I love breakfast, but I’m not always in the mood to make it. Most of us don’t have the time or the desire to whip up something extravagant first thing in the morning, but a healthy start to your day is important.
Here are 5 nutritious breakfast ideas that you can put together in 5 minutes or less (no cooking involved!):
1. Greek Yogurt + Amazing Grass Green Superfood
Try a full-fat (yes, full-fat) plain greek yogurt like Fage¹. It has 18 grams of protein, and it’s rich and satisfying. To bulk it up nutritionally, add 1 scoop of Amazing Grass Green Superfood² and then a little honey and vanilla powder to sweeten it up. My favorite variations (so far!) are:
- 1 container yogurt + 1 scoop Berry Superfood + 1/2 tsp. vanilla powder + honey to taste. Top with dried goji berries or fresh berries of choice.
- 1 container yogurt + 1 scoop Chocolate Superfood + 1/2 tsp. vanilla powder + honey to taste. Top with cacao nibs. (If you like more chocolate flavor, add 1 tsp. cacao powder)
This isn’t a very pretty meal, but it’s easy and filling! I love it because it keeps me satisfied and feeling great for hours. I like the taste, but I’ll be honest and tell you that my daughter doesn’t care for it. Give it a try and decide for yourself! If you like your yogurt really sweet, you may want to experiment with adding other sources of sweetness, like stevia or lucuma powder. Not familiar with lucuma? Check it out here: Terrasoul Superfoods Lucuma Powder (Organic), 12 Ounce.
2. Egg salad
If you keep some hard-boiled and peeled eggs on hand, this breakfast is a snap. You can even make it the night before.
2 whole eggs + 2 egg whites, hard-boiled and diced
2 pieces cooked turkey bacon, chopped
1/4 avocado, diced
Seasonings of choice (my favorite combo is Flavor God Garlic Lovers + salt and pepper)
Note: I always have diced, cooked sweet potatoes in my fridge, and a few of those mixed in adds some carbohydrates and balances it out.
Mix it all together and enjoy!
3. Protein Smoothie
The idea of a smoothie for breakfast is nothing new because it’s a great way to pack a lot of nutrition into a quick and easy option. Here are a few ideas to give you a starting point for creating your perfect mixture:
- 1 frozen ripe banana + 4-6 ounces milk of choice + 1 scoop Berry Superfood + 1/4 cup egg white protein powder³ + honey or another sweetener to taste. Add a few frozen strawberries or other berries if desired.
- 1 frozen ripe banana + 4-6 ounces milk of choice + 1 scoop Chocolate Superfood + 1/4 cup egg white protein powder + 1 tbs almond or peanut butter + honey or another sweetener to taste.
- 1 cup frozen peaches and strawberries + 4-6 ounces milk of choice + 1 scoop Berry Superfood + 1/4 cup egg white protein powder + honey or another sweetener to taste.
Adjust the amount of liquid or frozen fruit to suit your preferences regarding the thickness of your smoothie.
4. Overnight Oats
Mix up these recipes the night before and a delicious breakfast will be waiting for you in the morning. You don’t even have to cook the oats! Here are the general guidelines for preparing this tasty breakfast:
1/2 cup rolled oats + 1/2 cup liquid, mixed together in a half-pint mason jar (or something similar) and left in the fridge overnight.
It’s that easy! These recipes can be eaten cold and often are designed to be eaten that way, but as always, it’s personal preference. Here are a couple of great combos to get you started:
- 1/2 c. rolled oats + 1/2 c. milk of choice + 1 tbsp. cacao powder + 1 tbsp. chocolate almond butter (I like Justin’s) + maple syrup to taste + 1 tbsp. hydrolyzed collagen* (optional). (I think this one tastes like a brownie – especially if you warm it up!)
- 1/2 c. rolled oats + 1/2 c. milk of choice + 1 tbsp. almond butter + 1 tsp. cinnamon + maple syrup to taste (for sweetness) + 1 tbs hydrolyzed collagen* (optional).
* Click here for information on why this is a great addition to your oats. This is the brand I use: Great Lakes Gelatin Collagen Hydrolysate Unflavored Beef Kosher Gelatin, 16 oz.
There are a ton of recipes for overnight oats online, so do a search and check them out!
5. Leftovers from last night’s dinner
If you can let go of the idea that breakfast can only be things like eggs, bacon, and pancakes, then you can embrace eating leftovers first thing in the morning. Why not? It’s easy and likely already a good combination of protein and carbs. Just heat it up and head out the door!
1. I recommend Fage because it is the creamiest and best tasting that I’ve had. I don’t usually like yogurt, but I like this one. It’s not sweet, so add sweetness as needed.
2. I recommend Amazing Grass Green Superfood because I like the quality, taste, and consistency of it. I am not being compensated in any way for recommending it. There are lots of options out there that are similar, so feel free to look around. I’ve tried Trader Joe’s veggie powder option, and it was good, too.
3. I recommend egg white protein powder because that’s what we use. Many people prefer whey protein powder or one of the many vegan protein powders currently available. Use whatever works for you!