Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper.
– Adelle Davis
You have heard it a million times – “eat your breakfast – it is the most important meal of the day!” But why is it so important? Well…after sleeping all night your body needs some nutrients to get it going again. Without breakfast you will soon power out — probably right in the middle of your morning meeting or math class! So, don’t run on empty. Eat breakfast!
What should you eat for breakfast? Well, anything is better than nothing but while a breakfast of doughnuts and pastries tastes great it is probably best to save this type of breakfast for special occasions. Just like with other meals, try to eat a variety of foods, including:
- grains (breads and cereals)
- protein (meats, eggs, and nuts)
- fruits and vegetables
- milk, cheese, and yogurt
If you find yourself skipping breakfast because you’re too rushed, try to come up with breakfasts that are easy to grab on the run or can be prepared the night before. Looking for breakfast inspiration? Check out these tried and true recipes. Some are great for breakfast-on-the-run while others are perfect for when you have a bit more time.
Start your day strong with an all-in-one meal. Smoothies fit the bill pre- or post-workout because they are quick and easy to make, combine food groups and, as liquids, digest more quickly than solids. Canola oil added to your smoothie contributes omega-3 fat and creates a smooth, creamy consistency.
Recipe and image courtesy of CanolaInfo.
The classic fancy brunch dish is made even easier with a delicious Hollandaise sauce which takes only a few minutes in the blender. Dijon adds not only flavour but a lovely richness to the already heavenly sauce.
Recipe courtesy of Spread The Mustard.
Recipe developed and image courtesy of Renée Kohlman from Sweetsugarbean.
Looking for brunch inspiration? Try this apple and bacon oven pancake.
Recipe and image courtesy of SaskPork.
Serve this homemade flax waffle with maple syrup, fresh fruit, or whipped cream for a delicious start to your day!
Recipe and image courtesy of Healthy Flax.
Show off the versatility of lentils with this quick and easy breakfast burrito.
Recipe and image courtesy of Lentils.org.
Overnight oats are a nutritious and quick way to prepare your breakfast in advance of a busy morning. Filling, satisfying, and easy to travel with, this oatmeal will be sure to keep you satisfied until lunchtime.
Recipe and image courtesy of DairyGoodness.ca.
This take on a Western omelette is spiced with chili powder and cumin and can be served with guacamole and sour cream for a filling family-friendly breakfast or brunch!
Recipe and image courtesy of Eggs.ca.
Using leftover mashed potatoes as part of the next day’s breakfast is an old fashioned time saver. If you don’t need a gluten free version, substitute whole wheat flour.
Recipe and image courtesy of Chicken.ca.
Filled with yogurt and fresh fruit, and topped with maple syrup and a sprinkle of cinnamon, these chocolate crepes make extra special breakfast or brunch fare. Or, serve them as dessert wrapped around frozen yogurt or ice cream and drizzled with chocolate sauce or a dusting of grated dark chocolate.
Recipe and image courtesy of GoBarley.com.