We all know how important a healthy breakfast is to our overall health, but how many of us make the time to cook for ourselves in the morning? Most of us have classes or jobs we have to get to, family or pets we have to take care of, and all sorts of other priorities in the morning that trump making a nutrient-rich breakfast. The excuses I hear most often are "I don't have enough time'" and "I don't want to wake up earlier to cook breakfast."
To counter this, I've put together three healthy breakfast meals that take 10 minutes or less to make.
Eggs, Lentils and Spinach
This is my personal favorite, and it has become the favorite of a few of my clients as well. I originally got this idea from the blog of Tim Ferriss. It is a great way to get fiber, greens and protein all in the same meal. The steps are simple:
- Grab a bowl, cooking pan, cooking spray and 2 or 3 eggs, pre-cooked lentils, and baby spinach.
- Spray the pan with the cooking spray and crack the eggs into the pan to fry.
- Put lentils and spinach at the bottom of the bowl.
- After eggs are done cooking, place on top of lentils and spinach.
I wish I could take credit for this brilliant idea, but Dan John mentioned it in his book Never Let Go, and I have been using it and sharing it with clients ever since. You can use a variety of different oatmeal, but my personal favorite is Nature's Path Blueberry Cinnamon Flax.
- Grab a pot, bowl, two packets of oatmeal, and your choice of protein powder (I suggest using vanilla flavored powder, as it does not interfere with the taste of your oatmeal choice).
- Fill the pot with water and turn on stove to boil water.
- Place two packets of oatmeal and a scoop of protein powder inside the bowl.
- Once water is boiling, pour over top of oatmeal and protein powder, and mix.
Boiled Egg and Cheese English Muffin
The final quick, easy and healthy breakfast requires no heating, cooking or baking, and it takes the least time of the three. Before you begin, you will need pre-boiled eggs (which you can get at any local supermarket), Laughing Cow (or similar) cheese, baby spinach and English muffins. Here's how to make it:
- Slice 2 boiled eggs like you would a banana.
- Place sliced eggs on one side of the English muffin.
- Place cheese wedge and spinach on top of boiled eggs.
- Place other half of English muffin on top.
As you can see, breakfast doesn't have to be a 30-minute chore every morning, and it doesn't have to suck or be unhealthy if you choose a quick and easy route. These three breakfast meals can be rotated throughout the week so that you never get bored. You can come up with your own quick and easy breakfast ideas as well. Now that you have no more excuses, make some breakfast and get your day started in a healthy way!
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