Breakfast doesn’t have to consist of mundane choices such as toast, cereal and scrambled eggs. If you’re bored with breakfast and looking for a way to jazz things up a bit, take a look at these 5 healthy, quick and delicious morning meal ideas.
1. Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Oatmeal
Sounds more like a cookie? But if made the right way, this morning meal can be both savory and healthy. One bowl of oatmeal is less than 300 calories, contains 8 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber.
Preparation: Use one packet or one cup of plain oatmeal and prepare as the package directs. When hot, swirl in one tablespoon of low fat peanut butter (organic is best) and top with a couple spoonfuls of dark chocolate chips.
2. Single Serving Quiche with Spinach
Tired of the same old scrambled eggs? At 250 calories each, try making a personal quiche in a muffin tin that can be ready in just 15 minutes. This is a healthy alternative to fried eggs and mundane breakfast recipes.
Preparation: Stir together 6 eggs and 6 egg whites with several spoonfuls of ricotta cheese (fat free preferred) in a large bowl. Add four handfuls of fresh spinach that has been sautéed for a few minutes with olive oil. Frozen spinach can be used if it’s been thawed. Pour the mixture evenly into muffin tins and bake at 375 degrees for about 15 minutes. Be sure to use a nonstick muffin pan or spray the pan before using.
3. Mexican Eggs
Rather than serving plain old eggs at breakfast, jazz them up with a simple fix of salsa, fresh cilantro or chopped onions and peppers. Serve with a whole grain tortilla and you’ve got yourself a filling breakfast at only 250 calories per serving.
Preparation: Prepare scrambled or fried eggs as usual, using one large egg per serving. When the eggs are cooked, top them with a dash of cilantro, Jack cheese, salsa, olives or chopped red peppers.
4. Banana Topped English Muffin
Tired of the same old toast? Get adventurous by using an English muffin, peanut butter and slices of banana. At 295 calories per serving, this healthy breakfast is rich in protein, healthy carbohydrates and fiber.
Preparation: It’s easy to make. Just pop an English muffin into the toaster and top with 1 tablespoon of natural peanut butter and 1 sliced banana.
5. Waffle Toast
Rather than using high carbohydrate bread, opt for something a bit different and healthier. Grab a whole grain waffle and top it with fresh fruit or natural jam and you’ve got yourself a real treat in the morning. You can’t argue with 250 calories and neither will your hips.
Preparation: Toast a whole grain waffle and top with a teaspoon of all-natural butter, sunflower butter or peanut butter. Add fresh fruit slices instead of syrup and you’ve allowed yourself a decadent breakfast, minus the fat and calories.
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