Okay, I know, when you think of whole food, you don’t think of quick, convenient food. Admit it, that’s the excuse we all use. “Making food from scratch takes too much time. It’s easier to throw a Pop Tart in the toaster!” Maybe you’re the type of person who doesn’t eat breakfast at all.
It’s okay if you’re not. I’ve been doing intermittent fasting for at least a year. However, my first meal, to “break” the fast, is always a breakfast style meal. Just because I wait 16 hours between my last meal one day and my first meal the next day, doesn’t mean I don’t need breakfast. In fact, with intermittent fasting, that first meal is even more important! What you eat when you break the fast needs to be healthy and nutritious. Breakfast, especially with intermittent fasting, is still the most important meal of the day.
Well, now you don’t have any excuses. Here are 5 super healthy breakfast ideas (Videos-no less. I mean who doesn’t love those quick recipe videos?). They are jam-packed with vitamins, minerals and healthy fat and they’ll be ready in the same amount of time as a Pop Tart or toast and Coffee.
Green Smoothie-The first time I ever heard of a green smoothie, it sounded disgusting. I mean why would anyone in their right mind blend leafy greens, with perfectly good fruit and drink it? It’s better than it sounds. In fact, they can be down right delicious. And what better way to eat those all important leafy greens? (Especially if you don’t like them). This video shows the basic smoothie technique. Feel free to get creative and, remember my motto, use what’s on hand. Let me know if you make a green smoothie so good, you just have to share. Watch this post on the 10 best blenders, for tips to pick the right one for you.
Smoothie bowls-Take smoothies to the next level by combining smoothies with fruit and granola. This video makes a basic fruit smoothie, using soymilk. If you are allergic to soy, or just try to avoid soy, (like me) use ANY liquid, such as water, nut milk, rice milk, coconut milk or coconut water, or even yogurt. Feel free to take the green smoothie you just made, and make it into a smoothie bowl.
Overnight Oatmeal-This recipe is prepared the night before, in just a few minutes and placed in the fridge. Then, when you wake up in the morning, you can grab it and go. Once again, this is a basic technique and very versitile.
“Magic” Eggs– I was fascinated by this technique when I first saw it. I admit, it’s very cool, but takes a bit of practice. I did try this, and was not successful the first time…or two. A few tips: 1) don’t add in the extra items the first time you make it, just the egg, 2) make sure your pot is big enough, with plenty of water.
Sweet Potato Toast-Take that magic egg you just made, and put it on a slice of sweet potato “toast”, along with some steamed greens. YUM! (Sweet potato toast tip…It’s not as quick as it looks in the video. In my experience, It takes 2-3 “toast cycles for the sweet potato to properly cook,)
Featured picture is via 9 Smoothie Bowl Recipes You’ll Want to Eat Every Morning