You might have heard about breakfast being the most important meal of the day, and there are so many reasons why that statement is true.
Eating breakfast gives your body the energy it needs to start the day strongly and with enough fuel for you to go through the early part of your day.
For some people, preparing breakfast can be quite a tedious task, but continue reading for breakfast ideas that are easy to prepare, yet filling enough to get you through your mornings.
You can start your day with fruits
One of the reasons why a lot of people skip breakfast is the chore of preparing meals, having to wake up early just to cook and set the tables.
But, breakfast can be as easy as picking up some fruits, having a healthy smoothie or a fruit shake, or even slicing them up and mixing in a bowl of cereal.
Eating fresh fruit like apples and bananas in the morning is a great way to introduce valuable enzymes and fibres to your digestive tract.
It's a great way to cleanse your colon, and it's also great for increasing your metabolism, not to mention - fresh fruits are a great source of vitamins.
Try mixing up a breakfast bowl of fresh fruits, here's a quick recipe to get you started:
- 1 cup strawberries, sliced
- 1 cup raspberries
- 1 banana, sliced
- 1 cup grapes
- 1 peach
- 1 apple, sliced
- 1 cup Greek yogurt
- 1 tbsp honey
Just mix up all the sliced fruits in a bowl, add some greek yogurt and honey into the mix and sprinkle a few chopped nuts (optional) for added texture.
You may opt to swap out some of the fruits and change it up to make the breakfast bowl fit your taste buds.
And if you're really in a rush to make an easy breakfast, just throw them all in a processor or a blender to make a nice quick smoothie bowl.
High fibre meals will make your tummy thank you
Cereal grains are a plentiful source of fibre, the body is unable to break it down, but it is excellent at keeping your digestive tracts healthy and clean.
Eating high-fibre meals are also great at promoting bowel movement, reducing constipation in the morning.
Natural and unprocessed food that is rich in fibre also functions as natural antioxidants - think about a great colon cleanse.
One of the best sources of fibres are oats, they're very healthy and good for the heart, and they also have gluten-free options.
Adding in whole-grains to your breakfast will easily make you feel full and rich with energy to go through your day.
A granola breakfast requires just a few ingredients, oats, oil, any natural sweetener, dried fruits or nuts, and anything else you want to add in.
Here's one of our favourite recipes for a healthy, hearty, granola breakfast. We recommend you prepare this during your free time and pop it in the fridge - so you could just take it out and warm it during your morning rush.
- 3 cups rolled oats
- 1 cup crushed almonds
- 1 cup of dried fruits
- 1 pinch of salt
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/2 cup canola oil
- Pre-heat your oven to around 300F and have it lined with parchment paper.
- Mix in the wet ingredients (canola oil and honey) with the cinnamon and salt.
- Add in the dry ingredients (oats, almonds, dried fruits) to the mixture and stir well.
- Spread the granola mixture onto the baking tray and bake for about 20 minutes or until the mix turns golden brown.
- Cool the cooked granola in the open air to dry it off and make it crisper. You may slice it to make granola bars which you can store in an airtight container for an easy breakfast anytime.
Granola bars aren't just easy to make; they're a healthy breakfast option rich in fibre and protein, which can quickly fuel you during busy mornings.
Likewise, granola bars are a quick and easy snack that you can pack for kids to school!
Overnight oats have risen in popularity as this superfood makes breakfast very enjoyable - some even say that they're desserts made for mornings. Yum!
They're called overnight oats since you literally prepare them the day before and leave the oats soaked overnight.
The fun in overnight oats is that you can make it however you want, it's fun to discover new things to add in and finding out the best combinations.
Plus, overnight oats are always ready in the morning - making it the perfect grab and go breakfast!
There's no single way of making the best overnight oats, but here are the main ingredients to use in making them.
Well, you can't make overnight oats without the oats! You may freely choose what kind of oats to use, old-fashioned and rolled oats work best.
Quinoa can also work as a substitute for oats, but you need to cook quinoa first, which adds a bit of time to the process.
The main wet ingredient where you soak your oats in, you can play around with whatever milk you prefer.
Whether you like whole milk, half-and-half, soy milk, almond milk or other milk substitutes -you can use any of them to make some yummy overnight oats.
Chia seeds are rich in fibres, omega-3, and antioxidants making for a very healthy, delicious breakfast.
They also make your overnight oats creamier and thicker while adding a load of nutritional benefits.
Grains on their own can taste a bit bland to some people's tastebuds, so adding a bit of natural sweeteners like maple syrup and honey can satisfy your sweet tooth.
Not only does it help develop the taste, but the wet ingredients also contribute to the overall texture of your make-ahead breakfast.
Anything you want, really
Make your overnight oats your own, add some fruits, chocolate chips, sprinkles, peanut butter, vanilla, flavourings - it's all up to you!
High Protein Breakfast
If you're looking for a heavy high-protein, healthy breakfast recipe; then, it won't be complete without eggs.
Preparing an omelette or scrambled eggs, or frittatas can give you a meal that's rich in protein and makes breakfast food that's sure to start your day strong.
Eggs are naturally rich in protein and mixing in other sources of proteins can elevate your meal.
You can mix in veggies in your omelettes, such as zucchinis, bell peppers, tomatoes, and spinach.
Mixing in some feta cheese or ricotta to your egg-based breakfast meal can also add to the flavours and increase the protein content.
Pairing your omelettes or frittatas with meats like sausages, ham, bacon or adding in a side of beans, peas, corn can give you a full meal that can also work great for brunch.
There are a lot of easy ways to prepare your breakfast, and they don't need to consume so much time from your busy mornings.
Preparing meals ahead of the day is the best way for you to grab and go in the morning while giving you the fuel to start your day strong.