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Fast & Healthy Breakfast Ideas

by Michele Turcotte, MS, RD

About Michele Turcotte, MS, RD

Michele Turcotte is a registered, licensed dietitian, and a certified personal trainer with the National Academy of Sports Medicine. She has more than 12 years of experience in clinical and corporate settings, and has extensive experience in one-on-one diet counseling and meal planning. She has written freelance food and nutrition articles for Trouve Publishing Inc. since 2004.

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Overview

Most nutrition experts agree: breakfast is the most important meal of the day. According to John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, breakfast helps you concentrate better throughout the day and helps you maintain a healthy weight to list just a few benefits. But if your mornings are often rushed, you may be tempted to skip breakfast to save time. Fortunately, there are plenty of quick and nutritious breakfast options. Enjoy a hearty hot meal or a refreshing cold breakfast before you start the day.

Egg Sandwich

You can have eggs without taking the time for a sit-down meal. Make yourself a fried egg sandwich for the road. Toast a whole-wheat English muffin while you are frying an egg over-easy in nonstick cooking spray. If you like, break the yolk so it won't be messy. Put the sandwich together with a thin slice of cheese. The cheese will melt slightly from the warmth of the toast and egg. Heat milk in a to-go mug and add freshly brewed coffee. Grab an orange, and you've got a hearty, tasty and complete breakfast.

Scrambled Eggs

If you prefer scrambled eggs, crack and beat an egg or two, or a whole egg and two egg whites. Using a microwave-safe bowl that has been sprayed with nonstick cooking spray, add a small amount of milk, some chopped mushrooms and a couple of tablespoons of shredded cheese if you like. Microwave the mixture on high for 30 seconds. The eggs will be partially cooked. Stir and break up the egg mixture with a fork and cook further in 10-second intervals until the mixture is more solid than liquid. Season as you like and wrap your fluffy scrambled eggs in a whole wheat tortilla topped with salsa. Pair with a 100 percent juice box.

Smoothies

Smoothies are quick, convenient, refreshing and, especially if you make them yourself, nutritious. They can provide protein and healthy carbs with very little fat. Ingredients for healthy smoothies may include skim milk, protein powder, cocoa powder, peanut butter, yogurt, fruit, and four or five ice cubes. Blend your favorite ingredients and enjoy on the go.

Other Options

You do not have to prepare a recipe in order to enjoy a quick breakfast. There are plenty of ready-to-eat options. Grab a light yogurt, a piece of fruit and a low-sugar protein bar for an energizing breakfast. If you like hot cereal, ditch the sugary instant oatmeal packets and make quick-cooking regular oatmeal in the microwave. It only takes a couple of minutes and is a healthier, all-natural option. Sweeten it yourself with a bit of brown sugar, and sprinkle some chopped nuts and dried fruit on top.

Photo Credits:

  • Smoothie Kiwi image by Frédéric Massard from Fotolia.com

This article reflects the views of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the views of Jillian Michaels or JillianMichaels.com.