In today’s busy world, even with our best intentions who has time to cook every meal? Getting up early to make breakfast seems too much to ask. If this is you, here are 5 quick breakfasts that will take less than 5 minutes to make, fill you up and start your day with plenty of nutrition.
#1 – Yogurt, Grapes & Nuts
This quick but filling breakfast is as simple as dishing out a serving of yogurt, a handful of walnuts or pecans, and a serving of grapes. Avoid the artificially flavored yogurts or those that come with fruit because these are loaded with sugars, chemicals and rancid-looking and nearly non-existent “fruit”. Stick with the real ingredients that pack tons of vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants, fiber and healthy enzymes.
Time-saving tip: Keep the grapes and yogurt in your office fridge so you can whip them up and eat at your desk.
Substitutions: Any fruit will work so mix it up with raspberries, strawberries, etc. You can also add oats or unsweetened granola. I say unsweetened because most granola, when you look at the ingredients, has copious amounts of sugar, molasses or corn syrup and you don’t need any of that first thing in the morning. Fruit should sweeten this dish up enough.
#2 – Spinach & Scrambled Eggs
Eggs are a super versatile super food. This dish takes no time to cook if your burner is on medium or medium low. Toss in the spinach with the eggs for a healthy dose of greens. Scramble them up.
Add-in: Top with a spoonful of crumbled cheese like feta, blue or Gorgonzola for a decadent touch. But just a spoonful.
Optional: Make it a breakfast taco by serving it in a corn tortilla or add half a sliced avocado to the dish. Round it out with a kiwi fruit or serving of melon.
#3 – Oatmeal with Fruit
Heat up instant oatmeal with your choice of berries or sliced up apples or strawberries. Try to add two servings of fruit into this dish for an added flavor, vitamin and fiber boost.
Optional: Add in some sunflower seeds for added nutrition and crunch.
Substitution: You can also use grits or cream of wheat in place of oats but oats are probably the more nutritious choice.
#4 – British Baked Beans, Fruit and Scrambled Eggs
Americans don’t eat enough fiber and iron rich beans in their diets but the healthiest cultures in the world do. British baked beans are fairly simple to make and not as unhealthy as the American baked bean version which includes plenty of molasses. Make this yourself though since even the British canned versions usually come with high fructose corn syrup.
This breakfast sounds like a lot but actually doesn’t take any time. While your eggs are cooking, take a can of drained and rinsed white beans, mix it with a can of diced tomatoes and 1-2 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce, then heat it in the microwave. Grab a banana, kiwi or apple and pack everything to go or eat it hot.
Time-saving tip: Prepare the baked beans the night before to reheat in the morning either at home or the office.
Opt-out: Feel free to leave the eggs off the menu but this makes a wholesome and filling dish that will see you all the way to lunch.
#5 – Fruit Bowl
This is a really nice breakfast during summer but any time of the year it can provide a surprisingly filling meal. Even better, you can prepare this quickly in the morning or make up serving bowls the night before to see you through a few mornings. It’s a great way to use up extra fruit that’s just sitting around and a fantastic way of loading up on your vitamins, fiber, anti-oxidants and even water.
Optional: For an added health boost, throw in a handful of nuts.
On the Go Shouldn’t Mean Going Without Nutrition
We’re all pressed for time but that doesn’t mean our health should suffer. Don’t grab a granola bar loaded with sugar and more ingredients than words in a dictionary. Don’t stop at some fast food joint or snag sugary Poptart, dubious quality heat and serve meals, or sugar-loaded cereals that have to be fortified with vitamins and minerals since the cereal itself contains nothing nutritious. Instead, use these 5 super quick, yummy and easy meals that come loaded with what your body needs to start its day.
These meals all contain whole ingredients and are part of a whole foods diet. No preservatives. No added sugar. Nothing processed or packed with chemical-sounding ingredients. These foods contain REAL vitamins and minerals without the need for anything to be “enriched” in order to be healthy. Start your day right with real food. Your body will thank you and you’ll still get out the door on time.
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