Need something new and exciting to jazz up your morning breakfast routine? Why not create your very own breakfast bowl! Easy to grab and go, these bowls can be prepped and packed in advance of your busy morning. From smoothies to quinoa to ordinary cereal, start your day on the right foot with these energizing breakfast bowls.
Smoothie Bowls are a refreshing and creative way to start the morning. The key to delicious smoothie bowl is a good base of frozen fruits and veggies. Here are some of our favorite combos:
- Strawberry Banana: 1 cup frozen strawberries + ½ banana + ½ cup milk of choice
- Green Goodness: 1 banana + handful of spinach + ½ avocado + 1 cup milk of choice + ice
- Chocolate Nut: 1 banana + 2 tbsp nut butter of choice + 2 tbsp cocoa powder + 1 cup milk of choice + ice
- Berry Blend: 1 cup frozen mixed berries + handful of spinach + 1 cup milk of choice
Blend up these tasty smoothies and top with granola, fresh fruit, chia seeds, or nut butter for a filling breakfast. The best part about these bowls is you can pre-package your smoothie combos in a plastic bag and store in the freezer for future use.
Breakfast Quinoa takes an ordinary bowl of oatmeal up a notch. Quinoa is a complete protein and a good source of fiber, keeping you feeling satisfied and focused all morning. Cook quinoa in your favorite milk beverage for a creamy consistency. Add spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, or ginger to enhance the flavor. For a sweet treat in the morning, add cocoa powder, or, make it savory and top your bowl with an egg. Top your bowls with sweet items like sliced banana, a drizzle of honey, chocolate chips, or savory like avocado, or hot sauce. Let your creative juices run wild to create the breakfast quinoa bowl of your dreams.
Oatmeal can be enjoyed warm or cold. Prepare your oatmeal in water or milk – it can be as easy as cooking it in the microwave! For faster cooking, use instant or quick cook oats, since these oats have been more processed and broken down. For a heartier bowl, use rolled oats or steel cut oats. These take longer to cook, have a higher fiber content, and give you a much thicker cereal. For busy mornings, take advance of overnight oats! Combine ingredients like milk, yogurt, fresh fruit, and oats in a container. Shake it up, and leave in the fridge overnight for a yummy breakfast ready to go in the morning.
Cereal is probably the easiest breakfast to prepare – add your favorite cereal to a bowl and top with your milk of choice. But…we can still get creative with this simple breakfast. It’s a great way to sneak in some extra whole grains from the cereal and calcium and vitamin D from the milk. Keep a few of your favorite cereals in the house and mix and match. Combining these flavors will bring your plain old cereal up a level. Don’t forget the toppings! Add nuts, seeds, dried fruit, fresh fruit, and even a drizzle of nut butter to enhance your exciting cereal bowl.
Yogurt comes in a variety of flavors and the parfait options are endless. Layering your parfaits can become a work of art. Start with a layer of yogurt, add in berries, granola, nuts, or dried fruit, and continue the pattern until your bowl is complete. Yogurt is rich in vitamin D and calcium and Greek yogurt is rich in protein. Enjoy these parfaits layer by layer, or mix it all together for a combination of all flavors! For a more “pudding-like” parfait, try mixing chia seeds into your yogurt and letting it sit overnight.