I love sleep because it’s a time machine to breakfast. Who’s with me? Breakfast has long been dubbed the most important meal of the day, and while that statement has seen its fair share of naysayers, there are a lot of reasons why it’s important to make your first meal a good one.
First of all, a healthy breakfast will set a precedent for the rest of your day, plus it really kick-starts your metabolism. This doesn’t mean that breakfast needs to be home-cooked, organic, free-range eggs (with a side of perfectly ripe avocado, of course); it simply means that you should fuel your body in the a.m.—even if it’s with something small. I tend to rotate breakfasts throughout the week to keep it exciting, and here I’m sharing 9 of my favorites—perfect for every appetite and schedule.
The ‘I’m-not-hungry’ breakfast
Source: Gimme Some Oven
We’ve all had mornings where the thought of breakfast just isn’t appealing. But before you ditch the most important meal of the day, remember that grabbing a quick bite before work will improve your concentration (and work performance), so that 9 a.m. conference call won’t seem so bad.
Sweet: Green Smoothie
Savory: 1 or 2 hard boiled eggs with avocado slices
The ‘I’m-pretty-hungry’ breakfast
Source: Noming Through Life
Put down that coffee shop breakfast sandwich. Spend a few extra minutes in the kitchen, or toss the below ingredients in your bag and assemble at your desk.
Sweet: Plain 2% greek yogurt with a drizzle of honey, blueberries, and mixed raw nuts
Savory: Whole wheat, sprouted, or gluten-free toast topped with avocado, egg, a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, chili flakes, and salt and pepper
The ‘I’m-starving’ breakfast
Source: Paleo Running Momma
You know those mornings you wake up feeling like you ran a marathon in your sleep? You need all the food and you need it now. Try one of these two recipes filled with healthy ingredients to satisfy your hunger and keep you full for the rest of the morning.
Sweet: Salted Date Oatmeal
The ‘I’m-hungry-but-pressed-for-time’ breakfast
Eating food that has been prepared at home is one of the best things you can do for your health: you know what’s going into your body and have complete control over your portions. However, we all know life happens, so for those days when you just can’t plan ahead, grab one of these quick snacks….And remember, coffee isn’t breakfast!
Sweet: Lara Bar or a fruit cup
Savory: Banana with all-natural peanut butter or almond butter.
What are your favorite healthy breakfasts? Share them with us in the comments below!