Admit it: there are many mornings where all we do is force ourselves out of bed and grab a fistful of cereal or a crappy granola bar on our way out the door. A quick breakfast sure, but that doesn’t mean we should settle for a sugar rush that will leave us either sad or hungry.
You’d be surprised how many healthy breakfasts there are that require very little effort. Expand your horizons and try these healthy snack options to satisfy those breakfast food cravings all day long. The best part about these dishes are that they can also be adapted for vegetarians and vegans! So let’s get cooking!
Nut Butter, Banana, and Chia Seed Toast
Try this twist on classic PB and toast with ½ a sliced banana and a sprinkle of chia, which is packed with vitamins and minerals.
Berry and Yoghurt Smoothie
Here’s a simple smoothie for the morning rush. Blend frozen fruit (banana and berries work well together) with Greek yoghurt and a liquid of your choice (milk, juice, coconut water, etc.). Freeze overnight and blend up in the morning.
Savoury Oatmeal with an Egg
Take oatmeal to a whole new level by making it a savoury dish! Prepare as usual with milk or water, but add a pinch of salt and pepper instead of cinnamon or sugar. Then top with a poached egg and sprinkle on a little cheese for that extra kick.
Chocolate Quinoa Breakfast Bowl
Here’s a healthy way to have chocolate for breakfast. A bowlful of quinoa makes for a filling, protein-rich base, and the banana and berries add a few servings of fruit.
Warm Fruit Bowl
Craving dessert for breakfast? Or breakfast for dessert? This gluten-free bowl should really hit the spot. Simply bake a berry blend in the oven, sprinkle with dark chocolate (which is the healthier chocolate!) shavings, and add a cup of milk (almond or coconut would be great too).
Egg Breakfast Muffins
Finally, a muffin without all the bad sugars! These babies are simple to make ahead of time, and last all week. Blend or whisk eggs with spinach, bacon, and cheese, then pour the mixture into muffin tins. Bake for 15-20 minutes before serving or storing in the refrigerator for later.
Open-Face Breakfast Sandwich
Who doesn’t love an egg sandwich? Simply toss rucola with some olive oil and lemon juice before frying eggs with a dash of salt (optional: and pepper). Place on top of whole-wheat toast layered with ricotta and a sprinkle of Parmigiano. Wrap in foil and enjoy whenever the cravings hit!
Peanut Butter and Banana Smoothie
Hands down, my favourite go-to smoothie to kick off the day. Blend frozen bananas, peanut butter, soy milk, Greek yoghurt, honey, and a few ice cubes. Tip: Add a scoop of your favourite chocolate or vanilla protein for an extra protein boost.
PB&J Waffle Sandwich
Try this next time you’re eating on the go. Prepare a whole-grain toaster waffle and slice in half. Spread with 2 tablespoons nut butter and jelly of your choice, and layer sliced strawberries on top.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola Apple Bites
This is perfect for the apple season. Cut your apple into wedges and scoop nut butter onto each slice. Sprinkle with either oats or granola and cinnamon, and drizzle a bit of melted chocolate on top. Wrap up the apple slices in foil or plastic wrap to save for later or enjoy as is.
Blueberry Almond Overnight Oats
This is the ultimate breakfast for you busy-bees! Combine oats, chia seeds, blueberries, vanilla, almond milk, and maple syrup in a sealed container the night before. In the morning, top with slivered almonds and half a sliced banana and you’re ready for breakfast. If you’re in the mood for something warm, heat in the microwave for a minute or two.
Oatmeal is a great option for a hearty snack or breakfast, but what’s the best way to make it into a more convenient and portable snack? Bake it into squares!
Pumpkin Granola Yoghurt Parfait
This one’s perfect to try out as autumn approaches. In your favourite small container (with a reliable lid!), top plain Greek yoghurt with canned pumpkin puree and a handful of granola, then sprinkle with cinnamon if you want that extra taste. The best part? Pumpkin is a superfood rich in beta carotene, which is essential for eye health.
Berry Breakfast Parfait
One of the easiest, sweetest, healthiest, and tastiest breakfasts out there is a classic fruit and yoghurt parfait. Bonus: it can be made with any toppings you like. Try choosing fruits that are in season for the most flavourful options.
Frozen Nutty Banana
Cut 1 firm (but ripe) banana in half and unpeel, arrange on a small baking sheet or freezer-safe plate, and spread each half with 1 tablespoon almond butter (on the sides not touching the plate). Stick whatever toppings you like on the almond butter—granola, chia or flaxseeds—and cinnamon. Insert a popsicle stick or skewer into the cut end of each half and freeze until solid (2-3 hours).
Homemade Instant Oatmeal
For anyone with a microwave or hot water, these customized instant oatmeal packets are fantastic to have on hand. Instead of purchasing pre-made oatmeal packets, assemble your own in Ziploc bags using whole rolled oats, cinnamon, and mixed nuts.
Cheesy Spinach Baked Eggs
Fried eggs are great, but what about baking a whole egg with veggies and cheese to skip added oil? Try making a pan at the beginning of the week and bringing one along each day.
Vegan Blueberry Flax Breakfast Muffins
This one’s especially for the vegans out there! These hearty, wholesome muffins make for the perfect portable breakfast. Flax lends a healthy dose of fibre and omega-3 fatty acids. Mashed bananas (one of our favourite healthy baking substitutions) allow for a slight reduction in the added fat and sugar too!
Berries and Oats Microwave Muffin
Muffins from the microwave? Yes, it is possible! Add a quarter cup quick oats, 1 egg, a handful of berries, and a sprinkling of brown sugar to a mug and mix until evenly combined. Microwave on high for a minute, remove to take a look, and keep cooking for 30 seconds at a time until the muffin looks firm.
Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies
Cookies for breakfast? Yes, please! While Oreos or Chips Ahoy may not make a balanced breakfast, a cookie made of banana, peanut butter, protein powder, and oats is a top-notch choice. Plus, you can pick and choose what you like to mix—go for almond butter and raisins in one batch and peanut butter chocolate chip in another.
Banana Peanut Butter Chia Pudding
Try adding a superfood twist to the classic pudding! All you need is chia seeds, a banana, some PB, and milk to combine all of the ingredients in overnight. With a sprinkle of chia, which is packed with vitamins and minerals, this is a perfectly balanced breakfast.
About the author
Claire Attard is a full-time LSA by profession, and writes in her own free time. She enjoys keeping up with current affairs, shopping, working out and drinking tea.