Quick and Easy Healthy Breakfast Ideas
Quick and Easy Healthy Breakfast Ideas
Fueling up with breakfast supports a healthy mind and body. And preparing it in advance will help you achieve that. How? For one, meal prepping is a huge timesaver. Planning and preparing breakfast, the often toted most important meal of the day, will help ensure you start your day with nutritious food. No more stopping at the drive-through on the way to work to grab a coffee and a 600-calorie muffin. And gone will be the days of overeating at lunch because you skipped breakfast altogether.
In addition, think of the amount of time you’ll save in the morning when you have your breakfast already made. That, my friend, is a big sanity-saver that will help your mornings run much smoother. Less stress means a healthier mind.
All of the recipes I share here are ideal for meal prepping. If you run a busy household, have a demanding job, or want to plan healthy meals, then meal planning and prepping is the way to go. If you don’t want to plan all your meals for an entire week, then at the very least, prep your breakfasts in advance.
Not let’s get on with the recipes, shall we? Here are 10 quick and easy healthy breakfast ideas for a healthy mind and body.
1. Easy Almond Flour Muffins (Gluten-free, dairy-free, low carb)
The Easy Almond Flour Muffins by Lisa Huff of Snappy Gourmet are made with only six ingredients, and they’re gluten-free and dairy-free. Plus, unlike regular fat and calorie-laden muffins, these babies are low carb. They’re perfect for meal planning and prepping. Make big batches and freeze them. Then the night before put just what you need in the fridge to defrost. In the morning they’ll be ready for you to enjoy. If you forget to defrost them, no worries. Simply zap them in the microwave for about twenty seconds or use the bread defrost setting if your microwave has one. To make them extra special, Lisa recommends topping the muffins with fruit or a fruit sauce.
2. Fruit and Yogurt Parfait (Gluten-free)
Have you tried one of those yummy looking parfaits at Starbucks? If so, you’re going to love this Fruit and Yogurt Parfait recipe by Melanie Mendelson of Melanie Cooks. You can whip these up in less than five minutes from the comfort of your home and never have to set foot outside to trek to Starbucks. Plus, you’ll save yourself money doing so. Melanie’s recipe uses unsweetened Greek yogurt, which is much healthier than the sugar-laden yogurt Starbucks uses. She also provides instructions on how to meal prep the recipe so you can save time during the week. For a gluten-free version, substitute nuts or seeds for the granola.
3. Apple Pie Crock Pot Oatmeal (Vegan, gluten-free, egg-free, dairy-free)
If you’re gluten-free and missing your oats, you will love my Apple Pie Crock Pot Oatmeal recipe Simply use gluten-free oats, and you’re good to go. This oatmeal casserole is pure deliciousness with its warm spices and fruit. And it’s versatile. You can use any kind of add-ins like peaches, blueberries, raisins, or nuts, and you can put it in your Crock Pot or slow cooker and forgot about it!
4. Grain-Free Bacon, Egg, & Cheese Breakfast Muffins (Gluten-free, grain-free, low carb)
Breakfast doesn’t always have to be just baked goods. Sometimes I crave eggs and meat. That’s where my Bacon, Egg, & Cheese Breakfast Muffins come in. I designed these little wonders to be perfect for breakfast-on-the-go and versatile, just like these Grab-and-Go Pancake Muffins. You can make these with chopped tomatoes, mushrooms, sausage, or pretty much anything your heart desires. One added tip — use up your leftovers when you make these. Waste not, want not.
5. Veggie Quiche with Quinoa Crust (Gluten-free, dairy-free, grain-free, low carb, Whole30)
Veggie Quiche with Quinoa Crust by Adrienne Urban of Whole New Mom is another heartier breakfast option you’ll enjoy. It’s loaded with veggies for an excellent dose of fiber and quinoa for protein to help you feel full for hours. Why a quinoa crust, you ask? It’s an ingenious idea for an eggless crust and a great alternative if you’re allergic or sensitive to eggs.
This quiche doesn’t have to be just a breakfast meal either. The recipe is just as good served as lunch or dinner. And just like the frittatas recipe, you can change up the ingredients and use leftover veggies you have in the fridge.
6. Vegetarian Egg Roll in a Bowl (Gluten-free)
Egg rolls for breakfast? Who would have thought? Laura Lawless of the Recipe Well sure did with her Vegetarian Egg Roll in a Bowl recipe. And unlike your typical fried egg roll recipe, this one is heart-healthy and just as delicious, if not more! The vibrant mix of colorful vegetables and the portable – yes, portable! – egg muffins make for such a beautiful presentation, you’re going to want to have friends over and serve it for brunch. Plus, it takes less than thirty minutes to make. Easy, peasy, done!
7. Breakfast Burrito Bowls (Gluten-free)
To round out the list of quick and easy healthy breakfast ideas, we’re spicing it up with Breakfast Burrito Bowls by Ann Lawton of Simple and Savory. This is another recipe where you can make a tasty meal out of orphan food in the fridge. Orphan food? It’s the third of a zucchini you didn’t use because the recipe you made only needed two-thirds of a zucchini. Or the half of a bag of broccoli or half an onion. Don’t toss them in the trash. Instead, toss them in your burrito bowl.
Now, one more thing about this recipe. You can make it as spicy as you want. Like it hot? Use jalapeno peppers. For less heat, top it with mild salsa. Either way, add some avocado, an excellent source of healthy fats and nutrients.
8. Maca Morning Motivator Smoothie (dairy-free)
Smoothies are a super easy and healthy way to start your day. I LOVE this Maca Morning Motivator Smoothie for a natural burst of energy. Really simple to whip up in your blender using Standard Process Veg-E Pro Complete Protein Powder.
Need one for the kids? Try this Strawberry-Spinach Smoothie instead!
9. Grain-Free Peach Cardamom Bread (grain-free)
Okay, so I threw this one in even though it’s not quick because if you make it the night before it tastes SO much better! Grain-free breads are easy to make and pack a powerful protein punch if you add in some collagen. My favorite for summer is this Grain-Free Peach Cardamom Bread.
Always opt for organically grown or pesticide-free peaches because they are very high in pesticides otherwise. I prefer yellow peached over white for this bread because they have a richer flavor.
10. Cream Cheese Baked Peaches (grain-free)
For a fun, once-in-a-while breakfast treat (especially in summer) if dairy isn’t an issue for you, I love Cream Cheese Baked Peaches.
Ready in 30 minutes, these are a hit with everyone! Can’t do dairy? Try a dairy-free cheese substitute.
Get Your Taste Buds Ready
What do you think? Are you convinced yet to start your day with a nutritious breakfast? See if you can set aside a couple of hours over the weekend to meal prep breakfast for a week. You may become a meal prepping convert yet!
Do you eat breakfast regularly? Do you feel better when you do? Drop your thoughts in the comments and let me know. Everyone’s answer is different, so I’d love to hear what you think.
Be Well & Thrive!
With Love & In Health,
Sarah Outlaw, MH, MSACN
Sarah is a wife, mom of 5, horse farm owner at Outlaw Acres Iowa, and real food blogger at Real Food Outlaws. She is also a Master Herbalist and owns 90210 Organics, an Eco-boutique and Apothecary. She holds a Master’s Degree in Applied Clinical Nutrition from New York Chiropractic College and is a Clinical/Functional Nutritionist and Advanced Nutrition Response Testing™ Practitioner at Natural Health Improvement Center of Des Moines, and owns Natural Health Improvement Center of South Jersey. You can often find her barefoot in the garden (or kitchen), or rummaging through a refrigerator (not necessarily her own).