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Healthy Breakfast Ideas for Busy Mornings

June 28, 2016 by HealthyFamilies BC

Healthy breakfast ideas

Eating a healthy breakfast can set your day off on a good path; it can increase alertness, improve your mood and help maintain a healthy weight. While most Canadians eat some sort of breakfast, a national survey showed that if you’re between 18 and 34 years old you are more than twice as likely to skip breakfast. Read these time saving tips for making a balanced morning meal.

Breakfasts in under 15 minutes:

  • Breakfast cereals are a popular choice, though not all kinds will give your body the same benefits. Check out these helpful tips for choosing the best breakfast cereals. Bananas and berries make a great topping.
  • Rolled oats cook in less than 10 minutes and will get you ready to start the day. Spice things up by adding nuts, fruit or cinnamon to your oatmeal.
  • Prefer to eat on the go? Try this “Get Up and Go” berry smoothie for something portable.

Breakfasts to make the night before:

  • Preparing easy, no-cook meals like mason jar muesli or fruit salad the night before will save you time and get you out the door quicker.
  • Getting prep work out of the way makes grabbing breakfast easy.
    • Keep sliced fruits such as melons and strawberries on hand for quick yogurt or cereal toppings
    • Boil eggs the night before and serve on whole wheat toast with tomatoes, spinach, and avocado
    • Try a slow cooker oatmeal for a hearty morning meal

Breakfasts to prepare on the weekend:

  • Weekends are a perfect time to plan for the upcoming week. Preparing and freezing meals in batches makes for quick and easy reheating during the week. Pancakes with fruit and nut butters or microwaved frittatas take just a few minutes to reheat and enjoy.
  • Love baked goods with your morning coffee? Making your own wholesome muffins, scones, and granola bars on the weekend will save you a trip through the drive-thru come Monday morning. Try these simple and nutritious No-Bake Granola Bars for a delicious morning treat. Pair one with a cup of milk or fortified soy beverage.
  • Granola fan? Make your own granola ahead of time. During weekdays you can easily add it to yogurt for a convenient, quick meal you can make in less than 10 minutes.

A healthy breakfast will give you long-lasting energy and alertness throughout the day. While a quick stop at a café or drive-thru may seem convenient, many options are high in calories, sugars, fat and sodium and can cost more than a homemade breakfast. With a little planning, you can create easy and delicious breakfasts to eat every day of the week that won’t add to the morning rush.

Author’s Bio: Emma Robinson and Kara Moro are third year dietetics students from the University of British Columbia. As part of their professional practice course, they are being mentored by Dean Simmons at HealthLink BC on how to write consumer-focused articles for the public. Besides their interest in nutrition, they enjoy cooking, biking, hiking, and exploring Vancouver’s growing number of microbreweries.

Photo credit: Cookspiration

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