Before you bolt out the door, you should be fueled for the day with foods that will give you sustained energy and boost your mood. There are a number of breakfast dishes that require little to no time at all to prepare. Here is a list of four healthy morning meals that you can make when you’re on the go:
A smoothie is a quick meal to make that you can easily pack with all the nutrients you’ll need for your day. This is also a meal with versatile ingredients, so you can switch up the flavor profile by only changing a few ingredients around. Purchase smoothie ingredients—both fresh, frozen and dry—that can work with a number of combinations. Some staple dry ingredients are almonds, cacao nibs, cashews, sugar-free protein powder, monk fruit sugar, coconut flakes and hemp seeds. Frozen ingredients to keep on hand for smoothies include blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, pineapple, mango, and other frozen fruits. For fresh items, you can keep some bananas, dates, kale, and spinach in the house. Pack your smoothie with even more nutrients with supplements offered by health-oriented companies like Amway.
Protein Power Ball
A big time-saver in the morning is when your breakfast meals are pre-made at the beginning of the week. Protein Power Balls are an easy-to-make recipe that you can enjoy all week long. To make your protein balls, you’ll need peanut butter, almond butter, cashews, dried cherries, gluten-free oats, sunflower seeds, hemp seeds, dates and cinnamon. Blend the ingredients together in a food processor until the consistency of the mixture is somewhat smooth. It’s easier to work with the mixture when it’s cold, so place it in the fridge after blending. Roll golf-ball-sized balls of the mixture with your hands and place in a plastic container. Keep the protein balls in the fridge, where they’re easy to grab right when you wake up. Protein is powerful. It is a macronutrient that supports you physical and mental stamina throughout the day, reduces hunger and boosts your metabolism.
Eggs are also an excellent source of protein and contain all nine essential amino acids. The aminos they provide are ones that we can’t create in our bodies, but can only be derived from the foods we eat. Keep eggs and veggies on hand that you can make into a hearty, veggie scramble. Prep the vegetables—like zucchini, onion, bell pepper, and tomato—ahead of time and keep stored in fridge containers. In the morning you can quickly sautee a handful of veggies and scramble in some eggs and reduced-fat feta or goat cheese. This dish should only take you 10 minutes to make, while you wait for your morning coffee or tea to brew.
Muesli is one of the healthiest cereals you can eat. Muesli generally contains oats, nuts, dried fruit and any other dry ingredients that suit your flavor profile. This mixture of ingredients provides you with the macronutrients of complex carbohydrates and proteins that you need and is also a great source of insoluble fiber. It is important that you have insoluble fiber in your diet as it will support a healthy digestive system, absorbs excess sugar, lowers cholesterol levels and helps you stay at a healthy weight. Create your own Muesli mix with whole grain oats, puffed rice, coconut flakes, sunflower seeds, chopped cashews and dried fruit. Keep a container of your Muesli in your kitchen that you can enjoy with dairy-free milk before you start your day.
With a little preparation, planning and smart shopping you can have easy, healthy breakfast meals at the ready. These four, nutrient-packed meals will support not only your busy lifestyle but also your overall wellness so you can be your best self and take on the day.
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