Breakfast is often overcomplicated, and when you search, Healthy breakfast ideas, you get a list of delicious yet intimidating recipes. I’m here to help simplify your breakfast journey and supply you with six easy healthy breakfast ideas with limited ingredients that are sure to ignite your tastebuds.
A smoothie! Let’s be honest, a smoothie is the quickest breakfast, easy to take with you on the road, and delish! There are so many but it really comes down to 3 components; fruits and/or veggies, a liquid, and extras. An extra can be protein, oatmeal or nut butters. Here are 3 recipes to try:
- Ice, almond milk or milk of choice, handful of spinach, 1/2 granny smith apple, 1 banana, your choice of granola. Optional: cinnamon, and 1 scoop of protein. My favorite is Olly protein, specifically vanilla for this recipe. TIP: Blend the milk and spinach first before adding the other ingredients to help breakup the spinach and create more room for the other ingredients.
- Ice, almond milk or milk of choice, chocolate protein, 1-2 tbsp of peanut butter depending on your tastebuds or PB2 to cut down on calories, 1 banana, cinnamon. Optional: substitute your almond milk for coffee to get your morning pick-me-up!
- Ice, almond milk or milk of choice, spinach, banana, avocado, 2 cups frozen blueberries, 1 tbsp ground flaxseed, 1 tbsp almond butter, cinnamon. Click here to get the full details on this recipe by Erin Clarke.
WHOLE FOODS FOR THE WIN
If you’re like me, you live for a “go-to” breakfast, which brings me to my personal favorite, soft-boiled eggs. But, of course, my favorite way to eat them is with avocado and sliced tomatoes seasoned with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and a lemon squeeze over my tomatoes.
I know what you’re thinking; where is the creativity?
We often forget just how tasty whole foods are, not to mention nutritious. Try adding; a banana or orange, which helps with energy, berries – perfect for antioxidants, or maybe some sliced apples, which are a great source of fiber. Adding fruit makes for a colorful plate, which is always a good sign. The bonus to this meal is while I am boiling the eggs, I prepare my sons’ breakfast, win-win.
You may be wondering why not turn this into a beautiful scramble? Well, my friend, I want to give you the same great taste and help keep your kitchen clean *wink.
Click here for my soft boiled egg instructions.
STARBUCKS EGG WHITE BITE DUPES
By now, I’m sure we’ve all tried to recreate the Starbucks Red Pepper and Egg White Protein Bites, and if you haven’t, you’ve thought about it! Well, fear not, I have the dupe! But, before I share it, I want to share that although they have similar ingredients, they still do not taste the same. The reason for that is the amount of salt Starbucks uses in its recipe. It’s very high, and the reason why we all love it!
2/3 cup Egg whites, 1 red or green chopped pepper, 1 1/3 cup cottage cheese, 1 1/4 white cheddar, salt, pepper, and garlic.
Preheat oven to 300, and on the stove start boiling water. Set aside peppers and blend all other ingredients for a few seconds. Grease a cupcake pan, and add egg mixture to the tins, then add the peppers. Once the water has begun to boil, remove and add it to a pan, about halfway full. Then, place on the lowest shelf and the egg bites go on the middle shelf. This helps create steam to give the eggs a more custard texture. You can ditch the water pan if you’re not confident about it and they still taste great, but will have a firmer texture. Cook for about 20-23 mins, opening and breaking up the bites halfway through if they start to rise too high. Once done, lightly golden, pull them out to cool.
For another recipe or more detailed cooking instructions follow Once Upon a Chef.
I wish I could say I’m Fancy and give you a pancake recipe from scratch, but let’s be honest, I have two boys, and I need pancakes, like yesterday! For that reason, I use the Kodiak Pancake mix from Costco, but you can always purchase from your local grocery store.
Maximize protein and fluffiness with whole milk or 2% – milk substitute works just as well! I also love to spice them up, so I take a different approach. Instead of making the pancakes and using syrup, I love to add PB2 – with a thinner consistency, honey, blueberries, and top with a sprinkle of cinnamon and powder sugar. So instead of using the calories in syrup, I use them in protein, antioxidants, and honey. It’s delicious and adds even more protein!
CHIA SEED PUDDING
If you haven’t tried chia seed pudding you need to put these ingredients on your grocery list! I love this breakfast idea because you make it the night before and its ready to eat the next morning or take on the road! Chia pudding consist of 3 ingredients; Chia seeds, milk, a sweetener, and salt. From therel you add any toppings your heart desires.
2 tbsps chia seeds, 1/2 almond milk or milk of choice, 1 tsp agave or honey, and 1/8 tsp salt.
Mix chia seeds, milk, sweetener, and salt together and let sit overnight. chia seeds will expand and become a thick pudding consistency. Optional: Fruits, granola, coconut flakes, nuts and/chocolate chunks.
This breakfast choice is high in omega-3’s, protein and fiber – It may be small but it is mighty! Chia seed pudding is very nutritious and will help keep you full longer! Its also great for meal prep so it makes a great breakfast option for family’s and people on-the-go.
Check out these great to go mason jars.
I saved the best for last; avocado toast is a staple in my house. I eat this multiple times a week! Avocados are a great source of monounsaturated fats aka healthy fats, potassium and fiber, and eggs are a super nutrient dense food. Overall this breakfast packs a nutritious punch that will help keep you full longer.
Ingredients can vary but lets start with the basics:
Your choice of sliced bread, 1/2 mashed avocado, 1 egg.
Seasonings vary, but my favorites are; salt, pepper, garlic powder, red pepper flakes, mustard seeds, lemon squeeze, and my newest favorite, parmesan. My avocado toast looks different every week. Sometimes I want an over-medium egg, sometimes I add tomatoes, and sometimes my avocados are sliced instead of mashed. You can switch it up and try new ingredients and seasonings every time you make it!
Breakfast is so much fun and, in my opinion, the easiest to make healthy. My tips for breakfast are to keep it simple; whole foods make a great breakfast, carbs are not the devil, and don’t forget the fruit! I hope you enjoy these six easy healthy breakfast ideas, and let me know what your favorite breakfast is in the comments below!