Rise, Shine & Go with Quick Breakfast Recipes and Ideas

Healthy, quick breakfast recipes can be key to kickstarting and varying daily routines. Mix it up, pack in some protein and sprinkle in super nutrients and vitamins however, wherever! Now I still love a nice, big breakfast spread or brunch on occasion, but day in, day out give me something on the lighter side and simple to prepare. Conveniently sized and served portions jam-packed with whole foods and healthy ingredients like these get us up and going quick and strong.


Quick Breakfast Recipes & Ideas

Banana-Cinnamon Chia Yogurt

There are all kinds of variations to this recipe, h/t to Tasty Yummies' chia pudding for this inspiration. The consistency is somewhere between yogurt and pudding (very light and fluffy), and I use it more like a yogurt mixing it with nuts, berries and granola. Cheap, healthy and delicious!


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Banana-Cinnamon Chia Yogurt

Ingredients: 
2 cups of organic milk beverage (coconut and almond work well)
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
1 or 2 bananas
1/2 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup of organic dried figs, raisins, or pitted dates (buy dried fruit in bulk)
1/4 cup (or more) chia seeds

Preparation: 
Place first 5 ingredients (milk through figs) in blender and blend until smooth and thoroughly combined. Add chia seeds to a glass container or jar with lid and pour in milk mixture. Stir or shake well to combine. Chill in refrigerator overnight, stirring occasionally if possible. To serve, stir well and spoon into bowl with fresh berries, fruit, nuts or granola or blend into smoothies.
Adapted from Tasty Yummies' "Banana Cream Chia Pudding"


Quick, Super Food Sprinkles

Chia Seeds
Wild about  chia seeds -- they're healthy and convenient! A real super food powerhouse, chia seeds are a potent source of Omega 3 oils, protein, fiber, calcium, phosphorus and a lengthy list of other healthy nutrients and benefits (more antioxidants than blueberries!). Chia seeds do not have to be ground like flax seeds and keep longer too. When added dry they have a very mild nutty but unobtrusive flavor and add a bit of texture. I'll sprinkle chia seeds on just about anything -- smoothiessoupssalads. They also make a great thickener when combined with liquid for salad dressings and sauces without altering existing flavors.
Buy Chia Seeds in Bulk!


Cinnamon
Cinnamon, like chia, is another ingredient I work in whenever I can. Recent studies find that cinnamon helps balance blood sugar. Cinnamon may also help in preventing heart disease, hypertension, cholesterol problems, yeast infections and more. Try a sprinkle on most anything sweet to help counterbalance sugar spikes. And it deliciously kicks up a grapefruit (see below) and smoothies too!
Buy Cinnamon in Bulk


Flax Seeds
Flax seeds contain omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and phytochemical lignans, which are proven to help protect against certain kinds of cancers, especially breast, prostate, and colon. Flax seeds have also been found to help lower the risk for heart disease, relieve constipation, and improve blood sugar.
Buy Flax Seeds in Bulk!

Quick, Super Food Sprinkles

Chia Seeds
Wild about  chia seeds -- they're healthy and convenient! A real super food powerhouse, chia seeds are a potent source of Omega 3 oils, protein, fiber, calcium, phosphorus and a lengthy list of other healthy nutrients and benefits (more antioxidants than blueberries!). Chia seeds do not have to be ground like flax seeds and keep longer too. When added dry they have a very mild nutty but unobtrusive flavor and add a bit of texture. I'll sprinkle chia seeds on just about anything -- smoothies, soups, salads. They also make a great thickener when combined with liquid for salad dressings and sauces without altering existing flavors.

Buy Chia Seeds in Bulk!

Cinnamon
Cinnamon, like chia, is another ingredient I work in whenever I can. Recent studies find that cinnamon helps balance blood sugar. Cinnamon may also help in preventing heart disease, hypertension, cholesterol problems, yeast infections and more. Try a sprinkle on most anything sweet to help counterbalance sugar spikes. And it deliciously kicks up a grapefruit (see below) and smoothies too!

Buy Cinnamon in Bulk

Flax Seeds
Flax seeds contain omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and phytochemical lignans, which are proven to help protect against certain kinds of cancers, especially breast, prostate, and colon. Flax seeds have also been found to help lower the risk for heart disease, relieve constipation, and improve blood sugar.
Buy Flax Seeds in Bulk!

Breakfast Quick Bites

Quick Bites


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Egg + Grapefruit

Halve 1 large boiled fresh, organic egg; remove yolk; crumble and sprinkle one yolk half over both egg white halves; hit with a drizzle of olive oil and salt and pepper to taste. Halve one grapefruit, lightly sprinkle each half with cinnamon, "close" grapefruit and twist to rub cinnamon into each half, separate and eat.

Mavenjoy Tip
~ A grapefruit spoon -- like these fun ones-- is a must-have! Makes enjoying grapefruits a breeze and it's also great for removing seeds from squashes and cucumbers. ~


Breakfast Grab & Go's

  • Egg & Hummus: Slice a boiled fresh, organic egg in half, remove yolk, spoon hummus into each half (like stuffing a deviled egg), top with a sprinkle of paprika and a light drizzle of olive oil.

Mavenjoy Tips
~ Finding & Boiling the Perfect Egg ~

Few things compare to local farm fresh eggs raised organically and ethically. Find your own local egg producer where you can get to know your layers and enjoy the freshest eggs around. And when you do, follow these essential instructions for boiling up your farm fresh eggs from Granny Annie -- huzzah indeed! Annie's instructions have been a saving grace for not losing any of these little delicacies in what otherwise can be a quite tedious and disappointing peeling process.

When eggs aren't super fresh off the farm, I opt for a Goldilocks approach to boiling my eggs--not too hard, not too soft, just right! Here's a simple method for determining your "just right": fill a pot with water that covers egg by 1/2-1 inch; bring to a gentle boil; "gently submerge egg into water and boil uncovered 1 minute; remove from heat and cover for 3 (soft boiled egg) to 15 minutes (hard boiled egg). My "just right" is about 8 minutes and voila, the perfect medium boiled egg!

*New* Check out this simple yet comprehensive Egg Primer for all things eggs from the New York Times.


  • Nut Cup: Toast a handful of  raw nuts and seed like almonds, walnuts and sunflower. While still warm toss in a handful of  dried fruit. Sprinkle in tiny cubes of your favorite hard cheese:

Mavenjoy Pick
 ~ 
Aged Manchego ~.
 
Optional: Throw in some of your favorite breakfast cereal, like  Nature's Path Organic Whole O's. Combine, pour in cup and go.


  • Yogurt + Nuts + Cinnamon: Add chopped  raw nuts + a sprinkle of cinnamon to yogurt or chia "yogurt". Stir to combine. 

            Mavenjoy Dairy Free, Soy Free, Casein Free & Gluten Free Pick
So Delicious Blueberry or Raspberry Coconut Milk Yogurt ~



More Healthy Breakfast Recipes & Brunch Ideas...

Egg Recipes
Spring Eggs & Kale
Greens & Mushroom Quiche
Simple Baked Eggs
Quick Ham & Rapini "Crepes"
Sweet Potato-Crusted Spinach & Goat Cheese Quiche

Breakfast & Brunch Side Dish Recipes & Light Bites
Savory Grits
Sweet! Potato Salad
Baked Risotto
Savory Salad with Backyard Vinaigrette
Cascadilla
Mixed Greens & Fruit & Nuts with Curry Dressing


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