Looking to shake up your morning routine? In this busy world, breakfast is easily forgotten. But making - and enjoying! - a delicious breakfast can be super simple. We spoke to Certified Holistic Health Coach Giancarla Boyle to get the lowdown on some healthy, easy-to-make breakfasts. Here are ten ideas we think you'll love. We certainly do!
Combine a banana, three big handfuls of washed organic spinach, a tablespoon of almond butter, and a splash of almond milk. Blend until smooth.
"Bananas are packed with vitamins like B6 and minerals potassium to wake you up and make any smoothie creamy and heart healthy!" Giancarla says.
Slather the inside of a whole wheat pita pocket with almond butter. Fill with sliced strawberries, bananas and granola for crunch, and any other toppings you like. Perfect for when you're craving a mix of carbs and protein.
"The cholesterol reducing healthy fats in the almonds stabilize your blood sugar throughout the morning and keep your mind focused until lunch," Giancarla says.
Combine half a cup of fresh organic berries that have been drizzled with honey with a third cup of plain, unflavored granola. We suggest blueberries because they don't require slicing. (If you're taking this one on the go, make sure you don't combine the fruit with the granola until you're ready to eat.)
"Berries, specifically blackberries, cranberries, raspberries, strawberries and blueberries, are the royalty of fruits!" Giancarla says. "These Low GI (low sugar spiking), anti-inflammatory, antioxidant packed fruits actually help control blood sugar, and add some sweetness to your breakfast."
No-bake oatmeal balls
Combine a cup of old fashioned oats with half a cup each of almond butter, unsweetened coconut flakes, flaxseed or wheat germ, and a sprinkle (or two) of chocolate chips in a bowl. Once thoroughly combined, roll into balls and refrigerate overnight.
Giancarla is a big fan of coconut. "Coconut is a superfood full of healing powers, for the skin, heart, hair and the digestive system. It is a great cholesterol stabilizer but also high in magnesium, copper, potassium and fiber. Sprinkle it on everything for better tastebuds and a smaller waistline!"
Dessert for breakfast
This pumpkin oatmeal is like a deconstructed pie. Combine a cup each of steel cut oats and canned pumpkin with three cups of water, a 1/4 cup of maple syrup, 2 teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice and 1 teaspoon cinnamon in a crock pot. Cook on low for 6 hours. Make it at night so it's ready to eat in the morning!
"Make sure you are buying whole or steel cut oats for a less refined grain and watch out for instant packets that add in sugar and other strange flavorings," Giancarla advises. "You can add spices like Cinnamon, Ginger, Nutmeg, and a spoonful of Organic Local Honey to sweeten.
Top a whole grain English muffin or toast with fresh sliced avocado sprinkled with black pepper and organic turmeric. For a heartier option, add an egg on top.
"Avocado is my favorite fruit of all time. It's rich in carotenoid antioxidants that boost strength and stamina and mono-saturated fats that burn easily for energy. Perfect for a pre-workout meal!" Giancarla raves.
"Avocados have also been know to be anti-inflammatory, help prevent arthritis, ease digestion and are considered an enhancer for the absorption of other nutrients." The perfect way to start your day!
Fill a whole wheat tortilla with a scrambled egg, half a slice of American cheese, a slice of crumbled turkey bacon, and any leftover steamed veggies you have around.
Giancarla says one of the most important things you can do to upgrade any meal is add in healthy, leafy greens. "They take two minutes to sautee in a covered hot pan with a little water and steam. Put them in anything and everything for added energy, clarity, clearer skin, and stronger bones. Its a Vitamin K powerhouse!"
Grab a muffin tin and fit a slice of deli turkey into each cup. Pour a beaten egg over each and add veg of your choice on top. (If you're short on time, go for peas. No chopping required!) Bake for 12-14 minutes at 400°.
Giancarla says it's important to eat the whole egg - not just the white. "Eggs are low-calorie, low-fat, perfect proteins but only when they are eaten whole! Bake a whole muffin sheet of these and they will be easy on the go breakfast bites full of protein and sulfur for shiny hair, nails and skin!"
Soak 2 tablespoons of chia seeds in half a cup of almond milk overnight. In the AM, stir in more milk and add granola, fruit, and/or protein powder. Add cinnamon and nutmeg to taste.
Chia seeds are off-putting to some, but Giancarla raves about them. "Chia seeds are protein-savvy seeds that make you feel full faster, are packed with calcium and therefore support strong bones and teeth. They are packed with Omega 3 fatty acids and fiber."
Slice a whole grain toaster waffle in half, load up one side with apple slices and a slice of cheddar, and put the other half of the waffle on top to make a sandwich. Yum!
"It is no joke that an apple a day keeps the doctor away!" Giancarla says. "This nutrient-packed fruit is an excellent choice anytime of day. It revs up your metabolism with its soluble fiber and pectin. A excellent choice to get your body moving in the morning!"
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