When it comes to my meals, I’m easily the most picky about breakfast. It’s the meal that starts off my day. And it’s often the one I have the most trouble finding when I’m on the go. Maybe it’s too many years of being plant based or just not wanting a sugar rush but I like to make sure my breakfast sets the right tone for my day.
Even still, I’m not one for a massive breakfast. I tend to take a while to get hungry some mornings and when I do, I don’t want a massive meal. So today’s post was created with my busy gals who need a light breakfast, fast. These are my go to options for breakfast when I’m on the go, need something healthy and want a fulling meal without being too full. Let’s chat about easy & healthy breakfast ideas.
If you’ve ever wondered if I eat these as much as I talk about them, I really do. Personally I find making my own protein balls to be a bit more budget friendly. And you can customize them* to your own taste preferences. I always have a batch of these on hand in the fridge. They are filled with protein, fiber and healthy fats. But they also aren’t too heavy in the morning. I try to avoid drinking coffee before I’ve eaten anything. So even one of these is perfect to give me a little food cushion for my morning java. They’re also great if you’re craving something sweet in the afternoon.
CHIA SEED PARFAITS
I know that at this point most people know granola isn’t really all that healthy. But that doesn’t mean we love it any less. Chia seed parfaits are a great alternative to your morning granola and yogurt. Plus, you can pack them with all the essentials you’ll need to keep you full from breakfast until lunch. When I was plant based, I loved to make Oh She Glow’s Apple Pie Chia Seed Jam + Parfait for breakfast. I would warm it up a little in the microwave before I left for work and it was divine. These days I would probably sneak in a little coconut keifer or mct oil for added fats to keep me fuller for longer. Chia seed parfiats are great to prep a few ahead for an easy, out the door breakfast option.
In a similar fashion to the parfait, overnight oats are at the top of my breakfast ideas list. And if done right, you can make sure you’re getting a good balance of fats, fiber and protein to keep you full. Again, I’m a fan of Oh She Glows for this one. But I also like to keep a mix of this seed blend on hand for an alternative version or to add as extra topping. Most of the time, I’ll end up dividing the oat recipe into 3 breakfasts. Topped with a little added almond butter or nuts for my healthy fat, I’m good to go for hours and out the door!
There are a couple of ways to bring this breakfast to life. If you’re in a super time crunch in the morning, you can go ahead and put all your frozen items in prepped bags*. This way all you have to do is pour the bag into the blender, add your liquids, powders and any other superfoods. Blend away and you’ll be ready to go in no time. If you don’t mind spending a little extra, Daily Harvest* is an alternative idea. There will be a full review up on the blog later this month but everything is pre-prepped for you. Just add your liquid, blend and go!
SWEET POTATO, AVOCADO OR *YOU PICK* TOAST
And lastly, we have one of my forever breakfast standbys. Toast will always be one of my favorite things to eat when I’m stuck for ideas. And it sees like people are only getting more and more creative with it. There will always be the classic avocado toast. Top it a bit of hemp seeds for some extra fiber and protein. You’re good to go. If you’re feeling more adventurous, sweet potato toast is a great gluten free option. Toast is just incredibly easy to make and gets you out the door very quickly. Plus, if done right, you can make a healthy meal to start your day without feeling like you’ve sacrificed loads of time. Win win!
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