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Health Starts Here: 5 Simple Breakfasts

Double Green SmoothieMorning meals can be a challenge for many people. Are you someone who springs out of bed in the morning, raring to go? Or are you someone who likes to gradually ease into getting your day rolling?  Maybe it depends on the morning? I know it does for me. On the days when a slow start is in the cards, it can be tough to pull together a nutritious breakfast and still make it to work on time.

The good news is, whether you’re a morning person or not, these five quick and simple recipes are an easy way to pull together a healthy, nutrient dense morning meal in record time. We all have heard it: ”Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” Whether on the run or not, it’s important to give your body some nutrition packed foods to fuel your day.

Apple-Cinnamon Oat Squares If you're always looking for a new way to eat oatmeal, how about trying it on the go? These tasty squares are simple to make ahead and keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator so you can grab and go throughout the week.

Cherry Almond Smoothie Almond milk, creamy almond butter and sweet cherries provide both carbohydrates and protein, everything you need to start your morning right.

Apple-Cinnamon Oat Squares Cherry Almond Smoothie

Double Green Smoothie This is one of my favorite green smoothies, as well as my 5-year-old daughter’s. It’s simple and delicious. Try this surprise smoothie for an on-the-go breakfast that's packed with the nutrients of hearty greens but tastes like a perfect blend of fruit.  Feel free to change up the recipe using other fresh and frozen fruits — the sweetness of the fruits completely masks the greens.

Pineapple Breeze Smoothie Using both fresh pineapple and pineapple juice makes this smoothie a tropical dream. The addition of a bit of coconut milk makes for a rich, creamy drink, great for breakfast or even an afternoon pick-me-up. To lighten up this smoothie, simply substitute any other non-dairy milk. 

Strawberry Almond Butter Smoothie Looking for a sweet, refreshing snack or breakfast? Try this sweet and creamy smoothie. Throw a handful of greens in this smoothie for an extra nutrient kick.

Pineapple Breeze Smoothie Strawberry Almond Smoothie

health starts hereAnd of course, a slice of toasted Health Starts Here sprouted grain bread from our bakery department with a smear of almond butter or sunflower seed butter and a piece of fresh fruit is always a quick and easy option! Check out more quick and simple recipes for dinner, sides, lunch and snack time. Or, browse over 100 Health Starts Here recipes.

What are some of your favorite quick and nutritious breakfasts?

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Melissa says …

Since I've found out how bad unfermented soy really is for you, I'm sticking to almond milk. I love smoothies in the morning... I make one with pure cranberry juice, water, frozen berries, organic plain yogurt, non-soy whey protein with no artificial sweeteners (actually hard to find), ground flax and flax oil. It's a yummy and nutritious start to the day all mixed up in a vita mix or blender.

GourmetOnADiet says …

Just curious, why do all the recipes suggest nondairy milk? For allergy purposes? Again, just wondering. Thanks!

SusieBeeOnMaui (Eat Little, Eat Big) says …

A variety of smoothies made with soy milk and non-fat greek yogurt as the base or, my newest version with coconut water: http://eatlittleeatbig.blogspot.com/2011/01/recipe-for-pineapple-blueberry-smoothie.html Make ahead overnight oatmeal: http://eatlittleeatbig.blogspot.com/2010/10/recipe-for-overnight-oatmeal-three-days.html Egg white microwave treat: http://eatlittleeatbig.blogspot.com/2011/01/recipe-for-microwaved-egg-white.html

Monica says …

As a family, we recently got addicted to kale thanks to the steamykitchen.com website, so the Double Green Smoothie just seemed like a natural next step since I stock kale on a regular basis. What a surprise! The smoothie was liked by everyone and is now a regular recipe in our household. I make my smoothie with dates, which doesn't completely emulsify during blending, so I soften them in hot soy milk prior to blending. Also, I freeze the my fruit so I don't have to add ice cubes.

Angela says …

Just made the double green smoothie today...it was so good! I added some vanilla protein powder and omitted the spinach (only because I didn't have any). Thanks for the recipe! I'll be making this for breakfast quite often.

Smoothies says …

Thank you for sharing tasty post on " Health Starts Here: 5 Simple Breakfasts " it is awesome, you can include smoothie in your another recipes post which will be healthy, nutritious food!

Karla Erdman says …

Broken links on the site. Example: double green smoothie

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@KARLA - So sorry for the broken link. I have updated the link above but here is the link as well: https://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipe/double-green-smoothie