5 Power Breakfast Recipes You'll Love
We’ve all heard before that breakfast is the most important meal. But do you know why? Eating a good breakfast gives your body the nutrients and energy it needs to start the day, and makes you less susceptible to cravings and fatigue later on. It’s especially important if you are an active individual, as the foods you eat fuel your body for an effective workout, and help your muscles recover properly afterwards.Eating a good breakfast is just as important as that cup of coffee. And if you’re in need of some new, healthy recipes, we’re here to help. Below are 5 power breakfast recipes that will help jump start your day, and get you through, the right way:
Oatmeal is a great source of energy and fiber, and since it absorbs so much water, it will help you feel fuller, longer. Many studies have also shown that it may help lower cholesterol. You can make a quick bowl of oatmeal in the morning, with your favorite toppings, such as mixed nuts, raisins, or berries, or follow this easy recipe for baked oatmeal you can take with you on the go!Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a muffin tin with paper or foil liners. In a large bowl, whisk together 2 eggs, ¼ cup coconut oil, ½ cup unsweetened applesauce, 1 ½ cups milk (skim, coconut, almond, or whatever you like), 2 tsp. vanilla extract, ½ tsp. salt, and 1 tbsp. ground cinnamon. When well combined, add in 3 cups oats (gluten free optional), and 2 tsp. baking powder. Here is where you can also add other ingredients such as honey, if you like things a little sweeter, or flax seeds for an extra boost of nutrition. Fill the muffin tin with ¼ cup of the mixture in each liner, and add your same favorite toppings, be it nuts or fruit, or maybe even a few chocolate chips. Bake for 30 minutes, and let cool for 5-10 minutes before eating. The best part? You can store the extras in an airtight container, and have breakfast for the whole week!
Sweet Potato Pancakes
Who doesn’t love a good stack of pancakes? Here is a great way to indulge in one of your favorite breakfast foods, without any of the guilt. And the recipe is so easy, you won’t believe it. With no fat, and lots of vitamins, sweet potatoes are a great source of carbohydrate to fuel you up for the day.In a large bowl, whisk together ½ cup mashed sweet potato and 2 eggs. You can also add seasonings here if desired such as ¾ tsp. ground cinnamon, and pinches of salt, ground ginger or allspice. Once mixed, heat coconut oil, or grass-fed butter in a pan over medium-low heat. Drop a spoonful of the mixture and cook for 3-5 minutes on each side, or until lightly browned. Eat plain, or with other toppings such as nut butters, cottage cheese (yup!), greek yogurt or syrup.*Note – You can make the same recipe with mashed up bananas instead of sweet potato, egg whites, and for added protein, a scoop of your favorite vanilla protein powder.
Place 5 slices of turkey bacon between two paper towels on a plate, and microwave on high 4-5 minutes, or until crisp. Then cut into pieces. Pre-chop 1 small tomato and 2 cups of spinach (and other additional veggies as desired), and set aside. Heat oil (coconut or olive oil) in a pan over medium heat, and add your chopped vegetables. Sauté until soft, and add 6 egg whites. Scramble everything together until fully cooked, and add in bacon pieces for another 30 seconds to 1 minute. Heat 4 tortillas in the microwave for 10 seconds, and then spoon the scramble into equal portions in the center of each tortilla. Sprinkle low-fat cheese on top, and fold into a burrito. Serve immediately with salsa. Wrap the extra burritos in a paper towel, and then cover with tinfoil and put in the refrigerator, or freeze. When you’re ready to eat again, unwrap the burrito from the tinfoil, and heat in the paper towel, on a plate for 1 minute.
This recipe is super tasty, super easy, and super healthy! It’s a great way to sneak in some veggies, (without even noticing!) and get all the added benefits. Packed full of vitamins, and nutrients, this smoothie that you can take on the run, also has tons of protein to help keep you full and satisfied.In a blender, add about 12 ice cubes, 1 large banana, ¼ cup frozen berries, 1 scoop vanilla protein powder, 2 cups of spinach (or more if you like!), 2 Tbsp of vanilla greek yogurt, 1 tsp. of flax seed, 1 cup of milk (almond, skim, or any of your choosing), and a little water, until it reaches just under the top of the contents in the blender. Whip, and blend on high until smooth, about a minute. Voila!
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Cauliflower is a great alternative to many grains and carbohydrates. It can be used in place of flour, rice, potatoes and more. This delicious recipe uses cauliflower in place of hash browns, and provides all the added nutrients of vegetables, that are not found in starch.Follow this easy recipe for a powerful, healthy breakfast.Heat 2 tbsp. of olive oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. Add chopped onion and ¾ lbs cauliflower florets (or one large head). Sauté until onion becomes translucent, and cauliflower starts to brown. Add ¼ tsp. paprika, ¼ tsp. salt, 1/8 tsp. black pepper, and 3 tbsp. of water. Cover the pan and let sit until the cauliflower is tender and has a nice golden hue. Take the cover off, add 1 clove of minced garlic, and continue to sauté, stirring constantly. Add 2 tbs. of lemon juice (or to taste) and 1 ½ cup of chopped kale if desired. Cook until lemon juice has evaporated and kale is soft. Set aside, and sprinkle with parsley. In a separate pan, fry 1 or 2 eggs to place on top.If you have extra cauliflower, you can save it for tomorrow’s breakfast, or turn it into a scramble!