Growing up, I always ate breakfast, but the most unhealthy breakfast possible – 2 pieces of toast (white bread at that) slathered with a nice thick coating of Nutella. I am a self-diagnosed chocoholic and personally, I find breakfast to be better sweet, rather than savory. By the time I started college and specifically, my health journey, I became conscious of how I was doing no good for my body with such a sugar filled breakfast. Since then I have been on a journey to find healthy, but tasty breakfast options that would make me excited to get out of bed!
As I got older breakfast also became less and less of a priority. I often would trade it in for a few more minutes of sleep. The thing was, breakfast was not keeping me full until lunch, I ended up just as hungry as if I had skipped breakfast! So I just skipped it all together. Upon realizing how terrible that was for my body I developed a few criteria that I value in my breakfasts:
- It needs to taste GOOD!
- It needs to be EASY to make!
- It needs to keep me FULL!
- It needs to make me EXCITED to get out of bed!
Today, I would like to share exactly these breakfast staples that fulfill these criteria, for me, with you!
SUPERFOODS SHAKE – SHAKEOLOGY
Within the last few months, I was introduced to a product called, Shakeology. It is an extremely nutrient dense protein powder, that is available in numerous flavors, that can be enjoyed in many different ways. Mix it with water or your plant-based milk of choice for a quick on-the-go breakfast that takes 2 minutes to prepare. If I am on-the-go I will mix a scoop of Café Latte Shakeology with 16 ounces of unsweetened almond milk.
Do you have 10 minutes in the morning? Then you can whip up this delicious recipe with your Shakeology. You will need:
- 6 ice cubes
- 1/2 cup of unsweetened almond milk
- 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 scoop Café Latte Shakeology
This recipe truly tastes like a chocolate coffee milkshake, so much so it’s hard to believe that you are actually fueling your body with incredible ingredients!
You also might ask, does this really keep me full? And the answer is yes, it really does. No matter what I always eat a mid-morning snack and I don’t get any hungrier after having “just” a shake than when I have a full blown breakfast!
CHOCOLATE ZUCCHINI OATS
Zucchini, for breakfast? You read it right! I don’t know about you, but I struggle to eat enough vegetables daily! And roasted veggies and salads get boring, so why not hide vegetables in something yummy? Zucchini oats are the perfect solution. You essentially make oatmeal, just the same as you would normally, but substitute half of the oats with shredded zucchini. Not only do you get in an extra serving of vegetables this way, but it also adds volume to your oats and keeps your fuller longer! And, you don’t even taste the zucchini!
I chose to go the chocolatey route with this breakfast recipe, but you can go whatever flavor direction you want too! The basics that you will need are:
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1/2 cup (packed) shredded zucchini
- unsweetened plant milk or water to your desired consistency
After that, you can customize it all you want – cinnamon, cocoa powder, dried cherries, maple syrup, nuts, seeds, you name it!
Inspiration from Smart Nutrition.
CHOCOLATE BANANA OAT COOKIES
Contrary to popular belief, cookies are not just for dessert! These cookies legitimately have 3 ingredients – bananas, oats, and chocolate chips. And instead of chocolate chips, you could easily substitute nuts or dried fruit and you could also add in chia seeds for more protein!
You can throw them together on a Sunday during meal prep or throughout the week since they only need 5 minutes to prep and 15 minutes to bake! These are perfect if you know you will need a grab and go breakfast solution. Maybe hardboil some eggs and take one or two with you as well and boom, you have a simple, but healthy breakfast!
“I didn’t have time” used to be my go-to excuse for why I did not eat breakfast, but honestly, that’s the lamest excuse ever! Overnight oats are a fantastic option for those of you who, like me, leave yourself exactly enough time to workout and get ready, and not to eat. The flavor options are endless! Here too you need a few basic ingredients:
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1/2-2/3 cup unsweetened plant based milk
- chia seeds (optional, but I always add them in!)
To take it up a notch you can channel your favorite flavors – cookie dough, cake batter, Reeses, fruit cobbler, you get the picture! Just add in the extra ingredients and you have something delicious, filling and healthy (depending on your toppings, don’t overdo it!)!
The recipe I used in the image above is from POPSUGAR, Coconut Chocolate Almond Overnight Oats. Seriously, an Almond Joy for breakfast is possible!
Avocado toast has become oh so trendy these days, for a good reason. Even for a sweet breakfast lover, this is a yummy savory option! It is a great option for a well-balanced filling breakfast! It also is super simple and relatively quick to make!
For 2 pieces of avocado toast you will need:
- 2 pieces of bread
- 1/2 of an avocado
- 2 eggs poached or sunny side up
- lemon juice
- choice of seasonings
I use a bread from a local bakery made specifically for active people (it has chia seeds, quark among many other great ingredients). I mash up one avocado and mix in some lemon juice to keep it fresh and give it some zestiness. Half of the mashed avocado is the perfect amount for 2 pieces of toast! Store the remaining avocado with the avocado pit in an airtight container for the next day! Then I will cook up some poached eggs and put them on top and season it with some salt and pepper.
Carbs, healthy fat and protein are all included in this delicious breakfast recipe!
It is safe to say that my breakfast habits have done 180° in the last few years. I now make sure to at least have options that are grab-and-go ready for the mornings where I am running behind. But, taking the time on Sunday to prep a few bowls of overnight oats or waking up early to whip up a batch of zoats is something I enjoy greatly and helps me kick off the day on the right foot!
I now stay fuller longer, I am alert, and I just feel good! Breakfast truly can make or break your day – make sure you to fuel your body properly!
What are your favorite healthy breakfast recipes?