Healthy Breakfast Bowls to Kickstart Your Day

Most of us start off strong in January with the best of healthy intentions, then start to waver a few weeks into the year. Instead of giving into those doughnut cravings, stir up one of these beautiful and healthy breakfast bowls instead.

Milk, Barley Flakes, Light Brown Sugar, Raspberries, Granny Smith Apple, PIstachios, Chia Seeds, Cinnamon

Photo by: Matt Armendariz

Matt Armendariz

Nordic Breakfast Porridge (pictured above)

Much like a composed salad, this visually arresting Nordic-inspired bowl of porridge is a delightful way to start the day. But the arrangement of the toppings is more than just pretty; it allows you to customize every bite for a super-tasty breakfast experience.

Porridge

Porridge

Slow Cook Porridge with Mixed Fruit in Blue Bowls

A mix of wild rice, oats, pearl barley and farina make for a hearty and healthy porridge. Dried nuts, fruit and maple syrup make it eat like a treat.

Skip traditional sweet oatmeal toppings in favor of these spins that use oats as a blank canvas for savory ingredients like veggies, eggs, avocado, feta and olives.

CC ACAI BREAKFAST BOWL Cooking Channel Unsweetened Frozen Acai Puree, Banana, Blueberries, Honey, Granola, Pomegranate Seeds, Unsweetened Coconut Flakes

Photo by: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Matt Armendariz, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

While acai bowls are relatively new in the United States, they've been a staple in Brazil since, well forever. Acai is a purple berrylike fruit of a palm tree native to Central and South America. It's packed with antioxidants (anthocyanins) and omega-3 fatty acids. We used unsweetened frozen puree, which has a pleasant flavor with slight olive oil notes. Add the traditional toppings and this bowl is loaded with fiber.

CC TROPICAL GREEK YOGURT BREAKFAST BOWL Cooking Channel Guava or Orange Juice, Dried Apricots, Greek Yogurt, Pink Grapefruit, Mandarin Oranges, Bran Flakes Cereal, Toasted or Raw Pistachios

Photo by: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Matt Armendariz, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

A quick (microwave-made) guava apricot compote takes the most ordinary of breakfast bowl bases –– protein-rich Greek yogurt –– to tropical, morning-making places. The sweet sauce and tangy yogurt are countered by two types of citrus, plus bran flakes and pistachios for fiber and crunch.

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