When it comes to making an easy, healthy breakfast, warm weather arguably has the upper hand. Smoothies, yogurt bowls, or even just a whole grain cereal with a splash of almond milk are all no-brainer ideas for a cooling start to a warm day. But as soon as winter weather hits, “healthy” can seem like a bit of a harder ask, especially in the wee hours of the day. As your body yearns for denser foods served at a more cozy temperature, good breakfast options may become less apparent, leading to more indulgent choices.
And yet, with a little creativity, the healthy hot breakfast menu is more abundant than you may think. Here are some of my favorite dishes which can help keep you solidly on your wellness journey … in the most comforting of ways.
Porridges | Sorry, but porridge is definitely not just the stuff of old English fairy tales. In fact, porridge has begun to make a name for itself amongst many of the world’s top chefs, thanks to its flexible nature and instinctual yum-factor. While the most common type of porridge is oatmeal, all kinds of other grains and pseudo-grains can be used for the spoonable base, including rolled quinoa, cracked buckwheat, amaranth, rice, and barley. And while many people still enjoy a classic porridge with a little bit of dried or fresh fruit and spices, porridges also make fantastic savory dishes – try mixing in hemp seeds, coconut oil, and sea salt for a deliciously nutty variation.
Scrambles | A scramble is essentially like a protein-rich version of a stir fry, made with eggs or tofu to create a filling ensemble. You can prep a chopped vegetable medley early in the week, then throw all your ingredients into a saute pan with a little oil, producing a hearty breakfast in just minutes. Top with superfoods like chia and turmeric, and you are well on your way to a balanced day!
Toast | It’s safe to say toast has come a long way from its butter and jam roots. These days, the options are endless in the realm of quick and healthy toppings ready to adorn your favorite freshly-crisped bread. Topped with avocado, smeared with almond butter and mashed berries, or adorned with a generous dollop of hummus, you can make a perfectly taste-tailored breakfast in just minutes. Pro tip: replace sandwich bread with sprouted grain bread for an instant protein boost that’s extra easy to digest!
Wraps | Whether it’s a breakfast burrito, taco, or just a true wrap, few things say “hearty” and “warm” in the morning like this style of grab-and-go sandwich. Wraps can be filled with all kinds of warm wholesome ingredients, from sauteed vegetables, to steamed squash, to rice or hash browns with baked beans. What’s more, superfoods are easily added too in the form of minced kale, dried goji berries, or a “secret sauce” that’s made with a superfood boost powder whipped in. For kids, a sweeter wrap of almond butter, sliced bananas, and chia seeds warmed in the oven at low heat is an instant crowd pleaser.
Medicinal Lattes | Not a huge breakfast eater? Try a superfood latte instead. These special drinks include superfoods like matcha, cacao, maca and medicinal mushrooms, which are blended with hot water or almond milk and some healthy MCT-rich fat like coconut oil – coffee is optional! The result is an energizing beverage that will keep you feeling satisfied for hours without weighing you down, while offering protective nutrients for your health at the same time.