Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but with a hectic daily schedule, it's not always easy to pull off a morning meal that's both quick and nutritious. Fortunately, you don't have to compromise good nutrition for the sake of getting out the door on time; the following quick and healthy breakfast ideas will help everyone in the family get a solid meal before taking on the day.
1. Black Bean & Cheese Omelette
This savory breakfast supplies plenty of high-quality protein and fiber, and it will keep you feeling full throughout the morning hours. Just add cheddar cheese, diced tomatoes, and black beans to a basic two-egg omelette, and you're in business. You can also add some salsa and a dollop of low-fat sour cream to the finished product to really make it pop.
2. Triple Berry Banana & Kale Smoothie
Smoothies are a great way to pack a whole lot of nutrition into an easy-to-prepare food. Simply combine 1 cup of frozen berries (blackberries, raspberries, and blueberries), 1 banana, a handful of kale (green or purple), and 1 cup of almond milk in a blender. This smoothie is packed with fiber, potassium, and powerful antioxidants that will boost your immune system and give you plenty of energy for your day.
3. Avocado & Egg Toast
For a good dose of fiber and heart-healthy fat, you can't beat avocados. Try lightly toasting a couple of slices of whole grain bread, and then spread smashed avocado on top, seasoning it with a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Now top each slice off with a sunny-side up egg, and you're in business. This simple yet well-rounded meal will provide you with plenty of protein, fiber and "good" fat to nourish your body for the busy day ahead.
4. Peanut Butter and Banana Smoothie
This power-packed breakfast will give you a nice, delicious protein and potassium boost to start your day. Simply blend together 3 frozen bananas, about 1/4 cup of peanut butter, 1 1/2 cups of almond milk, 1 teaspoon of honey, 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt, and 1/2 cup of Greek yogurt, and top it off with a small handful of salted peanuts if you so choose. If anyone has a peanut sensitivity or allergy, try substituting almond butter or cashew butter instead, both of which provide a very flavorful and luxurious texture to the smoothie.
5. Fruit & Almond Butter Parfait
Talk about tasty! This delectable breakfast treat is a tour-de-force of antioxidants and protein, and it will leave you feeling nice and full to boot. In a small bowl, whisk together 3/4 cup of plain non-fat Greek yogurt, 1 tablespoon of honey and 2 tablespoons of almond butter until you get a smooth consistency. Now in an 8-ounce glass (or 12-ounce if you're feeling extra hungry), intersperse this smooth concoction between layers of halved grapes, quartered strawberries, blueberries, and sliced kiwi. Now top it off with chopped or sliced honey roasted almonds and enjoy!
During the busy morning hours, you don't have to settle for those high-carb drive-thru breakfast items, or to the sugar-laden snacks in the vending machine at work. Keep the above breakfast ideas in mind to provide quick yet high-quality meals for you and your family!