Since my first meal of the day is usually my favorite, today I'm going to share a few very simple and healthy breakfast ideas to help kick your week off right! These are great meals for college students, because they involve very few cooking skills. If you have access to someone's house and can boil a dozen eggs at the beginning of the week, then store them in a mini fridge, you'll be able to make the majority of these meals.
Healthy Breakfast Ideas Day 1: Protein Packed
Hard boiled eggs, wheat toast, avocado, and cherry tomatoes
To say I'm not a morning person would be an understatement! In order to eat healthy, it's imperative that I have simple breakfast options. Slicing a hard boiled egg and popping a piece of bread in the toaster is about all I'm capable of in my groggy early-morning haze.
The breakfast above is one I love because it's extremely filling and very tasty. It consists of 1 hard boiled egg, a slice of wheat toast with real butter, half a small avocado, and sliced cherry tomatoes. Drizzle Braswell's Raspberry Vinaigrette Dressing over the tomatoes and avocado, then season the entire plate well with pepper.
Healthy Breakfast Ideas Day 2: Loaded with Vitamins A & K
Hard boiled eggs, tomatoes, and spinach
If it isn't obvious from all my salad ideas on the site, I'm quite a fan of spinach. Just call me Popeye's female counterpart. 🙂 [Here's a fun fact about Popeye & spinach, because I'm a nerd and research info like that.]
The meal above consists of 1 hard boiled egg (seasoned with salt & pepper), organic spinach leaves, and colorful cherry tomatoes. Spinach and tomatoes are both high in vitamins A & K, which are essential to eye and skin health.
Healthy Breakfast Ideas Day 3: The Light Option
Watermelon and fresh blueberries
On mornings when I prefer something light, I'll often opt for a bowl of fresh fruit. Watermelon pairs well with both blueberries and blackberries, so I use whichever I have available. Watermelon is a good source of Vitamin A & C and blueberries are an antioxidant. Together they make for a delicious and healthy start to the day! Add wheat toast with some peanut butter if you need something more filling.
Healthy Breakfast Ideas Day 4: Eat for Energy
Hard boiled eggs, strawberries, and spinach
Yes, I'm showing spinach and hard boiled eggs again, but I can't stress enough how easy they are for anyone who needs a quick meal that provides ample energy for the day. I often remove the yolk on some — or all — of the eggs and only eat the whites. Similar to blueberries, strawberries are packed with Vitamin C and are antioxidants.
If you're a vegetarian and prefer meatless breakfast options, you can substitute mushrooms, cauliflower, eggplant, or potatoes in place of the eggs. You'll still get that meaty type of taste with some of those options, but won't harm any animals in the process.
Healthy Breakfast Ideas Day 5: The Antioxidant Option
Scrambled eggs, avocado, blueberries, and strawberries
Can you tell I'm a fan of eggs? I can make the meal above in under 5 minutes and that's pretty much #goalz for a girl who prefers to spend more time on my makeup than my meals. 😉 The avocado is seasoned with salt and a bit of paprika to add some kick. I've already mentioned the benefits of berries!
For perfect, fluffy scrambled eggs every time, first coat a pan with light olive oil from a spray bottle. Mix eggs with a splash of milk and beat well. Pour the mixture into the pan on the highest heat setting, and let it sit until the eggs begin turning solid on the bottom. At that point, turn the temperature down to half heat or below, then stir the eggs. Remove once they've reached peak fluffiness and no longer appear runny or shiny.
Healthy Breakfast Ideas Day 6: High Fiber Foods
Spinach, wheat toast, watermelon, and almonds
Have I convinced you to include spinach with your breakfast yet? I'm trying my best! I always feel healthiest when I begin my day with organic greens. Each of the options included here contains fiber for better digestive health.
The wheat toast has a slight touch of real butter and I included almonds for protein. Watermelon has less than 50 calories per cup, yet it's very filling, so it's a good food to include whenever you're trying to lose weight.
Healthy Breakfast Ideas Day 7: Good for Skin
Hard boiled eggs, almonds, cantaloupe, and honeydew
Honeydew is beneficial for skin because it promotes collagen production and aides in tissue repair. Cantaloupe is an antioxidant that can help decrease blood pressure. The eggs and almonds are both good sources of protein.
I realize these meals are all very basic, but they're provided as inspiration to motivate you to reach for something healthy in the morning. Even if you don't have a lot of time to cook, with a little pre-planning you can create a meal in 5 minutes or less that will nourish your body and start your day off the right way!
Have a happy and healthy week!