The old saying that breakfast is the most important meal of the day has a lot of truth to it. Kick starting your metabolism first thing in the morning not only promotes weight loss and helps with weight management, but it also prevents you from overeating later in the day.
Unfortunately, I – like a lot of people – am not very hungry in the morning. This could be because I have a bad habit of nighttime snacking, or filling up on coffee in the morning, or a combination of both. But another contributing factor is that I also have a tendency to be running late in the morning, so most days, I don’t set aside time to make a healthy breakfast.
That said, here are three of my favorite quick and easy breakfast ideas – all of which are, of course, healthy, but also super simple to whip up when you’re on the go.
Breakfast #1: Tomato and Tofutti Sprouted Grain Toast
– 2 slices Ezekiel’s Food for Life Sprouted Grain Bread
– 4 slices of tomato
– 2 tbsp Tofutti dairy-free cream cheese
– Dash of sea salt and pepper
– Place bread slices in the toaster. Once toasted, apply a layer of Tofutti to each slice, then top with tomato slices and season with salt and pepper.
Sprouted grain bread is, by far, the healthiest bread on the market. It’s made up from six different organic sprouted grains and contains absolutely no flour. Grains aren’t easy for our bodies to digest, but sprouted grains are a lot easier on digestion. When you eat a grain that has been refined into flour, your body quickly metabolizes it like a sugar, which can make you gain weight. But because these grains are sprouted and not refined, your body actually processes them like a vegetable.
Tofutti is a dairy-free cream cheese that’s made with tofu. You can get it at Whole foods. It may not sound very appetizing, but you’ll disagree once you try it. Since dairy is also difficult for our bodies to digest, I try to avoid dairy products as much as possible.
Breakfast #2: Quinoa, Berries & Steel Cut Oats Breakfast bowl
– ¾ cup steel cut oats
– ¼ cup quinoa
– 1 tablespoon raw unsalted almond butter
– 2 tablespoons raw unsalted almonds
– 1 cup of your fruit of choice
– ¼ cup organic, naturally sweetened granola
– 1 teaspoon chia seeds
– Combine the oats and quinoa in a pan with 4 cups of water. Bring to a boil, then simmer and cook for 30-40 minutes, stirring occasionally (I tend to cook this the night before and store in the fridge for the next morning, since it’s a lengthy process.)
– In a medium bowl, mix the oats and quinoa with almond butter.
– Soak chia seeds in water for 1 minute until they have a plump, jelly-like substance, and add those to the mixture. Stir to combine.
– Top with almonds, granola and fresh fruit.
Breakfast #3: Berry Smoothie Bowl
– 1 cup plain nonfat Greek Yogurt
– 1 tbsp cacao nibs
– 1/4 cup organic, naturally sweetened granola
– Fruit topping of choice
– Optional toppings: 1 tbsp chia seeds, 1 tbsp unsalted almonds, 1 tbsp unsweetened shredded coconut
– Combine yogurt and cacao nibs in a bowl and stir.
– Top with granola, fruit of choice and toppings of choice.
This one’s really easy and GREAT for you because plain Greek yogurt has an extremely low amount of sugar combined with an extremely high amount of protein. And cacao nibs are packed with antioxidants and phenylethylamine, which is known to increase blood flow in the brain, make you more focused, and elevate your mood. (For all of you who are grumpy in the morning!)
You can watch my video tutorial here: 3 easy healthy breakfast recipes