Healthy hot breakfasts are starting to be on our minds again as overnights and mornings start to show signs that the end of summer is happening. When it gets a bit tougher to pull off those cozy blankets in the morning, the thought of something comforting to eat can make things a little easier.
After all, when the frosty weather returns, the appeal of a cold smoothie first thing in the morning starts to droop. Sure, the flavors are still lovely, but eating something chilled when you’re already feeling chilly makes for a tough start to the day. Healthy hot breakfasts start to become more of a priority, but the key is to find the best ones to suit your taste buds and the limited time you have to prep and eat them.
When you don’t have a huge amount of time in the morning, it’s easy to think that the only healthy hot breakfasts you can make before you go are a bowl of instant oatmeal or something else from a similar packet. This is nice on occasion – particularly when you choose the plain option and add nuts, seeds and berries – but most of us would prefer a bit of variety.
The following are some fantastic alternatives to regular instant oatmeal on a day when you want to feel full and toasty throughout the fall and winter mornings:
This may sound like it’s lengthy and complex, but the majority of it is cooked the day before, slashing the time needed to get it done. Stab a sweet potato several times with a fork, then microwave it until it is tender all the way through. Then, refrigerate overnight. The next day, cut the sweet potato in half and scoop out the insides and mash them. Mix them in a bowl with an egg and microwave, stopping to stir it frequently until the egg is cooked. Mix tomatoes and a sprinkling of parmesan cheese to the mix and return the filling to the sweet potato skins, heating the whole thing in the microwave until warm.
Polenta is a kind of porridge dish made from cornmeal instead of oats. Prepare it and add a poached egg on top, as well as some tomatoes heated up with some green onions in a pan or in the microwave.
Have you fallen in love with the idea of a smoothie bowl? With a small tweak to the ingredients, it can be just as lovely warm as it is cold. Moreover, it tastes much better on a cold morning than a traditional cold dish.
You may not want any more instant oatmeal but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a super-healthy, extra tasty form of the dish. Prepare a batch of steel cut oats the night before. Portion it out and freeze extras so you can easily warm them up for future breakfasts. The next morning, reheat the oats with a splash of almond milk, almond slices, pure cocoa powder and fresh or frozen strawberry slices. This is fantastic for satisfying a sweet tooth as well as providing yourself with a nutrient-dense, filling and delicious meal.
If you want something that doesn’t just come from an instant packet, then the key to healthy hot breakfasts is to prepare your meals in advance. Don’t worry, this doesn’t mean that you’ll be spending hours getting things ready. After all, if you’re already prepping your lunch in advance for most days of the week, then the last thing you need is to require another few hours to dedicate to your breakfasts.
Use the following tips to make sure you’re always on top of the first meal of the day without having to waste a lot of time doing it:
* This article is for informational purposes only and not to be taken as medical advice. Always consult with your doctor before making any changes to your medications, supplements, diet, or exercise routine.