Breakfast. It’s the first thing you put in your body after a night-long fast and ideally, highly nourishing, filling and full of good stuff to give you energy and keep you going for hours. Yet sometimes starting our day on the right foot (meal-wise) can be a challenge in the morning rush and before we know it, we’re rushing out the door on an empty stomach with only a cup of coffee in hand. Here are 5 ideas for easy, scrumptious breakfasts you can put together for your busy weekday mornings plus one yummy weekend recipe for when you’ve got a little more time.
I might be sounding like a broken record with these but there’s a reason that I turn to green smoothies every day and that includes just how quick and easy they are! You can have a filling, nutrient-dense and delicious green smoothie in 10 minutes. If you don’t have time in the morning, don’t worry, smoothies will keep in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 24 hours, so you can make it the day before and store in a mason jar or water bottle for the next morning. For more tips on making green smoothies, check out my post Start Your Day with a Green Smoothie.
Oatmeal is another great choice for a filling breakfast full of fiber and great opportunities to load up with nuts, seeds, and fruit. Have you heard of overnight oatmeal? It is super easy and convenient. Just soak 1 cup of raw rolled oats in 1½ cups of almond or oat milk plus 1 tablespoon of chia seeds in a bowl or Tupperware container. The chia and oats will absorb the milk and soften overnight and be ready to eat in the morning. You can add a mashed banana for sweetness and various toppings the next morning such as chopped nuts, fresh or dried fruit and a little vanilla extract and cinnamon. You can eat the oatmeal cold or warm it up quickly.
Make your slow-cooker work for you overnight. This is especially great if you want breakfast for the whole family ready with minimal effort.
Slow-Cooker Steel Cut Oats
- 1 cup steel cut oats
- 3½ cups water
- 1 chopped apple or ½ cup applesauce
- ½ cup raisins
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- pinch of sea salt
Place the steel cut oats, water, apple or applesauce, raisins, cinnamon, coconut sugar, vanilla extract and sea salt into your slow cooker, and stir to combine until sugar has dissolved. Keep covered and cook on low for 8 hours.
Soup with Sprouted Grain Toast & Eggs
Who decided that bacon, frittatas, and pancakes were acceptable breakfast foods but not warming dishes like vegetable soup? Make a nice batch of soup like butternut squash or vegetable and white bean on the weekend and enjoy it on a weekday morning with a side of sprouted grain toast and an egg. Or try something more broth-based like bone broth or miso soup in the morning. A jar of it can be warmed up in less than 5 minutes and on a cold winter’s morning, it’s fantastic.
Instead of cooking something up in the morning, try using what you’ve already made to put together a nourishing and filling breakfast. Cook a few hardboiled eggs early in the week to use in the mornings or at lunchtime. Use leftover brown rice for a quick porridge. Rethinking the way you see breakfast can open you up to whole new possibilities that you’ll enjoy. If you want something really hearty in the morning with minimal effort, try a bowl of leftover rice topped with leftover roasted sweet potatoes, a hardboiled egg and half of an avocado.
Make-Ahead Muesli Cereal
Not interested in cooking or reheating anything in the morning? How about pouring into a bowl and eating? Throw together a batch of homemade muesli in a large glass jar on the weekend and enjoy it for the rest of the week. My kids love this and I love that it’s rich in fiber and complex carbohydrates (way better than those boxed cereals from the store). It also tastes really yummy. Here’s an intro recipe but feel free to play around with it and use whatever you have on hand. Pour your choice of unsweetened non-dairy milk on it and enjoy.
- 3 cups rolled oats
- 2 cups mixed chopped nuts and seeds (walnuts, almonds, brazil nuts, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, hemp seeds, etc.)
- 1-2 cups dried fruit, chopped where necessary (raisins, cranberries, apricots, dates, shredded coconut, etc.)
- 1 tablespoon ground flax seed
- 1-2 teaspoons cinnamon
When in Doubt…
If you’re really in a rush and didn’t plan ahead, something that never fails is a couple of pieces of sprouted grain toast (I like this brand) with peanut butter, banana, and cinnamon. It’s better than nothing, takes 5 minutes to make and requires NO prep. Unless you have a peanut allergy (and can then use almond or sunflower seed butter), you can do this.
On the Weekend
Try these yummy Buckwheat Banana Pancakes when you have a little more time. Remember to add a lean protein on the side to keep your blood-sugar balanced like scrambled eggs or tempeh bacon.
What gives you energy in the morning? Do you have a go-to breakfast you turn to?