How often have we been told that breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day? With the season of rich foods and tasty treats upon us, it’s even more important to start the day out healthy. There are a number of easy breakfasts that are healthy and delicious.
Easy and filling for breakfast, beat eggs with your favorite cheese and add sautéed mushrooms, onions and spinach to the mixture and pour into muffin tins.
Overnight Oats | Not your average oatmeal, but it’s quick, easy and ready when you wake up. Soak oats overnight in any kind of liquid you like. A common version is equal parts raw rolled oats, milk and yogurt. Leave out overnight and eat at room temperature in the morning or heat up in a pot on the stove.
Breakfast bowls | A fabulous twist on breakfast. My favorite is a brown rice, scallion, kimchi and scrambled egg bowl served on a bed of spinach or mixed greens with a touch of sriracha. It’s healthy, high in protein and totally satisfying.
There are numerous variations of breakfast bowls. The smoothie bowl has grown in popularity. Make your favorite smoothie and add any variation of fresh fruit, granola, nuts and coconut flakes to create a colorful and healthy breakfast.
Breakfast salad bowls are also a favorite. Start with mixed greens, sliced avocado and grilled tomatoes and top with poached eggs or eggs over easy and a drizzle of balsamic- vinegar — delightful.
Egg muffins | Easy and filling for breakfast, beat eggs with your favorite cheese and add sautéed mushrooms, onions and spinach to the mixture and pour into muffin tins. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes at 350° until brown and the egg mixture is set. These are easy to pack for on-the-go breakfasts.
Buttered coffee | For a delicious twist on your morning coffee, try Buttered Coffee. This morning beverage is just plain delicious. The blender emulsifies the coconut oil and butter giving your coffee a nice creamy latte effect. Try this version of morning Joe: 2 cups of organic strong-brewed coffee, 2 tablespoons of butter and 2 tablespoons of coconut oil. Place all the ingredients into a blender for several seconds. It’s very tasty.
Chia Porridge | A delicious morning food, Chia Porridge has been on the radar as a great breakfast alternative. Dani Spiekermeier, local massage therapist and yoga teacher, makes one of the best chia breakfast dishes hands down.
1 C chia seed
1 C water, plus more if necessary
½ can coconut milk
2 t cardamom or 4 to 5 pods
2 t cinnamon or 1 to 2 sticks
Maple syrup or 1 banana, mashed to sweeten
Berries and sliced banana
Mix chia, coconut milk and water and let sit for 30 minutes. Add more water to thin to a favorable consistency. Add spices, maple syrup and fresh fruit. Great when refrigerated overnight, too.
Priya Hutner is a writer, health and wellness consultant, and natural foods chef. Her business, The Seasoned Sage, focuses on wellness, conscious eating and healthy living. She offers healthy organic meals for her clients. She may be reached at [email protected] or visit theseasonedsage.com. Visit TheTahoeWeekly.com to read more.