Breakfast, although known to be the “most important meal of the day,” is actually the meal that we give the least attention to. It’s so disinteresting that when the brunch movement rolled in, breakfast became the forgotten meal—the meal that also got lost because of hurried mornings.
We only have so much time and energy to invest in meal planning and cooking, right? Breakfast naturally falls to the bottom of the list. Well, we’re here to bring breakfast back with a bang, especially for those of us who are BUSY. If you want to get behind breakfast, then check out these healthy and effortless recipe ideas. (McDonald’s $1 breakfast may be cheap, fast and tasty, but you can do better promise.)
5-Ingredient Vegan Overnight Oats
Banana. Chia seeds. Cinnamon. Gluten-free rolled oats. Almond milk. That’s it. These are the only ingredients you need in order to put together a gal’s modern-day porridge. The prep time is only five minutes, which you can subtract from your nightly Instagram scroll. This is a three-step recipe from Oh She Glows—two of the three steps are during the night before and essentially require mashing and stirring. Go fancy with an Instagram-inspired mason jar or spoon it into a good o’ plastic container. Toppings will require an additional step. Sprinkle healthy granola, fruit, nuts/seeds … or fruity pebbles, mini chocolate chips, whipped cream.
Grab ‘N Go Bars
There’s truly nothing faster and easier than grabbing a protein, granola or nutrition bar right from the box. And what’s great is the vast amount of options you have! So when you grow tired of one, you can move onto another. You probably have some kind of rotation going that may cycle among Kind, One, RX, Lara, Luna, Clif and Powercrunch bars. These are bars commonly found at your grocery store and Trader Joe’s, but what about bars that are a little more exclusive? Nutrilite Wellness Bars (as featured on Amway’s Facebook page) are jam-packed with wholesome, natural ingredients, and will treat your taste buds in nutty dark chocolate or coconut almond flavours.
Bread and Spread
We’ve come such a long way from buttered toast or toast with jam or peanut butter. In today’s age of spreads, we’ve got almond butter, Nutella, cookie butter, sunflower butter, flavoured butter and cream cheeses, coconut butter, ginger spread, smashed guac and the list goes on and on. This type of breakfast can be an easy four-step process:
- Pop a slice of bread, English muffin or frozen waffle in the toaster
- Tackle something in your morning routine (like brushing your teeth) as it toasts
- Spread (don’t smother) your creamy condiment of choice onto your bread (moderation is key here)
- Grab a napkin and take a bite as you walk out the door.
Hard Boiled Eggs
Hard-boiled eggs are a great alternative to enjoy eggs in the morning without having to cook them. Sure you can bite into hard boiled eggs like a ball of mozzarella (wait, who does that?), but you can also up upgrade with these easy egg concoctions:
- Breakfast Sammie: Stack hard-boiled egg slices in a pita pocket. Throw in a slice of cheese, ham lunch meat and spinach.
- Breakfast Burrito: Chop up your hard-boiled egg and stuff it into a whole wheat tortilla with fixings like shredded cheese, salsa, canned corn, canned black beans and some guacamole.
- Breakfast Bento Box: Pack up a plastic food storage container with a hard-boiled egg and foods like almonds, berries and cheese.
Brunch may own the weekends, but breakfast is making its comeback for early risers and weekday warriors. All it takes is making the commitment to add a smidgeon of room in your routine for some morning fuel. First breakfast, then flossing and meditation.