What are Some Quick Healthy Breakfast Foods?

Mary McMahon
Mary McMahon

Breakfast is a very important meal, because the body's level of blood sugar is low after a night of sleep. By eating a healthy, balanced breakfast, you can kick-start your body for the day, and avoid the temptation to snack on sugary foods to sate your hunger. Many people skip breakfast because they lead busy lives, and feel that they are unable to take the time to fit breakfast foods into their days. With a little bit of forethought, a healthy breakfast can be eaten every day, and should, because it will make you healthier.

Hard boiled eggs.
Hard boiled eggs.

Healthy breakfast foods all have a few things in common. They are low in sugars and high in fiber, as well as protein. Eating a sugary breakfast can set you up for snacking through the morning until lunch, while giving you a brief burst of energy that does not last. Breakfast foods that are high in fiber and protein will provide a slow release of energy to power you through the morning until lunch time.

Granola bars are a healthy option for breakfast.
Granola bars are a healthy option for breakfast.

People who find themselves running late in the morning should think about preparing part of breakfast the night before. Chop up some fruit for salad, make hard boiled eggs, or squeeze juice. In the morning, you can eat these breakfast foods or pack them up with you to take to work. A stock of healthy breakfast foods such as whole grain breads for toast, high fiber granolas, fresh fruit, yogurt, hot cereals, and eggs should also be kept readily available. If you keep healthy breakfast foods in the house rather than unhealthy foods which are high in fat and sugar, it will encourage you to eat a healthy breakfast.

Mushrooms are frequently used as crepe fillings.
Mushrooms are frequently used as crepe fillings.

Many people have difficulty eating when they first wake up, which can pose a challenge to eating a healthy breakfast. If this is the case, a glass of unsweetened juice and a slice of toast should be eaten in the morning, and more substantial fare could be packed to be eaten later. Examples of packed foods could include peanut butter, which is high in fiber and protein, healthy granola bars, and fresh whole fruit.

Flax seeds, sprinkled on cereal, are nutritious and rich in fiber.
Flax seeds, sprinkled on cereal, are nutritious and rich in fiber.

Packaged breakfast foods can be an excellent option for healthy breakfasts on the go, but be aware of nutritional content. Many cereals and breakfast bars are laden with fats and sugars. Try to stick with unsweetened whole grain produces, and make sure to read ingredient labels carefully, looking for high protein and fiber, along with a rich vitamin content. If a cereal is not sweet enough for your tastes, try adding fresh fruit to it. It is also important to mix up your breakfast foods, to keep things interesting and nutritionally varied.

Unsweetened cereal is a healthy breakfast option.
Unsweetened cereal is a healthy breakfast option.
Oats can be soaked overnight, quickly heated in the morning, and then eaten with raisins and nuts for a healthy breakfast.
Oats can be soaked overnight, quickly heated in the morning, and then eaten with raisins and nuts for a healthy breakfast.
Fruit salad is a healthy breakfast that can be made in advance.
Fruit salad is a healthy breakfast that can be made in advance.
Adding fresh fruit to breakfast is one way to make it healthier.
Adding fresh fruit to breakfast is one way to make it healthier.
A cup of yogurt for breakfast can be healthy and quick.
A cup of yogurt for breakfast can be healthy and quick.
A piece of savory quiche with vegetables provides a quick, nutritious breakfast that can be made the night before.
A piece of savory quiche with vegetables provides a quick, nutritious breakfast that can be made the night before.
Bananas are healthy and provide natural energy.
Bananas are healthy and provide natural energy.
Fresh juice can be squeezed in advance to save time at breakfast.
Fresh juice can be squeezed in advance to save time at breakfast.
Mary McMahon
Mary McMahon

Ever since she began contributing to the site several years ago, Mary has embraced the exciting challenge of being a wiseGEEK researcher and writer. Mary has a liberal arts degree from Goddard College and spends her free time reading, cooking, and exploring the great outdoors.

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anon87281

You did not say what country! Spain has lots of eggs, olive oil. Avoid the potatoes for breakfast, too much sugar. Many cultures have fish for breakfast. If you have it for dinner usually breakfast won't be so bad.

anon32854

I'm a student that's going to live outside my country for few years. So, thinking about foods and life expenses is an ordinary question, I guess. What are the foods that have following characteristics? fair price, healthy, easy-prepared and sated (makes me feel sated!)

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