If your New Year’s resolution is to eat healthier, then it all starts with a healthy, hearty breakfast. We’ve heard time and time again that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, yet many people continue to skip it or make unhealthy choices. These healthy breakfasts ideas for 2016 are not only wholesome and nutritious, but also easy to prepare in advance so you can just serve and go on busy weekday mornings.
Why is a healthy breakfast an essential component for achieving your weight-loss goals or maintaining a healthy lifestyle?
- It keeps your energy levels up throughout the day and boosts your brainpower.
- It kick-starts your metabolism and helps you burn more calories throughout the day.
- It encourages you to make healthier food choices for the rest of the day.
- It replenishes your glucose supply after a night of fasting.
- Most homemade breakfast foods (such as the ones listed below) do not contain refined flours and sugars and other unhealthy additives.
A hearty, typical North American breakfast usually requires some time spent in front of the stove, for example preparing omelettes, waffles, french toast, pancakes, bacon, the list goes on. Although I enjoy making a proper breakfast on the weekend (when I obviously have more time to do so), I always opt for pre-made, easy to serve breakfasts for weekday busy mornings. Prepping these healthy breakfasts in the evening reduces the probability of grabbing for sugary cereals or packaged foods during the stressful morning rush.
Chia seeds are loaded with heart-healthy omega 3’s and make for an easy, make-ahead breakfast. Simply prep the chia pudding in the evening then add your favourite ingredients (i.e., fresh fruit, nuts, etc.) in the morning, just before serving. Chia seeds are a great start to your morning since they also offer a healthy dose of antioxidants, fiber, and calcium. They absorb up to 10 times their weight in water so they are an ideal food to eat in the morning to ensure you start your say off hydrated!
Get these chia pudding recipes:
Raspberry Chocolate Chia Pudding Parfait
Strawberry Cheesecake Chia Pudding
Vegan Chocolate Chia Pudding
Coconut Chia Pudding with Caramelized Peaches
Chia Seed Pudding with Date Paste
Besides being naturally low in calories and very versatile to prepare, eggs are an excellent source of vitamin D and protein. The fat and protein content in eggs actually helps sustain your energy levels and keeps you satiated for longer and reduces the need for a mid-morning snack.
Oats are packed with fiber and help flush the bad cholesterol out of the digestive system. These easy-to-make oats are 100% raw and can be prepared in advance and served in the morning, right from the fridge or warmed up. This wholesome breakfast option lends well to a variety of flavour combinations and the kids will have fun making them too.
Get these overnight oat recipes:
Strawberry Cheesecake Overnight Oats
Chocolate Chip Overnight Oats
Blueberry Mango Overnight Oats
Apple Pie Overnight Oats
Peanut Butter Overnight Oats
Pumpkin Pie Overnight Oats
Homemade Breakfast Bars
Skip the packaged, store-bought granola or fruit and nut bars in favour of making homemade breakfast bars. Preparing your own bars means you know that they contain healthy, wholesome ingredients. Choose oats for a fiber-rich breakfast, puffed rice cereal as a gluten-free option, or dried fruit and nuts for a healthier version of packaged energy bars.
When prepared with healthy ingredients smoothies are an excellent breakfast option, especially if you prepare them in the evening for a grab n ‘go breakfast. Be sure to add wholesome superfoods such chia seeds, fresh fruits and veggies, and Greek yogurt. Or, add a dollop of omega 3-rich nut butter, natural sweetener such as dates or raw honey, or protein powder. The more wholesome ingredients you add, the more satiated you will feel and the more energy you will have to kick-start your day.
Packaged cookies are usually loaded with refined sugars and flours. Healthy breakfast cookies go well with tea, coffee, or milk for the kids. Little will they know that homemade cookies are actually good for them since you can swap traditional ingredients (i.e., butter, milk) with healthier ones (i.e., coconut oil, non-dairy milk) or add some superfoods, such as flax, chia, or hemp seeds.
Get these breakfast cookie recipes:
Oatmeal Goji Berry Cookies
Carrot Cake Oatmeal Cookies
Avocado Chocolate Chip Cookies
Chocolate Chia Oatmeal Cookies
Banana Coconut Quinoa Cookies
Raw Hazelnut Chocolate Goji Berry Cookies