Healthy Quick Breakfast Ideas

Posted on Wednesday, August 26th, 2009
Written by: Angela, Nutritionist

Here are some healthy, quick breakfast ideas the whole family will enjoy.

Raw Organic Bar and a whole Piece of Fruit – This is about the quickest breakfast you can eat. Raw Organic Bars (my favorite energy bars) have 200 calories and a good amount of protein and fiber. Add in a large whole piece of fruit and your total calories will come to around 300 calories.

Smoothies – Smoothies are certainly a great way to get a good dose of fruit. Chop up some fresh fruit, throw it in the blender and you have a healthy and delicious breakfast. Add yogurt, nut butter or milk for protein.

Breakfast Muffins – For breakfast try a savory or fruit muffin. For healthier muffins use whole wheat flour and instead of sugar mash a ripe banana or a little honey into the mixture. Unless you’re an early riser you probably won’t have enough time to make muffins in the morning. Simply make them ahead and either freeze or keep in an air-tight container for a few days. Try making the mini-muffin size, adding a ¼ cup crushed walnuts to the mix for protein and having a piece of fruit with it.

Wholesome Eggs – Eggs are very versatile. Try a veggie omelet with a little cheese or scrambled eggs with chopped tomatoes. Try a prepare-ahead breakfast casserole for a hearty family breakfast. Scrambled, poached, hard boiled…any way you like them…they are a perfect protein.

Oatmeal – Making your own oatmeal is much healthier than the flavored instant packets. Cook up according to packet instructions and add a little fruit for extra flavor. Add a few crushed walnuts for added omega-3 and a protein source and sweeten with a little real maple syrup…a much better choice than brown sugar.

Healthy Breakfast Bar – Make up a batch of healthy breakfast bars the day before and use them for a quick, on-the-go breakfast. Use a low-sugar recipe and include lots of healthy dried fruits.

Fantastic Fruit Salad – Serve a chopped fruit salad with a yogurt dip. Mini muffins are delicious dipped in yogurt too.

Breakfast Burrito – Scramble some eggs and place them in a whole wheat tortilla with chopped tomatoes, veggies or other favorite toppings. Always add cheese to the top of your dishes (you will use less and still taste the flavor) and be sure to choose aged cheeses. These have a stronger taste and will need less present to add flavor to the dish.

Spruce up your Toast – Try whole wheat bread and serve with peanut or almond butter and sliced bananas, light cream cheese and raisins (sprinkle a little cinnamon on top), or light cream cheese and a fruit jam (pure, no-sugar added jam is best).

Pizza for Breakfast – Why not? split a couple of whole wheat English muffins in half, top with a little pizza sauce, grated cheese and some chopped turkey or even eggs. Place under the grill for a few minutes and you have a nutritious breakfast pizza. You can make whole wheat bagel pizzas too.

Those are just a few healthy breakfast ideas to help keep things interesting.

On the Go Breakfasts Take a selection of dried fruits, nuts, and seeds (sunflower, pumpkin, etc.) and mix together in a bowl. Then place a handful of the mix into individual plastic bags. (1/2 cup for a meal and a little shy of ¼ cup for a snack). Another breakfast I enjoy is 1 cup Kashi cereal with 10 almonds in a baggie. By keeping these bagged and ready to go in your pantry, you will have one less excuse crossed off your list. Even on the busiest of mornings you just grab a bag on the way out.

Angela Pifer, Certified Nutritionist

Seattle Based – I work Nationally through Skype

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