Back-to-School Breakfast Ideas
Breakfast can be a great way to increase the fiber and nutrients in your diet if you make the right choices. Incorporating a source of protein as well as produce is typically a great way to make sure that you are choosing something that will keep you full until your next snack or meal.
Here are a few ideas for making the most of the first meal of the day:
#1: Overnight Oats
Making your own overnight oats is simple and a great way to prepare several days of breakfast at one time. Additionally, homemade overnight oats tend to be better options than pre-made varieties because you can control the added sweetner. Top with seasonal fruit and chopped nuts or 1 Tbsp of nut butter for additional fiber and flavor.
#2: Better-for-You Breakfast Sandwich
Pre-made breakfast sandwiches from a fast-food restaurant or the frozen food aisle are often loaded with fat and sodium but a breakfast sandwich can be made better at home. Focus on choosing lean animal protein options like leftover grilled chicken or plant-based protein options like bean-based burger or tempeh and adding vegetables like sliced tomatoes, lettuce, avocado, bean sprouts, cucumbers and onions.
#3: Grain & Greens Bowl
Make the most of your leftovers from dinner by creating a grains and greens bowl for breakfast. Try using leftover brown rice or quinoa and topping with sauteed greens like spinach, kale or swiss chard. Top with an egg and your favorite spices or dressing for additional flavor.
#4: Chia Seed Pudding Parfait
Chia seeds are a great way to get some healthy fat and fiber in the morning. Try making an overnight chia seed pudding parfait by adding chia seeds to your favorite dairy or non-dairy milk option. Add vanilla extract, unsweetened cocoa powder or spices for additional flavor. Chia seeds will thicken the liquid overnight, simply top the pudding with fresh or frozen fruit in the morning for a great on-the-go breakfast.
#5: Grab-and-Go Protein Pack
Short on time? That doesn’t mean you need to skip breakfast. Prepare hard boiled eggs, 1oz of cheese or ¼ cup of nuts, a piece of fruit and 5-6 whole grain crackers for a quick on-the-go protein-packed meal to start the day.