A well-balanced breakfast can be the thing that helps you push through your morning workout and still have the energy to make it through the morning rush at work. Sometimes, though, that boxed cereal or pre-packaged toaster waffle just won’t cut it. Think outside the box when it comes to breakfast. There are many well-rounded, nutritious options out there, and most are quick and convenient to create!
Start Your Morning Off Right With These 4 Healthy Breakfast Options
1) Rice and Beans
Awesome things about rice and beans: they are easy to cook, you can make a big batch when you have time, and you can eat them for any meal throughout the week. They pair well with avocado, egg and any vegetable for all meals, including breakfast.
Directions: Prepare 5 cups Mexican style rice. Sauté a minced onion, 2 cloves garlic, 1 chopped red bell pepper, and ¼ cup minced cilantro. Heat 2-3 cups prepared beans (black, small red or pintos) with their liquid in a large pot. Add sautéed vegetables and rice. Add cayenne, cumin, and salt to taste. Stir well and let simmer until liquid cooks down.
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2) Avocado on Toast
This has to be one of the most simple, great tasting meals to make for breakfast. The nice thing about it is that it’s flexible and can be topped with a variety of vegetables you may have on hand.
Directions: Toast some bread. Mash an avocado with a clove of garlic, dash of salt and a squeeze of lemon or lime juice. You can stop right there and eat. Or, top it with sliced tomato, black olives, diced onions, bean sprouts or anything else that appeals to your palate.
3) Oatmeal with Berries and Nuts
Preparing oatmeal can be an overnight adventure for steel cut oats in your slow cooker or instant gratification with quick oats in the morning. As long as you stay away from pre-packaged mixes you can create a healthy breakfast that will keep you energized until lunchtime rolls around.
Directions: Prepare oats according to instructions. Top oatmeal with any type of berry or dried fruit. Sweeten if desired with pomegranate molasses or honey. Top with your favorite ground nuts or chia seeds for a little crunch and texture.
4) Simple Frittata
Frittatas look fancy but are phenomenally easy to make. Frittatas feature all the goodness of an omelet, with a lot less fuss. All you need is a stovetop, a broiler, and an oven-proof skillet. They keep well in the refrigerator and can provide more than one hearty quick meal.
Directions: Dice ¼ cup vegetables. Any leftovers will do. Sauté veggies in an oven-proof skillet with a tablespoon of olive oil. Set them aside with ¼ cup grated cheese (any type). Whisk 5 eggs and 1 tablespoon milk in a bowl. Add the vegetables and cheese. Pour the mixture into the hot oiled skillet. Cook over a medium flame until the bottom is set, but the top is still liquid. Place under broiler for a few minutes until the top is set and slightly brown.