Top Breakfast Ideas for a Better Day
Staring your day with a healthy breakfast provides numerous benefits to you and your family. Studies show that those who eat breakfast weigh less, have lower cholesterol levels and have a well-balanced diet overall.
But, with today’s hectic lifestyles, it can be challenging to fit breakfast into a rushed morning routine. Use these top breakfast ideas for a better day.
On the Go Foods
Workday mornings have a special challenge when everyone is trying to get out of the house on time. Try these prep-ahead and portable breakfast ideas to give everyone the fuel they need to start the day off right.
- Cheese, Fruit and Nuts. Apple slices, a handful of walnuts or almonds and a few pieces of low-fat cheese provide fiber and protein. Simply place the ingredients in snack size bags and they can be grabbed on the run.
- Waffle to Go. A whole grain waffle toasted, spread with peanut butter and topped with a few raisins is a great portable breakfast. It only takes a few minutes if you use frozen waffles.
- Yogurt and Cereal Sundae. Bran flakes or any whole grain cereal can be mixed with low-fat plain or vanilla yogurt. Put it in a to-go container and add a few berries.
- Energy Bar and Gogurt. Energy bars and meal replacement bars can be great sources of fiber, just be sure to read the label. Unfortunately, they lack adequate amounts of protein. Pair a bar with a Gogurt and some nuts and you’ll have a portable breakfast with plenty of protein to see you through the morning.
- Egg and Salsa Burrito. Eggs are protein packed, but lack fiber and carbohydrates. Slice a boiled egg and place it on a whole wheat tortilla with a slice of lean ham. Add a dash of salsa for flavor and you have breakfast on the run.
Sit Down Foods
For the mornings when there’s time to sit, these breakfast ideas will bring everyone to the table. Healthy, tasty and loaded with important nutrients, the family will be ready for anything with these meals.
- Veggie Omelets. Whisk eggs with a bit of salt and pepper and pour into a warm pan. Just before they are done, add as many chopped veggies as you want and fold over. The eggs give you protein and the vegetables supply fiber and antioxidants.
- Sandwich and Yogurt. A sandwich layered with spinach, salsa, avocado and poached or scrambled eggs on toasted whole wheat bread is a fun and easy way to get a well-balanced start to the day. Add a side of yogurt and berries for added fiber and vitamins.
- Sweet Potato and Quinoa. A baked sweet potato with a side of quinoa provides fiber, protein and essential nutrients for energy. Drizzle the potato with extra virgin olive oil and a pinch of salt to add some savory flavor.
- Smoked Salmon. Salmon is packed with good fats. Layer slices on whole wheat bread with some arugula leaves for a nutrient and energy dense meal.