How are your I'm-going-to-eat-healthier plans going? It seems as though our best intentions often get waylaid by our old habits. We vow to eat right, get enough rest, and exercise. However, eventually, time constraints have us sliding back into comfortable old habits. Starting your day with a healthy and delicious breakfast can help.
It sounds cliche, but it really is the most important meal of the day. Eating right in the morning increases your energy level which leads to higher productivity. Greater productivity leads to better time management and, as we all know, better time management leads to even more productivity. Sounds great, right?
Of course, as with all things, this is all easier said than done. However, we hope that these fantastic, make-ahead breakfast ideas will inspire you.
Yield: 12 1-cup servings
*We use buckwheat honey because it is slightly less sweet and has a higher concentration of antioxidants, but you may substitute with any honey.
This recipe is amenable to all sorts of creativity. Don't be afraid to add any of your favorite seeds or nuts (make sure to add them before baking if they are raw or after if they are already roasted). Also, swapping out the Wild Coast Fruit Whole Dried Cranberries with their Dried Whole Blueberries and exchanging a lemon for the orange makes a sublime variation. As long as you stick to the dry/liquid proportions and the temperature/time instructions you can't go wrong. You may even double or triple the recipe and store the bulk in the freezer. When you are ready to use it, toss it in the oven for a few minutes if it needs a little crisping.
Yield: 12 Servings
*Toasting the quinoa is an optional step that simply enhances its natural nutty flavor and white or black quinoa can be substituted.
When your Blueberry Quinoa Breakfast Bake has cooled, divvy it into individual portions in microwave-safe containers for a quick and healthy weekday breakfast. Again, have fun with this recipe and mix it up by adding dried cranberries, your favorite nuts, or replacing the cinnamon with ginger or cardamom. It is all about finding what will give you the healthiest start to the day.