You’ve heard me rave over and over on this site about how breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Unfortunately, for some, this meal causes the most amount of stress because of the lack of ideas on what to eat. Since breakfast is about “breaking the fast” and essentially the meal that will set the tone for the day, it truly is the most important meal that you will eat, every single day. That is why I have taken the time to give you some healthy options that you may not have thought could be eaten for breakfast! 🙂
1. Quinoa – you already know how I feel about this superfood, so it shouldn’t come as a shock that I have added to yet another meal. If you find it too heavy to be eaten early in the morning, you should try quinoa flakes. They’re a bit milder than whole quinoa and much less bitter, plus the flakes cook up just like instant oatmeal so they’re easy. Flaked quinoa is also gluten-free, rich in iron and potassium, and is still a whole grain food.
Maple Berry Quinoa
To make: Use 1/2 cup quinoa flakes, a teaspoon maple syrup, 1 cup non-dairy milk, a tablespoon your choice nut (or seed) butter, and cook on the stove like you would oatmeal. Feel free to top with some whole fruit strawberry or blueberry jam, and any spices, fruits, or whatever else you enjoy.
Protein Packed Quinoa Bowl
- 2 cups almond milk
- 1/4 Tbsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- Pinch ground cloves
- Pinch ground nutmeg
- Pinch ground ginger
- 1 cup uncooked quinoa
- 1 Tbsp maple syrup
- 1/2 cup raw almonds, chopped
- 2 Tbsp raw sunflower seeds
- 1 cup fresh blueberries, or any fresh fruit
- 2 Tbsp chia seeds
- Coconut milk for drizzling
- Mix almond milk, cinnamon, vanilla, cloves, nutmeg and ginger in a pot then add the quinoa. Bring to a boil, cover and lower the heat to simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let sit for 5 minutes.
- Sir in the maple syrup and adjust sweetness to taste.
- Spoon the quinoa into bowls and top each serving with almonds, sunflower seeds, blueberries, chia seeds and a drizzle of coconut milk and enjoy!
2. Blueberry Smoothie
A blueberry smoothie is a hard meal to turn your nose up at, and yes, you can easily turn it into a meal by adding a few ingredients to your smoothie for staying power. To make the smoothie: Blend a cup of vanilla unsweetened non-dairy milk (almond, soy, coconut, rice,etc.), with 1/2 cup frozen blueberries, 1/3 cup rolled gluten-free oats, pinch of cinnamon, some ice, and some vegan vanilla protein powder if you want more protein. Use non-GMO organic soy milk for 7 grams of protein as the base and even a tablespoon of almond butter for more proteinwith 7 grams per two tablespoons.
3. Sprouted Grain Toast with Almond Butter & Fruit
If you just really hate cooking or aren’t in the mood for a smoothie, then have some sprouted grain toast instead. Sprouted grain bread contains no flour, no preservatives and is strictly sprouted grains. The sprouting process increases the digestibility and protein content, reduces allergenic reactions, and increases the amount of B vitamins, magnesium, fiber, and critical nutrients found in whole grains. Sprouted grain bread can be bought gluten-free if needed, (just be careful of any added sugar) and tastes amazing with some raw nut butter. While you could make a sandwich with it, go for some toast as a breakfast treat instead, or even have it as a snack. Finish the toast with some sliced bananas, side of apples, or smash some berries on top for a touch of fresh produce.
There are many other breakfast recipes on my site that I have posted over the years so just type in “breakfast” in the search engine and be prepared for many more ideas to come your way!!! No more excuses. Start making breakfast the most important meal in your home and with your family.
Until next time,
Have a fit and fabulous day!