You wake up with a jump, grab your watch and realise, “Oh no, I’ve slept in, again!” Breakfast is the last thing on your mind, but you know it’s the most important meal of the day. If only you had some quick breakfast ideas for such moments.
Those late mornings have happened to us all, but if you’re consistently running late in the mornings with barely enough time to get yourself together, you’re not going to be performing at your best by missing breakfast regularly.
This is where this post will come in handy. In just a moment, I’m going to share with you some quick breakfast ideas to help you out.
Good breakfast ideas are important
A good breakfast will help rev up your metabolism for the rest of the day, provide you with energy, and help with concentration, amongst other things.
So, if you want to avoid that mid-morning, post-caffeine slump, getting a balanced breakfast is a must.
Good breakfast ideas must have…
Aim to eat a breakfast which ranges between 300-500 calories (depending on your own calorie requirements), supplies a healthy does of protein, some slow burning carbohydrates, with at least 2-5 grams of dietary fibre.
Remember that carbohydrates are the body’s preferred source of fuel, so you don’t want to start your day without them, even if the rest of your diet is lower in carbs.
Also, a small amount of healthy fats will give you that extra staying power, so you don’t feel your tummy rumbling an hour later.
So, here are 5 quick breakfast ideas that you can prepare in less than five minutes…
1. Power packed oatmeal
Simply prepare 1/3 of a cup of oatmeal with water. Then once it’s finished cooking, stir in one tablespoon of natural nut butter.
Have either one cup of reduced fat milk, or a cup of natural yoghurt on the side, to increase the protein, as well boost the calcium content. Then grab an apple to munch on your way out the door.
Soak your oats overnight to speed up their cooking time.
Time: about 4 minutes
2. Chocolate cravers smoothie
If you look for something sweet to start your day, it’s easy to find a breakfast to meet your taste buds, without compromising on health.
To get a healthy dose of protein, blend together one scoop of chocolate protein powder, half a cup of milk, half a cup of natural yoghurt, one banana, along with one tablespoon of natural nut butter.
If you like something that has a thicker consistency, add in 2-3 ice cubes while blending.
The whole thing’s done in less than 3 minutes, and will give you protein, fats, and a small amount of carbs, all for under 350 calories.
3. Yoghurt parfait
If you like something really light on the tummy, go for this yoghurt parfait.
Simply scoop about a quarter cup of natural yoghurt into a bowl, and then top with a handful of mixed berries (blueberries and raspberries work great). On top of that, add a sprinkling of low-fat granola, along with a few flaxseeds for healthy fats.
Repeat this layering process one more time and your dish is complete.
I’d suggest doing this the night before. If you’re really stuck for time in the mornings, put the parfait into a plastic container, and eat when you get to work.
Time: less than 1 minute
4. Egg white omelette
I know this is “quick breakfast ideas,” but an omelette can be a really quick option — you just need to be perpared the night before.
I’d suggest slicing some red peppers, mushrooms, onions, or whatever vegetables you’d like to include, the night before, then all you need to do is throw it together in the morning.
Eggs make for a perfect quick breakfast idea, and are one of the best sources of protein to start your day off with.
All you need to do is whisk together 5-6 egg whites, and then pour into a pan that’s been coated with 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Once it’s starting to brown on the edges, flip, and toss in your vegetables.
When finished cooking, transfer to a plate and top with a quarter cup of salsa. Serve alongside a slice of toasted wholegrain bread. Grab a pear on your way out and you’re ready for the day!
Time: about 4 minutes
5. Bran muffins
Why not bake some healthy bran muffins on the weekend, then all you need to do is grab one in the morning, along with a piece of fresh fruit.
Healthy muffins are also a great option to have in your freezer — when you know you’re going to be pushed for time in the morning, just leave some to defrost on your work counter the previous evening, and they’ll be ready to eat in the morning.
Time: less than 1 minute
Here’s a recipe I’m going to try out this weekend
Click the next page to see a recipe for super-fast Banana Bran Muffins which you could make for breakfast…
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