Let’s face it. Who has time on a weekday morning to sit down and make themselves a big breakfast? Not many people. If you find yourself bored with your stale toast or cardboard-like breakfast bars, take a mini vacation from your lousy breakfast and start of your morning with a balanced, easy-to-assemble make-ahead morning meal that can be whipped up in a few minutes.
Who isn’t looking for healthy, wholesome morning meals you can enjoy while driving, walking to work or dropping off the kids at school these days? I know that all of my clients and readers at TheHealthyApple.com are always asking me for breakfast suggestions and ideas on how they can pump up the nutrition and boost the fiber in their breakfasts, while making them taste delicious. There’s no need to pull into a drive-thru for a nutrient void breakfast when there are so many healthier options that you can pack up in your own home and enjoy all week long.
Here are a few of my favorite anti-inflammatory (and quick) breakfast ideas that you can enjoy to upgrade your morning meal anytime of the year. And you can click here for your anti-inflammatory shopping list that you can bring with you to the food store anytime.
Avocado Hemp Seed Toast: Toast 2 slices of whole grain bread then place on a flat surface and spread with 1 large ripe mashed avocado. Sprinkle with 1 Tbsp. hemp seeds. Season to taste with sea salt and pepper serve.
Anti-Inflammatory Breakfast Parfait (gluten free and dairy free): Combine 1 cup of coconut milk yogurt, 1 cup Nature’s Path Pumpkin Flax Granola (a certified organic and Non-GMO blend of oats, pumpkin seeds, cinnamon, molasses and flax seeds). This granola is an excellent source of Omega 3’s, which are anti-inflammatory.
Coconut Banana Wrap: Toast a whole grain tortilla in a large dry skillet over medium heat for 30 seconds on each side or until warm and golden brown. Transfer to a serving plate and spread with 2 Tbsp. walnut butter, 1 thinly sliced or mashed banana and 1 Tbsp. toasted coconut flakes. Season to taste with a pinch of sea salt, if desired and serve.
Simple Smoothie: (gluten free and dairy free): Combine 1 ripe banana, 1 cup baby spinach, 1 cup ice, 1 cup almond milk and 1 Tbsp. hemp seeds in a blender and puree until smooth. Transfer to a serving glass and serve immediately.
Apple Sesame Bites (gluten free and dairy free): Slice 1 large organic apple into 4 large slices, spread 1 ½ Tbsp. onto the apple slices and top with 1 tsp. toasted sesame seeds. Season to taste with a pinch of sea salt, if desired and serve.
Spicy Poached Egg Bagel: Toast a whole grain bagel and lay on a flat surface. Top with 1 poached (or soft boiled) organic egg, 1 Tbsp. diced red onions, 1 tsp. finely chopped fresh basil and 1 Tbsp. salsa. Season to taste with sea salt and pepper and serve immediately.
Breakfast Burrito: Toast a whole grain tortilla in a large dry skillet over medium heat for 30 seconds on each side or until warm and golden brown. Transfer to a serving plate and top with ¼ cup cooked black beans, 4 quartered cherry tomatoes, 3 Tbsp. mashed avocado and 2 Tbsp. plain hummus. Season to taste with sea salt and pepper and serve.
Basil and Avocado Baguette: Toast two slices of a whole grain baguette and lay both toasted slices on a flat surface. Top with 1 small ripe mashed avocado, 1 tsp. hot sauce, 1 tsp. fresh lemon juice, 1 sliced scallion and 2 fresh basil leaves. Season to taste with sea salt and pepper and serve.
Amie Valpone is a celebrity chef and nutrition expert who healed herself from a decade of chronic illness. She is the author of the new cookbook Eating Clean: The 21-Day Plan to Detox, Fight Inflammation, and Reset Your Body and the founder of TheHealthyApple.com. Amie has been featured in numerous magazines and TV. Visit Amie on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.