So, you have lots of time in the morning to make a well-rounded breakfast…..yea, me neither. If we don’t always have the luxury of being able to make an awesome breakfast, then what kind of options does that leave us, protein bars or smoothies? While those choices are fine sometimes, you may want to mix things up now and then. Here are a few suggestions that won’t throw off your morning schedule.

  • Nut Butter, Banana and Chia Seed Toast This is a superfood spin on classic peanut butter and toast with 1/2 a banana (sliced) and a sprinkle of chia, which is packed with vitamins and minerals (like six times more calcium than milk!).                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
  • Quinoa Fruit Salad – Spice up a plain old fruit cup with a scoop of quinoa. Toss the whole shebang around until the quinoa is evenly distributed. Add a dressing of honey, lime, and basil for a little extra body.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
  • Nut Butter Granola Apple Bites – Cut your favorite kind of apple into wedges and scoop nut butter onto each slice. Sprinkle with oats or granola and cinnamon (add a drizzle of melted chocolate on top for added sweetness). Wrap up apple slices in foil or plastic wrap to save for later or enjoy as is.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
  • Pumpkin Granola Yogurt Parfait – Pumpkin isn’t just for the fall. In your favorite small container (with a reliable lid!), top plain Greek yogurt with canned pumpkin puree and a handful of granola, then sprinkle with cinnamon. The bonus? Pumpkin is a bona fide superfood rich in beta carotene, which is essential for eye health.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
  • Ham & Cheese Quinoa Cups – Enjoy quinoa in a new way with these mini quiches. In a medium bowl, combine 2 cups cooked quinoa, 2 eggs, 1 cup of your favorite veggies (spinach or zucchini work well), 1 cup shredded cheese, and a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Portion into a lightly greased mini muffin tin, and bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes. Prepare over the weekend and have a great ready-to-go breakfast all week.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
  • Frozen Nutty BananaAn awesome, cooling breakfast for hot summer days. Cut 1 firm (but ripe) banana in half and unpeel, arrange on a small baking sheet or freezer-safe plate, and spread each half with 1 tablespoon almond butter (on the sides not touching the plate). Here’s the fun part: Stick whatever toppings you like on the almond butter—our favorites are granola, chia or flax seeds, and cinnamon. Insert a popsicle stick or skewer into the cut end of each half and freeze until solid (at least 2-3 hours).

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