As much as I hate to admit it, breakfast is a pretty important meal in the day. That’s right – I’m one of those people who hates breakfast. Pancakes, waffles, omelettes… I’ve never really seen the appeal. Eggs kind of make me sick, and I don’t like the taste of maple syrup. And bagels, toast, or pastries have always been way too dry for me. So breakfast has never been in my top 3 favorite meals (those would be lunch, dinner, and dessert!).
I know I lost some readers starting out like that, so thanks for sticking with me if you’re still reading! I know that hating breakfast is a pretty unpopular opinion. The thing is, it’s kind of undeniable that breakfast is super healthy for you. All the science proves it – people who eat breakfasts are more likely to have healthy diets and be active, and less likely to develop heart disease or diabetes. So despite not being a fan of most traditional breakfast foods, I knew that I had to start eating breakfast if I wanted to be healthy.
Which is why I’m trying to improve myself, in the spirit of growing as a person. Even though I’m never particularly hungry when I wake up, I know it’s vital to eat something so that I have the energy to perform at work and keep going until lunch. So I’m doing my best to have something for breakfast every morning before I get on the bus.
But throughout this process, I’ve discovered one big positive that comes with being a breakfast hater. When I like something that I’m eating for breakfast, I really must like it. So today, I wanted to share five recipes that I actually don’t mind eating for breakfast. You can take it from me – all of these “recipes” are easy, healthy, and delicious. Otherwise, I wouldn’t have ever tried them in the first place, and I wouldn’t be telling you about them.
Healthy Breakfast #1: Fruits + Yogurt
This breakfast is so simple, I almost hesitated to include it because it barely counts as a recipe. But it’s delicious and super healthy, so I went ahead and started off my list with it. I’m sure you’ve seen a ton of fancy pictures on Instagram or Pinterest of beautifully layered parfaits in cute little mason jars.
Well, I’m here to report that just tossing some fruit in a small bowl of yogurt gets the same effect, with none of the effort. Fruits and yogurt are both really healthy for you (as long as your yogurt brand doesn’t have many added sweeteners). You’re getting a great intake of good sugars, dairy, and protein to start your day off right!
Plus, this is a breakfast that takes almost no work at all. All you have to do is put some yogurt in a bowl and pair it with as much of your favorite fruit as you want. Yogurt can go well with berries like blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries. But it also goes really well with mangoes and peaches! Try pairing your favorite fruit with yogurt in the morning and see how you like it.
Healthy Breakfast #2: Smoothies
If you have a blender, then I have to recommend smoothies. If you’re someone like me and you’re not in the habit of eating breakfast, sometimes having solid foods in the morning is a bit too much. This is where smoothies come in to save the day! Depending on what ingredients you use, they can be just as healthy as a solid breakfast, and they’re super portable. You can pour your smoothie into a bottle and drink it during your commute, or even at work!
They’re also super easy to prep. First, get yourself whatever ingredients you want to include in the smoothie. I usually use a bunch of fruits, but you might even include some vegetables or seeds if you’re looking to be really healthy. Just portion these ingredients into plastic bags and throw them into the freezer. Then all you have to do in the morning is empty one plastic bag into your blender, blend it up with some milk and ice, and drink it!
Smoothies are delicious, healthy, and practically no effort at all. Let me know what your favorite ingredient combinations are – I’d love to know!
Healthy Breakfast #3: Toast with a Healthy Topping
I know I said earlier that I wasn’t a huge fan of toast, and that’s true – I can never eat toast alone. But once you add a spread or two on top of that crispy, buttery base, well, now we’re talking! Toast is super great because it’s customizable – if you get bored of one topping, you can just swap it out with another. Plus, it’s an easy warm breakfast, unlike most of the other entries on this list.
I don’t need to tell you all that avocado toast is delicious, so I’ll share some of my other favorite toppings. I love eating toast with fruit jam on top. Locally sourced jam is best, so that you know exactly where the fruits came from, and there usually isn’t as much added sugar. Vegetable cream cheese is another great option, and a healthier twist on the usual bagel topping.
On mornings when I have a little extra time, I like frying up some vegetables to put on top of toast. I wilt down some spinach and fry some cherry tomatoes until they’ve burst, and they make the perfect pairing with a warm slice of toast. I super recommend it. Try out a bunch of toppings and let me know which one works best for you!
Healthy Breakfast #4: Healthy Cereals + Something Sweet
I know, I know – healthy cereal is gross. Why would anyone choose a whole-grain bran or flake when Froot Loops and Cocoa Puffs exist? I used to hate any kind of cereal that wasn’t just pure sugar. It’s only been a little while since I uncovered the secret to making health cereals into something you’d actually want to eat. But this secret is too good to keep to myself!
All you have to do is add more than just milk to your cereal. Go ahead and swirl some honey into your bowl! Add fresh fruit like strawberries or bananas on top to give a fresh sweetness to your bowl. You can even add some dark cocoa powder to your milk to have a chocolatey delicious breakfast.
Health cereals might seem bland, but there’s so many ways to spice them up – or should I say sweeten them up? Keep an eye out for natural, healthier sweeteners to make your own yummy breakfast, instead of eating a pound of Lucky Charm Marshmallows. I know we’re all guilty of that.
Healthy Breakfast #5: Fruits + Nut Butter
There are two super important aspects to breakfast for me. First, I need something filling, that’ll keep me going until lunch (or at least until my mid-morning snack). Second, I really like having something with sugar, to give me a quick burst of energy in the morning. Sugar isn’t always bad! This breakfast recipe cuts to the chase and just combines two ingredients that take care of my two breakfast requirements. Fruits give me sugar, and nut butter fills me up!
My personal favorite option is apples and peanut butter, but you could use pears, bananas, or any other fruit paired with almond or cashew butter. Whatever tastes delicious to you! At the end of the day, to make eating a healthy breakfast into a sustainable habit, you have to come up with recipes that you adore. So experiment with different combinations until you find the combination that makes your taste buds and your stomach the happiest.
Let’s Make Our Mornings Yummier!
I hope you find these simple recipes as appetizing as I do! Eating breakfast is so important to our health and livelihood, so finding easy healthy breakfasts that you’ll enjoy is crucial to achieving your health goals. If you try any of these recipes, let me know in a comment below – and don’t forget to share this post on social media if you turn out loving one of these breakfasts! What does a healthy breakfast look like for you? What could you do to make breakfast easier to prepare for?