I always hear tons of people whining and complaining that they never have time to eat breakfast.
But somehow these same people always find the time to hit up a Starbucks and wait in a long morning line to get a cup of coffee before work…
Yeah I know…
You know your mother was right…breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day.
Not only does a balanced breakfast give you energy for the rest of the day, but it helps you eat less and feel less hungry as the day goes on.
It’ll also help prevent you from pounding chips & cookies when you get home from work, and will allow you to have a kick ass workout at noon.
Basically…it helps you become more bad-ass.
But, since time is usually an issue for most people, here are 5 of my favorite quick breakfast meals that you can make in a snap:
1) High-Protein Cereal: Let’s face it, people love cereal because it’s easy to eat and can be healthy. But, most brands are covered with sugar and full of junk. (If you are age 25 or older you shouldn’t be eating cereal with a cartoon on the box anyways) Plus, with just milk, it doesn’t really pack much metabolism-boosting protein.
So, instead, try this with your normal breakfast bowl: Mix one scoop of Vanilla Protein with water or almond milk and pour that over a bowl of your favorite low-sugar breakfast cereal; some of my favorite (non-dieting cereals) are Uncle Sam, Bran Flakes (add your own raisins to make it Raisin Bran), Cheerios, Puffed Rice, and Shredded Wheat.
Or if you want to keep it gangsta…just stick with a bowl of regular ole steel-cut oatmeal. You can always add some almond milk, cinnamon, berries, nuts, etc to spice it up a bit.
2) Nutty, Berry, Greek Yogurt: Most people think of yogurt as just a snack item, but it can be a great breakfast food too. But just like cereal, some yogurt is really like dessert, instead of a health food. Sorry Yoplait.
So, skip all that sugar found in most yogurts and try this: Mix 6 ounces of 2% plain organic Greek yogurt with 2 Tbsp of slivered almonds, 1 tsp ground flax seeds and 1/3 cup frozen, thawed, unsweetened berries.
3) High-Fiber Protein Pancake: Most people think of butter and syrup when they picture a pancake, but this is different. Instead, mix up the following ingredients and cook them the night before so you have this healthy pancake in the morning. Just warm it up for a few minutes on the stove or toaster oven and top with your favorite nut butter:
• 1/2 Cup Egg Whites
• 1 scoop Vanilla Protein powder
• 1/3 Cup dry Old-fashioned Oatmeal (not the instant kind)
• 1 tsp Ground Flax Seeds
• 1/8 tsp. Baking Powder
• A pinch of Cinnamon
• Olive Oil cooking spray
Directions: Spray a nonstick pan with cooking spray and place on medium heat to preheat pan. Meanwhile, combine the egg whites and protein powder in a mixing bowl, stirring with a fork or whisk until well-blended.
Add oatmeal, flax, baking powder and cinnamon and mix vigorously for about a minute. Check pan’s temperature by dropping a tiny amount of water on it. If the water bubbles/sizzles immediately, the pan is ready.
Using a large spoon or small ladle (don’t hate on my cooking lingo), spoon a small amount of the batter into the pan, gently spreading it to a pancake shape if it’s too thick to do this on its own. Cook on one side until bubbles begin to appear and burst on the top of the batter.
Using a spatula, carefully flip it over and cook for roughly the same amount of time. Repeat until batter is gone. Serves 1.
4) Scrambled Eggs with Avocado and Salsa: Scrambled eggs really aren’t that hard or time-consuming to make. People think you have to mix the eggs ahead of time, but you can just quickly stir them a few times while cooking and they’ll become scrambled. It’s so easy even a blind cave man could do it.
I like mixing two Omega-3 Eggs (the cage free kind from whole foods) with ½ cup Egg Whites and adding Spinach. Then, I’ll top it with slices of fresh avocado and salsa. It’s a quick breakfast fit for a king (or queen). I don’t judge
5) Whey Protein Smoothie: When you’re in a rush you can make this smoothie the night before, or quickly in the morning…it really doesn’t matter. The key thing is to use a single-serve blender unit, like a Magic Bullet, so you don’t have to worry about cleaning a huge, messy blender when you’re done.
I like to combine the following: 1 Cup Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk, 1 scoop Vanilla Protein, 1 Tbsp Ground Flax, 1/3 Cup frozen unsweetened Mixed Berries, ½ Cup raw Spinach (before you hate on the spinach let me just say that it adds a really good flavor to the smoothie plus you get some greens down which is always a plus) and 1 Tbsp Natural Peanut or Almond Butter.
So what are your favorite healthy breakfast ideas? Feel free to share them as a comment below!