Sunday, June 8, 2014

Fast, Easy, Healthy Weekday Breakfasts

Some mornings you really need something super fast and easy for breakfast. In order to avoid the temptation to just grab something at a drive-thru, it's a good idea to keep a few quick and easy breakfast ideas at the ready. Here are some of my favorites for busy mornings:

Overnight Oats. Pinterest is just overrun with recipes for this stuff, with a tons of different variations. I make mine with oats, almond milk, some raisins and some cinnamon. Put it all in a mason jar the night before, and in the morning you can just grab it and go. Most people like to eat this stuff straight from the fridge, but I prefer to pop it into the microwave for a minute to warm it up.

Chia Pudding. Have you tried this stuff? It's pretty much amazing. Just like with Overnight Oats,
Chia Pudding with Berries
there are a million recipes for this on Pinterest. I've experimented a lot with different variations, and here is my favorite recipe: Put 1 cup of almond milk in a mason jar. Add 2 rounded tablespoons of chia seeds. Mix well. Dump in 1/2 cup berries and a drizzle of honey. Let sit in the fridge overnight. In the morning, stir well and enjoy! Equally awesome variation: substitute sliced banana for the berries (or maybe try both!)

Banana with Peanut Butter. Yup, just what it sounds like. I slice up a banana into a bowl. I take a spoon, and scoop out some peanut butter. I stir the peanut butter into the banana slices, and eat it all up. Super quick, super delicious, and surprisingly filling. That, and a cuppa tea, and I'm ready for whatever the day throws at me. Sometimes I do this with almond butter instead. Also awesome.

Smoothie. This is really only super fast and easy if you make up smoothie packs ahead of time. Then it literally takes two minutes to blend it up. Otherwise, you have to take the time to prep all the fruit and greens, and sometimes you just don't have that kind of time in the morning. When having a green smoothie for breakfast, I do like to add just a little extra protein... maybe an extra scoop of seeds or some nuts.

Healthy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies. What?! Cookies for Breakfast?! Well, not just any cookies... THESE cookies. They are made without any refined sugar (just a touch of maple syrup) and are made primarily of perfectly acceptable breakfast ingredients such as oats, almond butter, applesauce and raisins. These cookies aren't just for breakfast, but are good anytime you need a lil cookie fix, but don't want to sabotage your healthy diet.

Quick Pudla. If I have some leftover veggies in the fridge from another meal, sometimes I'll whip up a quick pudla for myself. This is not as quick as the other breakfasts on this list, as it takes about 10 minutes to prepare. However, it's super filling and gives you tons of energy to get through your morning. More about pudla in this here post.

All of these breakfasts are delicious and healthy, and fit perfectly into a clean-eating lifestyle. Speaking of... tomorrow begins the 21-Day Eat Clean Challenge we're doing on Facebook! Join the Challenge here: 21-Day Eat Clean Challenge

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