Five Nutritious Breakfast Ideas
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Five Nutritious Breakfast Ideas

by Jenna Davis
Photos Crystal Martel | June 03, 2015

HERE ARE A FEW HEALTHY IDEAS FOR THE MOST IMPORTANT MEAL OF THE DAY.

You already know how important breakfast is—but what about sleep and making it out the door on time and…a million other things that need to get done every morning? 

Well, now you can have your cake and eat it too (and by “cake”, I mean “healthy breakfast food”, of course)! 

These super quick, grab-and-go ideas not only jazz up your breakfast routine, but also help you streamline your morning and give you something to look forward to other than hitting that snooze button one more time. {Click to tweet}

These super quick, grab-and-go ideas not only jazz up your breakfast routine, but also help you streamline your morning and give you something to look forward to other than hitting that snooze button one more time.

POWER SMOOTHIE

If you haven’t jumped on the smoothie bandwagon, it might be time to get a move on. But with hundreds of recipes to choose from, where do you start? I suggest blending up this little number that combines banana, coconut, oats, and peanut butter into a delectable, textured treat that tastes like comfort food—except it’s actually good for you. 

 - 1 medium banana

 - ¼ cup rolled oats

 - 1 scoop of your favorite protein powder

 - 2 tablespoons of peanut or almond butter

 - A pinch of unsweetened shredded coconut

 - Milk or milk substitute to taste

 - A handful of ice cubes

What to Do: 

Throw everything in the blender, and it’s ready to drink in minutes. Feeling extra sassy? Try adding a splash of chocolate almond milk or a dash of cinnamon. Oh yeah. 

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CHIA SEED PUDDING

“Chia" is the ancient Mayan word for “strength”, which is fitting since these little black seeds are packed with polyunsaturated fats, protein, and fiber. You should also know that they’re kind of magical: after sitting in liquid for a few hours, they take on a delicious tapioca texture. It’s the perfect breakfast dish to make the night before, as the seeds need some time to plump up. 

 - 1 cup of unsweetened Greek yogurt

 - ¼ or ½ cup of milk or milk substitute, depending on how you prefer the consistency

 - 2-3 tablespoons of chia seeds

 - 1-2 tablespoon of honey

What to Do: 

Combine all ingredients and stir until smooth. Cover the dish and refrigerate overnight. In the morning, add berries or whatever toppings you like. Voila! 

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OVERNIGHT OATS

Overnight oats is an updated, more convenient (and Pinterest-trending) version of the classic bowl of oatmeal we all know and love. It’s another meal you can whip up the night before that will be ready to go in the a.m. Prepare it in a mason jar for easy transport (and extra hipster cred).

 - ½ cup of rolled oats

 - ½ cup of milk or milk substitute

 - Toppings of your choosing

What to Do:

Combine the ingredients and refrigerate overnight. The next morning, add whatever toppings you like into the mix and your overnight oats are ready to go! Try bananas, goji berries, raw coconut, flax seed, chopped walnuts, or almond butter as toppings. The possibilities are endless. 

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HOMEMADE PROTEIN BARS

It might sound labor-intensive, but making your own protein bars is far easier than you think. And unlike the majority of protein bars on supermarket shelves, the ones you make yourself won’t be loaded with processed sugar and mysterious ingredients. 

This basic, no-bake recipe only calls for four ingredients, while this almond coconut bar requires more ingredients, but still only takes minutes to whip up. Or try this mouth-watering recipe that uses chia seeds and dates. Once made, throw them in the freezer and simply grab one on your way out the door in the a.m. 

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WEEKEND BONUS: HEALTHY PANCAKES

Pancakes don’t have to be a guilty pleasure meal. With this recipe, enjoy completely satisfying hot cakes right off the griddle that won’t blow your daily calorie intake.

 - 1 ripe banana

 - 2 eggs

 - 1 scoop of protein powder

 - ¼ cup of oats for texture

 - A dash of salt

 - Cinnamon, chopped nuts or chocolate chips to spice things up

What to Do:

If you have a food processor, use it to combine the banana and eggs. Otherwise, mash the banana up as best you can and combine with all other ingredients until you have a pancake batter consistency. And if you’re anything like me, you will find yourself hunched over your plate burning your fingertips as you try to devour the freshly made pancakes while impatiently waiting for the rest to cook. 

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That low, ominous rumbling you hear? Yeah, I’m pretty sure that’s your stomach telling you to head to your kitchen and get started. 

Whether you decide to throw something delicious together in a mason jar or get creative with chia seeds, I’m confident you’ll be a true healthy breakfast convert after giving one (or all) of these recipes a shot.

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Photos: Meal Makeover Moms & Tradlands