Breakfast… my favourite meal of the day!
Who am I kidding?!? All meals are my favourite. I love to eat. But breakfast is especially important to me because after a whole night of fasting (aka sleeping) I usually wake up with a roaring dragon in my belly (aka hunger).
I’ve developed a habit of starting my day with warm lemon water (which hydrates and creates an alkaline environment in the body). This is followed soon after by my pure aloe vera concentrate and then by a smoothie packed with greens, fruit, healthy fats and protein.
Starting with the non-negotiable smoothie, these are my top 5 favourite healthy breakfasts.
Our morning smoothie is such an important part of the day that our weekly grocery shop revolves around stocking up on necessary smoothie making ingredients. Check out one of my favourite recipes including a list of the smoothie staples in our house. Smoothie’s are #1 on my list of healthy breakfasts because they are easy to make and packed with easily accessible nutrients; I almost never leave home without one.
#2 Eggs n’ greens
There are a zillion different potential combos under this breaky category and this is our 2nd most common breakfast (after smoothies). We eat gluten free at home and we also try to minimize carbs from processed flours, therefore you won’t find bread in any of these breakfasts. Once in a while a breakfast sandwich makes an appearance in our house and it is usually cause for celebration. (I do love bread; you can read about how I broke up with bread in my food journey post). We also aim to eat a ton of veggies so the eggs n’ greens tends to be the go-to breakfast. Farm fresh, free run, happy, local eggs are the absolute best and I personally judge the quality of the eggs by the richness of the colour of the yolk.
- warm a cast iron pan and add some coconut oil, olive oil, or butter
- lightly chop or rip up your greens (or veggies of choice) and toss in the pan
- briefly saute/steam until the greens soften up
- while veggies are cooking, cook the eggs to your liking – I love poached, over medium, or scrambled eggs (in which case I scramble them right up with the greens)
Scoop into a bowl and top with avocado, goat cheese, fresh herbs and/or hot sauce for a healthy breakfast that tastes amazing.
- optional bonus: add a dollop of sauerkraut or kimchi to the dish for all the probiotic and flavour goodness
#3 Steel cut oatmeal
This is the healthiest type of oatmeal because it is less processed and therefore slower to metabolize and provides longer lasting fuel. Decrease cooking time by soaking the oats overnight in water (thanks mom!) or try making slow cooker overnight oats! This recipe has worked out well for me. For a fun and tasty experience, add raisins to the slow cooker and see what happens, I dare ya!
My favourite oatmeal toppings include: chia seeds, plain yogurt, butter, cinnamon, nuts or seeds, raisins, fruit, and a small drizzle of maple syrup or honey.
#4 Granola with yogurt and fruit
Why? Because we love it so much. We eat it any time of the day, and it is usually gone in a couple days… Perhaps you have a healthier relationship with granola and can actually keep it in the house; if so, it does make a really quick, easy and healthy breakfast IF you choose a low sugar kind (read your labels) or make it yourself. The key is making or finding a granola that has lots of healthy nuts and seeds in it, and not very much sugar. Here’s my granola recipe.
I usually eat it with almond milk, yogurt and berries or fruit on top.
#5 Oatmeal protein pancakes
I love making pancakes and almost never follow a recipe; I usually invent a recipe based on what I have on hand. This time I did actually jot down what I was using and they turned out pretty well, so here goes:
Combine in a Vitamix or food processor:
- 2 eggs
- 1 banana
- 1 cup of water or milk of choice
- 2 tbs of melted coconut oil
- 1 cup oats (large flake oats)
- 1 large scoop of protein powder (I use a vanilla flavoured blend of whey, non-gmo soy and pea protein)
- 1 cup of gluten free pancake mix (or gf flour of choice plus 1 tsp of baking powder)
Blend again until nice and smooth.
Heat a cast iron pan and add some butter or coconut oil. Pour batter into pan, allow it to cook until bubbles form, flip and cook another minute or so. Top with fresh or cooked fruit, coconut shavings, maple syrup, yogurt, peanut butter or whatever you fancy!
You can add some blueberries right in to the batter as they are cooking if you’re into that sort of thing, too.
So there you have it – 5 breakfasts that provide protein, fiber, nutrients, and a burst of flavour. I hope this makes you wonder how you ever considered skipping breakfast!
Do you have any favourite recipes for breakfast? Please share in the comments <3