7 Ways to Reset Your Breakfast Game
We all know what it’s like to fall off the wagon with breakfast. First, you’re grabbing a handful of cereal as you run out the door. Then you’re telling yourself “at least the milk in my coffee has some protein.” And before you know it, the days on which you totally skip breakfast are really adding up. But a non-boring breakfast doesn’t have to be difficult (or full of sugar). Try these fun, nutritious and flavorful ideas to get back on track with your morning eating routine.
Breakfast Cookies (above)
We know — cookies for breakfast sounds like something a five-year-old might request. But you can satisfy your inner child and your responsible, grown-up self with Ellie Kreiger’s morning treat. These cookies boast a ton of good-for-you ingredients, like whole grains, walnuts and even a vegetable: Baby food carrot puree (!), which Ellie says adds sweetness and helps keep the cookies moist.
For a hearty breakfast that still comes in under 300 calories, don’t put egg and cheese on a roll. Instead, use the classic combo to top a baked potato, a more satisfying (and fiber-filled) starch.
Forget the ultra-sugary jam that comes with your yogurt cup. Make your own fresh topping with raspberries, blueberries and a little maple syrup. Chopped roasted almonds add satisfying crunch.
The true definiton of grab-and-go means being able to reach into the fridge, pull out a meal and leave — no prep required. And this dessert-inspired recipe certainly meets that criteria. Oats (mixed with carrots, brown sugar and vanilla) get soft in the fridge overnight; you don’t even have to turn on the stove to make them.
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An ice pop might seem like an early-morning indulgence, but hear us out. These adorable, 120-calorie bites are filled with breakfast staples like banana, greek yogurt, orange juice and a little maple syrup — plus kale (which you’ve heard is good for you, right?). They’re basically frozen smoothies on sticks. Raise your hand if you’re suddenly excited about breakfast again.
Chef Name: Food Network KitchenFull Recipe Name: 3-Ingredient Gluten-Free Banana PancakesTalent Recipe: FNK Recipe: Food Networks Kitchenâs 3-Ingredient Gluten-Free Banana Pancakes, as seen on Foodnetwork.comProject: Foodnetwork.com, WINTER RECIPES/COCKTAILS/FNK VIDEOSShow Name: Food Network / Cooking Channel: Food Network,Chef Name: Food Network Kitchen Full Recipe Name: 3-Ingredient Gluten-Free Banana Pancakes Talent Recipe: FNK Recipe: Food Networks Kitchen’s 3-Ingredient Gluten-Free Banana Pancakes, as seen on Foodnetwork.com Project: Foodnetwork.com, WINTER RECIPES/COCKTAILS/FNK VIDEOS Show Name: Food Network / Cooking Channel: Food Network
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If pancakes on a weekday seem impossible, try this pared down recipe: All you need is a banana, two eggs and pumpkin pie spice. After a few seconds in the blender, you’ve got flour-free pancake batter that cooks up in two to four minutes.
Ellie’s heathy stuffed breakfast burrito probably isn’t fast enough for a weekday (and it’s best enjoyed fresh and hot, since reheated eggs can have a rubbery texture). So save it for a Sunday to kick-off your week on a delicious, nutritious note.