Toaster French Toasts
Chickpea Salad Sandwich (Vegan Egg Salad)
Greek Yogurt Parfait
This is my staple easy, healthy breakfast to start my days off right. Greek yogurt is full of protein, granola with nuts has healthy fats, proteins and complex carbohydrates, and fruits help start your day off with vitamins and minerals.
For a vegan/dairy-free option, you can make chia pudding with vanilla almond milk and ground chia seeds to replace the Greek yogurt. Chia is also loaded with protein, so you’re still helping to keep yourself full through the morning with this option.
You can also try making your own apple cinnamon granola that’s perfect for kicking off the fall, Recipe Here.
Smoothies are always a great way to start the day because they’re quick, portable and loaded with vitamins. However, it is important to make sure that you are including proteins in your smoothies if you are having it as a meal rather than a snack. You can do this by adding chia seeds, Greek yogurt, nut butter or your favourite protein powder to your smoothies.
Adding leafy greens to your smoothie is also the perfect way to make sure you are getting the nutrition that you need for the day. Leafy greens are rich in an abundance of vitamins, minerals an phytochemicals, and help your body create B vitamins which help the brain function more efficiently. Spinach is my favourite green to add because it doesn’t change the flavour or texture of the smoothie. I like to add it to my typical mango, peach and strawberry smoothie when I need that extra immunity boost (i.e. when everyone else at school starts getting sick from stress).
Toast with Pecan Butter, Bananas and Honey
Pecan butter is my favourite of the nut butter, since it pairs really well with sweet flavours. I haven’t been able to find any pre-made pecan butters in stores, so I just blend pecans together with honey, a touch of salt, and enough olive oil to bring everything together. This keeps really well in the fridge, but it doesn’t last very long in my house.
This is a great breakfast for when the weather starts to cool down. When it’s not so hot out your body needs more energy to keep itself warm. The complex carbohydrates and fats from the bananas and pecans give the body the fuel it needs to keep itself at this comfortable temperature. If you have extra time and want to add a bit more protein, you can also make these into sandwiches with french toast using the first recipe.
Classic Avocado Toast
Avocados are filled with healthy fats that give you the calories you need to take on the day. Calories indicate the amount of energy that the food is giving to your body, and fats have a higher number of calories per gram than protein and carbohydrates. So, if you need extra energy to take on your workload, the healthy fats in avocados are perfect to help you through.
Avocado toast starts with toast and avocado (obviously), and can then be customized for any flavour preference or craving. My personal favourite way to make it is with feta, sliced red onions and a hard boiled egg when I need some protein.
I love Quaker’s instant oatmeal packages. They’re delicious, quick and easy to make. All you have to do in the morning is boil water in the kettle and then pour the water and package into a bowl. You can do it in your sleep, which will probably be the case anyways. Unfortunately, the packets are not the healthiest what with the added sugar and mysterious additives.
This is why many people who are in a rush in the morning like to make overnight oats, where they combine large flake oats and other healthy ingredients in a cute little mason jar and let the oatmeal soak in the fridge overnight. I’ve never been a fan of overnight oats, as the flavour and texture and sitting around that it does kind of puts me off.
I much prefer regular stove top instant oats. They are not as instant as the packets, but they take less forethought and taste arguably better than overnight oats. Plus, you don’t need to search the internet for recipes that may or may not work out for you. Just follow the instructions on the oatmeal package, and add in whatever ingredients you like in your oatmeal. Maple brown sugar is my favourite, with apple cinnamon and banana nut butter following closely behind.