If you struggle to find the time for a healthy breakfast on your way out the door in the morning, you might just need some fresh ultra-easy ideas. I always coach my clients to find a way of healthy eating that works WITH their lifestyle and schedule, instead of complicates it. Because healthy eating is often the first thing to fly out the window when life gets busy. So it’s important that what you eat — especially the meal that sets the tone for the rest of your day — is easy, filling, and energizing. Below are 11 of my favorite easy healthy breakfast ideas. I hope they become some of yours, too!
1. Avocado on Sprouted-Grain Toast
It’s hard to go wrong with this one. Crunchy, salty and savory, avocado toast is full of healthy fats and — when paired with sprouted-grain bread like Ezekiel — comes with a solid serving of fiber for added fullness, too. Simply toast one slice of bread while slicing half an avocado. Sprinkle with freshly ground pepper and smoked sea salt (my personal fave) for an added richness.
2. Peanut Butter with Banana on Brown Rice Cake
Another classic that reminds me of childhood but should absolutely be brought back into adulthood. Peanut butter provides plenty of healthy fats and protein, while a banana and brown rice cake offer vitamins, minerals, fiber, and crunch. Simply smear one tablespoon of peanut butter on one or two rice cakes, then top with one sliced banana and a drizzle of honey and (again) smoked sea salt for extra goodness.
3. Greek Yogurt with Granola and Blueberries
Gone are the days of non-fat yogurts that leave you hungry and unsatisfied an hour after eating them. Instead, reach for a full-fat, whole-milk plain Greek yogurt cup. The fat will keep you full for so much longer, and the yogurt won’t be packed with a ton of sugar additives like non-fat yogurts often are. Top with a clean, real-food granola brand like Simply Elizabeth, which uses only unrefined sweeteners to prevent an energy crash hours later. Add a handful of organic blueberries for extra antioxidants, vitamins, and fiber. If you’ve been on the low-fat yogurt train, you’ll be amazed at how satisfying and indulgent full-fat yogurt tastes, and how much longer it keeps you full for.
4. Fried Egg on Sprouted-Grain Toast
Why are few things as satisfying as cutting into a runny yolk? Regardless, whip this breakfast up for yourself for a mega-dose of protein to help you feel full and focused all morning long. In a skillet, simply fry one or two eggs in a spoonful of grass-fed butter or ghee. (Tastes the same as butter but without the lactose.) While the eggs cook, pop a piece of sprouted-grain toast (or two) into the toaster. When both are ready, top the toast with the fried egg(s) and season with smoked sea salt and freshly ground pepper. Yum.
5. Green Smoothie
Smoothies are an excellent vessel through which to pack a ton of nutrients into one meal. Most people struggle to get enough green veggies, but a megadose first thing in the morning will make you feel energetic, focused, and ready to take on the day. Simply toss into a blender one half frozen banana, one or two handfuls spinach, and one cup almond milk. (My favorite brand is Malk because it’s made without stabilizers or gums, unlike most almond milks, and also comes with a healthy serving of protein and healthy fats.) That combo is enough for a delicious green smoothie, but you can customize to your liking (and add more nutrients) with a scoop of chia seeds, flax seeds, hemp seeds, or collagen protein.
6. Antioxidant Smoothie
My all-time favorite smoothie as of late, for how good I feel after drinking it. Combine one half cup frozen berries, one half cup frozen spinach, one cup almond milk, one tablespoon cacao nibs, one scoop Amazing Greens powder, and one scoop collagen protein powder. (My favorites are Primal Kitchen chocolate, vanilla, or peanut butter Collagen Fuel — they have clean ingredients without that chalky protein powder taste.)
7. Baked Egg Muffins
This is one that you’re going to want to prep before the workweek starts, but once you do, your week will go infinitely smoother. Then all you have to do for breakfast on workweek mornings is reach into the fridge, grab two pre-made muffins, and either eat cold or heat up for a few minutes. I’ve experimented with many egg muffin recipes but I like this version best because it’s simplest: simply line a muffin tin with one slice of ham per muffin cup. (Applegate is my favorite brand because it’s nitrate-free, meaning processed with less chemicals.) Sprinkle a little gouda into each ham cup, then crack one egg into each ham cup. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes at 400 degrees. Savory. Filling. You’re golden.
8. Breakfast Burrito
Another breakfast that most people assume is MUCH harder than it is. All you have to do is scramble two eggs and slice half an avocado. Place two almond-flour tortillas (Siete has delicious ones) on a plate, then top with the eggs, avocado, smoked sea salt, and freshly ground pepper. Add a side of fruit if you’re feeling it, but either way, this is a breakfast that will keep you full and fuelled up for HOURS.
9. Veggie Scramble
Another super simple breakfast full of protein and healthy fats. And yes, use the YOLK! Egg yolks are full of nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids which are anti-inflammatory. Crack two or three eggs into a skillet, along with whatever veggies you have on hand: tomatoes, onions, bell peppers, mushrooms. This is a great end-of-week breakfast if you have leftover veggie odds and ends from the week — basically anything works in this scenario. If you’re a meat eater, feel free to add smoked salmon or ham. If you’re a cheese lover, feel free to sprinkle in a little cheddar or goat cheese. Continue to scramble everything together, and in less than five minutes, the veggies will cook down and the eggs will wrap around them, making you the most delicious scramble. You’ll question if there is anything you can’t do. 🙂
10. Healthy Muffins
Okaaay it’s no secret that I love me a good muffin. I just find them to be so sweet and satisfying. They remind me how fun it is to be able to enjoy all foods, and that there is truly a real-food way to make anything that I love… in a way that gives me energy, boosts my mood, and makes me feel incredible all morning. So on the weekend, I love to make a big batch of healthy muffins and save the bulk of them for my workweek. You can grab a few for breakfast, and have a healthy meal that goes deliciously with coffee all week long.
11. Overnight Oats
One last easy breakfast idea that makes the entire week a breeze, requiring just a few minutes of prep over the weekend. Overnight oats are essentially the cool, creamy cousin to regular oatmeal. To make, all you do is stir together oats, almond milk, and a touch of real maple syrup in a bowl, then divide between mason jars. You can customize in countless ways, but classic peanut butter with banana is my fave; here’s a recipe for exact proportions.
So… which of these are you going to try?! Any old faves you want to revisit?
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