Lingering over an elaborately prepared brunch spread is a weekends-only luxury. But you could (and should) be treating yourself to the quotidian delight of a delicious and healthy breakfast on weekdays, too.
The key to fixing a proper breakfast in just a few minutes is keeping it simple. Just start with what you enjoy, Rachael Hartley, R.D., certified intuitive eating counselor and owner of Rachael Hartley Nutrition, tells SELF. Ask yourself, “What do I actually like to eat in the mornings?” Hartley says. “Then think, OK, how do I round that out or balance that a little bit more?”
Usually, you can do that by adding in another food group or two so that you’ve got multiple flavors and macronutrients (fat, carbs, and protein) going on, Hartley says. Even if you’re one of those people who just isn’t super hungry in the morning, you can make a light breakfast a balanced one. “It’s just about making sure it’s enough so that you’ll feel comfortably satisfied and energized until the next time you eat,” Hartley says.
Say you’re an oatmeal person. You might add nut butter for some added fat, protein, and creaminess; and some fruit for volume, and fiber; and some brown sugar and cinnamon for yumminess, Hartley explains. Or if you’re still riding that avocado toast train, Hartley says you might throw a fried or hard boiled egg on top for added protein, plus some everything bagel seasoning to make it more flavorful. Ta-da! A fast, filling, tasty breakfast.
Read on for more quick healthy breakfast ideas that you can make in 10 minutes or less.
A note about the word “healthy” here: We know that “healthy” is a complicated concept. Not only can it mean different things to different people, it’s a word that’s pretty loaded (and sometimes fraught), thanks to the diet industry’s influence on the way we think about food. At SELF, when we talk about food being “healthy,” we’re primarily talking about foods that are nutritious, filling, and satisfying. But it also depends on your preferences, your culture, what’s accessible to you, and so much more. We selected these recipes with those basic criteria in mind, while also trying to appeal to a wide variety of nutritional needs and taste buds