Some days you’re on the go from the moment you get up. But just because you’re in a rush doesn’t mean you don’t need a healthy breakfast. Here are some quick breakfast ideas that will still give you the nutrition you need, not just to get through the day but to thrive.
1. Avocado Toast with Egg
This healthy breakfast can be prepared in the time it takes to make toast.
- Toast two slices of whole grain bread. While they’re in the toaster, remove the flesh from your avocados and mash them with a teaspoon of lemon juice.
- Cook two eggs sunny side up. Spread the mashed avocado over your whole grain toast, then place the egg on top, seasoning with salt and pepper.
- If you desire, you can add black beans, a bit of shredded cheese, or a slice of tomato. Serves 2.
2. Fruit, Cheese and Nuts
If you don’t even have time to cook an egg, you can still have a healthy breakfast. Instead of buying a breakfast sandwich at the drive through, try grabbing the following at home:
- 1 or 2 ounces of cheddar cheese
- an apple
- 1/4 cup of walnuts
This will give you some fruit sugars to perk you up, some fiber and protein, and some healthy fat, and it doesn’t take much prep time at all.
3. Breakfast Smoothies
As far as breakfast hacks go, smoothies are some of the best. Smoothies can give you amazing amounts of nutrition, and they don’t take any cooking time. All you have to do is chop your ingredients, blend until smooth and then serve. If you want to take your smoothie on the go, just pour it into a mason jar and screw on the lid.
Here are a few healthy breakfast smoothies you can try.
Strawberry Yogurt Smoothie
- 1 quart strawberries
- 1 cup plain yogurt
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- 1 tablespoon sugar
Raspberry Beat Beet Smoothie
- 150g cooked, chopped beets
- 60g raspberries
- 250ml chilled cranberry juice
- 225g low-fat plain yogurt
Peach Mango Smoothie
- 2/3 cup peach nectar
- 2/3 cup frozen mango
- 2/3 cup frozen peaches
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 6 ounces fat free peach yogurt
4. Fig, Applesauce and Almond Breakfast Loaf
One of the best breakfast hacks for making your morning go faster is to prepare your food ahead of time. Then you just have to grab your healthy breakfast and waltz out the door. The following is a recipe for a delicious, healthy breakfast loaf you can make ahead of time and freeze until you need it
- 1 cup dried figs
- 1/2 cup boiling water
- 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
- 1 large egg and 2 large egg whites
- 3/4 cup applesauce
- 1/3 cup plain fat-free yogurt
- 1/4 cup canola oil
- 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 6 3/4 ounces all-purpose flour (about 1 1/2 cups)
- 2 1/2 ounces whole-wheat flour (about 1/2 cup)
- 1/3 cup chopped almonds, toasted
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- Cooking spray
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 2 1/2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 1/2 tablespoons chopped almonds
- 1 tablespoon chilled butter (cut into small pieces)
- 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
First, preheat your oven to 350 F. Then, mix the streusel ingredients together and set aside. To make the loaf itself, mix the figs and the boiling water together, then let the figs soak for about half an hour. While the figs are soaking, grease two loaf pans with cooking spray and dust with a tablespoon of all-purpose flour.
Whisk the egg and egg whites together, then add the yogurt, applesauce, almond extract and canola oil. When the mixture is well stirred, add the sugar and continue to mix.
In a separate bowl, mix the remaining all-purpose flour and the whole wheat-flour, then add all remaining ingredients.
Drain and chop the figs, then add both the figs and the bowl with the egg mixture to the bowl with the flour mixture. Mix it all together lightly, but do not overstir. Move to the loaf pans, then sprinkle the streusel over the top.
Bake for about 55 minutes. When it’s done, a toothpick poked into the middle should come out clean. Let cool for 15 minutes on a wire rack (still in the pans). Then, take the loaves from the pans and let them cool the rest of the way on the wire rack.
5. Fruit Soup
If you’re really in a hurry but want something lower carb than cereal, try this. Cut up a cup of fruit such as apples, plums, mangos, berries, or peaches. Then combine it with a cup of milk. Either eat it at home or place it in a container to go. This healthy breakfast is fast, easy and light. It will definitely taste best chilled, though, so eat it soon after you take it out of the refrigerator.