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Last Updated on December 8, 2020

20 Easy and Healthy Breakfast Recipes for Rush Mornings

20 Easy and Healthy Breakfast Recipes for Rush Mornings

If you’ve ever been frustrated by a busy morning, you’re in good company! Too many healthy habits have been broken by the chaos of running out the door to work. I’m sure you know what I’m talking about!

The truth of the matter is that we’ve all been there. We’ve all made a healthy resolution at one point only to have it squashed by a chaotic schedule!

The truth is that how your morning goes affects how the rest of your day will go. That being said, if you indulge in a quick morning of skipping breakfast or grabbing fast food, healthy habits will be harder to keep later in the day.

So, what can a busy professional do about this? Does it mean having to choose between work or health?

Absolutely not! The key is to find what works for your schedule and what is most enjoyable. Longevity is key!

Given this, you have three options:

1. Meal Preparation

This is a great option! However, if you find yourself running out the door on an empty stomach, chances are even finding the time to meal prep is a struggle! It’s an option, but it isn’t feasible for a working person.

2. Pick up Healthy Food

This might sound like a good idea, but it does present a couple of problems.

First, sometimes it’s not feasible to pick up food, especially healthy orders. With the time it takes to drive there, wait in line, wait for the order, and pick up the food, you might as well have just made that item at home.

Secondly, it’s hard to trust our instincts. When we’re stressed and in a rush, our primal brains tend to want the most satisfying and dopamine boosting items (i.e., sugary and fatty foods). Truthfully, when just starting a habit, it can be hard to choose a healthy option over a cheesy bacon mc-muffin.

3. Find Quick and Accessible Meals

This leads us to the third option: find breakfasts that are easy to make for your busy schedule.

This one is probably the most appealing. If you have delicious options to throw together in 5 minutes or less, then your chances of sticking to health long term will go up! Convenience and enjoyment is a huge factor in being able to stick to a habit long-term.

Thankfully, this is the habit that I’m here to help with! With these recipes, you can make an enjoyable morning routine that will set you up for success in 5 minutes or less!

1. Grain-Free Egg in a Hole

    First on this list of easy healthy breakfast recipes is the grain-free egg in a hole. Egg in a hole has always been one of my favorite breakfasts! However, this one takes it to a whole new level for those trying to follow a keto or paleo lifestyle! It’s delicious, quick, and extremely healthy!

    A little trick is that you can even pre-slice the bell pepper for a faster morning!

    Check out the recipe here!

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    2. Shakshuka

      Okay, let’s start with this: what on earth is shakshuka, and why should you add it to your morning routine?

      It’s a North African and Middle Eastern dish that has since been adopted as a favorite all around the world! It’s essentially eggs poached in a rich tomato base.

      Let me tell you, this dish will not disappoint. It’s simple to make but absolutely gourmet tasting!

      While this version is a little more extravagant, some versions can take 5 minutes or less and consist of simply throwing eggs and tomato sauce in a pan to cook. It’s one I have definitely made on the go!

      Check out the recipe here!

      3. Protein Bites

        If you are more of a pre-make meal person, these protein bites will do the trick! The cool thing is that they are super easy to make. Once made, you can easily grab them on the go.

        Check out the recipe here!

        4. Chia Seed Pudding

          While this one might take a little bit of prep, it also tends to be one of the most efficient breakfasts out there.

          In the morning, all it requires is a quick toss and mix of chia seed, almond milk, and some type of sweetener. Then, you can simply grab it and go!

          Here is what I love about this breakfast. First, it’s extremely versatile. Based on the type of sweetener and milk you use, it can be keto, paleo, vegan, vegetarian, Atkins, etc. You name the diet and it will most likely fit into it.

          Secondly, it’s extremely good for you! Chia seeds aid in detoxification and contain high levels of omega-3. Meaning as a by-product, you will deal with less inflammation as a whole. It’s definitely one to toss in your fridge!

          Check out the recipe here!

          5. Gut Healing “Latte”

            If you think the above picture is coffee, then you are wrong. This is one of the easiest to make among easy healthy breakfast recipes.

            This Latte is made from a detoxifying blend of dandelion and herbs but mimics the taste of a latte! While it’s designed as a morning kick-start, a little collagen protein and MCT oil could make it a pretty substantial breakfast!

            My suggestion? Give it a go and tweak it to your needs! You’ll get the coziness of coffee while simultaneously helping crush those caffeine habits.

            Check out the recipe here!

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            6. Overnight Oats

              This breakfast mimics Chia-pudding in many different ways – it’s easy to make. You just toss all the ingredients in a jar, it does the work for you overnight, and in the morning you can grab and go.

              The difference is that the oats provide a more carb-heavy kickstart to your morning. If you’re one who needs an extra carb-boost to keep you focused or if you lift in the morning, this would be a good option for you!

              The easiest way to make these is to make a few several days at a time, so you will have several quick breakfasts from only a short investment of time.

              Check out the recipe here!

              7. Berry Smoothie Bowl

                Who doesn’t like a good smoothie bowl? The cool thing is that you can choose the fillings to match your goal.

                While this bowl is geared towards weight loss, there are others bowls out there that are hearty and amazing for building muscle! No matter what your goal, there is an option to get you there with this breakfast!

                Check out the recipe here!

                8. Microwave Breakfast in a Mug

                  This idea is awesome! 5 minutes in the microwave and you could have yourself an instant casserole!

                  While the ingredients might seem rather calorie-dense, it finishes out at 414 calories and 23 grams of protein making it a pretty balanced breakfast! If 5 minutes is all you got, then 5 minutes is all you need!

                  Check out the recipe here!

                  9. Avocado Toast

                    A list of easy healthy breakfast recipes wouldn’t be complete without avocado toast. Who doesn’t love a good avocado toast? It’s quick, easy, and totally gourmet!

                    Again, there’s a reason this is a staple. It’s quick and ridiculously delicious! Just a few ingredients and a few minutes are all you will need.

                    Check out the recipe here!

                    10. Baked Oatmeal

                      If you are looking for sweet easy healthy breakfast recipes, this might be the one you’re looking for.

                      I definitely have a bias with this one. My mom used to make baked oatmeal all the time when we were younger. There’s a perfect, simplistic taste to it that I’ve always loved! This version gives you all the taste without taking the time.

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                      Check out the recipe here!

                      11. Rice, Egg, and Avocado Bowl

                        This dish is originally called Tamago Kake Gohan. It’s absolutely delicious and super easy as long as you make a few adjustments!

                        The dish is made by putting an egg into hot rice and letting it cook from that. The result has a deliciously creamy texture! The trick is to buy pre-made rice for a quick morning. Then, all it takes is a quick microwave for a delicious meal!

                        Check out the recipe here!

                        12. Sweet Potato Taco

                          Who doesn’t adore a good taco!? This recipe is deliciously savory and perfect for a quick morning! Preroast the veggies, and all it takes is a quick toss together for a restaurant-style meal.

                          Check out the recipe here!

                          13. Smoothie in a Bag

                            Can you only spare one minute of prep? I’ve got you covered with this one! If you want easy healthy breakfast recipes involving fruits, then this one is for you.

                            A smoothie in a bag allows you to quickly toss the ingredients in a bag for a quick blend. It’s quite delicious and extremely fun. You’ll find some fun new recipes here too!

                            Check out the recipe here!

                            14. Avocado Bowl

                              If you’re looking for a quick and hearty breakfast, this one should do the trick! It’s a quick and keto meal designed to give you a morning boost and keep you full.

                              It’s ridiculously delicious! I can tell you that as well.

                              Check out the recipe here!

                              15. Honey Yogurt Parfait

                                If you love a good parfait, then you’ll be thrilled to see this! This healthy twist on a classic breakfast dessert will have you feeling fresh and satiated. The perk is that you’ll only need to carve out 5 minutes to make it!

                                Check out the recipe here!

                                16. Banana Split

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                                  Wait. Banana for breakfast? Yes, you read that right! A couple of swaps can actually make this dessert twist a perfect breakfast. It’s quick to make too!

                                  The base is  made from yogurt, which supplies you with all the protein you need and keeps its lower sugar. Still, you’ll feel like you are indulging in a dessert this breakfast!

                                  Check out the recipe here!

                                  17. Berry WaffleWich

                                     

                                    This recipe looks just as good as it tastes! What is a wafflewich you ask? It’s as simple as it sounds: a waffle sandwich. This is one of the most unique easy healthy breakfast recipes out there. The combination of its ingredients makes it a perfect solution for your morning commute!

                                    Check out the recipe here!

                                    18. Lighter Breakfast Knickerbocker Glory

                                      If the name throws you off, then you are in good company. It’s actually quite delicious though!

                                      If I were to try and describe it, I would tell you to imagine a 5-minute version of a parfait/sorbet/granola combo. If you’re not watering at the mouth yet, you will be once you try it!

                                      Check out the recipe here!

                                      19. Banana Pancakes

                                        This no-flour breakfast used banana as a base. When I first heard of these, I thought there was no way they would work. But they do, and they are delicious!

                                        It’s only made with 3 ingredients which makes it the most simple throw together breakfast!

                                        Check out the recipe here!

                                        20. Berry Omelette

                                          Have you ever wanting to try a sweet twist on a classic omelette? To be honest, I had never even thought of it previously. Yet somehow, this sweet breakfast works!

                                          This berry omelette is one of the easy healthy breakfast recipes that are high in protein. Thanks to the protein, you’ll be kept full all day while the berries will keep you full of energy till lunch. And of course, it’s all possible in just around 5 minutes!

                                          Check out the recipe here!

                                          Final Thoughts

                                          Go ahead and save these recipes for a time when you’re in a rush or send it to a friend. One of my favorite hacks is to always keep quick and healthy recipes on hand for busy moments. Have fun and keep pursuing your goals!

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                                          Published on April 8, 2021

                                          6 Health Benefits of Beetroot Powder (And How To Choose A Good One)

                                          6 Health Benefits of Beetroot Powder (And How To Choose A Good One)

                                          Beetroots are vegetables rich in nitrates, antioxidants, and polyphenol compounds that have a role in improved cardiovascular function and exercise performance.[1] However, beetroot juice has limitations with storage and taste preference, and so other more convenient forms have been investigated. One of these forms is beetroot powder.

                                          What Is Beetroot Powder?

                                          Beetroot powder is made by dehydrating or drying out thin slices of beetroot (to remove all the moisture) and then grinding them into a powder. If you don’t like the earthy taste of beetroot, then beetroot powder might be an alternative since it is more concentrated than fresh beetroot but with a relatively neutral taste. One fresh beetroot is the equivalent of approximately one teaspoon of beetroot powder.

                                          Powdered beetroot can be added to sauces, smoothies, pasta, gnocchi, curries, cakes, muffins, or anything you choose to add nutrients and color to. Watch out that your urine may change color too! Due to the natural sugars in beetroot, it can also be used as a natural sweetener. Beetroot powder is even used in natural cosmetics.

                                          Beetroot Powder VS. Other Beetroot Products

                                          One study looked at the total antioxidant potential, phenol compounds, sugars, and organic acids in beetroot juice, cooked beetroot, powder, and chips. They found higher amounts of total antioxidant potential and organic acids in the chips and powder compared with the juice and cooked beetroot.[2] However, it’s important to consider that it is a lot easier to take larger quantities of beetroot when powdered or juiced than just eating it and this means ingesting much more sugar.

                                          6 Health Benefits of Beetroot

                                          While beetroot may have potential health benefits, it’s not clear if these are temporary or have long-term effects. More research is needed to answer this question and what the optimal dose is. Most studies have focused on beetroot juice, with only a handful of studies investigating beetroot powder. There hasn’t been evidence so far to support the benefit of beetroot powder on blood flow.[3]

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                                          Despite that, beetroot contains several different compounds with different properties. Here are the six health benefits of beetroot powder.

                                          1. Beetroot Powder Is Rich in Nitrates

                                          Firstly, beetroot powder is rich in nitrates. Nitrates have important roles related to increased blood flow, gas exchange, mitochondrial efficiency, and strengthening of muscle contraction.[4] By causing relaxation of the smooth muscles that encircle arteries and veins, nitrate leads to the dilation of these blood vessels, thereby lowering blood pressure. Nitrate medications are used for people with high blood pressure, angina, and heart disease to relax blood vessels, widening them to allow greater blood flow.[5]

                                          A meta-analysis that combined 22 different trials and analyzed the results together found that additional beetroot juice significantly decreased blood pressure.[6] However, there isn’t evidence to support the long-term effects.[7]

                                          2. Beetroot Has Anti-Inflammatory Properties

                                          Secondly, beetroot contains antioxidant polyphenol compounds that have anti-inflammatory properties. Antioxidants are molecules that have the ability to neutralize free radicals and protect against cell damage that can lead to chronic diseases. Eating a diet high in antioxidants found in fruit and vegetables is associated with a lower risk of chronic disease.[8] Different polyphenol compounds are different colors, that’s why you will often hear about eating a rainbow of fruit and vegetables.

                                          3. Beetroot Has Anti-Cancer Effects

                                          Beetroot also contains betalains that have been found to have anti-cancer effects in cellular models in the laboratory.[9] Clinical trials are now needed to assess if there are potential anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer effects and the nature of these effects. While the anti-cancer effects of beetroot in humans aren’t known yet, including them in your diet may help and is unlikely to risk harm.

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                                          4. Beetroot Powder Is a Great Source of Vitamins C and Folate

                                          Beetroots are also a great source of vitamins C and B9 (folate). Vitamin C and folate have many important roles in our bodies. Vitamin C is required for the biosynthesis of collagen, which acts as a scaffold in the skin and ligaments. It is also has a role in wound healing and protein metabolism. Folic acid is vital for the production of healthy red blood cells, and cellular growth. Inadequate intake of vitamin C over a 3 month period can lead to scurvy, and smoking can further reduce the bioavailability.[10]

                                          5. Beetroot Contains Essential Minerals

                                          Beets also contain the minerals iron, manganese, and potassium. Iron has a vital role in the transportation of oxygen by healthy red blood cells. Over 40% of children worldwide have iron deficiency anemia and women of childbearing age are also at increased risk because of menstruation.[11] Potassium may actually prevent the harmful effects of eating excess salt (sodium chloride). Manganese has several roles including metabolism, bone formation, and the immune system. Beetroots are a great way of including all these micronutrients in your diet.

                                          6. Beetroot Powder Is a Great Source of Fiber

                                          Fiber is such an important component of our diet, with most of us needing to eat much more to reach the recommended daily amount of 30g. For every 10g of fiber you eat a day, you may decrease your long-term risk of bowel cancer.[12]

                                          Fibre also acts as a pre-biotic, providing food for the friendly micro-organisms in your gut called the microbiota. There are trillions of micro-organisms in your gut that are now known to play a key role in inflammation and both mental and physical health. Eating beetroots can help to increase your fiber intake and support a healthy gut community.

                                          It’s clear that for relatively few calories, beetroot contains a variety of vitamins, minerals, nitrates, and antioxidants. For these reasons, beetroot is labeled as a “nutraceutical” and supplementation has become increasingly popular.[13] While most studies have looked at the effects of beetroot on blood vessel dilation, there are still many unanswered questions about other potential benefits.

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                                          How to Choose a Beetroot Powder

                                          Like all other supplements, there is very little regulation. Therefore, it is very difficult to be sure exactly what is included in the supplement or assess the quality. My recommendations for choosing a supplement are to check for a product license and always buy from a reputable company.

                                          There are, however, no agreed benchmarks for quality or efficacy. How much and how often are also unknown at this time. Try to avoid powders that have added preservatives, sweeteners, or artificial flavorings. Consider whether an organic powder is worth the extra money to you. I would avoid powders that have added silica to avoid clumping. Some supplements now use 3rd party companies to verify the contents.

                                          There isn’t an agreed dose of nitrate or beetroot powder, so while some powders do contain nitrate content, it is difficult to know exactly what this means in practice. The higher the nitrate content, the more likely it is to have a beneficial effect on raised blood pressure. But if you don’t have high blood pressure, it’s difficult to know if more nitrate is beneficial.

                                          In summary, look for:

                                          • organic beetroot powder
                                          • tested for quality by a 3rd party company
                                          • is free from preservatives, sweeteners, and artificial flavorings
                                          • avoid powders containing silica
                                          • buy from a reputable company
                                          • look at the nitrate content

                                          How to Make Your Own Beetroot Powder

                                          First, wash, peel, and grate your beetroots by hand or using a food processor. Then, place them on a tray, spread them out, and cover them with parchment or grease-proof paper to protect them from direct sunlight.

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                                          Leave to dry until there is no moisture left and shake intermittently so that it dries evenly. When it snaps instead of bending and feels dry, it is ready for the next stage.

                                          The drying stage can take up to four days depending on the air temperature. To speed up the drying process, you can do this on low heat in a saucepan for 15 to 25 minutes or in the oven at no higher than 180 degrees Celsius or in a dehydrator. If you use the oven or on the hob, just be careful not to burn the beetroot.

                                          The final step is to grind the dried beetroot using a grinder. It can then be stored in an airtight container, avoiding sun-light for up to one year.

                                          Should You Try Beetroot Powder?

                                          Beetroot is a great vegetable that contains vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, nitrates, and fiber. The nitrates present in beets may lower your blood pressure in the short-term, but the long-term effects are not yet known. More research is needed to know about other potential benefits such as the effect on cancer.

                                          So, while beetroot powder may have health benefits unless taken in excess, it is unlikely to have significant side effects. Large doses of beetroot, however, are associated with an increased risk of kidney stones.

                                          If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, taking beetroot supplements is best avoided as there isn’t sufficient safety information. Beetroots do also contain fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides, and polyols or FODMAPS for short. These are types of carbohydrates that are hard to digest and can cause symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome in some people. FODMAPS are thought to act as prebiotics, feeding the friendly micro-organisms that live in your gut (microbiota). So, for those people who can tolerate them, they are beneficial for a healthy gut.

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                                          Reference

                                          [1] NCBI: Vascular effects of dietary nitrate (as found in green leafy vegetables and beetroot) via the nitrate‐nitrite‐nitric oxide pathway
                                          [2] SpringerLink: Comparison of total antioxidant potential, and total phenolic, nitrate, sugar, and organic acid contents in beetroot juice, chips, powder, and cooked beetroot
                                          [3] Maastricht University: Effects of Beetroot Powder with or without L-Arginine on Postprandial Vascular Endothelial Function: Results of a Randomized Controlled Trial with Abdominally Obese Men
                                          [4] PubMed.gov: Effects of Beetroot Juice Supplementation on Cardiorespiratory Endurance in Athletes. A Systematic Review
                                          [5] PubMed.gov: Nutraceuticals with a clinically detectable blood pressure-lowering effect: a review of available randomized clinical trials and their meta-analyses
                                          [6] PubMed.gov: The Nitrate-Independent Blood Pressure-Lowering Effect of Beetroot Juice: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
                                          [7] PubMed.gov: Medium-term effects of dietary nitrate supplementation on systolic and diastolic blood pressure in adults: a systematic review and meta-analysis
                                          [8] NCCIH: Antioxidants: In-Depth
                                          [9] NCBI: Red Beetroot and Betalains as Cancer Chemopreventative Agents
                                          [10] Healthline: Beetroot 101: Nutrition Facts and Health Benefits
                                          [11] NCBI: The impact of maternal iron deficiency and iron deficiency anemia on child’s health
                                          [12] Cancer Research UK: Does a high fibre diet reduce my risk of cancer?
                                          [13] PubMed.gov: The potential benefits of red beetroot supplementation in health and disease

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