No matter your level of experience in the kitchen, finding new recipes to spice up your morning routine can be a challenge…especially in a time crunch before you start the work day. If you find yourself growing tired of starting each day with the same bowl of cereal, and want some new ideas to add to your recipe repertoire, you’re in the right place. While keeping protein, fibre, healthy fats and vitamins in mind, here are the best breakfasts to start your work day!
This dish is incredibly easy to make overnight, and can be dressed in your favorite toppings—like granola, fruit, nut butters or syrups. It’s perfect for an on-the-go morning and is a seamless way to add healthy fats into your diet. The seeds are rich with omega-3 fatty acids, potassium, iron and calcium. And the best part about this breakfast, is that it only needs two ingredients: two tablespoons of chia seeds for every half cup of your choice of milk. You can also add a desired sweetener like honey or maple syrup. Leave in the fridge overnight and enjoy!
This hearty meal will help keep you cozy on a cold day! Oatmeal is a good source of protein and carbohydrates, and will leave you feeling satisfied throughout the morning. This dish can be garnished with fruit, but won’t leave you with a sugar crash—ensuring a long-lasting energy boost to help kick start your day. There are plenty of low-sugar instant oatmeal options to choose from, or you can buy steel cut oats and make a batch from scratch.
Another option for a light morning meal, is a yogurt parfait. This is a great way to incorporate protein, calcium and probiotics into your diet on a regular basis. You can also choose a plant-based yogurt, and layer the dish with any variety of nuts, grains, seeds and fruit. Opt for a high protein, low sugar yogurt like Greek or Icelandic to keep it healthy and nourishing.
Smoothie bowls are a timeless staple that can be enjoyed as a snack or as a packed, nutrient-dense breakfast. They can also be made in big batches to share with your family, and can be dressed up with drizzles of maple syrup, coconut shavings and chocolate chips for kids! If you want to speed up your morning routine even further, consider making a few different smoothies and freezing them in ice cube trays. When you’re ready to go, pop a few cubes in a blender with your preferred juice or plant based milk and enjoy!
Egg/Tofu Scramble Wrap
This spin on a traditional egg or tofu scramble is wonderful to eat on-the-go. Its flavor can transform with the help of a few ingredient changes, making it difficult to get sick of this classic. Spruce up the wrap with some caramelized onions, sautéed mushrooms or freshly diced tomatoes. And adding spices with anti-inflammatory properties, like turmeric and cayenne, can also make a difference in your morning routine!
These are perfect for egg-lovers who are tired of the classic scrambled, sunny-side or poached egg. Typically, quiches and frittatas are seen as the lunch and dinner versions of their breakfast counterpart—the omelet. However, each dish has a lot of the same ingredients and nutrients, and can help re-inspire your cooking in the morning. Add your favourite vegetables, meat or cheese and you’ve got a balanced and nutritious breakfast.
This comforting, filling meal will help transport you to the Mediterranean before you get to work! While the recipe options are endless, this dish always features a saucey base with vegetables and eggs nestled on top. The eggs lightly poach in the sauce and make for the perfect runny yolks to dip your bagels or baguettes.
By: Briahna McTigue