Start your day off right with a healthy breakfast. Eating breakfast helps you maintain a healthy weight, provides you with energy needed for the day, and has a number of health benefits. Here are some ideas on how to make a quick and easy breakfast that’s packed full of nutrients to keep you going strong all day long!
When planning breakfast, remember that a balanced breakfast includes foods from at least three of the four food groups in Eating Well with Canada’s Food Guide (Vegetables and Fruit, Grain Products, Milk and Alternatives, and Meat and Alternatives).
Quick Breaky @ Home
Pair fruit and yoghurt with granola (Nature’s Farm) or hard cooked eggs. Hard-cook some Smart Eggs (Nature’s Farm) when you have a little free time, you can keep them in your fridge for up to a week if you leave the shell on.
Spread hummus (Bessie’s Best) on a whole grain bagel (Gunn’s Bakery), and pair with a piece of fruit for a healthy mix of savory and sweet.
Pre-make & Freeze Breakfast
Don’t have the time to prepare breakfast in the morning? Try making breakfast items ahead of time and putting them in the freezer. All you’ll need to do on a busy morning is reheat and eat!
Prepare and freeze a large batch of whole grain pancakes (Flowing Grains), reheat and serve with fresh or frozen berries and yoghurt.
Make quinoa, brown rice or steel cut oats and freeze into single serving sizes. Reheat in the microwave and enjoy with milk (Organic Meadows), dried fruit and nuts.
Overnight oats make for an incredibly easy breakfast – just soak some Naked Oats (Adagio Acres) overnight in the milk of your choice, and they’re ready to go in the morning! Heat if you’d like, or try them cold, and either grab some fruit for on the side or slice it on top. This works great in either individual portions or with a big batch to last a few days – equal parts oats and milk, with one serving being 1/3 – 1/2 cup of oats.
Try making and freezing your own breakfast burritos! Wrap scrambled Smart Eggs (Nature’s Farm) in a whole grain tortilla with shredded cheese (Bothwell Cheese, Oak Island Acres) and diced tomatoes. Add any other veggies you like such as red or green peppers, sautéed mushrooms, baby spinach, or green onions. Consult our “What’s in Season” guide to see what Manitoba produce is available. Be sure to drain any liquid from the veggies so the burritos don’t get soggy. Wrap in foil and freeze. Remove the foil before microwaving and simply heat when you’re ready to eat.
Breakfast on the Go
If you’re too busy to eat breakfast at home, try these ideas for making a healthy breakfast on the go! Make a breakfast sandwich by loading up a whole wheat English muffin with cheese (Bothwell Cheese, Oak Island Acres), bacon (Winnipeg Old Country Sausage), lettuce and tomato.
Create a breakfast wrap with a whole wheat tortilla, spread your favourite nut butter, sprinkle on some Hemp Hearts (Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods) and top with sliced banana or apple.
Smoothies are another great healthy meal on the go! Pre-make a large batch of your favourite smoothie and then pour it into a thermos when you’re ready to go. Get creative with combining ingredients, and add some Hemp Powder (Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods) for a protein boost. Seabuckthorn puree (Solberry) is another great addition, adding plenty of vitamins and nutrients with just a spoonful.
If you’re really pressed for time in the morning grab a Gorp Bar (The Great Gorp Project) on your way out the door. This delicious and nutritious energy bar is available in three varieties. A few Hemp Snackers (Rawnata) are also a great grab-and-go option.