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.
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.
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.
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.
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.