Five Healthy Breakfast Recipes

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Breakfast is arguably the most over-looked meal of the day. Often when we wake up we are groggy, still yearning for sleep, and not in the mood to cook, so we decide to opt out of breakfast. Breakfast doesn’t have to be complicated though. Although foods such as donuts, bagels, and bacon are wonderful to have on occasion, they shouldn’t be all that we go for in the morning. Breakfast should be the meal which sets us off on a terrific and productive day, and it can be exactly this with the right recipes. Each of these quick and healthy breakfast recipes and ideas are sure to awaken both your mind and taste buds.

1. Oatmeal

Oatmeal is my favorite way to start off the day. It’s warm, comforting, and can be flavored a million different ways. The best way is to make it from scratch, but buying the pre-packaged kind that simply requires a minute in the microwave is a great substitute. Some of the flavor options include cinnamon, apple, banana, and maple. Choosing the low-sugar, high-fiber, or extra protein kinds are great ways to push the health-factor even further. Oatmeal is a great source of fiber, protein, and whole grains to power you through the day.

2. Scrambled eggs

Scrambled eggs are a classic breakfast staple. It is often forgotten just how easy they actually are to make. Just take the amount of eggs you desire, crack them into a bowl, add one teaspoon of milk per egg, mix it up and toss the mixture into a greased or nonstick pan. Let the eggs cook for a couple minutes on high heat and they are ready to eat. Throw in a slice of bread and you have a perfectly balanced meal consisting of fat and protein from the egg, and carbohydrates from the bread.

3. Whole-grain waffles

Waffles are a delectable breakfast choice every kid loves. They don’t have to be the sugar-laden and unhealthy kind we all know though. Waffles come in a wide variety including whole grain as well as whole grain mixes, such as blueberry whole grain. Just take a couple waffles out of the freezer and toss them in the toaster until they are how you prefer. A tasty and healthy way to eat them is to spread a little butter, sprinkle some cinnamon, and drizzle some honey over them. This is a great guilt-free way to enjoy waffles on any morning.

4. Fruit smoothie

Best on warm summer mornings, smoothies are as refreshing as they are mouthwatering. Instead of using artificial powders or mixes, just use some fresh fruit and have a breakfast that tastes like dessert. Pick out a fruit combination, such as strawberries and bananas, cut them up and toss them in a blender. Add in your choice of liquid such as water, milk, yogurt, or juice, and let the blender do the work. The great thing about smoothies is you can be as creative as you like and it is hard to go wrong. They provide loads of nutrients from the fruit along with a great boost of healthy carbohydrates.

5. Whole-grain cereal

Cereal is known for its simplicity and lack of cooking required. Everyone loves a good bowl of cereal, and it is a splendid thing to have in the morning when it is made healthy. Almost any grocery store you go to you will offer whole-grain cereal choices. A great brand is Kashi, along with many others. Just look on the box to read that it is whole-grain. If you are unsure whether or not a cereal is whole-grain then simply look on the ingredients and you should see “whole-grain oats” or “whole-grain flour” as the first ingredient. A great way to add some excitement to your bowl of cereal is with some sliced up fresh fruit laid on top. It is also helpful to try substituting dairy milk for soy or almond milk if you’re looking for an even healthier meal.

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Colin Quinn is a nutritionist who recently graduated from UCF, making his full-time job helping his clients maintain healthy diets to achieve whatever health or fitness goals they may be after. Sometimes his male clients seek fitness goals that require more than just a healthy diet, in those cases he often refers them to for possible low testosterone problems and necessary treatment.