If you are skipping breakfast, or eating some crappy pastry from Starbucks, you need to read this fast breakfast recipe. Everything about it is good. It’s cheap, easy, delicious and packed full of wholesome goodness. Every ingredient does something good for you and is sure to kick off your day on the right foot. For these reasons, it has become a long time favorite of mine.
So many of us skip breakfast, and I hate to sound like a broken record here, as I’m sure you know it’s the most important meal. It sets up your metabolism to run right all day. Sure, a cup of black coffee will keep you from getting hungry until well after noon, but that’s not because you’ve given your body the fuel it needs to run efficiently – you’ve just confused it so it forgets. Skipping breakfast might be good for temporally calorie cutting, but not good for long term wellness, health or weight loss. I’m on a mission to find more fast breakfast recipes!
So have it – pile in the nutrients early in the morning and see how you feel. It’s really just an extra 5 min to make and you can snarff it down while you blow dry your hair and reap these benefits all day long…
Fast Breakfast – Kickstarter Power Oatmeal
- 1 package instant oatmeal
- ½ sliced banana
- ½ chopped apple
- ½ T ground flax seeds
- 2 T dried cranberries
- 1 T slivered almonds
- Cinnamon to taste
299 calories – 9 g protein – 8 g fiber
Oatmeal: Beta-glucan fiber is cholesterol lowering and immunity boosting. It’s high in fiber and antioxidants, as well as magnesium, which will help stabilize your blood sugar through the day by helping the body properly use glucose and secrete insulin. Who knew oatmeal was so hip?
Dried Cranberries: While not as nutrient potent as fresh cranberries and/or blueberries, they sure are convenient, and delicious. They add texture to this dish and a good sweet flavor. They are also not nutrient void. Dried cranberries have been linked to studies that show an increase in immune system, strengthened cardiovascular system due to high fiber, vitamin C and other antioxidant levels.
Flax Seeds: High in fiber, lignans, alpha linolenic acid help boost your immunity and are also key players in the fight against cancer, particularly breast and colon cancer. Flax is the highest source of omega 3 essential fatty acid in the plant kingdom, which helps fight inflammation. Flax is also a phytoestrogen, helping to stabilize hormone levels. Maybe you’ll be less bitchy today? 😉
Apple: High in fiber, they are very filling and the soluble fiber will help lower cholesterol. They are also considered very heart healthy do to antioxidants that prevent LDL cholesterol from oxidizing and inhibiting inflammation. High quercetin levels are also shown to boost endurance by making oxygen more available to the lungs. An apple a day…
Banana: Also high in fiber which helps regulate digestion, but also shown to lower blood pressure due to high potassium levels. Bananas and stronger bones? Yes! The high levels of potassium neutralizes high amounts of sodium in the diet, thus allowing healthy amounts of calcium to remain in the body. Bananas are also great source of B6 which serves numerous health roles in the body including fighting cardiovascular disease, type II diabetes, and obesity as well as strengthening immunity, cell formation and proper nervous system function. Go bananas!
Almonds: These are a monounsaturated fat, which are heart healthy and will help you feel satisfied and keep you from overeating later. And the nutrient benefits are vast; so let’s just say they contain the most nutrients in comparison to other nuts due to rich content of Vitamin E, Calcium, Phosphorous, Iron, Magnesium, Zinc, Selenium, Copper and Niacin. Nice!
Cinnamon: “once upon a time Cinnamon was more valuable that gold.” For sure – here’s why, it lowers bad cholesterol, blood sugar levels, and fights yeast and bacteria due to antifungal and anti-bacterial properties. It’s also shown to have an anti-clotting affect in blood and to boost cognitive function and memory. This must be why I’m so smart? Lol
Now go kick today’s ass!
Do you have any other favorite fast breakfast recipes? I’d love to hear about them!