A well-balanced breakfast is one easy habit that can help you start your day off right! Eating breakfast daily can improve your energy levels and make you more...
You may have heard, “breakfast is the most important meal of the day” but why is this morning meal so important? Starting your day with a balanced, healthy breakfast replenishes nutrients after an overnight fast, and provides you with energy to stay fueled and focused throughout the morning. A balanced breakfast includes protein and fiber which help keep you full and satisfied until your next meal. Regularly eating a balanced breakfast helps to reduce cravings later in the day by keeping your blood sugars and appetite steady.
Here's a few examples of balanced breakfasts you can take on-the-go for busy mornings:
Hearty Vegetable Frittata: Frittatas are a great way to add vegetables to breakfast with a healthy protein source, eggs! This frittata can be modified with whatever leftover vegetables you have in the fridge. Make this on-the-go friendly by cooking in a muffin tin. Pack 1-2 egg muffins with a piece of fruit for a satisfying and filling breakfast.
Breakfast Parfait: Breakfast parfaits can be assembled ahead of time for a simple grab and go breakfast. Use mason jars to layer plain greek yogurt, berries and granola. Greek yogurt is packed with protein and calcium. This granola recipe uses a variety of nuts and seeds to provide protein, fiber and minerals including magnesium, zinc and iron. Choose your favorite berries for a boost of antioxidants!
Morning Glory Muffins: These freezer friendly muffins are packed with spices, fruits and vegetables for a rich, comforting breakfast. Whole wheat flour and oats are excellent whole grains packed with fiber to ensure these muffins keep you full all morning. Make these muffins at the beginning of the week and freeze any leftovers. To reheat, wrap in a paper towel and microwave on High for 30 to 60 seconds.
Overnight Oats: Overnight oats are perfect for a busy morning when you need a grab and go breakfast. These oats can be enjoyed cold or heated up per your preference. This recipe is flexible to use your preferred milk and fruit of choice. For extra protein, add a ¼ cup greek yogurt or your favorite protein powder. Add 1 tablespoon chia or flax seeds for healthy omega-3 fats and fiber.
Pineapple Green Smoothie: A bright, tropical smoothie packed with nutrients is a perfect on-the-go breakfast on hot summer days. This smoothie includes three fruit and vegetable servings as well as 10 grams of fiber to keep you feeling full and energized all morning.