We've all been there. You're sick and tired of eating oatmeal every day for breakfast. With a multitude of "healthy" breakfast options out there, you might feel lost, overwhelmed and a little hopeless about what to eat every morning. You're not alone.
I've recently become breakfast obsessed. I used to have no idea what to eat, and for a while, I was eating a banana with almond butter out of the jar every day...yikes. One day I decided I was so over eating the same thing every day, so I got a little creative in the kitchen and learned that making a delicious breakfast doesn't have to take much effort at all. One of the most popular questions I get asked as a health coach is, "What do you eat for breakfast?" I always start my mornings with lots of water (usually with lemon) and a probiotic supplement. I take Garden of Life Primal Defense. Then I eat a filling, yummy breakfast. I always take the rest of my morning to slowly sip either a hot cup of water with lemon and ginger or tea or coffee with almond milk. Here are some healthy, yummy breakfast ideas you can make for yourself this winter season:
Sautéed Veggies & Fried Eggs -
- This is my go-to breakfast because 1. It's so EASY and 2. It's yummy. I like to chop up onions, garlic, and 2-3 veggies (keep your veggies seasonal). Don't neglect the power of leftover veggies you cooked that week. You could toss in sweet potatoes, cabbage, chard, mushrooms, peppers, spinach, squash, or tomatoes. Fry up an egg or two and season with salt & pepper. On cooler mornings, or days when you want to jumpstart your digestive system, spice up your dish with warming red pepper flakes, dijon mustard, salsa, or your favorite hot sauce!
Avocado Toast -
- My favorite bread for years has been Ezekiel Bread. It is a complete protein in and of itself, and the ingredients are clean, few, minimally processed, and sprouted. It's such a filling bread and doesn't turn to sugar when digested, like so many "whole grain" brands offer. Keep the bread in the freezer to make it last longer and to prevent mold. Toast up a slice or two and smash avocado on top. I love seasoning with lemon, garlic salt, and sometimes red pepper flakes for a spicy kick. You can even turn this into a breakfast sandwich by adding an egg on top or slices of turkey bacon.
Nut Butter Toast -
- Same as above, just replace the avocado with your favorite nut butter. There are so may nut butter options out there, so make sure you're getting the highest quality with the fewest ingredients (aka NO SUGAR added). I love Justin's Almond Butter (unsweetened). You can also experiment with cashew, peanut, or sunflower. Try slicing up some fruit (honey crisp apples are my fav), or smashing berries on top for that pb&j effect, sprinkling cinnamon, or drizzling with a touch of raw, organic, local honey.
2 Ingredient Pancakes -
- It doesn't get much easier than this. Blend an egg or two and a banana in a food processor or blender. Pour into a nonstick or greased skillet and cook for a couple minutes on each side. Drizzle pure, organic maple syrup on top and sprinkle with cinnamon if you'd like. Or spread on some nut butter & serve with fresh fruit. Click here for the recipe & tips on cooking these!
Breakfast Burrito -
- This one could be eaten for any meal of the day. Cook up any ingredients you'd like - try potatoes, onions, eggs, spinach, peppers, maybe some local, quality cheese if you eat diary, and if you eat meat, chop up your favorite breakfast meat like turkey bacon (with minimal ingredients & no nasty additives, chemicals, or preservatives). Warm up a tortilla or wrap of your choice - I love Ezekiel wraps - and add avocado if desired and in season. Wrap it all up and enjoy with salsa, hot sauce, or as is.
- This is like oatmeal's hot older sister. It's more delicious, keeps you fuller longer, and is so far from boring. I prefer steel cut oats, but you can also use quick oats for your bowl. Cook the oats and add any toppings that tickle your taste buds. Some ideas could be: raw unsweetened shredded coconut, nut butter, nuts (walnuts, pecans, almonds, cashews), seeds (chia, flax, pumpkin), raw organic cacao powder, cinnamon, honey, maple syrup, chopped dates, vanilla extract, fruit toppings (pumpkin, berries, apple, banana, persimmon, pomegranate seeds)
- I prefer smoothies in warmer seasons, but if you're craving something cold and energizing, try a smoothie. For a "bowl" consistency, don't add as much liquid. My favorite combos are:
The Acai Bowl: unsweetened, frozen Acai Packet (can be bought at your local health food store), unsweetened almond milk, a frozen banana, any other fruit you'd like, topped with granola, flax seed, & unsweetened shredded coconut
Green Smoothie: kale, frozen banana, almond butter, almond milk, a dash of raw cacao powder (not to be confused with cocoa powder!), dates, and chia seeds (tip: mix in the chia seeds after you pour it into your cup, it's easier to clean your blender)
I hope you found some useful tips to apply to your morning routine that will help you feel better as we enter into this season. Please share any tips or tricks you find useful in your breakfast game, and let me know what you're cooking in your kitchen these days! Thanks for reading. xo