No matter how great a big breakfast is, sometimes you just don’t have time for it. If you’re late for school, too tired or not in the mood for cooking, you have to find an alternative you can turn to. Nevertheless, quick options are rarely healthy, and they affect your weight and health, so you can’t eat just anything that comes your way.
Here are five healthy breakfast ideas to make in under 15 minutes.
All those toast lovers – myself included! – will find this to be the perfect morning choice. It’s fun, exciting and can be made super easily. This is basically your everyday peanut butter toast, but with a twist – instead of PB and regular white bread, it includes sunbutter and whole wheat bread. Slice some banana over it, sprinkle it with super healthy and nutritious chia seeds, and serve with a handful of fresh strawberries. This toast includes about 200 calories, less than 10g of fat and lots of fiber and carbs, while chia seeds are packed with vitamins, minerals and calcium.
(Insert Your Favorite Ingredient Here) Smoothie
When it comes to smoothies, everyone knows how fast and beneficial they are, but are unaware of the fact that you can make them with basically anything. As long as you have milk or yogurt, you can be creative with the other ingredients and come up with healthy smoothies every day. From famous choices like bananas, pineapples, peanuts, kiwis and all fruits ending in “berry” – I love them so much! – to somewhat unusual ingredients like lemons, ginger, pumpkins and flaxseeds: you can do whatever you like. All you need is a trustworthy blender, like the Vitamix 5200 Series, and you’re good to go!
If you wake up with a craving for something sweet, there’s nothing better than a fresh batch of pancakes. This breakfast can be healthy if you make them with whey protein instead of flour and add a few additional ingredients such as strawberries, apples or oranges. You can do everything else – from mixing the batter to flipping the pancakes – the same way you’re used to. When choosing a pan for your healthy pancakes, you can either go with a classic nonstick 10-inch model or a Greenpan aluminum one – I use this one as it distributes heat more evenly.
A healthy fruit salad takes only about ten minutes to prepare and it includes more vitamins and minerals than you can count. And if you combine various fruits – raspberries, cantaloupes, kiwis, papayas and oranges, for example – it can also be quite nutritive and satisfy your hunger, too. Ultimately, such a salad can help you lose some weight, which is always good, so the only thing you need are some kitchen knives and slicers for all your different fruits.
Grab n’ Go Overnight Oats
Not a morning person? We have the perfect solution for you, prepare overnight oats! Grab a jar or cup and add 1/2 cup of old-fashioned oats, 1/2 cup of your preferred granola, 1 cup pf almond milk and your choice of fruits! Refrigerate all-night and they’ll be ready to go in the morning. Feel free to add a tsp of brown sugar or a teaspoon of honey for a touch of sweetness! Enjoy cold or warmed up.
I manage to make these and other quick and healthy breakfast ideas in under 15 minutes – but, more importantly, they give my body a proper morning supply of vitamins and minerals, wake me right up and prepare me for the rest of my day.