It’s easy to say “eat healthy”, but how that translates into your actual meal choices can be a bit more challenging. So, I wanted to give you a peek into my typical, go-to breakfasts to provide you with some tangible examples and some breakfast inspiration.
Cake Batter Chia Seed Pudding – this is one of my absolute favorites these days. Full of omega-3 fatty acids from the chia seeds and only natural sugar from dates, this bowl of goodness feels much more like a treat than it does a healthy breakfast. I like to toss fresh blueberries on top of mine. And, to make it even simpler, I make a huge batch on Sundays and just spoon some out each morning for the entire week. Check out the recipe here – http://www.backtoscratch.net/whats-cooking/cake-batterfor-breakfast
Oatmeal Supreme – now that the weather is getting cooler, sometimes a nice warm breakfast sounds much more appealing. I toss some oats into a small saucepan with water and in under five minutes, have a steaming bowl of chewy oats. Topped with some dark chocolate chips, fresh berries (or frozen!), and a good spoonful of nut butter, this is super filling and yummy.
Avocado Toast – this one is an easy go-to. I simply toast up some bread that we have on hand and then mash up 1/3 or so of an avocado on top. Sprinkle with salt, red pepper flakes, and even a squirt of lemon juice. Easy and delicious. If I’m super hungry, I’ll also have a scrambled egg or two on the side.
Chocolate Smoothie – this one is a staple in the house during the hot months, but less so when the weather gets cooler. I use about 8 oz of whole, grass-fed milk, 1/3-1/2 of an avocado (you won’t taste it, but it provides a super creamy texture and some awesome healthy fat!), two big handfuls of fresh spinach (again, won’t taste it), a heaping Tbsp of cocoa powder, three big medjool dates to sweeten, a Tbsp of hemp seeds, and for an added protein boost, often a Tbsp of collagen hydrosylate. Blend, add ice, adjust amount of dates as needed for sweetness. Delicious and highly portable.
So, these are my typical breakfasts. The great thing is, some can be made ahead and the rest are all very quick to prepare each morning. Additionally, they’re highly nutritious, tasty, and will keep you full for hours. I also love that they are all options I feel totally go about sharing with my toddler. When you can make something that is healthy for you and everyone else in the house, it makes things a lot simpler!
Aubrey Phelps MS RDN LDN