Life can get pretty hectic, especially around this time of year. In between holiday party preparations and gift shopping it's nearly impossible to find the time to prepare healthy meals, not to mention cut down on festive feasts. In order to help you introduce a little bit of balance into your life, we're sharing some of our favorite healthy breakfasts that don't take much time to prepare.
Overnight Oats/Chia Pudding
Overnight oats and Chia pudding take only two minutes the night before and require even less in the morning. The night before, pour coconut milk, almond milk, or any type you choose over your oats or chia seeds, mix with a flavor of choice: vanilla, honey, coconut flakes, or cinnamon, seal and refrigerate. The next morning when you wake up, the mix will be similar to pudding and ready to eat once topped with your favorite add-ons. Some of our favorite combinations include apple cinnamon, peanut butter banana, chocolate and peanut butter, or just a variety of dried fruits and nuts.
We're adding our absolute favorite to the list, because well... we can. Heat up a slice or two of bread until warm and toasty. In the meantime, wash, peel, and slice an avocado. To assemble, top the toast with avocado (feel free to design it), drizzle olive oil, and add a pinch of salt and pepper. This breakfast makes for a pretty great mix of carbs and good fats, and if you're looking for a little extra protein, a poached or boiled egg is highly recommended and delicious.
Get creative and have a little fun with the 10 minutes it'll take to make this satiating and healthy breakfast. Flavors may vary but all you need is a nut butter base, juice or milk, fruits, and of course the pretty toppings to decorate. Examples are as follows:
Base: Peanut butter, almond butter, cashew butter
Liquid: Coconut milk, almond milk, fat free milk
Fruits: Banana, strawberry, avocado, berries
Toppings: Nuts, seeds, fruits, coconut shavings, chocolate chips, chia seeds
One of our favorites is the chocolate, peanut butter banana. All you have to do is blend the peanut butter, milk, and banana. Once it's creamy, pour it in a bowl and add additional banana slices, crushed peanuts, and mini chocolate chips.
Zaatar on Markouk
Manakish lovers rejoice; here's a healthier alternative to your carb overdose-inducing guilty pleasures. Steering very clear of the yeast, gluten, and butter in your average mankoushe, markouk or a similar type of whole wheat or healthy bread should do the trick. It only takes a few minutes to drizzle a little olive oil and sprinkle zaatar on it, so there's still plenty of time if you'd like to spoil yourself by adding olives, sliced tomatoes, avocados, or a side of Lebneh.
Don't miss the most important meal of the day. Try out these recipes and variations of them by mixing different flavors for the ultimate quick, delicious breakfast.