Three Healthy Breakfast Recipes
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You've heard it before, time and time again – "breakfast is the most important meal of the day" – but in our hectic, on-the-go society, people often rush through breakfast or skip it altogether. Try these 3 easy healthy breakfast recipes to start your day off right.
1. Spicy Scrambled Eggs
I love spicy food! This zesty breakfast is sure to wake up your taste buds.
2 teaspoons of butter, olive oil, or coconut oil
1/2 cup diced pepper, orange or red
1/2 cup diced onion
2 large eggs
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup cheese
1/4 cup salsa
2 whole wheat tortillas or slices of toast
Heat one teaspoon of butter or oil over medium heat in a skillet. Add pepper and cook until soft, then add onion. When the diced onion begins to sweat, remove the pepper and onion from a skillet and save them on a plate. Rinse the skillet clean.
In a mixing bowl, whisk eggs with milk. The milk will make the scrambled eggs extra fluffy. Season with salt and pepper. Add one teaspoon of butter or oil to skillet. Add egg-milk mixture and cook over medium heat, constantly stirring with a spatula. After a couple of minutes, when the eggs are almost scrambled to your liking, add the pepper, onion, and cheese.
Use pepper jack cheese for an extra kick! For added spice, sprinkle hot sauce, ground cumin, or paprika over the eggs.
Serve with fresh salsa, avocado, and whole wheat toast or tortillas. If you're in a hurry, you can make a breakfast sandwich or breakfast burrito! Sometimes I add other ingredients to the scrambled eggs, like diced tomatoes, sliced mushrooms, or spinach.
2. Fruit & Protein Breakfast Smoothie
There's nothing like a drinkable breakfast when you're in a hurry.
2 cups fresh mixed berries (whatever's in season)
1/4 cup pomegranate or acai berry juice
3 tablespoons honey
1 cup silken tofu
1 teaspoon ground flaxseed
1 cup silken tofu
Simply combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. The tofu provides protein; the flaxseed provides fiber as well as omega-3 fatty acid; and the juice and berries provide a healthy dose of antioxidants.
3. Homemade Breakfast Bars
I like to make these homemade breakfast bars over the weekend and save them as a back-up breakfast through the week. It seems like there's always at least one morning during the week when I just do not have time to cook.
1 cup peanut butter or almond butter (I prefer organic)
3/4 cup honey (I prefer raw honey)
3 cups rolled oats
1 cup toasted almonds, slivered
1/2 cup raisins (or another dried fruit, like cranberries)
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Grease an oven-safe pan with butter, or spray it with cooking spray. Preheat oven to 350. Over a medium flame, cook the peanut butter and honey in a saucepan for about five minutes, whisking until the mixture has melted. Stir in the vanilla and cinnamon, then add the oats, almonds, and raisins. Bake for 15 minutes, let cool, and cut into squares.
These homemade breakfast bars will last for about a week in the fridge, and they'll last for a few weeks if you wrap them up and stick them in the freezer. They go great with an apple, banana, or another piece of fruit. It's easy to grab one when you're on the run, and they're much healthier than store-bought breakfast bars that are full of corn syrup.
Now that you have these quick, tasty breakfast recipes, you have no excuse to skip breakfast. It really is the most important meal of the day because it gets your metabolism going. People who skip breakfast have a harder time losing weight. Try to include protein in your breakfast, as it will help curb your appetite throughout the day, and try to include complex carbs like whole wheat and fruit, as they'll provide energy and help control hunger.