Nutritionists and dietitians love to remind us to “eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper.” But let's be honest, most of us are lucky to brew a pot of coffee before it's time to leave for work, so what's a hungry king (or queen) to do? In honor of Better Breakfast Month (September!) here are five ideas for improving the first meal of the day.
Five Better Breakfast Ideas
1. Avocado Toast
It's the darling of Instagram for a reason. Not only is just as creamy and decadent tasting as a bagel schmeared with cream cheese, but avocado toast is packed with healthy fats that help you feel fuller longer. Plus, it's so easy - just smash a ripe avocado all over a piece of whole grain toast. Top with freshly ground black pepper and a sprinkle of nutritional yeast and you're good to go.
2. Biscuits and Gravy
Stick with us here, because with a little planning this is actually a pretty speedy meal. Bake a batch of Quinoa Drop Biscuits on Sunday night. While those are in the oven, make a batch of chickpea gravy - allow both to cool and store for the morning. When it's time to eat, warm up a biscuit or two in the toaster oven and heat a little gravy in the microwave. Voila! Protein-packed, hearty and delicious.
3. Instant Hot Cereal 2.0
Eating in your office? Instant oats are quick, and they won't stink up the break room, but they're not very exciting and often times they don't keep you full. Top oats or porridge with Quinoa Clusters for flavor, crunch, and a superfood boost. Our clusters are made with nuts, toasted quinoa, chia, hemp, pepitas, sunflower seeds and nut butter - so good you could even skip the oatmeal!
4. From the Freezer
We said it before (see idea #2) and we'll say it again - a little prep goes a long way where breakfast is concerned. Spend a few minutes during the weekend making waffles or Quinoa Pancakes. Allow them to cool completely, then carefully wrap and store them in the freezer. Throw a couple of pancakes in the toaster oven or microwave in the morning and off you go. Spread some peanut butter between two pancakes for a mess-free pancake breakfast sandwich.
5. Deconstructed Smoothie
That headline was just a pretentious way to get you to consider the humble fruit salad. Why waste time blending and worse yet, cleaning your blender, when you could just toss some whole fruit like strawberries, mango, blueberries and blackberries with cooked and cooled quinoa? Squeeze in some lime juice, a drizzle of agave or honey and some fresh mint leaves for a protein-packed breakfast bowl - no straw necessary.
What's your favorite healthy breakfast on the go? Tell us in the comments!