04 May 5 Healthy Breakfasts In 5 Minutes (Or Less!)
By Toby Amidor, MS, RD
This post was sponsored by belVita who also provided the header image.
The morning rush oftentimes gets you out the door without a healthy breakfast. Research, however, shows that there are numerous benefits to starting your day off right. Those who eat breakfast tend to have a more nutritious diet overall, have better concentration, sustained energy levels throughout the day, and may even weigh less. Instead of skipping your AM meal, try these 5 balanced breakfasts that a maximum of 5 minutes to whip up.
Balance Your Breakfast
The key to reaping all of the benefits of breakfast is to make it balanced. A balanced breakfast should contain fiber-rich whole grains, lean protein and healthy fats. One of the biggest reasons most folks don’t eat a healthy or balanced breakfast is because they are short on time. However, before you reach for a sugar-filled donut or scone, a little planning can give you a quick and breakfast that will have you out the door in no time.
#1: belVita Breakfast Biscuit with yogurt and oranges (pictured above)
Pairing belVita Breakfast Biscuits with a serving of low fat dairy and fruit provides a serving from 3 key food groups, along with numerous essential vitamins and minerals. Plus, belVita Breakfast Biscuits provide 4 hours of nutritious steady energy and slow release carbs. Paired with the protein in yogurt and you have a breakfast that will keep you fueled throughout the morning.
#2: Whole grain waffle topped with peanut butter and sliced apple
Mix and match with your favorite all-natural nut butter and fruit for a decadent breakfast that is equally healthful and easy to prepare. The healthy fat and protein in nut butter, plus the heart healthy fiber in the frozen or pre-made waffle and fruit provides a perfectly balanced breakfast.
#3: Low–fat cottage cheese with berries and walnuts
Cottage cheese is an under appreciated source of protein. Pair with berries and walnuts which provide long lasting fiber. The walnuts also contain a dose of heart healthy omega-3 fats. The combo of protein, fiber, and healthy fats will keep you satisfied all morning long.
#4: Scrambled egg with avocado and tomatoes on whole grain toast
Whole eggs are loaded with good for you vitamins, minerals and high quality protein. They are also an excellent source of choline, important for brain health, and lutein, important for healthy eyes. Avocados not only serve up a source of healthy fats, but are packed with nutrients and filling fiber. The tomatoes and whole grain toast up the fiber and nutrient content of this breakfast that is sure to become one of your favorites.
#5: Grab-and-go trail mix
Mix together your favorite whole grain cereal, dried fruit, nuts, seeds and unsweetened coconut flakes for an easy grab-and-go breakfast you can enjoy all week long. Aim for ¼ cup of your favorite combination. With plenty of fiber, protein and healthy fats, you’ll surely stay satisfied until lunch.
Save Even More Time
If you’re looking to get out the door even quicker, try preparing some things in advance.
- Stock up over the weekend with healthy and easy breakfast favorites like belVita Breakfast Biscuits, yogurt, fruit, and eggs.
- Set the table with a plate, cup, and utensils the night before.
- Place any pans on the stove (without the fire!) the night before.
- Place all ingredients in one bowl and place at the front of the refrigerator so you have it ready when you wake up.
- Pre-bag foods that don’t need to be refrigerated, such as the grab-and-go trail mix.