpeas, eggs, salmon, or tofu.
This can be topped with a sauce or dressing of your choice, and some herbs and spices such as cilantro, parsley, and chili flakes. This easy yet satisfying meal is sure to keep you full until lunch, and you can even make a batch of it to last a few days.
Yes, soup may not be the most traditional breakfast choice, but it can definitely be a delicious and nutritious one. For a filling breakfast, try making a vegetable or legume-based soup and adding some cooked grains to it.
This is perfect if you don’t have time to cook in the morning. Simply make a batch of soup the night before and reheat it in the morning. You can also add some fresh herbs to give the soup extra flavor.
Another great way to enjoy soup for breakfast is to make a smooth and creamy oatmeal-based soup. This is made by blending together cooked oatmeal, some almond milk, and favorite seasonings such as cinnamon, nutmeg, and cardamom.
Grab And Go Breakfast Ideas for Work
If you’re anything like me, you’re always on the go in the morning and don’t have time to sit down for a big breakfast. That’s why I’ve compiled a list of my favorite grab and go breakfast ideas that are perfect for taking with you to work.
1. Breakfast Burrito – My top suggestion when you want a grab-and-go breakfast ideal is making a burrito. This is a fantastic option to break the monotony of having the same old breakfast items. All you need to do is fill a tortilla with an option of your favorite ingredients. Some of these could be boiled eggs, black beans, grilled mushrooms, diced bell peppers, some cheese, nuts, or anything of your choice. It is important not to make the burrito too bulky as it can be difficult to eat on the go. A burrito is a healthy, filling and mess-free breakfast option.
2. Breakfast Sandwich – You can’t go wrong with a breakfast sandwich for a yummy and easy breakfast. The good thing about these is that you can use a variety of ingredients to make them. Start with a piece of whole-wheat bread and add some scrambled egg, cheese slices, grilled veggies, chicken, or bacon. If you are vegan, tofu is a great option too! Enjoy this luscious sandwich while you head to work; you will be full and well-nourished throughout the day.
3. Healthy on-the-go Cereal Bars – Cereal bars are a perfect grab-and-go breakfast. They are easy to prepare, super healthy and tasty. You can prepare a batch and store it in the fridge which would last you a few days. You can also shop for some ready-made cereal bars before starting your work. Make sure that the bars have low sugar content and are packed with healthy ingredients such as oats, nuts, fruits, and seeds, etc.
4. Eggs Wraps – Eggs are a great source of protein and can provide you energy throughout the day. For a quick breakfast wrap, you can either pre-boil some eggs the night before or fry or scramble up some eggs in less than five minutes. Then, you can warm some tortillas and add some vegetables like mushrooms, spinach, tomatoes, and bell peppers. Finally, top it up with some cheese, spices and salsa for added flavors.
5. Yogurt With Non-Boring Toppings – Yogurt is a great breakfast option as it is packed with essential minerals and probiotics. To make it a more exciting breakfast, you can add delicious toppings like granola, dried fruits, honey, nuts, and chia seeds. You can buy pre-made yogurt bowls for convenience or customize them according to your taste.
6. Muesli Parfait – Having muesli for breakfast is a great way to refuel yourself for the day ahead. For the parfait, all you have to do is layer the muesli, yogurt, and some fresh fruits in a jar or cup. You can make a huge batch of the muesli parfait in advance and take it with you in the morning without a worry. All you will need is a few minutes to assemble the parfait and you will be good to go. They are nutritious and delicious as well making them an ideal grab-and-go breakfast option.
Add in your favorite fruits, nuts, or seeds for extra flavor and nutrition.
What to Eat If You Don’t Eat Eggs?
If you don’t eat eggs, you’re not alone. In fact, about 1 percent of the population is allergic to them. But that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on all the fun breakfast foods.
Here are some ideas for what to eat if you don’t eat eggs:
Oatmeal: Start your day with a bowl of oatmeal. Top it with fruit, nuts or seeds for extra flavor and protein.
Smoothie: A smoothie makes a great on-the-go breakfast. Just blend together some milk, fruit and yogurt for a quick and healthy meal.
Toast: Top your toast with avocado or peanut butter for a filling breakfast option. You can also add jam or other toppings of your choice.
Pancakes: Eggless pancakes are easy to make, just substitute milk for water in your favorite pancake recipe. Serve them with fresh fruit and syrup for a delicious breakfast treat!
Breakfast doesn’t have to be boring, so if you don’t like traditional breakfast, try one of these alternative breakfast ideas. From smoothies and overnight oats to chia pudding and breakfast burritos, there are plenty of delicious and nutritious meals that you can make.
Remember, it’s important to eat a healthy and balanced breakfast to start your day off right. If you’re not hungry in the morning, try starting with a small snack and then having a bigger meal later in the day.
You can also get creative, and make sure to get the nutrients you need to get your day off to a great start. With a little bit of creativity, you can make breakfast a time that you look forward to each day.