Good morning and TGIF! Today is surgery day for me. I will be having a fasciotomy on my left calf. This is the same thing I had done on the right calf in November. Prayers that everything goes just as smoothly. Surgery is early this morning. Since I will be out of it today and tomorrow, I have arranged for a couple of fabulous guest posts for you. Enjoy!
You know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but who really has the time to make breakfast and then sit down and eat it? Most of us only have enough time to grab a cup of coffee on the way out the door to try to beat rush-hour traffic.
It is possible to eat a healthy breakfast and get out the door on time without having to wake up at the crack of dawn to make it possible. Here are 10 ideas for quick and healthy breakfasts:
You don’t have to stand over a hot stove to get a fresh and healthy breakfast. Simply crack an egg or two into a small bowl, whisk them together, and pour them into a Ziplock bag that you have lined with spray oil. Seal it and put it in the microwave for two minutes. You’ll have a quick and easy omelet in no time. You can even add leftover veggies or cheese to make it more interesting and to get more nutrients.
If you don’t want to have to cook at all in the morning, you can still get your protein in the morning by hard-boiling some eggs at the beginning of the week. Just crack one open in the morning and eat it with some fruit or some whole-grain toast.
Fruit & Whole-Grain Toast
Pop a couple of slices of whole-grain bread in the toaster and grab a handful of fresh fruit like strawberries, grapes, kiwi, oranges or melons and you have yourself a quick and healthy breakfast with plenty of fiber and the nutrients you need.
Oatmeal is a powerhouse breakfast that only takes a couple of minutes to make. Just add some water or milk to a bowl of rolled oats and put them in the microwave and you’ll get a breakfast that’s loaded with heart-healthy fiber and tons of nutrients. You can add toppings like fresh fruit or nut butter to give it an added boost.
Fruit & Cheese
Cut up a big bowl of fruit the night before — or do it once for the week — and enjoy it with some slices of cheese (or some cottage cheese). Your breakfast will take no time to make, and it will include fiber, healthy protein, and tons of nutrients that you need.
Pick one day of the weekend and make a batch of bran muffins from scratch. You can grab one in the morning all week and have a heart-healthy breakfast that will give you energy for hours. You can add a little butter or all-natural jelly for a little twist.
Cereal is a tried-and-true favorite for breakfast, but most cereals are highly processed and loaded with unhealthy sugars. You can enjoy a bowl of wheat bran for a healthy option that is also quick and easy to make: Just add some milk and maybe a little fresh fruit.
Parfait is a layering of yogurt, granola and fruit. You can make it the night before and it will be ready for you to enjoy in the morning. Make healthy choices with Greek yogurt, fresh fruits and whole-grain granola.
Yogurt & Whole-Grain Toast
Yogurt has plenty of the protein and healthy bacteria that you need, and whole-grain toast is a perfect complement with plenty of fiber and complex carbohydrates for energy. Toast takes a couple of minutes to make, and you just have to open a yogurt to get it ready — quick and easy!
Breakfast doesn’t have to be pancakes and eggs. You can eat any foods for breakfast, including what you ate the night before. Your dinner leftovers will only take a minute or two to reheat, and you are likely to get a complete meal with a wide variety of nutrients. Think outside the bagel for breakfast!
You don’t have to spend all morning making a fresh quiche to eat a healthy breakfast. These quick meal ideas will have you eating a healthy breakfast all week long, no matter how hectic your morning is.
What are your go-to recipes for breakfast when you’re in a rush? Share your favorites in the comments!
About the Author: Bridget Sandorford is a freelance food and culinary writer, where recently she’s been researching the specifics of a Houston culinary school. In her spare time, she enjoys biking, painting and working on her first cookbook.