One of the biggest keys to eating healthy is planning out your meals in advance, especially with breakfast. We know it can be difficult to eat healthy in the morning, especially when you’re in a rush. Despite how busy you are, you don’t need to reach for that processed cereal bar, pop tart or sugar-laden blueberry muffin. Instead, try one of these quick and healthy breakfast food ideas for weight loss and enjoy an easy meal on the go.
Pre-Plan Your Smoothies
While smoothies are great to take with you in the car and are an easy way to add fruits and vegetables to your morning, it can seem a little daunting to measure them out in the morning, especially if you haven’t had coffee yet. Check out Kitchn.com for some awesome tips on how to pre-measure all of your ingredients, so all you have left to do is throw it in a blender!
There are countless ways to make a great tasting smoothie. Some folks like a sweeter fruit-based smoothie to start their day, while some like more veggie-heavy green smoothie recipes. A few of the most popular types of smoothies include:
- Peanut Butter Banana Smoothies
- Apple Avocado Smoothies
- Simple Green Smoothies
- Healthy Oatmeal Smoothies
*Pro tip: Add a scoop of Blue Essentials Vanilla Protein Powder to your smoothies to add an extra healthy boost of energy for your busy day.
The combinations are endless. Whatever your smoothie flavor of the day happens to be, keep in mind the goal is to provide your body with a balance of healthy, fresh ingredients. Make sure to include these elements when perfecting your favorite smoothie combination:
- Healthy fats, like chia seeds, nuts, avocados, or coconut milk.
- Protein, like yogurt or protein powder.
- Fiber, which can be found in things like kale or oatmeal.
- Fruits, which provide essential vitamins and minerals.
- Veggies, which provide vitamins, minerals, additional fiber, and antioxidants.
This is as quick to make as a classic PB&J. Core your favorite type of apple, and then slice into rounds. Spread with a little almond or peanut butter, and top with a sprinkle of granola, nuts, or chia seeds. Voila! Recipe here.
Stick to whole grain breads and avoid peanut butters like Jif or Skippy that come full of sugars and unhealthy fats.
Baked Egg “Muffins”
Scrambled eggs just got easier. Combine eggs with your favorite cooked veggies and a sprinkle of cheese, and pour into muffin tins. Bake at 375 F for 20-30 minutes. The best part about this recipe? You can freeze the egg muffins once they’ve cooled, and warm them up in the microwave when you need them! Full recipe here.
Make Your Own Granola Bars
Many store bought granola bars are high in sugar and processed ingredients, while low in actual nutrition. By making your own at home, you can ensure that you’re keeping the sugar low, but the protein and fiber high. Plus, they can be made ahead of time and then used whenever you need a meal on the run, or just a quick snack. Check out this recipe for 5-minute, no-bake peanut butter granola bars.
Like smoothies, you can make your own granola bars with whatever ingredients you wish. Just keep in mind what you’re putting in them and why. Try including the following elements when experimenting with your favorite granola bar recipes.
- Honey (instead of corn syrup)
- Dried fruits
- Healthy grains like quinoa
Eggs in A Jar
We know it might sound crazy, but this totally works. Simply combine eggs in jar with some cooked, chopped vegetables. Add the jars to a saucepan and fill with water until the water level rises up to the center of the jars. Bring the water to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 15 – 20 mins. Now, you have a delicious, low-carb breakfast that is perfect to take along with you to work or school. Full recipe here.
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