We all know that we should eat breakfast. Besides the fact that skipping this morning meal will give you uncomfortable hunger pangs, there are several health-related reasons to fuel up first thing. Breakfast helps you focus which will enable you to be more productive at work throughout the day and improves your memory.
Smoothies are a popular breakfast choice -- they’re simple to put together and portable, so you can take them to the office or enjoy them on your morning commute. But what if you hate smoothies? There are still many fast and easy options to ensure that you never have to skip breakfast and can perform to the best of your ability at work. Here are 5 breakfasts that don’t include smoothies.
1. Try a Smoothie Bowl
If you’re not into drinking smoothies, why not put all of the usual ingredients into a bowl? Smoothie bowls are eaten with a spoon and include a variety of sweet and savory toppings. You will reap the health benefits of smoothies -- getting a number of nutrients, vitamins and minerals in one easy package -- but will feel like you’re eating a meal rather than merely drinking it.
Start with some acai powder and blend with your typical smoothie milk and fruit combinations -- whether you’re into raspberries, a mix of berries, banana, avocado or some added sweetener. Top with sliced bananas, granola, shredded coconut -- the options are endless, so get creative and try a different smoothie bowl each morning.
2. Bake Up Some Protein Granola Bars
Granola bars have one thing in common with smoothies: portability. Instead of bringing a smoothie to work in the ever popular mason jar or a water bottle, you can just as easily wrap a granola bar up in a napkin and enjoy on the go. Make your own and add a scoop of protein powder to ensure that you’re getting enough of this incredibly important nutrient.
A healthy breakfast must include protein so you’re not reaching for a bag of chips before lunchtime rolls around. Protein enables you to actually feel and stay full, so enjoy some protein-rich granola for a healthy start to your work day. The ingredients for homemade bars are pretty simple: just oats, some sweetner (try maple syrup or honey), almond or peanut butter, and any dried fruit you want.
3. Whisk Up Veggie Scrambled Eggs
While smoothies are known for packing in a lot of fruit, you can make some scrambled eggs and include a variety of vegetables. Try mushrooms, red pepper, kale, or spinach. Pack in as many as you can to get the most vitamins and minerals possible. Vegetables also contain cancer-busting antioxidants so eat up.
4. Enjoy Last Night's Leftovers
Who says you have to eat breakfast-type foods for your a.m. meal? As long as you made a healthy dinner last night, there’s no reason you can’t enjoy the leftovers first thing. Good dinner-for-breakfast ideas include a brown rice bowl with black beans and veggies, some leftover chicken or turkey with sweet potatoes, or even homemade pizza made on a whole-wheat crust. As long as you’re getting the right combination of protein, carbohydrates, and some healthy fats, you’re good to go.
5. Eat (Banana) Ice Cream For Breakfast
You’ve probably heard of the one-ingredient ice cream that involves taking frozen bananas and blending them to create a healthier, dairy-free version of everyone’s favourite cold summer treat. Why not eat a bowl of banana ice cream for breakfast and add some healthy toppings? Add a scoop of peanut butter for some protein and healthy fats, some cereal, and any berries you want. It’s a cold, creamy, delicious yet health-conscious way to begin your busy day. And if you eat it at the office, get ready for your co-workers to ask what you’re eating and to start bringing in their own banana ice cream bowls for breakfast.
If smoothies aren’t your thing and you just can’t wrap your head around drinking your calories in the morning, check out these five easy non-smoothie breakfast ideas. You will feel energized and ready to face the day, whatever it brings.
Do you have any other breakfast ideas for non smoothie drinkers?