You know what they say.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
But thanks to long commutes, demanding schedules and absence of quality food choices, breakfast for some of us means it’s whatever you can grab. Assuming you have any at all. Look, no matter how busy your day may be, forgoing the most important meal of the day (and by no means is this a cliché) is just no way to start your day.
We get it. You’re busy and barely have the time to fix yourself up, let alone having the luxury of whipping up a picture-perfect breakfast. But who said a nice, hearty breakfast has to be a protracted, time-sapping affair?
Below, we share some simple and superfast breakfast ideas (most make-ahead) for on the go.
This ultra-thick peanutty breakfast not only tastes like a milkshake, but also is one sure way to get your fruits and protein fill early in the morning.
Take two frozen bananas, peanut butter, milk of choice (skim or soybean milk if you like it fat-free) and a couple of ice cubes and blend them together. You can add Greek yoghurt to that mix if you like (optional) and a natural sweetener of choice (or not).
You can make this shake the night before and pour it in a tight-sealing container, ready to grab-and-go.
*For an extra protein boost, add a scoop of your favorite chocolate or vanilla protein.
Think of this as a departure from your usual morning cereal. Brown rice is a trove of B vitamins which are a great source of energy, as well as fiber.
Make the rice the night before, and come morning, put it in a bowl and throw in a diced apple and handful of raisins. Add a splash of low-fat milk, sprinkle of cinnamon and a spoonful of honey and, voila!
If you don’t like rice as much as we do, there are a bunch of alternative grains you can use as a substitute – oats, buckwheat, red wheat, rye, barley, millet or quinoa.
Crispy papayas are the tropical answer to the good ol’ fruit crumble, and you know the deal with crunchy crumbles.
Preparing this is a cinch. Simply mix whole-wheat flour with butter and molasses, then pour this mixture over a layer of fresh papayas. Bake for 10 minutes, and see what delectable delight comes out of it!
Sticking to the fruity theme, grab-and-go breakfasts don’t get any easier than this. This is yummiest when freshly prepared so save it for those Thursday mornings when you can spare 5 minutes.
All you need are 2 slices of whole-grain bread (toasted), a small piece of avocado, 1 teaspoon of fresh lemon juice, 1 tablespoon of olive oil and slightly less than a teaspoonful of red pepper flakes.
Preparation is as easy as topping the toasted bread with the mashed avocado, then drizzling it with the lemon juice and oil, before sprinkling red pepper (or salt) on top.
Quinoa is one of those things – it just never gets old. Well, assuming you get it right! It boasts an envious nutritional background that makes for a perfect and easy, gluten-free breakfast bite.
And now there is a new quick way to enjoy it.
Got a mini muffin tin? Good. Time to make some healthy quiches. If not, don’t fret; a baking pan will still cut it.
Mix two cups cooked quinoa, two eggs, a cup of your preferred vegetable (zucchini or magic spinach are perfect), diced ham, a cup of shredded cheese and a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Grease your muffin tin (or pan), portion the mixture and bake for 15-20 minutes at 350 degrees. If you are using a baking pan, they should take 30-35 minutes.
*These scrumptious guys can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, so feel free to make enough to last you a couple of days. Because we kid you not, you will find them ADDICTIVE.
There you have it. Simple, nutritious breakfasts that don’t take all morning (or night) to prepare.
Do you have any favorite breakfast recipes that you use to beat the clock? We would love to hear about them!
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Summer is all about letting loose. But it doesn’t mean you have to fall off the wagon when it comes to your fitness.
There are plenty of ways especially during this time of year to get moving.
The weather is warming up and you know what that means – summertime is here!
That means sunny days, warm weather, sunscreen and lots of time spent outdoors – on the beach, in the pool, hiking in the mountains, biking, picnics and all manner of interesting stuff.
Ah, farmers markets. There is nothing like shopping for fresh, quality food products outdoors, and a trip here is as close to “straight from the source” as it gets.
The markets are popping up everywhere and are especially popular during this time of year.