Written By Claudia Montez / Reviewed By Ray Spotts
You've heard it a thousand times, but do you know why breakfast is the most important meal of the day? It gives you energy. It replenishes the glucose in your body and starts converting it into fuel. It can also kick-start your metabolism and help you burn more calories throughout the day. So if you're trying to lose weight, it's an easy way to work on that fat-burning and thigh-busting.
Once you understand the importance of eating breakfast, you'll be ready to try some of these amazing healthy breakfast recipes. We have options for everyone, including vegans, vegetarians and gluten-free enthusiasts, so get ready to transform your mornings with these amazing breakfast ideas!
1. Quinoa Egg Breakfast Muffins
If you love breakfast muffins but hate the carbs that usually come with them, quinoa egg muffins are a healthier alternative. Also, they're super simple to make, and they can be frozen and re-heated for busy mornings in the future!
You start with a cup of cooked and cooled quinoa. Blend in six eggs and a smattering of salt and pepper. If you like cheese, some shredded cheddar can add both flavor and an ooey-gooey texture. You can also toss in your choice of veggies; the sky is the limit here, so feel free to experiment with spinach, mushrooms, tomatoes, broccoli, onions and more.
When you've mixed the batter to your satisfaction, pour it into muffin tins and bake it for 20 to 25 minutes. Voila! You've just created thick, fluffy breakfast muffins without a bit of gluten!
2. Tofu Scramble
Tofu is a superfood that contains all nine essential amino acids. It's vegan and vegetarian-friendly, and it contains no sugar, fat or gluten. It's also highly versatile: You can prepare tofu in ways that mimic everything from ground beef to grilled chicken!
Tofu scrambles are quite easy to make. They use crumbled tofu like scrambled eggs, and you can customize them with whatever veggies that you have on hand.
If you like your greens, you can add spinach, kale, asparagus or broccoli. If you enjoy the spice of the southwest, you can toss in some onions, red peppers, cumin and chili powder. Put an oriental twist on it by adding some kimchi. If you live with a meat or dairy lover, you can add cheese, ham, sausage or bacon to their portion.
Preparation is also simple: Just sauté the veggies before adding the tofu to the pan. Crumble it with a fork to get a fluffy, egg-like consistency. One important side note: Make sure to drain your tofu before cooking with it!
3. Overnight Oats
Oatmeal is packed with fiber, protein, antioxidants and other nutritional benefits that make it a breakfast superfood. But what if you aren't a fan of the hot stuff? Is there a way to prepare oatmeal that's light and fresh?
The answer is yes. When you make "overnight" oats, you soak the dry oatmeal in water or milk for several hours, and the end result is a tasty, effortless meal that puts a fun twist on the traditional Quaker guy. Another great thing about overnight oats is that you can customize them in hundreds of ways:
- Maple French Toast Oats: Cinnamon, vanilla extract, maple syrup, flaxseed
- Peanut Butter and Jelly Oats: Peanut butter, strawberry jam, almond milk
- Banana Bread Oats: Bananas, walnuts, cinnamon, nutmeg
- Moose Tracks Oats: Cocoa powder, Greek yogurt, chocolate chips
You can also eat them plain or with small slices of fruit for extra antioxidants!
4. Sheet Pan Protein Pancakes
Another great recipe for busy folks without a lot of time in the mornings, these "sheet pan" pancakes are ideal for meal prep. You can make them on the weekend and freeze them for the days ahead.
The recipe is simple, and it's pretty much identical to traditional pancakes. You'll need flour, milk, eggs, butter, baking powder and your favorite fruit such as blueberries or strawberries. For extra protein, we also recommend a scoop of protein powder.
Here's where things get interesting. Rather than pouring the batter into a griddle, you pour it into a pan and bake it! The end result is basically an extra-cakey pancake, and you can cut it into squares for perfectly proportioned meals all week long.
5. Breakfast Quesadilla
Last but not least, who doesn't love breakfast quesadillas? When you stuff them with eggs and veggies rather than fattening things like cheese and sour cream, you'll have a tasty and healthy meal to get your morning started right.
The contents can be anything that you'd like. Common ingredients include red onion, bell pepper, salsa and other things with zesty flavors, but you can customize them as you see fit. You can even indulge in some cheese as long as you use it in moderation! Crumbled feta will taste divine with some bacon or ham.
As for preparation, quesadillas are usually fried, but you can also pop them in the oven if you're trying to watch your oil intake. Enjoy your yummy and healthy breakfast!
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Claudia Montez is a content specialist with over four years of experience, currently working with MealFan. Her background in marketing and her experiences raising a family have given her insight into a wide variety of subjects. When not writing, she enjoys spending time with family, art, music, and the beach.
Founder Ray Spotts has a passion for all things natural and has made a life study of nature as it relates to health and well-being. Ray became a forerunner bringing products to market that are extraordinarily effective and free from potentially harmful chemicals and additives. For this reason Ray formed Trusted Health Products, a company you can trust for clean, effective, and healthy products. Ray is an organic gardener, likes fishing, hiking, and teaching and mentoring people to start new businesses. You can get his book for free, “How To Succeed In Business Based On God’s Word,” at www.rayspotts.com.