One of the first, most common of casualties in the modern daily American diet is breakfast. Both kids and adults are guilty of neglecting this important first meal of the day. Not having eaten for close to twelve hours, our bodies are in dire need of some energy to get started for the day.
Lacking breakfast, your mind doesn’t work as well as it might, had you ingested a little protein, along with various nutrients your body needs. Come mid-morning, you might also develop a headache, or come across as less than your usual enchanting self. Without a good breakfast, you’re more apt to reach for a pastry, soda or other fattening food, because you crave a pick-me-up. Incidentally, sugary foods and coffee on the fly, can contribute to a headache, putting on weight in all the wrong places and, for the final insult, produce a ‘sugar crash’ an hour or two later.
Granted, we all lead busy lives. Here we have some quick, but nutrition packed breakfast recipes that can be prepared in just a few minutes, or even as do-aheads you can freeze, grab and nuke, eating on your way to work.
1. Trail mix, supplies many of the nutrients that get you off to a good start. Pour a cup of milk and you’re on your way. A piece of fresh fruit makes this ‘breakfast recipe’ a recipe for health, with no preparation required.
2. Just about any kid or adult thinks they’re having a treat when they get a smoothie. Again, this breakfast recipe requires almost zero preparation. Keep a few bags of your favorite frozen fruits in the freezer. Toss a handful of each of these fruits in to the blender, along with some milk or yogurt, put the lid on and press the button. You’ve got breakfast and a filling one at that. Each member of the family can make their own combination, one after another, so you don’t even need to wash the blender until everyone’s got their take-out smoothie.
3. Now for an easy do-ahead breakfast recipe: Raid you frozen fruit bags the night before, placing in a medium sized bowl in the frig to thaw overnight. In the morning, slice a banana or two into the bowl, along with a can of fruit cocktail, drained. Mix it all up and serve in small fruit bowls. There’s a few variations you might try. Put a shortcake cup in the bottom of the bowl, pile in the fruit and eat. A fancier version might come with a little non-dairy whipped topping. Or, you might also mix your favorite yogurt in with the fruit and sprinkle with a teaspoon of wheat germ to make a simple power breakfast recipe.
4. Feeling like something a bit more substantial? When you have more time, such as on a lazy weekend morning, make a quiche. Quiche, like an omelet is one of those breakfast recipes that hardly requires a recipe! Used a prepared pastry crust. Beat six to eight eggs (depending on the size of the pie – a deep dish pie pan works great). Layer your favorite ingredients in the pie pan. Fresh spinach, sliced mushrooms, diced onions and cheese is a terrific combination. Salad shrimp and fresh mozzarella, seasoned with tarragon is another winner. Pour the eggs over and bake. (Anything you enjoy in an omelet is fare game in a quiche, which also gives you a chance to raid the frig for those little bits and bites of leftovers. You’ll get eight substantial portions from this do-ahead breakfast recipe. Cut into portions and freeze individually.
Each of these easy breakfast recipes is nutritious and good for the diet-conscious. Try them and you’ll soon become a breakfast activist!