Breakfast really can be a simple meal and still provide lots of important nutrients. Here are 5 quick and easy ideas for a healthy start to your day.
- Whole wheat toast with natural almond butter and a cored, sectioned apple. Be sure the bread is 100% whole grain and that it doesn't contain hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated fat/oil. To make this breakfast even healthier, opt for organic bread, almond butter, and apples.
- Vanilla low-fat organic yogurt with ground flax seeds and fresh or frozen blueberries added... very nutritious and high in fiber.
- Smoothies. It doesn't get much easier than this. Just blend 1 cup orange juice, 1 banana, 1 cup blueberries, some vanilla yogurt, and again some ground flax seeds. If your fruit is frozen, it will make a slushy-type smoothie.
- Egg and spinach on a whole-wheat English muffin - when you need something a little heartier. Using bagged, frozen spinach makes this quick and easy. Heat a skillet, add a spray of olive oil, and a handful of frozen spinach. Saute just until cooked. Transfer to a plate and cover. Toast the muffin in the toaster. Meanwhile, in the same pan, spray a little more olive oil, then cook your egg to desired doneness. Top with the reserved spinach and place on the muffin. This doesn't take much time at all and can be eaten on the run (although I don't ever recommend eating on the run, I'm also realistic). Using garlic flavored olive oil makes this breakfast sandwich even tastier.
- Any whole grain, low-sugar, organic cereal. My preference is oatmeal - cook a big batch and reheat as needed (you can store for 3 days). Yummy topped with brown sugar and cinnamon or a little maple syrup.