Let’s talk about breakfast. Particularly quick, easy, healthy breakfasts.
I’m a breakfast lover. As you know, most days, I drink a smoothie for breakfast. Winter or summer, I just love smoothies. But my kids don’t love smoothies (weirdos), and there are the occasional days when I want to save my smoothie for lunch and have something else for breakfast. Plus, I get asked all the time for good, healthy, quick & easy breakfast ideas–so here you go!
Cold cereal is a popular option, but if you pay close attention to your body you might find (as I did) that cereal doesn’t satisfy or keep you full for very long. Plus it’s usually unnecessarily high in added refined sugar, which isn’t the best breakfast food ingredient. So ditch the cereal (or keep it as a snack or dessert if you really love it!) and try these options instead!
The key components to a good, nutritious breakfast are protein, healthy fat, and fiber from complex carbs. This will help to keep you satiated, keep your blood sugar balanced, give you energy and a positive mood, and help your digestion keep humming along.
I made a free e-book for you with my favorite easy, healthy breakfast recipes called The Eat Happy Guide to Better Breakfast. Grab your copy here!
Now as far as ingredients, here are a few of my favorite breakfast foods!
Obviously. Scrambled, fried, omelets, or whatever way you like them, they’re kind of the perfect breakfast food. Great source of protein and just the right amount of fat. I like to have 2 or 3 myself for breakfast, and I’ll either beat them up and scramble them or crack them right into the pan to be fried—both options cooked in butter. You could have just the eggs and a side of sautéed greens and it doesn’t get much healthier than that. I also love to do Italian baked eggs—so quick and easy, and kind of like eating pizza. The recipe for that is in my free Better Breakfast Guide. Don’t be afraid of too much cholesterol or fat–they really are the perfect little package of nutrients, so eat up!
I’m not a huge oatmeal fan. (I know, I’m practically not even American.) But for those occasions when I want a bowl of warm grains, I love having breakfast quinoa! You can go sweet or savory here. I included my favorite sweet recipe in the Better Breakfast e-book! But you can also take pre-cooked quinoa, saute some garlic and veggies, add the quinoa until heated through, put in some tamari, and top with an egg. Kind of like fried rice, but with quinoa. And…as a breakfast. If you already have it ready to go in the fridge, it’s an incredibly easy, quick, and nutritious breakfast option!
Everyone loves toast! Even those people who are afraid bread will make them fat, they secretly love toast. I always say, there is nothing in the world better than warm bread. My childhood favorite was cinnamon toast. But now (since I’m a grown-up and all, and sugar bread no longer counts as a viable meal) I love to take my toast to gourmet level! Cottage cheese, avocado, sliced fruit, crunchy toppings—the possibilities for amazing toast are endless. Just search “avocado toast” on Pinterest and you won’t believe all the ideas you’ll get. 😉 I put my favorites in the Better Breakfast guide here! I also love Nutrition Simply’s gourmet toast ideas in this cute video!
An obvious option for quick and easy. I prefer to get full-fat organic yogurt, but sometimes I’ll do the organic fat-free kind from Costco. Or if you’re not in an organic mood, I like the Oikos coconut flavor–no added sugar (sweetened with stevia) and the only yogurt I’ve found with fiber in it. You can mix in fruit, low-sugar granola, nuts, unsweetened coconut flakes, peanut butter, peanut flour…whatever your heart desires. You could even prep some of the toppings ahead and buy the small containers so you’re ready if you need something to grab on your way out the door.
Chia pudding is one of those one-food-fits-all-categories things. Because it’s a great breakfast, but also a great snack. Or dessert. I mean, even dinner, if you’re feeling like it. It’s so delicious and easy—you make it the night before (or a few days before) and it’s ready for you! Chia seeds are a great source of omega-3 and fiber and I always make sure to have some in my fridge. I put a recipe for chia pudding in the Better Breakfast guide. You can either leave the seeds as they are, or blend them up smooth as a great dairy-free yogurt alternative.
And there you have it–a few of my favorite things I always have on hand (well, mostly always, unless I’m being lazy about grocery shopping, which is a LOT of the time…) to make a quick, easy, healthy breakfast in about the same amount of time it takes to pour a bowl of cereal. Almost. But those few extra steps? SO WORTH IT.
To get my favorite breakfast recipes, make sure to grab your free copy of my Better Breakfast e-book! And I’d love to hear what you think. If you try out any of the recipes, post them on social media using the hashtag #EatHappyBetterBreakfast so I can see it and cheer for you!
What are your favorite breakfast foods? Anything you think I should add to my list?