When it gets cold out you don’t always want to make breakfast- or any food for that matter! But in those wee hours when your comfy bed is calling you back to its warmth, you need to have a quick, easy, hot and filling breakfast that will get you going and help you stay powered up for your busy day. Here are some great options for those cold winter mornings.
Maple, Fruit, Brown Sugar, and Almond Oats
Make instant oatmeal the night before and refrigerate it to keep until morning. In the morning, heat ½ cup of milk in a saucepan on medium heat for 2 minutes. Add in 2 teaspoons of maple syrup, ¼ cup diced apple, 2 teaspoons brown sugar, and 1 teaspoon raisins and cook for 2 more minutes. Heat the oatmeal in a saucepan or microwave until warm, but add ¼ cup of water so it doesn’t dry out. Pour in the milk mixture and stir well. Top with more brown sugar and as many almonds as you like. You can also top with a half of a sliced banana for more fruity goodness! This is one serving of grains, nuts, and fruit in one bowl that will keep you filled until lunchtime. Total cook time should be no more than 6 minutes.
Sausage, Bacon, Tomato and Cheese Casserole
This is a great breakfast that you can make the night before and add to it in the morning for freshness. Cook 2 cups of rice, brown or white. Chop ½ cup of cooked bacon, ½ cup of cooked sausage of your choice, 2 teaspoons dice olives (green or black), and ¼ cup of tomatoes and sauté in 2 teaspoons of butter. Mix all ingredients well and top the rice with the mixture, coating evenly. Cover the top with cheddar cheese, as much as desired, and bake at 350 until cheese is melted. Refrigerate after it cools. In the morning, re-heat in the oven or microwave and scramble one egg to serve on top of the casserole. Place the casserole on top of ½ cup of spinach and surround the base with the egg. You can even add a roumelade or ranch dressing to it if desired. This is two servings of fruit and veggies, two servings of grain, and one serving of protein in one meal!
Peanut Butter and Banana Waffles
Just one tablespoon of peanut butter counts as a serving of protein, and studies have shown that people who eat protein for breakfast have better digestive health, more focus, weigh less, and feel better in general than those that don’t. To make this amazing and easy breakfast, prepare waffles the night before and freeze them, or use frozen waffles from the store. Heat the waffles for 3 minutes in the toaster, and then smear one tablespoon of peanut butter on them. Top the waffles with 2 teaspoons of raisins and half a sliced banana. Serve it with hot coffee or warmed milk for a breakfast that’s healthy, filling, and so simple to make.
What is your favorite breakfast that is quick and easy?