Breakfast is often considered the most important meal of the day and that is often true. The reason why it is so important? Right after you wake up you need energy and nutrients to start your day off right. If you often find yourself feeling sluggish at school, work, or out doing chores it might be because of three things: you are not eating enough or at all for breakfast, you are eating too much, or you are simply eating the wrong things.

 

Thankfully for us, breakfast is a very versatile meal. It can range from savory to sweet and allows us to experiment with a lot of fun food creations, so check out some of these breakfast recipes you and your family will love to start their day off with!

Waffles

Waffles fall into a strange category that people associate them as a delicacy breakfast item. The best thing for breakfast is convenience, and waffles can be incredibly simple with the use of a waffle maker/waffle iron. Waffle makers take out a lot of the trouble of making breakfast because the majority of the work is assembling the batter. With some eggs, flour, baking powder, sugar, milk, and butter you can whisk up a batter in no time, then pour it into these appliances. They come in smaller varieties now too to save space and allow you to enjoy some delicious breakfast treats without overeating. Additionally, they are really easy to clean too to reduce chores in the morning. Just do not forget to add the fruits and berries for a healthier option.

Breakfast Smoothies

For families on the go, time is of the essence in the morning. Between packing your kids’ lunch for school or figuring out who gets to use the shower next, there is not much time to make a truly healthy and fulfilling meal to start the day. Breakfast smoothies allow you to mix in really healthy options and take your meal on the go quickly. One really good recipe for a breakfast smoothie is mixing a cup of almond or soy milk, adding in ½ or 1 cup of mixed berries (blueberry, strawberry, raspberry), ¼ cup of oats and some ice and you have a delicious and nutritious smoothie to energize you all day.

Sunny-Side Up Egg and Bell Peppers

Another filling but the healthy option is to hollow out a bell pepper (any color), cut it into slices, then fry an egg in the middle. This recipe is super simple but it allows you to enjoy the protein and energy from the egg while also getting the nutrients and vitamins of a rich vegetable like bell peppers. You can even make scrambled eggs and add them into the hollowed-out bell pepper without cutting it into slices so you can get more of the pepper. If you want to go even farther in making this a healthy option, try using avocado oil instead of butter or margarine to cut down on saturated fats and sodium.

Smoothie Bowls

Going back to the smoothie idea, you have likely seen many people posting their oh so aesthetically pleasing smoothie bowls on social media. These might look complicated, but they are really simple to do yourself. All you need are fruits, oats, and yogurt. The best part is that they are up to your imagination. You can make a mango, kiwi and oat smoothie bowl with chia seeds and vanilla yogurt, or you can go with walnuts and blueberries and some yogurt. The only limitation is what you feel like eating so it is fun to experiment to see what tastes best and of course, what you have in your kitchen.

Avocado Toast

 

What kind of breakfast recipe list would this be without a modern classic? Avocado toast gets a bad reputation for being expensive, which is true if you buy it from a coffee shop or restaurant, but when done at home it is a cheap but effective breakfast recipe. All you need is one or two ripened avocados, cut them open and spread them (full slices or mashed, it is really just about preference) on top of whole-grain toast, and add pepper, tomatoes, fried egg or egg whites and you have a simple but amazing breakfast that even the pickiest eaters in the family will enjoy.

 

Finding the right balance between a nutritious and time-saving breakfast might seem hard, but with these ideas, you can be sure to have a mix of both. All of these ideas require minimal effort, taste great, and will allow you to get the most out of your breakfast, even in a pinch.

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