It’s no secret that the key to successful weight loss lies within healthy eating. Every day of eating is a challenge, and that’s why starting off on a healthy note is crucial. Healthy, nutritionally-packed breakfasts set you up on the right track for the rest of your day. Sugary cereals and starchy pancakes have always been a comfort, but we know for a fact that breakfast ideas can be both healthy and delicious. Here are just a few of our favorite quick healthy breakfasts that are easy to make -- perfect for all those non-morning people -- and each one packs a nutritional punch that will set your day in motion.
We know, we know. This is the breakfast of trendy hipsters everywhere, but there’s a reason you see this fruity (that’s right, avocados are fruits!) delight is popping up everywhere from your local greasy spoon to your town’s mom and pop breakfast shop. The best part about avocado toast? It’s totally easy to make. You seriously only need two ingredients, but we definitely recommend customizing yours. Some of our favorite flavor combinations incude:
It’s astounding how so many restaurants take a perfectly healthy breakfast option and spike it with sugar and unnecessary calories. You can make healthy versions with Greek yogurt, whole berries (they’re packed with antioxidants and flavonoids - which may help ward off cancer!), and a small sprinkle of nuts instead of calorie-heavy granola. Just like avocado toast, this breakfast staple is totally customizable -- just watch what you’re putting in it. You may be adding hundreds of calories and a ton of sugar with certain yogurts and fruit syrups.
You don’t need long locks of gold to appreciate a warm, comforting bowl of the good stuff. Make yours with quinoa (for added protein) and milk. You can add spices, fruits, and nuts for flavor. You won’t even miss the instant oatmeal that’s filled with sugar.
Make-ahead Egg Muffins
Perfect for planners and non-morning people alike. Make a batch on a Sunday and you’ll have breakfast prepared for the entire week. Simply crack an egg into each cup of a muffin tin, add in ham, sausage, spinach, salt, and pepper. Bake in the oven at 350° for 15-20 minutes. Store in the refrigerator all week and when you’re ready, pop them into the microwave or back in the oven for a quick warm up.
Quick, easy, delicious, healthy. Those are the four staples you want in a quality breakfast. Just like everything on this list, protein smoothies are extremely customizable -- just watch out for too much sugar in the fruit you use. How do you build the perfect smoothie? Choose a liquid (we love coconut water or low fat milk!), fruits and veggies, nut butters for thickness, and and a touch of sweet with honey or agave. Or, you can always check out our Terra’s Kitchen smoothies for an even easier breakfast!
Sweet Potato & Kale Hash
This is the perfect weekend brunch recipe that can take advantage of a few leftovers you may have available from the meals you made during the week. You can even add an egg on top of the skillet-roasted sweet potatoes, crispy bacon, tender onion and kale if you want a little extra protein.