Food for Thought: Healthy 5-minute breakfast ideas
The alarm goes off and the morning mayhem begins. You quickly wake the kids from their dreamy slumber before jumping in the shower. As everyone hurries to get ready and out the door on time, there’s one critically important part of the day that often gets overlooked: a healthy breakfast.
Research shows nutrients from a wholesome breakfast help provide sustainable energy while boosting concentration in the classroom and at work. Breakfast also jumpstarts the metabolism and can help reduce snacking and the temptation for unhealthy eating later in the day. Nonetheless, during those busy mornings it’s tempting to bypass breakfast to save a few minutes.
It’s time to change breakfast bad habits for good! These five breakfast ideas aren’t just healthy and delicious, they take a mere 5 minutes or less to make so you save time and feel your best every day.
1. Cereal sundaes
Healthy cereal sundaes are simple to make and fun to eat. Start with a base: plain yogurt which is loaded with beneficial probiotics. Then, set out a variety of healthy toppings and let everyone in the family customize their breakfast sundae. Bran cereal, fresh or dried fruit, chopped unsalted nuts and a drizzle of raw honey will gear you up for a great day.
2. Sprouted grain waffles
Most toaster waffles use refined wheat flour often devoid of nutrients. Put a healthier breakfast waffle on the table in just 3 minutes when you toast Ezekiel 4:9 Sprouted Grain Waffles. Sprouted grains activate otherwise dormant nutrients to produce remarkable protein that keeps your family fueled. Learn more at www.FoodForLife.com. Top with a favorite nut butter and you have an energizing, nutrient-packed breakfast.
3. Microwave egg scrambles
Fresh eggs are nutritional powerhouses packed with protein and vitamins A, D and E. Microwave egg scrambles taste like an omelet without the cooking hassles. Simply crack an egg into a coffee cup, add a tablespoon of milk and beat until mixed. If desired, add extras like chopped onion, mushrooms and cheese. Microwave for 30 seconds, then stir and microwave for another 30 seconds until done.
4. Breakfast pizza
Put a healthy twist on pizza for a quick, satisfying breakfast kids and adults will love. Start with sliced naan or a whole wheat bagel. Toast to warm and add a smear of ricotta cheese. Then top with sliced tomatoes and sprinkle with a dash of fleur de sel and dried basil, if desired. If you prefer a sweeter pizza, skip the tomatoes and use sliced fruit instead. This tasty breakfast will fight hunger pangs straight until lunchtime.
5. Superfood smoothie
Smoothies are a tasty treat for breakfast that takes mere minutes to make. Select vitamin-packed frozen or fresh fruits such as berries, mango, pomegranates and kiwi. Add sliced fruit to the blender. For an extra-creamy smoothie that tastes like a healthy version of a fruity malt, blend with almond or coconut milk, plain yogurt and frozen banana. Experiment with ingredients to create the perfect customized smoothie that’s lip-smacking good.
EASY RECIPE: Chai Latte
Time: 10 minutes
Serving Size: 1 cup
3 cups milk
3 cups water
6 tablespoons sugar
¾ teaspoon McCormick Gourmet Cinnamon, Ground Saigon
¾ teaspoon McCormick Gourmet Cardamon, Ground
¾ teaspoon McCormick Gourmet Cloves, Ground
Pinch McCormick Gourmet White Pepper, Ground
12 black tea bags
In a medium saucepan, simmer milk, water, sugar and spices for one minute. Place tea bags in milk mixture. Remove from heat, cover and steep for five minutes. Remove teabags. Serve hot or refrigerate until chilled and serve over ice.