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9 Healthy Breakfast Essentials

Food | Lifestyle

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day but it's easy to fall into a routine rutt- especially when you are busy running out the door.

If you are bored of your usual go-to "cereal and fresh squeezed juice" breakfast, and want something healthy that has little more “je ne sais quoi,” then you are in luck!

We collected some of our favorite breakfast go-to foods for you to get creative with, along with some ideas on how to prepare them! Enjoy

1. Oats

Soaked oats in milk or water is a breakfast must have if you find yourself lagging during the day. This energy filled brekkie is versatile in that it allows you to add any tidbits you have in the fridge or pantry AND it can be gobbled hot or cold.

Plus it is super good for you! Choose between adding raisins, berries, dark chocolate nibbles, coconut shavings or nuts.

2. Good Old-fashioned Cereal

Shoot for the less sugary kind and try to keep it full of fiber — then add banana slices or raspberries to keep it interesting. Remember: cereal can be eaten warm or cold, so you can also try swapping out the milk with yogurt, almond milk or soy milk.

3. Eggs

You shouldn’t typically consume more then two egg yolks a day for heart health reasons but those little ovals of deliciousness are chock-full of healthy goodness.

Try them scrambled with salsa on a chunky wedge of tomato, hardboiled and smashed on multi-grain toast, poached with hot oats, baked in an avocado, or even sunny side on baby arugula.

4. Fruits

Whether it is a smoothie or a simple bowl of fruit, try adding a little yogurt or almond milk to cream it up and add some protein.

5. Quinoa

Chill some quinoa over night and add coconut shavings and raisins. This essential packs a protein punch and is totally yummy! You can also warm it back up and crack a soft poached egg over it.

6. Avocado Toast

This has Omega 3s galore, plus it’s nice and filling. Choose bread that is loaded with seeds, nuts or oats to really get the most out of this breakfast food.

7. Chia Seeds

Truthfully, you could be sprinkling these puppies on any of your breakfast foods, but they are digested more fully when they have soaked in something soft for at least 10 minutes.

Here are a few ideas apart from adding them to your cereal or a smoothie: Smash up some banana and mix in some chia seeds. Wait 5-10 minutes so the chia softens and then chomp down on that banana pudding goodness.

Alternatively, you could soak the chia in coconut milk or water over night and slurp on some breakfast-style pudding when you rise and shine.

8. Brown Rice

Not your usual go-to grain for breakfast? Try pairing it with spicy lentils prepared with cardamom, or plop some in a cereal bowl with chicken apple sausage chunks, lightly cooked (or raw) spinach and a soft-boiled egg.

This will give you a protein punch to get you started on the right foot!

9. Cottage Cheese

Alone or on thick tomato slices. Also try mixing a cup of cottage cheese with half a cup of applesauce and add some nuts and raisins on top.

What's YOUR favorite healthy breakfast essential? Let us know below! Happy Munching!

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