Nothing is better than a lazy Sunday morning when you can ease into the day with a handcrafted superfood latte and a pile of homemade pumpkin pancakes. If only every morning could allow for a mindful sit-down breakfast, but a well balanced breakfast is still possible even on busy weekdays. Here are nine simple breakfast swaps that will set you up for a successful day and will make every morning feel (and taste) like a Sunday.
#1 Bake Up Some Breakfast Bites
If you only have time for a quick bite then ditch the store bought granola bars and grab a breakfast bite instead like these Blueberry Banana Breakfast Bars or Ginger Lemon Bars. If most mornings include a workout at the gym before heading to the office, fill your gym bag with a protein packed snack like these Goji Berry and Cashew Protein Bars.
#2 Befriend the Freezer
Skip the store bought frozen waffles and pancakes and make your own by befriending your freezer. Afterall, the easiest breakfast to make is the one that has already been prepared, so whip up a batch (or two) of these freezer-friendly pancake and waffle recipes:
#3 Quick Quiches
Think slow scrambles are only for the weekend? Think again. Save yourself some major minutes in the morning with these on-the-go mini quiches or these healthy quiche muffins. Extra eggs? Boil them and keep them in the refrigerator for a quick grab-and-go protein source. Simply sprinkle with salt and pepper or your favorite spice for a touch of added flavor.
#4 Make Ahead Muffins
When shopping the center aisles of the grocery store, skip the store bought muffins and make your own instead. Bake up a big batch so you have enough for the full week ahead and if you have any leftover, store them in the freezer to enjoy later. Try these Blueberry Muffins or Morning Glory Muffins.
#5 How About a Hash
Extra sweet potatoes from those Sweet Potato Collagen Waffles? How about making some sweet potato hash. Simply grate up a sweet potato, mix in some fresh vegetables like garlic, green pepper and onion then sprinkle in some spices and herbs like chili flakes, chili, pepper and salt. If you want an added source of protein, scramble in some eggs. Here’s a recipe for some Easy Sweet Potato Hash.
#6 Prepare Parfaits
Individual yogurts are easy to grab on the go, but can include extra ingredients like natural flavors, preservatives and artificial sweeteners. Instead, ditch the individual yogurts and replace them with homemade parfaits. Purchase your plain yogurt of choice and add your favorite ingredients like granola, fresh fruits, nuts or nut butters and seeds to create your own breakfast parfait.
#7 Top Your Toast
Toast is an easy breakfast meal, but simply eating a slice of toast can be rather boring. Take your toast up a notch by adding a protein source to create a breakfast that is simple yet satiating. Top your toast with a spoonful of homemade hummus and a sprinkle of seeds like chia, flax or hemp seeds or select your favorite nut butter and include a few slices of fresh fruit and some toasted pumpkin seeds.
#8 Swap Your Smoothies
Stocking up on store bought smoothies can make breakfast on the go easy, but some pre-packaged smoothies contain added sugar. Avoid added sugars and extra ingredients by swapping store bought smoothies for homemade smoothies. Simply set aside some time on Sunday evening to prepare your smoothie ingredients then package them for each day of the week. Toss everything in individual reusable containers then pop them in the freezer. When you wake up in the morning, all you need to do is grab a bag, throw everything in the blender and blend. It’s that simple! Need some smoothie inspiration? Check out these five smoothie combinations.
#9 Dinner for Breakfast
We have heard of breakfast for dinner, but why not dinner for breakfast. Repurpose your leftover spaghetti squash and use it to bake up a spaghetti squash casserole. No time for a casserole? Then simply warm up a bowl of spaghetti squash and top with your favorite veggies and a scrambled egg.
Mindful morning meals are not just reserved for the weekends and can easily be enjoyed every day of the week. Use these six simple breakfast swaps for your next morning meal and if you need more morning inspiration, check out all of our breakfast recipes.
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