Breakfast foods are my favorite and sometimes it’s the only thing that gets me out of bed! If you’re trying to get a few extra minutes of sleep in the morning, consider waking up just a little earlier to prepare a healthy breakfast, as the benefits of eating a hearty meal in the morning far outweigh a few minutes of sleep.
Here are 10 of my favorite healthy breakfast ideas. Some take a few extra minutes in the morning, and some can be prepared the night before.
10 Healthy Breakfast Ideas
I love waking up to a wam bowl of oatmeal topped with honey, fruits and nuts. I never knew there were so many benefits to eating oats until recently… They help lower bad cholesterol, they’re high in fiber, they keep you full for longer and contain tonnes of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
Packaged oatmeal usually contains a lot of sugar so I like to make mine on the stove with jumbo rolled oats. I prefer rolled oats since they contain the whole grain that’s full of nutrients. The number of toppings I can think of are endless but my current favorite is sliced bananas + dessicated coconut + almonds and a drizzle of honey. Yum!
2.Greek Yogurt Parfait
Throwing a greek yogurt parfait together is just as quick as pouring milk over a bowl of sugary cereal so there’s no excuse to not make this instead! This healthy breakfast idea packs in a bunch of protein, nutrients and healthy carbs. Greek yogurt has almost twice the amount of protein as regular yogurt but with fewer carbs.
I love my greek yogurt with berries, seeds and a drizzle of honey. Berries are my favorite since they are full of antioxidants and apparently they’re great for improving memory (I really need help in that area!!). Use whatever fruits, nuts and seeds you have on hand. If I have time, I’ll make a melon yogurt bowl. However, if I know I won’t have time in the morning, I’ll wash and slice my fruits the night before.
I’ll eat granola by itself, with yogurt, or with milk and fruits. Usually, I’ll wash and slice my fruits the night before. So all I have to do in the morning is dump the granola and fruits in a bowl, sprinkle some almonds and chia seeds on top, eat, and be out the of the door in no time!
One of my favorite combinations is greek yogurt mixed with diced apples, honey, a sprinkle of cinnamon and a handful of homemade crunchy granola. So good!! As well as having this as a healthy breakfast, I’ll have it as a snack during the day too!
This picture really doesn’t do eggs any justice, but trust me, they’re tasty and good for you (one of the most nutritious foods in the world!). Eggs are full of vitamins and minerals, they contain all 9 amino acids and are protein rich. What more could you ask for in a healthy breakfast?!
I’m really not fussy when it comes to eggs. I’ll have them poached, fried, scrambled.. whatever! But if you want an even more nutritious, healthy breakfast, you can make an omelette and add any veggies that you have on hand. I like spinach, tomato and mozzarella in mine 🙂
If I have time in the morning, I’ll whip up some pancakes. They taste amazing, they’re low in carbs and packed full of protein which keeps you full for longer. Sometimes I’ll have these as a post work-out treat, too 🙂
So far, carrot cake protein pancakes are my favorite. I know carrots in pancakes sound weird but it tastes just like carrot cake …but in pancake form. However, if you don’t like carrot cake you can replace the carrots with blueberries, dark chocolate chips or bananas.
6.Cottage Cheese Pancakes
I really don’t like the taste or consistency of cottage cheese, but when they’re blended up in these cute little pancakes they taste so damn good!
Cottage cheese is low in carbs yet high in protein and calcium. And if you’re not a fan of oatmeal, you can still get the benefits of oats blended up in these pancakes. The perfect healthy breakfast!
Just blend two eggs, 1/2 cup of oats, 1/2 cup cottage cheese, a tsp of vanilla extract together and cook like silver dollar pancakes. I like to top mine with bananas, blueberries and maple syrup. Did you know real maple syrup is actually good for you?!
7.Whole grain bread with nut butter and fruits
Whole grain bread is a lot more nutritious than whole wheat bread since it isn’t refined. It contains all the fiber, iron and B vitamins that whole wheat doesn’t. Whole grains are also more filling, which is great for breakfast, keeping you full until your next meal.
I like my bread topped with peanut butter, blueberries/bananas and a sprinkle of chia seeds. Did you know peanut butter is high in good fats and packed full of nutrients? (I sound like such a nerd!) I’ve also recently become obsessed with chia seeds and have been sprinkling them on everything. Chia seeds are rich in antioxidants, fiber and omega-3. 3½ tablespoons contain the same amount of omega-3 as a 32-ounce piece of salmon. So if you don’t eat much fish this is a great way to get your omega-3.
If you’re an oatmeal lover like me and still want to eat oatmeal when it’s boiling hot in the summer , or if you’re in a hurry in the morning (or lazy) – this is the perfect solution! All you have to do is dump everything in a container and stick it in the fridge the night before and you’ll have a glorious serving of overnight oats waiting for you in the morning 🙂
If you don’t have any fresh fruits on hand, you can use frozen fruits. I actually prefer my oats to be soaked overnight with frozen berries, since they will thaw and the fruit juices will soak into the oats. Super yummy!! Kath Eats has an amazing selection of delicious overnight oat recipes.
Smoothies are a great way to get your fruits and veggies in the morning! They’re so quick to make, especially if you have your fruits and veggies pre washed/sliced and measured out the night before. The only annoying thing about making smoothies is washing the blender after!!
I’m not a fan of eating dark leafy greens for breakfast, so blending them up in smoothies is the perfect way to sneak them into my food! If you add a handful of dark leafy greens like kale or spinach to your usual smoothie mix, you won’t be able to tell they’re in there. I promise! Typically, I like to add berries and bananas to my smoothies for a sweeter, creamier texture.
Quinoa muffins are not only quick and convenient for breakfast, they’re also super rich in iron, vitamin B2, protein and fiber.
So far, blueberry quinoa muffins with chia seeds are my favorite, but you can replace blueberries with dark chocolate chips, bananas, or any seasonal fruit really. As well as having these for breakfast, they’re great on the go and I sometimes have them as a pre workout snack, as quinoa helps to boost energy levels.
Hopefully I didn’t bore you too much with my nerdy nutrition facts but, inspired you to eat a healthy breakfast instead!! I have to admit, I don’t always eat healthy, especially if I’m out. But, when I’m at home I like to start my day with a healthy breakfast and hope you will too 🙂