They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day for a reason. A healthy and nutritious breakfast will help give you the energy boost you need to get your day started. Even if you’re on a time crunch in the morning, there are several delicious, nutrient packed recipes that you can try in a very short amount of time. Whether you want something more sweet or savory, you can combine several food groups or ingredients together to give you a nutritious and energetic breakfast and start your day right. Here are 10 quick and easy breakfast recipes to help you get your productive day started.
Quinoa Breakfast Bowl
This meal is the perfect way to start your day, packed with 37 grams of protein, 25 grams of healthy fats and 492 calories per serving. You’ll need 1 cup of quinoa, 4 large eggs, 2 tablespoons of olive oil, kosher salt and black pepper, 1 chopped avocado, 6 ounces of smoked salmon, and fresh lemon juice and sliced scallions for serving. Take your cooked quinoa and seasoned eggs, cooked to your preference, and add them to your bowl. Top it off with your chopped avocado, smoked salmon, and olive oil. Finally, add your lemon juice and scallions.
This breakfast staple makes a delicious and nutritious way to start the day. Take your bread, preferably wheat bread, and put it in your toaster or toaster oven. Drizzle your toast with a bit of olive oil and then mash up your avocado. Season your avocado with salt and pepper, and spread it across your toast. Top your toast with any toppings you like, such as smoked salmon, a sunny side up egg, feta cheese, or arugula. Top off your toast with some fresh lemon juice, and you’ve got yourself an extremely nutritious breakfast.
Scrambled Eggs With Spinach, Kale, and Goat Cheese
If you want an easy but delicious egg scramble, this one is super easy to make. Grab a small skillet on medium heat and drizzle a bit of olive oil on. Add your spinach and kale to the pan and wait around 2 minutes for them to soften a bit. Add your goat cheese and allow it to melt and mesh with the greens. While your green and cheese are in the pan, crack 3 eggs into a bowl and whisk them together. Season your eggs with salt and pepper and add them to your pan. Allow your eggs to mix in with the greens and goat cheese and cook them until they reach your desired texture.
Almond Butter, Yogurt, And Fruit Parfait
This quick, sweet and nutritious yogurt parfait is the perfect way to start your morning. For this recipe, you’ll need ¾ cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt, 2 tablespoons of almond butter, 1 tablespoon of honey, ¼ cup of halved grapes, 3 strawberries, quartered 2 tablespoons of chopped almonds. To start, take your plain greek yogurt, honey and almond butter and whisk them together in a bowl. Take your mixture, and layer it with your grapes, almonds and strawberries to make a delicious parfait.
Eggs In A Mug
If you don’t have the time in the morning to cook eggs on the stove, there’s a simple way you can cook them. Start by cracking your eggs in a microwave safe mug and whisk them together with some salt and pepper. Afterwards, you can add any ingredients you want to make the recipe your own. You can add cheese, chopped peppers, turkey bacon, ham, goat cheese, or anything else you want to pair with your eggs. Throw it in the microwave for two to three minutes.
Berry Protein Shake
If you want to start your day off with a sweet, but protein heavy breakfast, a protein shake is super easy to throw together without any cooking or cutting involved. Take some water, your favorite milk, or milk alternative and mix it with plain greek yogurt, the fruits of your choice, and vanilla protein powder and blend them together for a nutrient packed, protein heavy breakfast to get your energy up.
Smoked Salmon Toast
A slight variation of the classic avocado toast will focus on smoked salmon, which you can buy from your local grocery store pre-smoked and seasoned. Take your toasted whole wheat bread and spread some cream cheese on top of it. Drizzle a bit of olive oil on top and add some arugula. Take your smoked salmon and place it on top of the cream cheese and arugula and add some “Everything But The Bagel” seasoning from Trader Joe’s on top.
Broccoli And Feta Omelette
Omelettes are another way you can enjoy eggs for breakfast. For this specific omelette recipe, you’ll need cooking spray, 1 cup of chopped broccoli, 2 large eggs, beaten, 2 tablespoons of crumbled feta cheese, 1/4 teaspoon of dried dill, and 2 slices of toasted rye bread. Place a nonstick skillet over medium heat and spray it down with your preferred cooking spray. Add your broccoli to the skillet and cook for three minutes. Afterwards, combine your eggs, feta, and dill in a small bowl and add the mixture to the skillet. Cook for three to four minutes and flip, and cook for another two minutes. Serve with your toasted rye bread.
Yogurt, Berries and Granola
This breakfast is sweet, protein packed, and super simple to make. Take your favorite low sugar yogurt and add it to a small to medium bowl. Take your berries of choice and add them to the top, and sprinkle on a few chunks of your favorite granola or cereal.
One final smoothie that is easy to make and filled with nutrients is your standard green smoothie. Take some water or your favorite milk alternative and add it to your blender. Afterwards, add a banana, spinach, kale, blueberries, and a scoop of vanilla or unflavored protein powder and blend together for a delicious smoothie.
There are hundreds of healthy recipes you can cook yourself at home before heading to work or class. These recipes should give you the boost of energy you need to get your day started on the right track.
Lara Hill is a senior Public Relations major at Emerson College from Groton, Massachusetts. She has contributed to several college publications, holding multiple editing positions and focusing mainly on sports journalism. When she is not in class or writing, she loves to sail, watch sports with her friends and family, sing with her sisters, and play with her dog, Cassie.