The alarm goes off. You hit snooze. You stumble out of bed with only a cup of coffee to get you going and then run out the door without breakfast. Or maybe you grab a big, sugary muffin that keep you full for about about 5 minutes and then you're left looking around for anything you can eat (usually a donut that someone brought in to work). The 10 am slump is real, people.
And while there's nothing wrong with a second breakfast every once in a while (or a bottomless Sunday brunch, for that matter), if you're looking to get healthy and keep your energy sustained for longer periods of time, you'll want to up the ante in your morning routine.
Breakfast truly is one of the most important meals of the day. The morning is the time that many people are more clear-eyed and productive (it could be that pot of coffee you drank too, but we're not judging). A good breakfast has the capacity to jump start your day and set the course for healthy choices, while a bad breakfast can set the tone for a day of sugar spikes and crashes.
Healthy fats found in veggies like avocados and protein will keep you from fading before lunch, and you'll make better choices when you do eat (you'll definitely be more inclined to think first before you dive into that mac and cheese at the cafeteria). In addition to those healthy fats that will help you feel full for longer, the morning is also a great time to get in a big dose of your fruits and veggies for the day. Smoothies, juices, and acai bowls are all great morning treats (and some of them taste so delicious you'll forget that they're good for you).
Here are some of our favorite breakfast recipes perfect for busy couples!
Avocados really are a wonder food—they're filled with nutrients and healthy fats, and they happen to taste delicious. This iconic breakfast dish can be as simple as ripe avocado spread on crusty bread and sprinkled with sea salt, but the variations are also endless (that's where the fun comes in).
Banana Cream Pie Chia Pudding
Chia seeds are high in Omega-3s, fiber, and can help to boost energy. The best thing about these little powerhouse seeds? Add liquid and they thicken into delicious puddings like this one (a healthy choice for breakfast or dessert).
With vitamin-rich spinach, bananas, chia seeds, almond milk, and a touch of lime, this bright and nutritious smoothie will have you ready to tackle anything.
Vegan and Gluten-free Blueberry Waffles
Who doesn't love waffles? This healthy version is packed full of antioxident-rich berries, flax seeds (an excellent source of Omega-3s), and oats.
Chicken and Green Chili Egg Muffins
Eggs are one of the best ways to keep those pesky sugar cravings at bay. Add in some lean protein like chicken and you have a superstar breakfast. These egg muffins are a great on-the-run snack—simply prep a batch for the week and you'll be good to go.
Yogurt Parfait with Mixed Berry Compote
These parfaits are the perfect combo of sweet, tangy, and crunchy (just be careful that you don't start eating the gluten-free almond granola by the handful, it's that good).
Quinoa Breakfast Bowl
Quinoa is a grain that's high in fiber and protein and is naturally gluten-free. If you've usually had it in savory dishes, give this sweet and nutty version a try—it's perfect for a cold winter morning when you want something warm and filling.
Healthy cookies for breakfast? If that's music to your ears, try this recipe for these nut, oat and berry-filled treats.
If you love oatmeal in the morning but hate the prep time, this recipe is for you. Simply soak the oats overnight with a mixture of almond milk, water, and a bit of cinnamon and maple syrup for flavor, and they'll be ready to go when you wake up. Your morning routine will be changed forever!
If you prefer a more savory breakfast experience, go for a mix of root veggies and leafy greens and top with a sunny-side up egg.
Coconut Flour Banana Bread
This bread is like magic—it doesn't have any oil, gluten, or sugar (what?!) but still manages to be absolutely delicious.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Milkshake
A milkshake for breakfast? When it's filled with healthy ingredients like this one, why not? Raw cacao powder fights antioxidants and gives a boost of energy, peanut butter adds protein, while almond butter and banana rounds it out for a filling breakfast treat.