I love breakfast. Every time I hear someone say, “I’m not really a breakfast person,” I die a little bit inside. Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day, hands-down. I wake up ravenous every morning, so I typically eat a pretty large breakfast (we’re talking 3 eggs + 2 pieces of buttered toast, people). Now that I’m pregnant, you can bet I most definitely eat SECOND BREAKFAST as well. It’s fantastic.
Not only do I think breakfast food is amazing, but eating breakfast is also such a great healthy habit. Eating breakfast has been linked to:
1) Lower risk of heart disease
2) Lower risk of obesity
3) Lower risk of Type 2 diabetes
4) Higher metabolism
A common question I get from clients, friends, and random people in the grocery store (yes, this did happen once), is “Well, what’s quick and simple to eat for breakfast if I don’t have much time to cook anything?”
Here are 3 of my favorite simple, healthy breakfast suggestions:
1: EGGS + TOAST.
I’ve had people tell me that eggs “take too long to cook” but I’ve timed myself multiple times, folks, and they literally take less than 3 minutes to make! If your morning routine is sooo rushed that you don’t have 3 minutes to make eggs (and maybe 3 minutes to eat them), might I gently suggest you set your alarm 6 minutes earlier in order to free up a little time for breakfast? 🙂
I love eggs in all forms, but one of my favorites is scrambled with toppings like tomatoes, cheese, and avocado. I always want toast with eggs, so I make 2 slices of sprouted multigrain toast with Kerrygold (grass-fed!) butter on top. Yum. If you’re not a big breakfast person like I am, you might just want 1 egg and 1 piece of toast, which would be a great balanced way to start your day.
Another great way to enjoy eggs is a simple egg sandwich:
- sprouted multigrain toast with Kerrygold butter on top
- sliced avocado or tomato (or both!)
- slice of your favorite cheese (I like cheddar, gouda, or swiss)
- over-hard egg on top
YES. If you have never tried an egg sandwich like this, you need to, STAT. So good.
2: HOMEMADE YOGURT PARFAITS
Pre-made yogurt parfaits at the store tend to have a LOT of sugar in them, so I suggest you make yours at home instead. I use plain whole milk Greek yogurt, mix in whatever fresh fruit I have on hand (berries and bananas are my fav) and top with a sprinkling of granola. If you’re really ambitious, you can make homemade granola with no refined sugar, or use a lower-sugar variety with 8 grams or less per serving. (I’ve found some great ones at ALDI before!)
If you really don’t feel like eating much in the morning, or you absolutely MUST eat your breakfast on your drive to work (not ideal, but sometimes it has to be done), a smoothie is a great option. We make green smoothies at our house all the time with a whole banana, huge handful of kale, about 1/2 cup of liquid (OJ or water) and a dash of lemon juice. I’ve also made fruit smoothies with just frozen berries, a whole banana, and a little water or milk. If you want an extra protein boost (always a good idea) you could throw in a scoop of protein powder. My favorite, healthy brands: Juice Plus and Vega!
Hopefully this post has given you some ideas for starting a healthy breakfast routine! None of these take me more than 5 minutes to make. No excuses, people! 😉