Quick Energizing Breakfast Recipes

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If you just woke up hangovered (sic), woke up at dawn to hit the gym, are currently recuperating or want to jump-start your day, the only way of making this possible is by having an energizing breakfast. Basically, such a breakfast encompasses foods that contain high amounts of healthy carbohydrates, fats and proteins. To get the best out of them, here are 5 quick energizing breakfast recipes that you should give a try:

Sunny-Side Up Eggs

When making sunny-side up eggs for four, you'll need fours slices of bread, four anchovies, four eggs, Parmesan cheese shavings, olive oil, lemon, capers, black pepper, coarse sea salt and kale. To make the eggs, start by sprinkling cheese over the bread and heating in the toaster till it melts. Over medium high heat, heat the olive oil, add anchovies and mash till a paste forms. Add kale, season with salt and pepper and wait till the leaves become soft and bright green and stems tender. When done, remove and serve beside the toast. In another skillet, add a tablespoon of olive oil, heat over medium high heat and crack the eggs directly over the pan. Let them cook for 2-5 minutes. When done, serve your eggs with the greens and have them topped with cheese and capers. Also, add a squeeze of olive oil and lemon juice and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Yogurt Parfait

Other than being an energizing breakfast food, yogurt parfait makes breakfasts less boring. To prepare a cupful, you'll need low fat plain yogurt, two tablespoons of dried fruit and flaxseed meal, unsalted raw almonds or walnuts, sugar and ground cinnamon. Start by stirring flaxseed meal, nuts and dried fruit into the yogurt and finish off by sprinkling sugar and cinnamon at the top. Alternatively, you can choose to create a layered parfait; flaxseed meal at the bottom followed by a later of yogurt, dried fruit and then another layer of yogurt and finally nuts followed by a more yogurt.

Almonds Butter and Bacon Sandwich

To make this delicacy, you'll need three pieces of whole grain bread, natural almond butter, bacon, olive oil, tart apple and coarse sea salt. When making the sandwich, you'll be required to first toast two slices of bread before spreading them with butter. Next, lay the apple over the butter and top each piece with crisp bacon. Finish off by drizzling some olive oil and sea salt on the bacon and assembling your sandwich - with the plain slice in the middle.

Fancy Fresh Toast

To make fancy French toast, you'll need two slices of whole grain bread, an egg, low fat milk, canola oil, canola margarine, low calorie syrup and cinnamon. While the pan heats with margarine and canola oil, beat and combine the egg with milk and cinnamon. Dip the bread into the egg mix and toast over a pan till it turns golden on both sides. When done, top with syrup and serve.

Re-hydration Ginger-Mango Smoothie

This quick energizing breakfast recipe demands that you use low fat vanilla yogurt (gives a creamy and thick texture), peeled and chopped mango (adds a sweet flavor), soft tofu, chopped crystallized ginger, flaxseed oil, ground flaxseed and cardamom. To make the smoothie, put all of these ingredients in the blender and puree till smooth.



Healthy Breakfast Ideas for Kids

So often we are short on time in the morning and there is not a lot of time for a healthy breakfast.  You sometimes need to go food that can go on the road to school.  Or even a sit-down breakfast with the whole family where we can share a healthy meal to get fueled up for the day ahead.

Healthy Breakfast Ideas for Kids

Popsicles for Breakfast?

Yep.  Made with the healthy deliciousness of simply yogurt and fruit, these popsicles are sure to be a hit with the kiddos.  Use non-fat yogurt, any kind you like, and add fresh fruit and freeze.  They can even look good.  Add a small amount of yogurt to a Popsicle mold then slide sliced fruit down the side so it will show through the yogurt and add more yogurt and fruit until the mold is full.  Use any kind of fruit your kids like – kiwi, blueberries (lots of antioxidants), strawberries or peaches.  You can add a side of granola for dipping if you want.

Going Bananas

In keeping with the Popsicle theme, go for frozen bananas on a stick dipped in yogurt, granola, and blueberries.  Yum!  To prepare, cut the banana in half, and place on a Popsicle stick then in yogurt (non-fat) and roll in granola or crushed cereal or graham crackers.  Store these in the freezer until they are all gone.

Blueberry Citrus Shake

If you have a need for speed in the mornings, this is it.  It’s a one minute breakfast in a cup.  Combine one cup of berries with the juice of any citrus you have on hand, like oranges or tangerines or just ready-made orange juice if it’s all you have.  Add a shot of non-dairy milk, like Almond Milk, add ice, and water and blend until smooth.  Grab a cup and hit the road.

Yogurt Parfait

Put some of those empty mason jars back in service with this yummy breakfast parfait.  Everybody loves a good parfait.  Layer yogurt with fruit and granola, pop on the lid and put in the fridge for the morning crunch.  Use whatever fruit is in season, and in the winter, use frozen or canned.  It’s a great quick way to rack up your daily allowance of fruit with a serving of dairy to boot.

Breakfast Burrito

This burrito is cut into bite-sized portions like sushi so it’s fun to eat and a great healthy option to up the vegetable quota.  Chop red and green bell peppers, sauté with some eggs, spread on a whole wheat tortilla, roll up, and cut into sushi bites.  Grab and go.

Banana Open Face Sandwich

This is almost too pretty to eat, but you will get over it.  Cut the banana in half length-wise and position with the flat side up.  Spread with almond butter, honey, chopped nuts, and raisins.  It’s wholesome and tastes fantastic.

American Flag Toast

Okay, sometimes you have to do fun food because it’s, uh, fun!  This is a sit-down breakfast so do it on a weekend.  Take a piece of whole wheat toast, spread with fat-free cottage cheese, spread strawberry jam over all, leaving the top left corner open.  Arrange nine blueberries in a square in your open corner, cut four slices of banana and cut each in half.  Arrange the banana alternating with the jam to make stripes.  There you have it, a red, white, and blue breakfast!

Food should be fun as well as nourishing.  Feed the ones you love well and teach your kids food can taste good and be healthy.