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*This post first appeared on Mindfulness Mama
Break the fast: That’s literally what breakfast does for you each and every morning. If you’re anything like me, you probably eat dinner each night around 6:00 p.m. and wake up around 5:30 a.m. That means you’ve gone about 12 hours without a meal and, frankly, your metabolism is in need of some fuel.
The food you eat throughout the day gives you energy, but breakfast is especially important because it fires up your metabolism so it can deliver the nutrients your brain and muscles need to get going. As you eat the rest of your meals throughout the day, you continue to stoke the flames, which keeps your body burning its energy and keeping your weight in check. Eating breakfast has also been linked to lower cholesterol, improved memory and concentration and a decreased risk of heart disease.
So, with this information in mind, perhaps it’s time to start motivating yourself out of bed with the idea of a delicious start to your day. The first step in the process, of course, is actually getting out of bed. Rather than slamming your snooze button over and over, hopping right up can help you tremendously as you try and begin your day on the right foot.
After that, of course, it’s time for breakfast. To keep the good vibes going, here is a list of a dozen healthy meals that taste pretty delicious, too. Envision your plate piled high with eggs, yogurt or oatmeal (just some of what you’ll find below), and you’ll have no problem popping out of bed—your metabolism will thank you, too:
One of the biggest excuses for those who don’t eat breakfast is that they don’t have time to make it. Maybe a steaming bowl of steel cut oats would fall under this I-didn’t-have-time-to-make-it category—but not these overnight oats!
This overnight oats recipe incorporates one of the most classic flavor combinations—peanut butter and jelly—as well as a dash of protein powder to really keep you energized throughout the morning.
Your favorite weekend breakfast doesn’t have to be a treat anymore. In fact, thanks to Amanda at Running with Spoons, this healthy recipe replaces the traditional butter-flour combination with protein-packed Greek yogurt and whole grain oats. After blending everything together, you’ll have a batter that rivals your traditional recipe—though it’ll carry a hint of banana, too. Topped with some nut butter–because nothing is better–I’d get up as early as necessary to eat these.
Fruit, yogurt, spinach… and beans? It’s a combination that might strike you as odd, but it’s worth trying. It’s easy enough to throw all of the ingredients in a blender and drink them as you commute to work, too, which makes it a great option for on-the-go eaters. Smoothies are also often a hit with little ones, so whip up a double batch for you and your babe and laugh maniachaly as they unknowlingy down over a serving of vegetables.
Most of the time when you think of eggs benedict “healthy” may not be the first thing that comes to mind. Typically an indulgent brunch dish consisting of poached eggs, Canadian bacon, a crispy English muffin, and buttery rich Hollandaise. This version replaces the Canadian bacon with lean lobster and even throws in a vegetable! High five to that! Replace the typical English muffin with a whole wheat or sprouted grain one and go easy on the Hollandaise and you’ll have a delightfully delicious and healthy breakfast that will have you running out of bed as fast as you can.
This recipe is pretty special, in that it’s a dairy-, refined sugar-, oil- and gluten-free version of a muffin. All of these declarations may seem to go hand-in-hand with a particularly difficult recipe, but this one only takes five minutes to whip up in a blender—and 10-12 to bake in the oven. Even on a crazy morning with a baby on your hip, that’s nothing.
This one might have to be saved for a lazier weekend morning (or a late morning brunch), but it’ll get you out of bed nonetheless. The savory flavors of garlic, onion and tomato will taste even richer when baked beside a half-dozen eggs. Add some chickpeas for even more heartiness, and you’ll be ready to tackle that weekend to-do list—or that Netflix watch list. I don’t judge.
Who would have thought you could harmoniously combine a fruit salad with a cup of cooked quinoa? Alyssa at The Recipe Critic is a pioneer. She threw this recipe together and the rest, as they say, is history. If you need a little more convincing, there’s a honey-lime glaze included with the recipe to tie together the flavors of your tangy fruits and nutty quinoa.
Sure, you can easily buy a dozen granola bars at the grocery store, but will a store-bought granola bar REALLY get you out of bed in the morning? No. It won’t. Don’t try and convince me. These homemade granola bars, on the other hand, incorporate fresh and tasty ingredients, like nut butter and protein powder, to please your pallete and keep you feeling full. Grab one and go, go, go.
Vegans might feel a little left out of the morning rush since so many breakfasts incorporate milk, yogurt, cheese or eggs. Sorry vegan friends! Don’t feel left out! This hearty scramble throws dairy to the wind in favor of a tofu base. A handful of spices, a warm sweet potato and a cup of baby kale round it all out so you’re starting your day on a really healthy foot.
Just like the overnight oats, you can prep your chia pudding far in advance so you can just grab it and go in the morning. Chia seeds provide your body with a flood of antioxidants higher than any other whole food. They also have protein, fiber, calcium and omega-3s—in other words, a bowl of chia pudding is a great way to start a day of mindful eating.
Surprise! You can microwave eggs, and they’ll still taste pretty darn delicious. If you want to up the flavor ante, add a handful of veggies and a dash of cheese to your microwaveable bowl and heat everything together. The resulting scramble will have you questioning your own memory as to whether or not you cooked it all up on the stove.
Just like granola bars and muffins, you can prep these breakfast cookies far in advance and produce a yield big enough to eat them all week long. Don’t be fooled by the “cookie” moniker, though, as these little confections have added protein to keep you fuller than their sweeter counterparts.
Grab one of these delicious breakfast options and get ready to start your day on a healthy—and tasty—note.