If we’ve heard it once, we’ve heard it a
million zillion times: breakfast is the most important meal of the day. And yet, a lot of us still zip out the door in the morning without a second thought to skipping our a.m. meal. And it kind of makes sense, since the thought of waking up – i.e. parting with our beds – a little earlier in the interest of making breakfast isn’t one we’re crazy about entertaining. But it might be time for a little change in perspective. Think about how much easier your whole day would be if you were focused, full and filled with energy. That might give you a little more motivation to add an extra 10 minutes to your morning routine to fit in a meal before you rush out the door. These seven healthy recipes will keep your energy up all day, and most of them take less than 15 minutes to prepare. Consider this the most important meal of the day, made easy.
Whole Wheat Pancakes
Yes, pancakes can be healthy! Switch to whole wheat flour and add some eggs to the mix, and you’ve got a healthy meal that will leave you full of energy and ready to take on the day. Add cinnamon and flaxseed for extra sweetness and just the right pancake texture.
Get the recipe from Prevention.
We know avocado toast crossed the threshold from popular to basic a while ago, but there’s a reason this trendy snack is, well, trending. It’s easy, it’s healthy, and it’s delicious. Smash some avocado on the toast of your choosing and add pretty much any toppings you want. This healthy fat is a tasty source of energy.
Get the recipe from Faring Well.
Chia Seed Pudding
If you’re over the avocado trend, chia seeds are your new best friend. They’re high in fiber, protein, antioxidants, vitamins, and omega-3 fatty acids. Add honey and fruit to your pudding and you couldn’t ask for a better breakfast.
Get the recipe from Zero Belly Diet.
Avocado on Toast with Smoked Salmon
Swap your calorie-heavy bagel for some avocado-and-salmon topped rye toast. Avocados are super nutrient-dense, and salmon is a great source of protein and omega-3s, so get ready to feel satisfied and energized all day long.
Get the recipe from Olive Magazine.
Chipotle Taco Breakfast Skillet
This one may take a little longer to make, but it’s worth it because 1) it’s a taco for breakfast, 2) you can save your leftovers and enjoy this breakfast fiesta all week, and 3) it’s a taco for breakfast.
Get the recipe from Paleo Running Momma.
Egg, Tomato and Spinach Sandwich
If you’re craving a breakfast sandwich, this is the way to go. With hard-boiled eggs you can make the night before and nutrient-rich spinach and tomatoes on a whole wheat english muffin, it’s healthy, energizing and a lot better than that McDonald’s Egg McMuffin you might have considered snagging in the drive-thru on your way to the office.
Get the recipe from My Fitness Pal.
Strawberry, Banana, and Oat Smoothie
If that whole sit-down breakfast is still feeling like it’s not quite for you, no worries. That’s where smoothies come in. Smoothies are great because you can make them the night before, stick them in the fridge, then just grab them and go in the morning. They’re also great because the options are basically endless. To get you started, try your hand at a strawberry banana smoothie that’s infused with oats.
Get the recipe from This Gal Cooks.