You’ve heard it before — breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It fuels you for the day ahead and resets blood sugar levels. There’s even evidence that eating a healthy, nutritious breakfast can lower your risk for heart disease, diabetes, and memory problems.
Lately, there’s been some debate about whether skipping breakfast is really bad for you from a healthy weight perspective. A new study found that while skipping the morning meal might result in your burning more calories throughout the day, it may also increase dangerous levels of inflammation within your body. If you’re in the “yes” camp about the importance of eating breakfast, though, it’s time to re-think your cold cereal with fruit summer breakfast. Read on to discover some ideas for some wintertime breakfasts that will not only fuel your body with healthy nutrients, but warm you up — body and soul — as well.
Oatmeal — A New Twist on a Classic Winter Breakfast Staple
There’s nothing like a steaming bowl of oatmeal to warm you up on a dark, frosty morning! But skip the usual brown sugar and try a gingerbread version in honor of the upcoming holidays. Simply prepare some steel-cut oats using water or almond milk, then add a little vanilla protein powder, some ground ginger and cinnamon, and a drizzle of honey for a breakfast that’s full of fiber, healthy carbs and a little added protein to keep you going all morning long!
Give Your Toast a Nutritional (and Flavor!) Boost
First things first: make sure that the bread you’re using for your morning toast is the healthy 100% whole grain variety. Then top it with some ricotta drizzled with honey and a slice or two of fresh figs. Not only is it yummy, but you’re getting plenty of fiber from the whole grains and the figs, plus protein from the ricotta, and a bit of extra sweetness from the honey. Now that’s a delicious and nutritious start!
Baking brings out the natural sweetness in fresh fruits like apples, pears and pineapple. Toss in some walnuts, cranberries (for tartness) and a little coconut oil and bake together on a Sunday afternoon. Store in the fridge and then microwave a serving in the morning, and top it with a dollop of fresh plain yogurt. You’ll get vitamins and fiber from the fruit, protein from the nuts and calcium and protein from the yogurt, all in one yummy, easy to prepare dish.
Scrambled Eggs with Colorful Veggies
While “scrambling” your usual breakfast eggs, throw in some diced red, green and yellow peppers, and some shredded spinach. Top with a little goat cheese and enjoy a protein-packed, fiber-filled breakfast with a good dose of antioxidants from the veggies to-boot. You’ll be fueled and satisfied until lunchtime rolls around!
Grilled Banana and Nut Butter Sandwich
This tasty breakfast entree has it all — natural sweetness, warmth, protein, fiber, and potassium plus manganese and vitamins B6 and C. It’s quick and easy, too. Use 100% whole grain bread and a little natural nut butter plus one medium-sized banana and toast in a small pan sprayed with a little canola oil on the stove top and you’ve got a hearty, stick-to-your ribs, healthy breakfast for a cold winter’s morning!