Breakfast has long been referred to as the most important meal of the day, for good reason. The food you eat in the morning will influence your energy levels, cravings, emotions, and clarity throughout your day and can even affect how you sleep that night.
Incorporating nutrient-dense foods into your breakfast, such as healthy fats (from nuts/seeds, avocado, eggs and dairy), good quality proteins, and colourful vegetables and fruit, will provide a sense of balance and satiation, encouraging you to continue making healthy choices all day.
Unfortunately, most of us live a life that is always on the go, which often causes us to reach for something quick, processed, and packaged for breakfast. These foods are often calorie dense and nutrient poor and can lead to inflammation, blood sugar imbalances and drain our energy, leaving us searching for our next “fix” of sugar or caffeine…or both!
But it doesn’t have to be this way. Although you may not have the time to cook a lavish breakfast, we encourage you to plan ahead and take just a few minutes each morning to feed your body something healthy and nourishing. Think of breakfast (and every other meal for that matter) as an opportunity to nourish your body and not just ward off hunger until the next time you get to eat.
Here are six simple breakfast ideas that can help you to feel more balanced, energized, and sustained throughout your day.
Smoothies allow you the opportunity to get in an abundance of healthy foods and nutrients first thing in the morning with little prep time. You also have the flexibility to create a flavour that you love or at least change it up every few days.
Good smoothie foundations are incorporating a leafy green in for extra nutrients, healthy fats from nuts/seeds/avocado/yoghurt, etc and extra fibre in the form of psyllium or chia seeds for satiety and digestive health. There are oceans of smoothie recipes and ideas on the internet. Our tip is to not overdo the fruit and refrain from adding extra sweeteners.
2. Brown Rice Bowl
This is a great alternative to a boxed cereal/muesli. Starting with ½ cup of cold pre-cooked brown rice (or quinoa), add ¼ cup of nuts/ seeds, cinnamon, berries and your choice of milk Loaded with healthy fat, fiber, and protein, this simple breakfast can go a long way.
3. Eggs, Glorious Eggs
Eggs in any form are a wonderful breakfast option. If you have limited time in the morning and the thought of creating an omelette or scrambling these protein and good fat filled morsels makes you stressed, then make up 6 hard-boiled eggs one evening and consume them over the next 2-3 days. It’s the perfect time-saver without compromising breakfast quality.
Enjoy hard-boiled eggs alongside half an avocado over leafy greens, like spinach or rocket.
4. Chia Seed Pudding
One of my personal favourites, chia pudding offers a great blend of healthy fat, protein, fiber, and omega-3s. Make a big batch and keep in the fridge for a quick breakfast option throughout the week. There are many ways to vary the flavour and texture of this nutrient packed meal. The recipe below is likely to be a favourite for the whole family.
5. Our Take on Fruit and Yoghurt
Natural full fat yoghurt is your best option. If dairy is not your friend then coconut or even cashew yoghurt are great alternatives. Our apple yoghurt crunch breakfast includes grated granny smith apple, seeds, yoghurt and tahini. It’s just as filling as it is delicious!
Although leftovers may not sound like your typical breakfast, enjoying them for your morning meal is possibly the easiest breakfast of all. Heating up your leftover protein and veg in a little grass fed butter will send you well on your way to a energetic, focused, productive day. If you only have leftover veg, then heating them up and adding a few eggs is just as nourishing.
Next time you’re cooking dinner, perhaps consider making a little extra for breakfast?