Breakfast is the perfect way to set the tone for the rest of your day, both mentally and physically. A delicious, healthy breakfast can give you the nutrients to fuel your morning and lay the foundation for the way your body works for the rest of your day. It also prepares your mind for whatever life is going to bring you in the following 24 hours.
It sometimes takes a little creativity to stick with a healthy habit, especially when time doesn’t allow for mindful, inventive recipe-concocting. Here at Vital Plan, we wholeheartedly agree with the saying, “You are what you eat.” You want to feel like a nutrient-packed breakfast smoothie, instead of a greasy breakfast buffet.
Are you looking for a new set of recipes for your breakfast repertoire?
The Vital Plan team got together to share their favorite ideas. If your gut is in optimal shape, these recipes are perfect for you. Enjoy!
Dr. Rawls: “I love eggs in several different ways. One of my favorites is sautéing yellow squash, crumbled turkey sausage, and onions with cilantro in olive oil, then adding eggs blended with some type of milk to make an omelet.
“My most common breakfast is a smoothie made with frozen blueberries, frozen banana, cucumber, with liquids including ginger tea and some type of milk, such as flax milk. I dump in teaspoons of several herbs, such as reishi, cat’s claw, and turmeric — usually whatever Ryan has given me lately. Hmmmmm…..good!”
Braden: “Eggs topped with avocado, sautéed greens, fresh herbs, and a drizzle of olive oil is a go-to breakfast for me. I also really like apple slices with homemade “healthier caramel” spread. Just mix together sunflower butter, coconut oil, hemp protein powder or maca powder, cinnamon, finely chopped fresh ginger, and honey.”
Jim: “I really like waffles, but I try to stick with the gluten-free version and 100% pure maple syrup. Most mornings I have a smoothie with fresh fruit, whatever juice is in the house, greek yogurt, and peanut butter. Leave out the peanut butter if you’re on Phase 1 of the Vital Plan Diet.”
Jon: “This strawberry smoothie is one of my favorites and it’s the healthier version of the Disney Dole Whip. My whole family enjoys it!”
Tim: “I like to make a hearty breakfast salad sometimes. It’s got greens, goat cheese, pomegranate seeds, toasted walnuts, a little quinoa with a balsamic dressing. You can get your greens in the morning, too! I also like steel cut oats with fruit.”
Alec: “Egg-white omelets with spinach, shiitake mushrooms, and goat cheese are my favorite.”
Ryan: “Clif Bars are what I eat when I’m on the go. When I’ve got the extra time, I like to make eggs in a mug, with whatever cooked veggies I’ve got leftover.”
Amy: “I’m all about smoothies — this chocolate blueberry smoothie is really good. I also really like this recipe for energy balls. They’re fun to make and are pretty delicious. They’re perfect for a morning when I’m in a rush!”
Ellen: “I really enjoy my morning blueberries, yogurt, some banana, and a sprinkling of cereal.”
Belinda: “My boys really love Dr. Rawls’ take on granola.
- Measure about 6 cups of rolled whole grain oats in a large bowl.
- Mix in a sprinkling of salt, ground nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger or allspice.
- Drizzle 4 tablespoons of coconut oil and 1/3 cup of honey over the grain and mix.
- Spread onto a large baking tray and bake at 300°F for about 30 minutes, until golden brown.
- Stir every 10 minutes. During the last 10 minutes, add pumpkin seeds and/or sunflower seeds.
- After the mixture comes out of the oven, cool and add dried blueberries (preferably no sugar added). Store in a sealed container.
This is really good with yogurt, rice milk, almond milk, or coconut milk.”
Esther: “Breakfast bars are great — you can make a batch and eat on them for a long time. My favorites are fruity breakfast bars.”
Cari: “I’ve never been into cereal. But I love granola, especially when it’s got honey, fruit, or nuts. This is my favorite granola cup recipe — so good!”
Meghan: “Gluten-free English muffins or toast with homemade jam are my regular morning routine. Sometimes, I add a little turkey sausage on the side for the extra protein. My father makes English muffins every morning, and the smell reminds me of home. It’s still gluten-free, but definitely a comfort food for me.”
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