It's often said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but how many of us really eat a healthy breakfast every morning? Most of us either opt for sugar, fat and preservative-loaded breakfast foods or don't even eat breakfast, starting the day with just a highly caffeinated beverage. Preparing a healthy breakfast can be less time-consuming than you believe. Here are some simple, quick and healthy suggestions to get your day started right.
Cheese or Yogurt with Fruit- Fresh fruit, particularly when it's in season, is tasty when paired with some form of dairy product. Cottage cheese or low fat yogurt are good low-calorie alternatives, but if you don't care about the calories, any type of cheese is good. Fruit can be prepared the night before or alternatively canned, frozen or even dried fruit can be used, although fresh is always best for taste and health benefits.
Breakfast Parfait- Alternately layer yogurt, fruit and granola in a bowl or glass. Almost any type of fruit can be used, but it's best to use plain yogurt. If you don't have granola, breakfast cereal can be used.
Breakfast Shake or Smoothie- You can exercise your creativity here. Any flavor of yogurt or ice cream can be used for a base. Add a couple of tablespoons of milk or fruit juice. Blend in flavored milk powders or protein powders and fresh, frozen or canned fruit.
Microwave Omelette - You can make an easy omelette in the microwave in just a few minutes. Whip up eggs and milk as for any other omelette using a microwave safe bowl. Filling for your omelette can be cooked or raw veggies, cooked meat, seafood or lunchmeat, spices and soft cheeses. Cook eggs on high for about 1 to 1 and 1/2 minutes or until eggs are soft-cooked, but still runny. Stir and add filling. Microwave until eggs are almost solid. Sprinkle cheese on top. Microwave 'til cheese is melted and enjoy, with whole-grain toast.
Cereals- If you must have pre-packaged cereals for breakfast, opt for those high in whole grains and low in sugar. Keep nuts, seeds and fresh or dried fruit on hand, to add for flavor and health.
All of these easy and healthy recipies can be varied, utilizing foods you already have available. Experiment with your favorites and get a better start to your day.