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A Power Breakfast for a Dorm-Dweller

A Power Breakfast for a Dorm-Dweller


Are you tired of waiting forever at Leo’s for eggs or an omelette? It’s easy to make awesome egg recipes right in your common room or apartment, and all you need is a microwave. Eggs are a protein-packed choice for a power breakfast or even a mid-day snack without even needing to turn on the stove. Cooking an egg in the microwave may sound pretty funky, but it’s a speedy way to whip up a delicious meal that you can take on the go. Save your time and meal swipes at the dining hall, and try this recipe for breakfast – it’s like a fast food breakfast sandwich, but less sketchy. Prep Time: 4 mins Cook Time: 1 min Total Time: 5 mins Servings: 1

Ingredients: Non-stick spray 1 egg 1 English muffin 1 slice of cheese 1 breakfast protein (I use a meatless sausage- other good options are bacon or slices of turkey or ham) Pinch of salt and pepper/seasoning Directions: 1. Spray a mug or small microwavable bowl with non-stick cooking spray.

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2. Cook the breakfast patty in the microwave according to the directions on the package. 3. Crack the egg into the bowl, add the salt and pepper (or other seasoning) and whisk with a fork. If you’re using other add-ins, stir them in too.

Photo by Scott Harrington

4. Microwave the egg on high for 30 second intervals. My microwave takes a minute, but yours may take more or less time depending on the strength. Watch out not to let it cook too long or it will explode!

Photo by Scott Harrington

5. Toast an english muffin while you’re waiting.

Photo by Scott Harrington

6. Assemble your sandwich! The egg should flip right out of the bowl. Melt the cheese on the patty or the cooked egg and you’ve got yourself a tasty breakfast.

Photo by Scott Harrington

Variations: Burrito: Chop up the cooked egg and put it in a tortilla with salsa, shredded cheese and onions. Open Faced Sandwich: Top a piece of pita bread with avocado slices and the egg. Florentine Quiche for One: Mix in spinach and feta. Have fun with it and add in whatever you usually like to have in your omelet!

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21 Energy-Boosting Breakfast Recipes That Are Easier Than Making a Cup of Joe

Breakfast is touted as the most important meal of the day. While that may not be entirely true, there&rsquos no downside to starting your day with a nutritious breakfast. That said, it can be tough to prioritize the kitchen over sleep, and sometimes reaching for the cereal box or opting for a bagel is just so easy. While tasty, those meals are often the ones that make you crash and leave you craving an early lunch.

So put down the box, skip the on-the-go eats, and try one of these 21 easy, energy-boosting breakfast recipes instead. Simple, satisfying, and full of the good stuff, these dishes will fill you up and lift you up. You may even start skipping your morning coffee entirely.

1. Creamy Coconut Matcha Oatmeal

Matcha lattes may be all the rage, but you don&rsquot have to drink it to reap the benefits. Plus, making it at home means you can avoid added sugars and other sneaky coffee shop add-ins. Made with coconut water (hello, hydration), matcha powder, oats, shredded coconut, and a dash of maple syrup, this warming bowl provides an instant boost and hearty base for a kick-ass day.

2. Dirty Chai Chia Pudding Parfaits

Few things say &ldquogood morning&rdquo like a shot of espresso. Add some chai protein powder (it&rsquos as delicious as it sounds), protein-rich chia seeds, coconut whip, and granola, and you&rsquove upgraded your morning from good to great. The chia seeds soak overnight, so you can totally hit the snooze button&mdashthough you&rsquoll probably want to get up and eat this ASAP.

3. Superfood Avocado Toast With Kale Tapenade

The rise in low-carb and gluten-free diets means many are ditching the bread. But it&rsquos all about what type of bread you eat and what you pair it with&mdashunless you&rsquore gluten intolerant, of course. The fiber in healthy bread options, such as sprouted grain and rye, help kick-start the digestive system. Topped with heart-healthy avocado, tahini, pumpkin seeds, and nutrient-rich eggs, you&rsquoll be skipping out the door instead of dragging.

4. Sweet Potato Breakfast Bowl With Berries

For those who do want to skip the bread but still want a hearty carb base to power through busy days, try this sweet potato bowl. This breakfast tastes like dessert and is ready to eat in five minutes or less. No, you&rsquore not dreaming, it&rsquos that easy and that good. For an extra protein boost, mix the yogurt with protein powder or top with almond butter.

5. Superfood Energy Bars With Cacao

Even the healthiest granola bar options often have excess sugar. Not to mention, they simply aren&rsquot filling. But that doesn&rsquot change the fact that they are super convenient. These homemade bars are packed with superfoods and bound with coconut oil. Eat a bar with a light protein shake, hard-boiled eggs, or a homemade latte, and enjoy a crash- and hanger-free afternoon.

6. Coffee Banana Smoothie With Oats and Chia

Why enjoy a smoothie and coffee separately when you can have them together? Coffee smoothies are not only crazy delicious, but they&rsquore also perfect for those who love multitasking. Made with seven ingredients, this smoothie is ready in snap and tastes way better than a plain ol&rsquo cup of joe. The oats and chia seeds add a boost of fiber, meaning you won&rsquot be reaching for that late-morning snack&mdashor second cup of coffee.

7. Açai, Blueberry, and Maca Smoothie Bowl

Antioxidants, fiber, omega fatty acids&hellip and that&rsquos just the açai. This nutrient-packed smoothie bowl is the perfect way to wake your body&mdashand your taste buds&mdashand get them ready for the day. Instead of cramming the bowl with fruit (read: sugar) like many smoothie bowl recipes, this dish uses wild blueberries and a touch of stevia to sweeten without overloading. Top with seeds, fresh berries, and coconut, and you&rsquoll have yourself a fine morning.

8. Hummus and Veggie Breakfast Bowls

Leafy greens may not be the first thing to come to mind when envisioning a mouthwatering breakfast, but this recipe will change that. The mustardy dressing adds a little sweet to the bitter greens while the soft-boiled eggs and hummus make it both creamy and just the right amount of spicy. Even though it&rsquos super filling, it won&rsquot weigh you down. For a Paleo version, opt for a zucchini hummus and omit the grains&mdashthough we&rsquore big fans of the added protein and fiber.

9. Mint and Green Tea Smoothie

This smoothie has just the right amount of green: green tea, spinach, and mint. The pear, pineapple, and ginger make it bright and fresh and give it a flavor even green smoothie naysayers will love. With just a touch of caffeine, natural sugars, and immunity-boosting ginger and lemon, this smoothie is the perfect way to kick-start your system and get your (creative) juices flowing.

10. Lemon Turmeric Energy Balls

Turmeric is another spice currently shaking up the latte scene. Known for its anti-inflammatory &ldquosuperpowers,&rdquo it&rsquos also a common staple in curries and, more currently, juices and wellness shots. This recipe uses it to flavor immune-boosting energy balls made with oats, chia seeds, almonds, and lemon&mdasha superstar lineup. Double up by pairing with golden milk or eat with fresh fruit.

11. Smoked Salmon Breakfast Bowl With 6-Minute Egg

Healthy fats, leafy greens, whole grains, lean protein&hellip this recipe has it all. Oh, and it&rsquos insanely delicious. For a lighter dressing, use Greek yogurt instead of mayo, or skip the sauce altogether and stick to fresh lemon and a dash of paprika. We also love subbing avocado for the potatoes.

12. Espresso Overnight Oats With Almond Butter

This recipe takes five minutes to prepare and it has caffeine&mdashthe makings of a perfect morning. Simply add oats, espresso (or coffee), chia seeds, milk, yogurt, slivered almonds, and almond butter shake it up refrigerate overnight and voilà, a breakfast of champions awaits you. Top with fresh berries, more nut butter (always), and a sprinkle of espresso for an extra jolt.

13. Avocado and Egg-Stuffed Sweet Potato

Popeye would be proud of this breakfast. Packed with nutrient-rich spinach, immunity-boosting garlic, heart-healthy eggs, and served on antioxidant-rich sweet potato, this dish is all kinds of wonderful&mdashand delicious.Quantitative evaluation of the antioxidant properties of garlic and shallot preparations. Leelarungrayub N, Rattanapanone V, Chanarat N. Nutrition (Burbank, Los Angeles County, Calif.), 2006, Jul.22(3):0899-9007.Antioxidant capacity and antioxidant content in roots of 4 sweetpotato varieties. Rautenbach F, Faber M, Laurie S. Journal of food science, 2010, Oct.75(5):1750-3841. To save some time, microwave the sweet potato instead of roasting (or roast the night before), and if poaching eggs feels intimidating, stick to soft-boiled (or try our simple how-to).

14. Rise and Shine Smoothie

If you haven&rsquot experimented with dates in smoothies, we urge you to get to the kitchen. It&rsquos the perfect natural sweetener, and using just two dates goes a long way. Almond milk and coconut water act as the base, and frozen banana, almond butter, and hemp seeds as thickeners and protein pumpers. Easy to make, even easier to drink, and super filling, this smoothie will likely become a weekly (or daily) go-to.

15. Chia Matcha Overnight Breakfast Smoothie

We&rsquore huge fans of anything you can make the night before. Plus, soaking oats overnight enriches the flavor and creates an incredibly creamy texture that tastes almost too good to be true. This recipe uses matcha, the tea powerhouse rich in antioxidants and vitamins coconut yogurt banana cinnamon and chia seeds for a hearty but not-too-filling breakfast that&rsquos ready to eat the second you get out of bed.

16. Savory Spinach Steel-Cut Oatmeal

Oatmeal and raisins are an awesome combo, but sometimes it&rsquos nice to take just a little extra time to shake things up. This recipe goes the extra mile with spinach (yep), tomatoes, and a fried egg. We love using chicken or veggie broth to cook the oats and topping with a dash of hot sauce. Some shaved Parmesan would taste pretty great too.

17. Oatmeal Quinoa Power Bowl

This recipe has got the power. The base is a mix of oatmeal, quinoa, and almond milk, which then gets topped with pomegranate, pumpkin seeds, toasted walnuts, coconut flakes, and a whole lot of love. Or go wild&mdashany nut, dried or fresh fruit, or seed will do.

18. Mango Ginger Turmeric Smoothie

Don&rsquot worry: This isn&rsquot one of those smoothies that&rsquoll leave you hangry in a matter of hours. This recipe boasts 16 grams of protein and 8 grams of fiber thanks to Greek yogurt and oats. Fresh ginger and turmeric give the drink a light punch, and the mango and honey provide just the right amount of sweet. It&rsquos basically smoothie jet fuel.

19. Mocha Latte Breakfast Quinoa

Yes, you can have a mocha latte for breakfast. And yes, it&rsquos healthy! At least this recipe is. Quinoa is a fun way to enjoy a warming breakfast that isn&rsquot oats, and it&rsquos just as easy to make. Cooked in coffee and coconut water (coconut milk works too) and mixed with coconut cream and vegan chocolate chips (dark chocolate chunks also taste great), this breakfast is decadent but also super healthy and energizing.

20. Savory Pesto Quinoa Breakfast Bowls

It&rsquos hard to believe that a recipe this beautiful takes only 10 minutes to prepare, but it&rsquos true. It goes even quicker if you use store-bought pesto and make the quinoa the night before. Though the recipe looks its best with the ingredients delicately placed on top of the grains, it tastes best mixed and mashed together. Sorry, Instagram, but sometimes flavor is more important.

21. Almond Butter Toast With Bananas and Toasted Coconut

Simple, slightly salty, satisfying&hellip this recipe is so easy, we often forget it&rsquos the ultimate breakfast. Use a hearty, whole-grain bread unsweetened nut butter sliced banana (or another fruit like pear) and toasted coconut&mdashthen top with a drizzle of honey and sprinkle of sea salt. Easy as one, two, three, and healthy as can be.


21 Energy-Boosting Breakfast Recipes That Are Easier Than Making a Cup of Joe

Breakfast is touted as the most important meal of the day. While that may not be entirely true, there&rsquos no downside to starting your day with a nutritious breakfast. That said, it can be tough to prioritize the kitchen over sleep, and sometimes reaching for the cereal box or opting for a bagel is just so easy. While tasty, those meals are often the ones that make you crash and leave you craving an early lunch.

So put down the box, skip the on-the-go eats, and try one of these 21 easy, energy-boosting breakfast recipes instead. Simple, satisfying, and full of the good stuff, these dishes will fill you up and lift you up. You may even start skipping your morning coffee entirely.

1. Creamy Coconut Matcha Oatmeal

Matcha lattes may be all the rage, but you don&rsquot have to drink it to reap the benefits. Plus, making it at home means you can avoid added sugars and other sneaky coffee shop add-ins. Made with coconut water (hello, hydration), matcha powder, oats, shredded coconut, and a dash of maple syrup, this warming bowl provides an instant boost and hearty base for a kick-ass day.

2. Dirty Chai Chia Pudding Parfaits

Few things say &ldquogood morning&rdquo like a shot of espresso. Add some chai protein powder (it&rsquos as delicious as it sounds), protein-rich chia seeds, coconut whip, and granola, and you&rsquove upgraded your morning from good to great. The chia seeds soak overnight, so you can totally hit the snooze button&mdashthough you&rsquoll probably want to get up and eat this ASAP.

3. Superfood Avocado Toast With Kale Tapenade

The rise in low-carb and gluten-free diets means many are ditching the bread. But it&rsquos all about what type of bread you eat and what you pair it with&mdashunless you&rsquore gluten intolerant, of course. The fiber in healthy bread options, such as sprouted grain and rye, help kick-start the digestive system. Topped with heart-healthy avocado, tahini, pumpkin seeds, and nutrient-rich eggs, you&rsquoll be skipping out the door instead of dragging.

4. Sweet Potato Breakfast Bowl With Berries

For those who do want to skip the bread but still want a hearty carb base to power through busy days, try this sweet potato bowl. This breakfast tastes like dessert and is ready to eat in five minutes or less. No, you&rsquore not dreaming, it&rsquos that easy and that good. For an extra protein boost, mix the yogurt with protein powder or top with almond butter.

5. Superfood Energy Bars With Cacao

Even the healthiest granola bar options often have excess sugar. Not to mention, they simply aren&rsquot filling. But that doesn&rsquot change the fact that they are super convenient. These homemade bars are packed with superfoods and bound with coconut oil. Eat a bar with a light protein shake, hard-boiled eggs, or a homemade latte, and enjoy a crash- and hanger-free afternoon.

6. Coffee Banana Smoothie With Oats and Chia

Why enjoy a smoothie and coffee separately when you can have them together? Coffee smoothies are not only crazy delicious, but they&rsquore also perfect for those who love multitasking. Made with seven ingredients, this smoothie is ready in snap and tastes way better than a plain ol&rsquo cup of joe. The oats and chia seeds add a boost of fiber, meaning you won&rsquot be reaching for that late-morning snack&mdashor second cup of coffee.

7. Açai, Blueberry, and Maca Smoothie Bowl

Antioxidants, fiber, omega fatty acids&hellip and that&rsquos just the açai. This nutrient-packed smoothie bowl is the perfect way to wake your body&mdashand your taste buds&mdashand get them ready for the day. Instead of cramming the bowl with fruit (read: sugar) like many smoothie bowl recipes, this dish uses wild blueberries and a touch of stevia to sweeten without overloading. Top with seeds, fresh berries, and coconut, and you&rsquoll have yourself a fine morning.

8. Hummus and Veggie Breakfast Bowls

Leafy greens may not be the first thing to come to mind when envisioning a mouthwatering breakfast, but this recipe will change that. The mustardy dressing adds a little sweet to the bitter greens while the soft-boiled eggs and hummus make it both creamy and just the right amount of spicy. Even though it&rsquos super filling, it won&rsquot weigh you down. For a Paleo version, opt for a zucchini hummus and omit the grains&mdashthough we&rsquore big fans of the added protein and fiber.

9. Mint and Green Tea Smoothie

This smoothie has just the right amount of green: green tea, spinach, and mint. The pear, pineapple, and ginger make it bright and fresh and give it a flavor even green smoothie naysayers will love. With just a touch of caffeine, natural sugars, and immunity-boosting ginger and lemon, this smoothie is the perfect way to kick-start your system and get your (creative) juices flowing.

10. Lemon Turmeric Energy Balls

Turmeric is another spice currently shaking up the latte scene. Known for its anti-inflammatory &ldquosuperpowers,&rdquo it&rsquos also a common staple in curries and, more currently, juices and wellness shots. This recipe uses it to flavor immune-boosting energy balls made with oats, chia seeds, almonds, and lemon&mdasha superstar lineup. Double up by pairing with golden milk or eat with fresh fruit.

11. Smoked Salmon Breakfast Bowl With 6-Minute Egg

Healthy fats, leafy greens, whole grains, lean protein&hellip this recipe has it all. Oh, and it&rsquos insanely delicious. For a lighter dressing, use Greek yogurt instead of mayo, or skip the sauce altogether and stick to fresh lemon and a dash of paprika. We also love subbing avocado for the potatoes.

12. Espresso Overnight Oats With Almond Butter

This recipe takes five minutes to prepare and it has caffeine&mdashthe makings of a perfect morning. Simply add oats, espresso (or coffee), chia seeds, milk, yogurt, slivered almonds, and almond butter shake it up refrigerate overnight and voilà, a breakfast of champions awaits you. Top with fresh berries, more nut butter (always), and a sprinkle of espresso for an extra jolt.

13. Avocado and Egg-Stuffed Sweet Potato

Popeye would be proud of this breakfast. Packed with nutrient-rich spinach, immunity-boosting garlic, heart-healthy eggs, and served on antioxidant-rich sweet potato, this dish is all kinds of wonderful&mdashand delicious.Quantitative evaluation of the antioxidant properties of garlic and shallot preparations. Leelarungrayub N, Rattanapanone V, Chanarat N. Nutrition (Burbank, Los Angeles County, Calif.), 2006, Jul.22(3):0899-9007.Antioxidant capacity and antioxidant content in roots of 4 sweetpotato varieties. Rautenbach F, Faber M, Laurie S. Journal of food science, 2010, Oct.75(5):1750-3841. To save some time, microwave the sweet potato instead of roasting (or roast the night before), and if poaching eggs feels intimidating, stick to soft-boiled (or try our simple how-to).

14. Rise and Shine Smoothie

If you haven&rsquot experimented with dates in smoothies, we urge you to get to the kitchen. It&rsquos the perfect natural sweetener, and using just two dates goes a long way. Almond milk and coconut water act as the base, and frozen banana, almond butter, and hemp seeds as thickeners and protein pumpers. Easy to make, even easier to drink, and super filling, this smoothie will likely become a weekly (or daily) go-to.

15. Chia Matcha Overnight Breakfast Smoothie

We&rsquore huge fans of anything you can make the night before. Plus, soaking oats overnight enriches the flavor and creates an incredibly creamy texture that tastes almost too good to be true. This recipe uses matcha, the tea powerhouse rich in antioxidants and vitamins coconut yogurt banana cinnamon and chia seeds for a hearty but not-too-filling breakfast that&rsquos ready to eat the second you get out of bed.

16. Savory Spinach Steel-Cut Oatmeal

Oatmeal and raisins are an awesome combo, but sometimes it&rsquos nice to take just a little extra time to shake things up. This recipe goes the extra mile with spinach (yep), tomatoes, and a fried egg. We love using chicken or veggie broth to cook the oats and topping with a dash of hot sauce. Some shaved Parmesan would taste pretty great too.

17. Oatmeal Quinoa Power Bowl

This recipe has got the power. The base is a mix of oatmeal, quinoa, and almond milk, which then gets topped with pomegranate, pumpkin seeds, toasted walnuts, coconut flakes, and a whole lot of love. Or go wild&mdashany nut, dried or fresh fruit, or seed will do.

18. Mango Ginger Turmeric Smoothie

Don&rsquot worry: This isn&rsquot one of those smoothies that&rsquoll leave you hangry in a matter of hours. This recipe boasts 16 grams of protein and 8 grams of fiber thanks to Greek yogurt and oats. Fresh ginger and turmeric give the drink a light punch, and the mango and honey provide just the right amount of sweet. It&rsquos basically smoothie jet fuel.

19. Mocha Latte Breakfast Quinoa

Yes, you can have a mocha latte for breakfast. And yes, it&rsquos healthy! At least this recipe is. Quinoa is a fun way to enjoy a warming breakfast that isn&rsquot oats, and it&rsquos just as easy to make. Cooked in coffee and coconut water (coconut milk works too) and mixed with coconut cream and vegan chocolate chips (dark chocolate chunks also taste great), this breakfast is decadent but also super healthy and energizing.

20. Savory Pesto Quinoa Breakfast Bowls

It&rsquos hard to believe that a recipe this beautiful takes only 10 minutes to prepare, but it&rsquos true. It goes even quicker if you use store-bought pesto and make the quinoa the night before. Though the recipe looks its best with the ingredients delicately placed on top of the grains, it tastes best mixed and mashed together. Sorry, Instagram, but sometimes flavor is more important.

21. Almond Butter Toast With Bananas and Toasted Coconut

Simple, slightly salty, satisfying&hellip this recipe is so easy, we often forget it&rsquos the ultimate breakfast. Use a hearty, whole-grain bread unsweetened nut butter sliced banana (or another fruit like pear) and toasted coconut&mdashthen top with a drizzle of honey and sprinkle of sea salt. Easy as one, two, three, and healthy as can be.


21 Energy-Boosting Breakfast Recipes That Are Easier Than Making a Cup of Joe

Breakfast is touted as the most important meal of the day. While that may not be entirely true, there&rsquos no downside to starting your day with a nutritious breakfast. That said, it can be tough to prioritize the kitchen over sleep, and sometimes reaching for the cereal box or opting for a bagel is just so easy. While tasty, those meals are often the ones that make you crash and leave you craving an early lunch.

So put down the box, skip the on-the-go eats, and try one of these 21 easy, energy-boosting breakfast recipes instead. Simple, satisfying, and full of the good stuff, these dishes will fill you up and lift you up. You may even start skipping your morning coffee entirely.

1. Creamy Coconut Matcha Oatmeal

Matcha lattes may be all the rage, but you don&rsquot have to drink it to reap the benefits. Plus, making it at home means you can avoid added sugars and other sneaky coffee shop add-ins. Made with coconut water (hello, hydration), matcha powder, oats, shredded coconut, and a dash of maple syrup, this warming bowl provides an instant boost and hearty base for a kick-ass day.

2. Dirty Chai Chia Pudding Parfaits

Few things say &ldquogood morning&rdquo like a shot of espresso. Add some chai protein powder (it&rsquos as delicious as it sounds), protein-rich chia seeds, coconut whip, and granola, and you&rsquove upgraded your morning from good to great. The chia seeds soak overnight, so you can totally hit the snooze button&mdashthough you&rsquoll probably want to get up and eat this ASAP.

3. Superfood Avocado Toast With Kale Tapenade

The rise in low-carb and gluten-free diets means many are ditching the bread. But it&rsquos all about what type of bread you eat and what you pair it with&mdashunless you&rsquore gluten intolerant, of course. The fiber in healthy bread options, such as sprouted grain and rye, help kick-start the digestive system. Topped with heart-healthy avocado, tahini, pumpkin seeds, and nutrient-rich eggs, you&rsquoll be skipping out the door instead of dragging.

4. Sweet Potato Breakfast Bowl With Berries

For those who do want to skip the bread but still want a hearty carb base to power through busy days, try this sweet potato bowl. This breakfast tastes like dessert and is ready to eat in five minutes or less. No, you&rsquore not dreaming, it&rsquos that easy and that good. For an extra protein boost, mix the yogurt with protein powder or top with almond butter.

5. Superfood Energy Bars With Cacao

Even the healthiest granola bar options often have excess sugar. Not to mention, they simply aren&rsquot filling. But that doesn&rsquot change the fact that they are super convenient. These homemade bars are packed with superfoods and bound with coconut oil. Eat a bar with a light protein shake, hard-boiled eggs, or a homemade latte, and enjoy a crash- and hanger-free afternoon.

6. Coffee Banana Smoothie With Oats and Chia

Why enjoy a smoothie and coffee separately when you can have them together? Coffee smoothies are not only crazy delicious, but they&rsquore also perfect for those who love multitasking. Made with seven ingredients, this smoothie is ready in snap and tastes way better than a plain ol&rsquo cup of joe. The oats and chia seeds add a boost of fiber, meaning you won&rsquot be reaching for that late-morning snack&mdashor second cup of coffee.

7. Açai, Blueberry, and Maca Smoothie Bowl

Antioxidants, fiber, omega fatty acids&hellip and that&rsquos just the açai. This nutrient-packed smoothie bowl is the perfect way to wake your body&mdashand your taste buds&mdashand get them ready for the day. Instead of cramming the bowl with fruit (read: sugar) like many smoothie bowl recipes, this dish uses wild blueberries and a touch of stevia to sweeten without overloading. Top with seeds, fresh berries, and coconut, and you&rsquoll have yourself a fine morning.

8. Hummus and Veggie Breakfast Bowls

Leafy greens may not be the first thing to come to mind when envisioning a mouthwatering breakfast, but this recipe will change that. The mustardy dressing adds a little sweet to the bitter greens while the soft-boiled eggs and hummus make it both creamy and just the right amount of spicy. Even though it&rsquos super filling, it won&rsquot weigh you down. For a Paleo version, opt for a zucchini hummus and omit the grains&mdashthough we&rsquore big fans of the added protein and fiber.

9. Mint and Green Tea Smoothie

This smoothie has just the right amount of green: green tea, spinach, and mint. The pear, pineapple, and ginger make it bright and fresh and give it a flavor even green smoothie naysayers will love. With just a touch of caffeine, natural sugars, and immunity-boosting ginger and lemon, this smoothie is the perfect way to kick-start your system and get your (creative) juices flowing.

10. Lemon Turmeric Energy Balls

Turmeric is another spice currently shaking up the latte scene. Known for its anti-inflammatory &ldquosuperpowers,&rdquo it&rsquos also a common staple in curries and, more currently, juices and wellness shots. This recipe uses it to flavor immune-boosting energy balls made with oats, chia seeds, almonds, and lemon&mdasha superstar lineup. Double up by pairing with golden milk or eat with fresh fruit.

11. Smoked Salmon Breakfast Bowl With 6-Minute Egg

Healthy fats, leafy greens, whole grains, lean protein&hellip this recipe has it all. Oh, and it&rsquos insanely delicious. For a lighter dressing, use Greek yogurt instead of mayo, or skip the sauce altogether and stick to fresh lemon and a dash of paprika. We also love subbing avocado for the potatoes.

12. Espresso Overnight Oats With Almond Butter

This recipe takes five minutes to prepare and it has caffeine&mdashthe makings of a perfect morning. Simply add oats, espresso (or coffee), chia seeds, milk, yogurt, slivered almonds, and almond butter shake it up refrigerate overnight and voilà, a breakfast of champions awaits you. Top with fresh berries, more nut butter (always), and a sprinkle of espresso for an extra jolt.

13. Avocado and Egg-Stuffed Sweet Potato

Popeye would be proud of this breakfast. Packed with nutrient-rich spinach, immunity-boosting garlic, heart-healthy eggs, and served on antioxidant-rich sweet potato, this dish is all kinds of wonderful&mdashand delicious.Quantitative evaluation of the antioxidant properties of garlic and shallot preparations. Leelarungrayub N, Rattanapanone V, Chanarat N. Nutrition (Burbank, Los Angeles County, Calif.), 2006, Jul.22(3):0899-9007.Antioxidant capacity and antioxidant content in roots of 4 sweetpotato varieties. Rautenbach F, Faber M, Laurie S. Journal of food science, 2010, Oct.75(5):1750-3841. To save some time, microwave the sweet potato instead of roasting (or roast the night before), and if poaching eggs feels intimidating, stick to soft-boiled (or try our simple how-to).

14. Rise and Shine Smoothie

If you haven&rsquot experimented with dates in smoothies, we urge you to get to the kitchen. It&rsquos the perfect natural sweetener, and using just two dates goes a long way. Almond milk and coconut water act as the base, and frozen banana, almond butter, and hemp seeds as thickeners and protein pumpers. Easy to make, even easier to drink, and super filling, this smoothie will likely become a weekly (or daily) go-to.

15. Chia Matcha Overnight Breakfast Smoothie

We&rsquore huge fans of anything you can make the night before. Plus, soaking oats overnight enriches the flavor and creates an incredibly creamy texture that tastes almost too good to be true. This recipe uses matcha, the tea powerhouse rich in antioxidants and vitamins coconut yogurt banana cinnamon and chia seeds for a hearty but not-too-filling breakfast that&rsquos ready to eat the second you get out of bed.

16. Savory Spinach Steel-Cut Oatmeal

Oatmeal and raisins are an awesome combo, but sometimes it&rsquos nice to take just a little extra time to shake things up. This recipe goes the extra mile with spinach (yep), tomatoes, and a fried egg. We love using chicken or veggie broth to cook the oats and topping with a dash of hot sauce. Some shaved Parmesan would taste pretty great too.

17. Oatmeal Quinoa Power Bowl

This recipe has got the power. The base is a mix of oatmeal, quinoa, and almond milk, which then gets topped with pomegranate, pumpkin seeds, toasted walnuts, coconut flakes, and a whole lot of love. Or go wild&mdashany nut, dried or fresh fruit, or seed will do.

18. Mango Ginger Turmeric Smoothie

Don&rsquot worry: This isn&rsquot one of those smoothies that&rsquoll leave you hangry in a matter of hours. This recipe boasts 16 grams of protein and 8 grams of fiber thanks to Greek yogurt and oats. Fresh ginger and turmeric give the drink a light punch, and the mango and honey provide just the right amount of sweet. It&rsquos basically smoothie jet fuel.

19. Mocha Latte Breakfast Quinoa

Yes, you can have a mocha latte for breakfast. And yes, it&rsquos healthy! At least this recipe is. Quinoa is a fun way to enjoy a warming breakfast that isn&rsquot oats, and it&rsquos just as easy to make. Cooked in coffee and coconut water (coconut milk works too) and mixed with coconut cream and vegan chocolate chips (dark chocolate chunks also taste great), this breakfast is decadent but also super healthy and energizing.

20. Savory Pesto Quinoa Breakfast Bowls

It&rsquos hard to believe that a recipe this beautiful takes only 10 minutes to prepare, but it&rsquos true. It goes even quicker if you use store-bought pesto and make the quinoa the night before. Though the recipe looks its best with the ingredients delicately placed on top of the grains, it tastes best mixed and mashed together. Sorry, Instagram, but sometimes flavor is more important.

21. Almond Butter Toast With Bananas and Toasted Coconut

Simple, slightly salty, satisfying&hellip this recipe is so easy, we often forget it&rsquos the ultimate breakfast. Use a hearty, whole-grain bread unsweetened nut butter sliced banana (or another fruit like pear) and toasted coconut&mdashthen top with a drizzle of honey and sprinkle of sea salt. Easy as one, two, three, and healthy as can be.


21 Energy-Boosting Breakfast Recipes That Are Easier Than Making a Cup of Joe

Breakfast is touted as the most important meal of the day. While that may not be entirely true, there&rsquos no downside to starting your day with a nutritious breakfast. That said, it can be tough to prioritize the kitchen over sleep, and sometimes reaching for the cereal box or opting for a bagel is just so easy. While tasty, those meals are often the ones that make you crash and leave you craving an early lunch.

So put down the box, skip the on-the-go eats, and try one of these 21 easy, energy-boosting breakfast recipes instead. Simple, satisfying, and full of the good stuff, these dishes will fill you up and lift you up. You may even start skipping your morning coffee entirely.

1. Creamy Coconut Matcha Oatmeal

Matcha lattes may be all the rage, but you don&rsquot have to drink it to reap the benefits. Plus, making it at home means you can avoid added sugars and other sneaky coffee shop add-ins. Made with coconut water (hello, hydration), matcha powder, oats, shredded coconut, and a dash of maple syrup, this warming bowl provides an instant boost and hearty base for a kick-ass day.

2. Dirty Chai Chia Pudding Parfaits

Few things say &ldquogood morning&rdquo like a shot of espresso. Add some chai protein powder (it&rsquos as delicious as it sounds), protein-rich chia seeds, coconut whip, and granola, and you&rsquove upgraded your morning from good to great. The chia seeds soak overnight, so you can totally hit the snooze button&mdashthough you&rsquoll probably want to get up and eat this ASAP.

3. Superfood Avocado Toast With Kale Tapenade

The rise in low-carb and gluten-free diets means many are ditching the bread. But it&rsquos all about what type of bread you eat and what you pair it with&mdashunless you&rsquore gluten intolerant, of course. The fiber in healthy bread options, such as sprouted grain and rye, help kick-start the digestive system. Topped with heart-healthy avocado, tahini, pumpkin seeds, and nutrient-rich eggs, you&rsquoll be skipping out the door instead of dragging.

4. Sweet Potato Breakfast Bowl With Berries

For those who do want to skip the bread but still want a hearty carb base to power through busy days, try this sweet potato bowl. This breakfast tastes like dessert and is ready to eat in five minutes or less. No, you&rsquore not dreaming, it&rsquos that easy and that good. For an extra protein boost, mix the yogurt with protein powder or top with almond butter.

5. Superfood Energy Bars With Cacao

Even the healthiest granola bar options often have excess sugar. Not to mention, they simply aren&rsquot filling. But that doesn&rsquot change the fact that they are super convenient. These homemade bars are packed with superfoods and bound with coconut oil. Eat a bar with a light protein shake, hard-boiled eggs, or a homemade latte, and enjoy a crash- and hanger-free afternoon.

6. Coffee Banana Smoothie With Oats and Chia

Why enjoy a smoothie and coffee separately when you can have them together? Coffee smoothies are not only crazy delicious, but they&rsquore also perfect for those who love multitasking. Made with seven ingredients, this smoothie is ready in snap and tastes way better than a plain ol&rsquo cup of joe. The oats and chia seeds add a boost of fiber, meaning you won&rsquot be reaching for that late-morning snack&mdashor second cup of coffee.

7. Açai, Blueberry, and Maca Smoothie Bowl

Antioxidants, fiber, omega fatty acids&hellip and that&rsquos just the açai. This nutrient-packed smoothie bowl is the perfect way to wake your body&mdashand your taste buds&mdashand get them ready for the day. Instead of cramming the bowl with fruit (read: sugar) like many smoothie bowl recipes, this dish uses wild blueberries and a touch of stevia to sweeten without overloading. Top with seeds, fresh berries, and coconut, and you&rsquoll have yourself a fine morning.

8. Hummus and Veggie Breakfast Bowls

Leafy greens may not be the first thing to come to mind when envisioning a mouthwatering breakfast, but this recipe will change that. The mustardy dressing adds a little sweet to the bitter greens while the soft-boiled eggs and hummus make it both creamy and just the right amount of spicy. Even though it&rsquos super filling, it won&rsquot weigh you down. For a Paleo version, opt for a zucchini hummus and omit the grains&mdashthough we&rsquore big fans of the added protein and fiber.

9. Mint and Green Tea Smoothie

This smoothie has just the right amount of green: green tea, spinach, and mint. The pear, pineapple, and ginger make it bright and fresh and give it a flavor even green smoothie naysayers will love. With just a touch of caffeine, natural sugars, and immunity-boosting ginger and lemon, this smoothie is the perfect way to kick-start your system and get your (creative) juices flowing.

10. Lemon Turmeric Energy Balls

Turmeric is another spice currently shaking up the latte scene. Known for its anti-inflammatory &ldquosuperpowers,&rdquo it&rsquos also a common staple in curries and, more currently, juices and wellness shots. This recipe uses it to flavor immune-boosting energy balls made with oats, chia seeds, almonds, and lemon&mdasha superstar lineup. Double up by pairing with golden milk or eat with fresh fruit.

11. Smoked Salmon Breakfast Bowl With 6-Minute Egg

Healthy fats, leafy greens, whole grains, lean protein&hellip this recipe has it all. Oh, and it&rsquos insanely delicious. For a lighter dressing, use Greek yogurt instead of mayo, or skip the sauce altogether and stick to fresh lemon and a dash of paprika. We also love subbing avocado for the potatoes.

12. Espresso Overnight Oats With Almond Butter

This recipe takes five minutes to prepare and it has caffeine&mdashthe makings of a perfect morning. Simply add oats, espresso (or coffee), chia seeds, milk, yogurt, slivered almonds, and almond butter shake it up refrigerate overnight and voilà, a breakfast of champions awaits you. Top with fresh berries, more nut butter (always), and a sprinkle of espresso for an extra jolt.

13. Avocado and Egg-Stuffed Sweet Potato

Popeye would be proud of this breakfast. Packed with nutrient-rich spinach, immunity-boosting garlic, heart-healthy eggs, and served on antioxidant-rich sweet potato, this dish is all kinds of wonderful&mdashand delicious.Quantitative evaluation of the antioxidant properties of garlic and shallot preparations. Leelarungrayub N, Rattanapanone V, Chanarat N. Nutrition (Burbank, Los Angeles County, Calif.), 2006, Jul.22(3):0899-9007.Antioxidant capacity and antioxidant content in roots of 4 sweetpotato varieties. Rautenbach F, Faber M, Laurie S. Journal of food science, 2010, Oct.75(5):1750-3841. To save some time, microwave the sweet potato instead of roasting (or roast the night before), and if poaching eggs feels intimidating, stick to soft-boiled (or try our simple how-to).

14. Rise and Shine Smoothie

If you haven&rsquot experimented with dates in smoothies, we urge you to get to the kitchen. It&rsquos the perfect natural sweetener, and using just two dates goes a long way. Almond milk and coconut water act as the base, and frozen banana, almond butter, and hemp seeds as thickeners and protein pumpers. Easy to make, even easier to drink, and super filling, this smoothie will likely become a weekly (or daily) go-to.

15. Chia Matcha Overnight Breakfast Smoothie

We&rsquore huge fans of anything you can make the night before. Plus, soaking oats overnight enriches the flavor and creates an incredibly creamy texture that tastes almost too good to be true. This recipe uses matcha, the tea powerhouse rich in antioxidants and vitamins coconut yogurt banana cinnamon and chia seeds for a hearty but not-too-filling breakfast that&rsquos ready to eat the second you get out of bed.

16. Savory Spinach Steel-Cut Oatmeal

Oatmeal and raisins are an awesome combo, but sometimes it&rsquos nice to take just a little extra time to shake things up. This recipe goes the extra mile with spinach (yep), tomatoes, and a fried egg. We love using chicken or veggie broth to cook the oats and topping with a dash of hot sauce. Some shaved Parmesan would taste pretty great too.

17. Oatmeal Quinoa Power Bowl

This recipe has got the power. The base is a mix of oatmeal, quinoa, and almond milk, which then gets topped with pomegranate, pumpkin seeds, toasted walnuts, coconut flakes, and a whole lot of love. Or go wild&mdashany nut, dried or fresh fruit, or seed will do.

18. Mango Ginger Turmeric Smoothie

Don&rsquot worry: This isn&rsquot one of those smoothies that&rsquoll leave you hangry in a matter of hours. This recipe boasts 16 grams of protein and 8 grams of fiber thanks to Greek yogurt and oats. Fresh ginger and turmeric give the drink a light punch, and the mango and honey provide just the right amount of sweet. It&rsquos basically smoothie jet fuel.

19. Mocha Latte Breakfast Quinoa

Yes, you can have a mocha latte for breakfast. And yes, it&rsquos healthy! At least this recipe is. Quinoa is a fun way to enjoy a warming breakfast that isn&rsquot oats, and it&rsquos just as easy to make. Cooked in coffee and coconut water (coconut milk works too) and mixed with coconut cream and vegan chocolate chips (dark chocolate chunks also taste great), this breakfast is decadent but also super healthy and energizing.

20. Savory Pesto Quinoa Breakfast Bowls

It&rsquos hard to believe that a recipe this beautiful takes only 10 minutes to prepare, but it&rsquos true. It goes even quicker if you use store-bought pesto and make the quinoa the night before. Though the recipe looks its best with the ingredients delicately placed on top of the grains, it tastes best mixed and mashed together. Sorry, Instagram, but sometimes flavor is more important.

21. Almond Butter Toast With Bananas and Toasted Coconut

Simple, slightly salty, satisfying&hellip this recipe is so easy, we often forget it&rsquos the ultimate breakfast. Use a hearty, whole-grain bread unsweetened nut butter sliced banana (or another fruit like pear) and toasted coconut&mdashthen top with a drizzle of honey and sprinkle of sea salt. Easy as one, two, three, and healthy as can be.


21 Energy-Boosting Breakfast Recipes That Are Easier Than Making a Cup of Joe

Breakfast is touted as the most important meal of the day. While that may not be entirely true, there&rsquos no downside to starting your day with a nutritious breakfast. That said, it can be tough to prioritize the kitchen over sleep, and sometimes reaching for the cereal box or opting for a bagel is just so easy. While tasty, those meals are often the ones that make you crash and leave you craving an early lunch.

So put down the box, skip the on-the-go eats, and try one of these 21 easy, energy-boosting breakfast recipes instead. Simple, satisfying, and full of the good stuff, these dishes will fill you up and lift you up. You may even start skipping your morning coffee entirely.

1. Creamy Coconut Matcha Oatmeal

Matcha lattes may be all the rage, but you don&rsquot have to drink it to reap the benefits. Plus, making it at home means you can avoid added sugars and other sneaky coffee shop add-ins. Made with coconut water (hello, hydration), matcha powder, oats, shredded coconut, and a dash of maple syrup, this warming bowl provides an instant boost and hearty base for a kick-ass day.

2. Dirty Chai Chia Pudding Parfaits

Few things say &ldquogood morning&rdquo like a shot of espresso. Add some chai protein powder (it&rsquos as delicious as it sounds), protein-rich chia seeds, coconut whip, and granola, and you&rsquove upgraded your morning from good to great. The chia seeds soak overnight, so you can totally hit the snooze button&mdashthough you&rsquoll probably want to get up and eat this ASAP.

3. Superfood Avocado Toast With Kale Tapenade

The rise in low-carb and gluten-free diets means many are ditching the bread. But it&rsquos all about what type of bread you eat and what you pair it with&mdashunless you&rsquore gluten intolerant, of course. The fiber in healthy bread options, such as sprouted grain and rye, help kick-start the digestive system. Topped with heart-healthy avocado, tahini, pumpkin seeds, and nutrient-rich eggs, you&rsquoll be skipping out the door instead of dragging.

4. Sweet Potato Breakfast Bowl With Berries

For those who do want to skip the bread but still want a hearty carb base to power through busy days, try this sweet potato bowl. This breakfast tastes like dessert and is ready to eat in five minutes or less. No, you&rsquore not dreaming, it&rsquos that easy and that good. For an extra protein boost, mix the yogurt with protein powder or top with almond butter.

5. Superfood Energy Bars With Cacao

Even the healthiest granola bar options often have excess sugar. Not to mention, they simply aren&rsquot filling. But that doesn&rsquot change the fact that they are super convenient. These homemade bars are packed with superfoods and bound with coconut oil. Eat a bar with a light protein shake, hard-boiled eggs, or a homemade latte, and enjoy a crash- and hanger-free afternoon.

6. Coffee Banana Smoothie With Oats and Chia

Why enjoy a smoothie and coffee separately when you can have them together? Coffee smoothies are not only crazy delicious, but they&rsquore also perfect for those who love multitasking. Made with seven ingredients, this smoothie is ready in snap and tastes way better than a plain ol&rsquo cup of joe. The oats and chia seeds add a boost of fiber, meaning you won&rsquot be reaching for that late-morning snack&mdashor second cup of coffee.

7. Açai, Blueberry, and Maca Smoothie Bowl

Antioxidants, fiber, omega fatty acids&hellip and that&rsquos just the açai. This nutrient-packed smoothie bowl is the perfect way to wake your body&mdashand your taste buds&mdashand get them ready for the day. Instead of cramming the bowl with fruit (read: sugar) like many smoothie bowl recipes, this dish uses wild blueberries and a touch of stevia to sweeten without overloading. Top with seeds, fresh berries, and coconut, and you&rsquoll have yourself a fine morning.

8. Hummus and Veggie Breakfast Bowls

Leafy greens may not be the first thing to come to mind when envisioning a mouthwatering breakfast, but this recipe will change that. The mustardy dressing adds a little sweet to the bitter greens while the soft-boiled eggs and hummus make it both creamy and just the right amount of spicy. Even though it&rsquos super filling, it won&rsquot weigh you down. For a Paleo version, opt for a zucchini hummus and omit the grains&mdashthough we&rsquore big fans of the added protein and fiber.

9. Mint and Green Tea Smoothie

This smoothie has just the right amount of green: green tea, spinach, and mint. The pear, pineapple, and ginger make it bright and fresh and give it a flavor even green smoothie naysayers will love. With just a touch of caffeine, natural sugars, and immunity-boosting ginger and lemon, this smoothie is the perfect way to kick-start your system and get your (creative) juices flowing.

10. Lemon Turmeric Energy Balls

Turmeric is another spice currently shaking up the latte scene. Known for its anti-inflammatory &ldquosuperpowers,&rdquo it&rsquos also a common staple in curries and, more currently, juices and wellness shots. This recipe uses it to flavor immune-boosting energy balls made with oats, chia seeds, almonds, and lemon&mdasha superstar lineup. Double up by pairing with golden milk or eat with fresh fruit.

11. Smoked Salmon Breakfast Bowl With 6-Minute Egg

Healthy fats, leafy greens, whole grains, lean protein&hellip this recipe has it all. Oh, and it&rsquos insanely delicious. For a lighter dressing, use Greek yogurt instead of mayo, or skip the sauce altogether and stick to fresh lemon and a dash of paprika. We also love subbing avocado for the potatoes.

12. Espresso Overnight Oats With Almond Butter

This recipe takes five minutes to prepare and it has caffeine&mdashthe makings of a perfect morning. Simply add oats, espresso (or coffee), chia seeds, milk, yogurt, slivered almonds, and almond butter shake it up refrigerate overnight and voilà, a breakfast of champions awaits you. Top with fresh berries, more nut butter (always), and a sprinkle of espresso for an extra jolt.

13. Avocado and Egg-Stuffed Sweet Potato

Popeye would be proud of this breakfast. Packed with nutrient-rich spinach, immunity-boosting garlic, heart-healthy eggs, and served on antioxidant-rich sweet potato, this dish is all kinds of wonderful&mdashand delicious.Quantitative evaluation of the antioxidant properties of garlic and shallot preparations. Leelarungrayub N, Rattanapanone V, Chanarat N. Nutrition (Burbank, Los Angeles County, Calif.), 2006, Jul.22(3):0899-9007.Antioxidant capacity and antioxidant content in roots of 4 sweetpotato varieties. Rautenbach F, Faber M, Laurie S. Journal of food science, 2010, Oct.75(5):1750-3841. To save some time, microwave the sweet potato instead of roasting (or roast the night before), and if poaching eggs feels intimidating, stick to soft-boiled (or try our simple how-to).

14. Rise and Shine Smoothie

If you haven&rsquot experimented with dates in smoothies, we urge you to get to the kitchen. It&rsquos the perfect natural sweetener, and using just two dates goes a long way. Almond milk and coconut water act as the base, and frozen banana, almond butter, and hemp seeds as thickeners and protein pumpers. Easy to make, even easier to drink, and super filling, this smoothie will likely become a weekly (or daily) go-to.

15. Chia Matcha Overnight Breakfast Smoothie

We&rsquore huge fans of anything you can make the night before. Plus, soaking oats overnight enriches the flavor and creates an incredibly creamy texture that tastes almost too good to be true. This recipe uses matcha, the tea powerhouse rich in antioxidants and vitamins coconut yogurt banana cinnamon and chia seeds for a hearty but not-too-filling breakfast that&rsquos ready to eat the second you get out of bed.

16. Savory Spinach Steel-Cut Oatmeal

Oatmeal and raisins are an awesome combo, but sometimes it&rsquos nice to take just a little extra time to shake things up. This recipe goes the extra mile with spinach (yep), tomatoes, and a fried egg. We love using chicken or veggie broth to cook the oats and topping with a dash of hot sauce. Some shaved Parmesan would taste pretty great too.

17. Oatmeal Quinoa Power Bowl

This recipe has got the power. The base is a mix of oatmeal, quinoa, and almond milk, which then gets topped with pomegranate, pumpkin seeds, toasted walnuts, coconut flakes, and a whole lot of love. Or go wild&mdashany nut, dried or fresh fruit, or seed will do.

18. Mango Ginger Turmeric Smoothie

Don&rsquot worry: This isn&rsquot one of those smoothies that&rsquoll leave you hangry in a matter of hours. This recipe boasts 16 grams of protein and 8 grams of fiber thanks to Greek yogurt and oats. Fresh ginger and turmeric give the drink a light punch, and the mango and honey provide just the right amount of sweet. It&rsquos basically smoothie jet fuel.

19. Mocha Latte Breakfast Quinoa

Yes, you can have a mocha latte for breakfast. And yes, it&rsquos healthy! At least this recipe is. Quinoa is a fun way to enjoy a warming breakfast that isn&rsquot oats, and it&rsquos just as easy to make. Cooked in coffee and coconut water (coconut milk works too) and mixed with coconut cream and vegan chocolate chips (dark chocolate chunks also taste great), this breakfast is decadent but also super healthy and energizing.

20. Savory Pesto Quinoa Breakfast Bowls

It&rsquos hard to believe that a recipe this beautiful takes only 10 minutes to prepare, but it&rsquos true. It goes even quicker if you use store-bought pesto and make the quinoa the night before. Though the recipe looks its best with the ingredients delicately placed on top of the grains, it tastes best mixed and mashed together. Sorry, Instagram, but sometimes flavor is more important.

21. Almond Butter Toast With Bananas and Toasted Coconut

Simple, slightly salty, satisfying&hellip this recipe is so easy, we often forget it&rsquos the ultimate breakfast. Use a hearty, whole-grain bread unsweetened nut butter sliced banana (or another fruit like pear) and toasted coconut&mdashthen top with a drizzle of honey and sprinkle of sea salt. Easy as one, two, three, and healthy as can be.


21 Energy-Boosting Breakfast Recipes That Are Easier Than Making a Cup of Joe

Breakfast is touted as the most important meal of the day. While that may not be entirely true, there&rsquos no downside to starting your day with a nutritious breakfast. That said, it can be tough to prioritize the kitchen over sleep, and sometimes reaching for the cereal box or opting for a bagel is just so easy. While tasty, those meals are often the ones that make you crash and leave you craving an early lunch.

So put down the box, skip the on-the-go eats, and try one of these 21 easy, energy-boosting breakfast recipes instead. Simple, satisfying, and full of the good stuff, these dishes will fill you up and lift you up. You may even start skipping your morning coffee entirely.

1. Creamy Coconut Matcha Oatmeal

Matcha lattes may be all the rage, but you don&rsquot have to drink it to reap the benefits. Plus, making it at home means you can avoid added sugars and other sneaky coffee shop add-ins. Made with coconut water (hello, hydration), matcha powder, oats, shredded coconut, and a dash of maple syrup, this warming bowl provides an instant boost and hearty base for a kick-ass day.

2. Dirty Chai Chia Pudding Parfaits

Few things say &ldquogood morning&rdquo like a shot of espresso. Add some chai protein powder (it&rsquos as delicious as it sounds), protein-rich chia seeds, coconut whip, and granola, and you&rsquove upgraded your morning from good to great. The chia seeds soak overnight, so you can totally hit the snooze button&mdashthough you&rsquoll probably want to get up and eat this ASAP.

3. Superfood Avocado Toast With Kale Tapenade

The rise in low-carb and gluten-free diets means many are ditching the bread. But it&rsquos all about what type of bread you eat and what you pair it with&mdashunless you&rsquore gluten intolerant, of course. The fiber in healthy bread options, such as sprouted grain and rye, help kick-start the digestive system. Topped with heart-healthy avocado, tahini, pumpkin seeds, and nutrient-rich eggs, you&rsquoll be skipping out the door instead of dragging.

4. Sweet Potato Breakfast Bowl With Berries

For those who do want to skip the bread but still want a hearty carb base to power through busy days, try this sweet potato bowl. This breakfast tastes like dessert and is ready to eat in five minutes or less. No, you&rsquore not dreaming, it&rsquos that easy and that good. For an extra protein boost, mix the yogurt with protein powder or top with almond butter.

5. Superfood Energy Bars With Cacao

Even the healthiest granola bar options often have excess sugar. Not to mention, they simply aren&rsquot filling. But that doesn&rsquot change the fact that they are super convenient. These homemade bars are packed with superfoods and bound with coconut oil. Eat a bar with a light protein shake, hard-boiled eggs, or a homemade latte, and enjoy a crash- and hanger-free afternoon.

6. Coffee Banana Smoothie With Oats and Chia

Why enjoy a smoothie and coffee separately when you can have them together? Coffee smoothies are not only crazy delicious, but they&rsquore also perfect for those who love multitasking. Made with seven ingredients, this smoothie is ready in snap and tastes way better than a plain ol&rsquo cup of joe. The oats and chia seeds add a boost of fiber, meaning you won&rsquot be reaching for that late-morning snack&mdashor second cup of coffee.

7. Açai, Blueberry, and Maca Smoothie Bowl

Antioxidants, fiber, omega fatty acids&hellip and that&rsquos just the açai. This nutrient-packed smoothie bowl is the perfect way to wake your body&mdashand your taste buds&mdashand get them ready for the day. Instead of cramming the bowl with fruit (read: sugar) like many smoothie bowl recipes, this dish uses wild blueberries and a touch of stevia to sweeten without overloading. Top with seeds, fresh berries, and coconut, and you&rsquoll have yourself a fine morning.

8. Hummus and Veggie Breakfast Bowls

Leafy greens may not be the first thing to come to mind when envisioning a mouthwatering breakfast, but this recipe will change that. The mustardy dressing adds a little sweet to the bitter greens while the soft-boiled eggs and hummus make it both creamy and just the right amount of spicy. Even though it&rsquos super filling, it won&rsquot weigh you down. For a Paleo version, opt for a zucchini hummus and omit the grains&mdashthough we&rsquore big fans of the added protein and fiber.

9. Mint and Green Tea Smoothie

This smoothie has just the right amount of green: green tea, spinach, and mint. The pear, pineapple, and ginger make it bright and fresh and give it a flavor even green smoothie naysayers will love. With just a touch of caffeine, natural sugars, and immunity-boosting ginger and lemon, this smoothie is the perfect way to kick-start your system and get your (creative) juices flowing.

10. Lemon Turmeric Energy Balls

Turmeric is another spice currently shaking up the latte scene. Known for its anti-inflammatory &ldquosuperpowers,&rdquo it&rsquos also a common staple in curries and, more currently, juices and wellness shots. This recipe uses it to flavor immune-boosting energy balls made with oats, chia seeds, almonds, and lemon&mdasha superstar lineup. Double up by pairing with golden milk or eat with fresh fruit.

11. Smoked Salmon Breakfast Bowl With 6-Minute Egg

Healthy fats, leafy greens, whole grains, lean protein&hellip this recipe has it all. Oh, and it&rsquos insanely delicious. For a lighter dressing, use Greek yogurt instead of mayo, or skip the sauce altogether and stick to fresh lemon and a dash of paprika. We also love subbing avocado for the potatoes.

12. Espresso Overnight Oats With Almond Butter

This recipe takes five minutes to prepare and it has caffeine&mdashthe makings of a perfect morning. Simply add oats, espresso (or coffee), chia seeds, milk, yogurt, slivered almonds, and almond butter shake it up refrigerate overnight and voilà, a breakfast of champions awaits you. Top with fresh berries, more nut butter (always), and a sprinkle of espresso for an extra jolt.

13. Avocado and Egg-Stuffed Sweet Potato

Popeye would be proud of this breakfast. Packed with nutrient-rich spinach, immunity-boosting garlic, heart-healthy eggs, and served on antioxidant-rich sweet potato, this dish is all kinds of wonderful&mdashand delicious.Quantitative evaluation of the antioxidant properties of garlic and shallot preparations. Leelarungrayub N, Rattanapanone V, Chanarat N. Nutrition (Burbank, Los Angeles County, Calif.), 2006, Jul.22(3):0899-9007.Antioxidant capacity and antioxidant content in roots of 4 sweetpotato varieties. Rautenbach F, Faber M, Laurie S. Journal of food science, 2010, Oct.75(5):1750-3841. To save some time, microwave the sweet potato instead of roasting (or roast the night before), and if poaching eggs feels intimidating, stick to soft-boiled (or try our simple how-to).

14. Rise and Shine Smoothie

If you haven&rsquot experimented with dates in smoothies, we urge you to get to the kitchen. It&rsquos the perfect natural sweetener, and using just two dates goes a long way. Almond milk and coconut water act as the base, and frozen banana, almond butter, and hemp seeds as thickeners and protein pumpers. Easy to make, even easier to drink, and super filling, this smoothie will likely become a weekly (or daily) go-to.

15. Chia Matcha Overnight Breakfast Smoothie

We&rsquore huge fans of anything you can make the night before. Plus, soaking oats overnight enriches the flavor and creates an incredibly creamy texture that tastes almost too good to be true. This recipe uses matcha, the tea powerhouse rich in antioxidants and vitamins coconut yogurt banana cinnamon and chia seeds for a hearty but not-too-filling breakfast that&rsquos ready to eat the second you get out of bed.

16. Savory Spinach Steel-Cut Oatmeal

Oatmeal and raisins are an awesome combo, but sometimes it&rsquos nice to take just a little extra time to shake things up. This recipe goes the extra mile with spinach (yep), tomatoes, and a fried egg. We love using chicken or veggie broth to cook the oats and topping with a dash of hot sauce. Some shaved Parmesan would taste pretty great too.

17. Oatmeal Quinoa Power Bowl

This recipe has got the power. The base is a mix of oatmeal, quinoa, and almond milk, which then gets topped with pomegranate, pumpkin seeds, toasted walnuts, coconut flakes, and a whole lot of love. Or go wild&mdashany nut, dried or fresh fruit, or seed will do.

18. Mango Ginger Turmeric Smoothie

Don&rsquot worry: This isn&rsquot one of those smoothies that&rsquoll leave you hangry in a matter of hours. This recipe boasts 16 grams of protein and 8 grams of fiber thanks to Greek yogurt and oats. Fresh ginger and turmeric give the drink a light punch, and the mango and honey provide just the right amount of sweet. It&rsquos basically smoothie jet fuel.

19. Mocha Latte Breakfast Quinoa

Yes, you can have a mocha latte for breakfast. And yes, it&rsquos healthy! At least this recipe is. Quinoa is a fun way to enjoy a warming breakfast that isn&rsquot oats, and it&rsquos just as easy to make. Cooked in coffee and coconut water (coconut milk works too) and mixed with coconut cream and vegan chocolate chips (dark chocolate chunks also taste great), this breakfast is decadent but also super healthy and energizing.

20. Savory Pesto Quinoa Breakfast Bowls

It&rsquos hard to believe that a recipe this beautiful takes only 10 minutes to prepare, but it&rsquos true. It goes even quicker if you use store-bought pesto and make the quinoa the night before. Though the recipe looks its best with the ingredients delicately placed on top of the grains, it tastes best mixed and mashed together. Sorry, Instagram, but sometimes flavor is more important.

21. Almond Butter Toast With Bananas and Toasted Coconut

Simple, slightly salty, satisfying&hellip this recipe is so easy, we often forget it&rsquos the ultimate breakfast. Use a hearty, whole-grain bread unsweetened nut butter sliced banana (or another fruit like pear) and toasted coconut&mdashthen top with a drizzle of honey and sprinkle of sea salt. Easy as one, two, three, and healthy as can be.


21 Energy-Boosting Breakfast Recipes That Are Easier Than Making a Cup of Joe

Breakfast is touted as the most important meal of the day. While that may not be entirely true, there&rsquos no downside to starting your day with a nutritious breakfast. That said, it can be tough to prioritize the kitchen over sleep, and sometimes reaching for the cereal box or opting for a bagel is just so easy. While tasty, those meals are often the ones that make you crash and leave you craving an early lunch.

So put down the box, skip the on-the-go eats, and try one of these 21 easy, energy-boosting breakfast recipes instead. Simple, satisfying, and full of the good stuff, these dishes will fill you up and lift you up. You may even start skipping your morning coffee entirely.

1. Creamy Coconut Matcha Oatmeal

Matcha lattes may be all the rage, but you don&rsquot have to drink it to reap the benefits. Plus, making it at home means you can avoid added sugars and other sneaky coffee shop add-ins. Made with coconut water (hello, hydration), matcha powder, oats, shredded coconut, and a dash of maple syrup, this warming bowl provides an instant boost and hearty base for a kick-ass day.

2. Dirty Chai Chia Pudding Parfaits

Few things say &ldquogood morning&rdquo like a shot of espresso. Add some chai protein powder (it&rsquos as delicious as it sounds), protein-rich chia seeds, coconut whip, and granola, and you&rsquove upgraded your morning from good to great. The chia seeds soak overnight, so you can totally hit the snooze button&mdashthough you&rsquoll probably want to get up and eat this ASAP.

3. Superfood Avocado Toast With Kale Tapenade

The rise in low-carb and gluten-free diets means many are ditching the bread. But it&rsquos all about what type of bread you eat and what you pair it with&mdashunless you&rsquore gluten intolerant, of course. The fiber in healthy bread options, such as sprouted grain and rye, help kick-start the digestive system. Topped with heart-healthy avocado, tahini, pumpkin seeds, and nutrient-rich eggs, you&rsquoll be skipping out the door instead of dragging.

4. Sweet Potato Breakfast Bowl With Berries

For those who do want to skip the bread but still want a hearty carb base to power through busy days, try this sweet potato bowl. This breakfast tastes like dessert and is ready to eat in five minutes or less. No, you&rsquore not dreaming, it&rsquos that easy and that good. For an extra protein boost, mix the yogurt with protein powder or top with almond butter.

5. Superfood Energy Bars With Cacao

Even the healthiest granola bar options often have excess sugar. Not to mention, they simply aren&rsquot filling. But that doesn&rsquot change the fact that they are super convenient. These homemade bars are packed with superfoods and bound with coconut oil. Eat a bar with a light protein shake, hard-boiled eggs, or a homemade latte, and enjoy a crash- and hanger-free afternoon.

6. Coffee Banana Smoothie With Oats and Chia

Why enjoy a smoothie and coffee separately when you can have them together? Coffee smoothies are not only crazy delicious, but they&rsquore also perfect for those who love multitasking. Made with seven ingredients, this smoothie is ready in snap and tastes way better than a plain ol&rsquo cup of joe. The oats and chia seeds add a boost of fiber, meaning you won&rsquot be reaching for that late-morning snack&mdashor second cup of coffee.

7. Açai, Blueberry, and Maca Smoothie Bowl

Antioxidants, fiber, omega fatty acids&hellip and that&rsquos just the açai. This nutrient-packed smoothie bowl is the perfect way to wake your body&mdashand your taste buds&mdashand get them ready for the day. Instead of cramming the bowl with fruit (read: sugar) like many smoothie bowl recipes, this dish uses wild blueberries and a touch of stevia to sweeten without overloading. Top with seeds, fresh berries, and coconut, and you&rsquoll have yourself a fine morning.

8. Hummus and Veggie Breakfast Bowls

Leafy greens may not be the first thing to come to mind when envisioning a mouthwatering breakfast, but this recipe will change that. The mustardy dressing adds a little sweet to the bitter greens while the soft-boiled eggs and hummus make it both creamy and just the right amount of spicy. Even though it&rsquos super filling, it won&rsquot weigh you down. For a Paleo version, opt for a zucchini hummus and omit the grains&mdashthough we&rsquore big fans of the added protein and fiber.

9. Mint and Green Tea Smoothie

This smoothie has just the right amount of green: green tea, spinach, and mint. The pear, pineapple, and ginger make it bright and fresh and give it a flavor even green smoothie naysayers will love. With just a touch of caffeine, natural sugars, and immunity-boosting ginger and lemon, this smoothie is the perfect way to kick-start your system and get your (creative) juices flowing.

10. Lemon Turmeric Energy Balls

Turmeric is another spice currently shaking up the latte scene. Known for its anti-inflammatory &ldquosuperpowers,&rdquo it&rsquos also a common staple in curries and, more currently, juices and wellness shots. This recipe uses it to flavor immune-boosting energy balls made with oats, chia seeds, almonds, and lemon&mdasha superstar lineup. Double up by pairing with golden milk or eat with fresh fruit.

11. Smoked Salmon Breakfast Bowl With 6-Minute Egg

Healthy fats, leafy greens, whole grains, lean protein&hellip this recipe has it all. Oh, and it&rsquos insanely delicious. For a lighter dressing, use Greek yogurt instead of mayo, or skip the sauce altogether and stick to fresh lemon and a dash of paprika. We also love subbing avocado for the potatoes.

12. Espresso Overnight Oats With Almond Butter

This recipe takes five minutes to prepare and it has caffeine&mdashthe makings of a perfect morning. Simply add oats, espresso (or coffee), chia seeds, milk, yogurt, slivered almonds, and almond butter shake it up refrigerate overnight and voilà, a breakfast of champions awaits you. Top with fresh berries, more nut butter (always), and a sprinkle of espresso for an extra jolt.

13. Avocado and Egg-Stuffed Sweet Potato

Popeye would be proud of this breakfast. Packed with nutrient-rich spinach, immunity-boosting garlic, heart-healthy eggs, and served on antioxidant-rich sweet potato, this dish is all kinds of wonderful&mdashand delicious.Quantitative evaluation of the antioxidant properties of garlic and shallot preparations. Leelarungrayub N, Rattanapanone V, Chanarat N. Nutrition (Burbank, Los Angeles County, Calif.), 2006, Jul.22(3):0899-9007.Antioxidant capacity and antioxidant content in roots of 4 sweetpotato varieties. Rautenbach F, Faber M, Laurie S. Journal of food science, 2010, Oct.75(5):1750-3841. To save some time, microwave the sweet potato instead of roasting (or roast the night before), and if poaching eggs feels intimidating, stick to soft-boiled (or try our simple how-to).

14. Rise and Shine Smoothie

If you haven&rsquot experimented with dates in smoothies, we urge you to get to the kitchen. It&rsquos the perfect natural sweetener, and using just two dates goes a long way. Almond milk and coconut water act as the base, and frozen banana, almond butter, and hemp seeds as thickeners and protein pumpers. Easy to make, even easier to drink, and super filling, this smoothie will likely become a weekly (or daily) go-to.

15. Chia Matcha Overnight Breakfast Smoothie

We&rsquore huge fans of anything you can make the night before. Plus, soaking oats overnight enriches the flavor and creates an incredibly creamy texture that tastes almost too good to be true. This recipe uses matcha, the tea powerhouse rich in antioxidants and vitamins coconut yogurt banana cinnamon and chia seeds for a hearty but not-too-filling breakfast that&rsquos ready to eat the second you get out of bed.

16. Savory Spinach Steel-Cut Oatmeal

Oatmeal and raisins are an awesome combo, but sometimes it&rsquos nice to take just a little extra time to shake things up. This recipe goes the extra mile with spinach (yep), tomatoes, and a fried egg. We love using chicken or veggie broth to cook the oats and topping with a dash of hot sauce. Some shaved Parmesan would taste pretty great too.

17. Oatmeal Quinoa Power Bowl

This recipe has got the power. The base is a mix of oatmeal, quinoa, and almond milk, which then gets topped with pomegranate, pumpkin seeds, toasted walnuts, coconut flakes, and a whole lot of love. Or go wild&mdashany nut, dried or fresh fruit, or seed will do.

18. Mango Ginger Turmeric Smoothie

Don&rsquot worry: This isn&rsquot one of those smoothies that&rsquoll leave you hangry in a matter of hours. This recipe boasts 16 grams of protein and 8 grams of fiber thanks to Greek yogurt and oats. Fresh ginger and turmeric give the drink a light punch, and the mango and honey provide just the right amount of sweet. It&rsquos basically smoothie jet fuel.

19. Mocha Latte Breakfast Quinoa

Yes, you can have a mocha latte for breakfast. And yes, it&rsquos healthy! At least this recipe is. Quinoa is a fun way to enjoy a warming breakfast that isn&rsquot oats, and it&rsquos just as easy to make. Cooked in coffee and coconut water (coconut milk works too) and mixed with coconut cream and vegan chocolate chips (dark chocolate chunks also taste great), this breakfast is decadent but also super healthy and energizing.

20. Savory Pesto Quinoa Breakfast Bowls

It&rsquos hard to believe that a recipe this beautiful takes only 10 minutes to prepare, but it&rsquos true. It goes even quicker if you use store-bought pesto and make the quinoa the night before. Though the recipe looks its best with the ingredients delicately placed on top of the grains, it tastes best mixed and mashed together. Sorry, Instagram, but sometimes flavor is more important.

21. Almond Butter Toast With Bananas and Toasted Coconut

Simple, slightly salty, satisfying&hellip this recipe is so easy, we often forget it&rsquos the ultimate breakfast. Use a hearty, whole-grain bread unsweetened nut butter sliced banana (or another fruit like pear) and toasted coconut&mdashthen top with a drizzle of honey and sprinkle of sea salt. Easy as one, two, three, and healthy as can be.


21 Energy-Boosting Breakfast Recipes That Are Easier Than Making a Cup of Joe

Breakfast is touted as the most important meal of the day. While that may not be entirely true, there&rsquos no downside to starting your day with a nutritious breakfast. That said, it can be tough to prioritize the kitchen over sleep, and sometimes reaching for the cereal box or opting for a bagel is just so easy. While tasty, those meals are often the ones that make you crash and leave you craving an early lunch.

So put down the box, skip the on-the-go eats, and try one of these 21 easy, energy-boosting breakfast recipes instead. Simple, satisfying, and full of the good stuff, these dishes will fill you up and lift you up. You may even start skipping your morning coffee entirely.

1. Creamy Coconut Matcha Oatmeal

Matcha lattes may be all the rage, but you don&rsquot have to drink it to reap the benefits. Plus, making it at home means you can avoid added sugars and other sneaky coffee shop add-ins. Made with coconut water (hello, hydration), matcha powder, oats, shredded coconut, and a dash of maple syrup, this warming bowl provides an instant boost and hearty base for a kick-ass day.

2. Dirty Chai Chia Pudding Parfaits

Few things say &ldquogood morning&rdquo like a shot of espresso. Add some chai protein powder (it&rsquos as delicious as it sounds), protein-rich chia seeds, coconut whip, and granola, and you&rsquove upgraded your morning from good to great. The chia seeds soak overnight, so you can totally hit the snooze button&mdashthough you&rsquoll probably want to get up and eat this ASAP.

3. Superfood Avocado Toast With Kale Tapenade

The rise in low-carb and gluten-free diets means many are ditching the bread. But it&rsquos all about what type of bread you eat and what you pair it with&mdashunless you&rsquore gluten intolerant, of course. The fiber in healthy bread options, such as sprouted grain and rye, help kick-start the digestive system. Topped with heart-healthy avocado, tahini, pumpkin seeds, and nutrient-rich eggs, you&rsquoll be skipping out the door instead of dragging.

4. Sweet Potato Breakfast Bowl With Berries

For those who do want to skip the bread but still want a hearty carb base to power through busy days, try this sweet potato bowl. This breakfast tastes like dessert and is ready to eat in five minutes or less. No, you&rsquore not dreaming, it&rsquos that easy and that good. For an extra protein boost, mix the yogurt with protein powder or top with almond butter.

5. Superfood Energy Bars With Cacao

Even the healthiest granola bar options often have excess sugar. Not to mention, they simply aren&rsquot filling. But that doesn&rsquot change the fact that they are super convenient. These homemade bars are packed with superfoods and bound with coconut oil. Eat a bar with a light protein shake, hard-boiled eggs, or a homemade latte, and enjoy a crash- and hanger-free afternoon.

6. Coffee Banana Smoothie With Oats and Chia

Why enjoy a smoothie and coffee separately when you can have them together? Coffee smoothies are not only crazy delicious, but they&rsquore also perfect for those who love multitasking. Made with seven ingredients, this smoothie is ready in snap and tastes way better than a plain ol&rsquo cup of joe. The oats and chia seeds add a boost of fiber, meaning you won&rsquot be reaching for that late-morning snack&mdashor second cup of coffee.

7. Açai, Blueberry, and Maca Smoothie Bowl

Antioxidants, fiber, omega fatty acids&hellip and that&rsquos just the açai. This nutrient-packed smoothie bowl is the perfect way to wake your body&mdashand your taste buds&mdashand get them ready for the day. Instead of cramming the bowl with fruit (read: sugar) like many smoothie bowl recipes, this dish uses wild blueberries and a touch of stevia to sweeten without overloading. Top with seeds, fresh berries, and coconut, and you&rsquoll have yourself a fine morning.

8. Hummus and Veggie Breakfast Bowls

Leafy greens may not be the first thing to come to mind when envisioning a mouthwatering breakfast, but this recipe will change that. The mustardy dressing adds a little sweet to the bitter greens while the soft-boiled eggs and hummus make it both creamy and just the right amount of spicy. Even though it&rsquos super filling, it won&rsquot weigh you down. For a Paleo version, opt for a zucchini hummus and omit the grains&mdashthough we&rsquore big fans of the added protein and fiber.

9. Mint and Green Tea Smoothie

This smoothie has just the right amount of green: green tea, spinach, and mint. The pear, pineapple, and ginger make it bright and fresh and give it a flavor even green smoothie naysayers will love. With just a touch of caffeine, natural sugars, and immunity-boosting ginger and lemon, this smoothie is the perfect way to kick-start your system and get your (creative) juices flowing.

10. Lemon Turmeric Energy Balls

Turmeric is another spice currently shaking up the latte scene. Known for its anti-inflammatory &ldquosuperpowers,&rdquo it&rsquos also a common staple in curries and, more currently, juices and wellness shots. This recipe uses it to flavor immune-boosting energy balls made with oats, chia seeds, almonds, and lemon&mdasha superstar lineup. Double up by pairing with golden milk or eat with fresh fruit.

11. Smoked Salmon Breakfast Bowl With 6-Minute Egg

Healthy fats, leafy greens, whole grains, lean protein&hellip this recipe has it all. Oh, and it&rsquos insanely delicious. For a lighter dressing, use Greek yogurt instead of mayo, or skip the sauce altogether and stick to fresh lemon and a dash of paprika. We also love subbing avocado for the potatoes.

12. Espresso Overnight Oats With Almond Butter

This recipe takes five minutes to prepare and it has caffeine&mdashthe makings of a perfect morning. Simply add oats, espresso (or coffee), chia seeds, milk, yogurt, slivered almonds, and almond butter shake it up refrigerate overnight and voilà, a breakfast of champions awaits you. Top with fresh berries, more nut butter (always), and a sprinkle of espresso for an extra jolt.

13. Avocado and Egg-Stuffed Sweet Potato

Popeye would be proud of this breakfast. Packed with nutrient-rich spinach, immunity-boosting garlic, heart-healthy eggs, and served on antioxidant-rich sweet potato, this dish is all kinds of wonderful&mdashand delicious.Quantitative evaluation of the antioxidant properties of garlic and shallot preparations. Leelarungrayub N, Rattanapanone V, Chanarat N. Nutrition (Burbank, Los Angeles County, Calif.), 2006, Jul.22(3):0899-9007.Antioxidant capacity and antioxidant content in roots of 4 sweetpotato varieties. Rautenbach F, Faber M, Laurie S. Journal of food science, 2010, Oct.75(5):1750-3841. To save some time, microwave the sweet potato instead of roasting (or roast the night before), and if poaching eggs feels intimidating, stick to soft-boiled (or try our simple how-to).

14. Rise and Shine Smoothie

If you haven&rsquot experimented with dates in smoothies, we urge you to get to the kitchen. It&rsquos the perfect natural sweetener, and using just two dates goes a long way. Almond milk and coconut water act as the base, and frozen banana, almond butter, and hemp seeds as thickeners and protein pumpers. Easy to make, even easier to drink, and super filling, this smoothie will likely become a weekly (or daily) go-to.

15. Chia Matcha Overnight Breakfast Smoothie

We&rsquore huge fans of anything you can make the night before. Plus, soaking oats overnight enriches the flavor and creates an incredibly creamy texture that tastes almost too good to be true. This recipe uses matcha, the tea powerhouse rich in antioxidants and vitamins coconut yogurt banana cinnamon and chia seeds for a hearty but not-too-filling breakfast that&rsquos ready to eat the second you get out of bed.

16. Savory Spinach Steel-Cut Oatmeal

Oatmeal and raisins are an awesome combo, but sometimes it&rsquos nice to take just a little extra time to shake things up. This recipe goes the extra mile with spinach (yep), tomatoes, and a fried egg. We love using chicken or veggie broth to cook the oats and topping with a dash of hot sauce. Some shaved Parmesan would taste pretty great too.

17. Oatmeal Quinoa Power Bowl

This recipe has got the power. The base is a mix of oatmeal, quinoa, and almond milk, which then gets topped with pomegranate, pumpkin seeds, toasted walnuts, coconut flakes, and a whole lot of love. Or go wild&mdashany nut, dried or fresh fruit, or seed will do.

18. Mango Ginger Turmeric Smoothie

Don&rsquot worry: This isn&rsquot one of those smoothies that&rsquoll leave you hangry in a matter of hours. This recipe boasts 16 grams of protein and 8 grams of fiber thanks to Greek yogurt and oats. Fresh ginger and turmeric give the drink a light punch, and the mango and honey provide just the right amount of sweet. It&rsquos basically smoothie jet fuel.

19. Mocha Latte Breakfast Quinoa

Yes, you can have a mocha latte for breakfast. And yes, it&rsquos healthy! At least this recipe is. Quinoa is a fun way to enjoy a warming breakfast that isn&rsquot oats, and it&rsquos just as easy to make. Cooked in coffee and coconut water (coconut milk works too) and mixed with coconut cream and vegan chocolate chips (dark chocolate chunks also taste great), this breakfast is decadent but also super healthy and energizing.

20. Savory Pesto Quinoa Breakfast Bowls

It&rsquos hard to believe that a recipe this beautiful takes only 10 minutes to prepare, but it&rsquos true. It goes even quicker if you use store-bought pesto and make the quinoa the night before. Though the recipe looks its best with the ingredients delicately placed on top of the grains, it tastes best mixed and mashed together. Sorry, Instagram, but sometimes flavor is more important.

21. Almond Butter Toast With Bananas and Toasted Coconut

Simple, slightly salty, satisfying&hellip this recipe is so easy, we often forget it&rsquos the ultimate breakfast. Use a hearty, whole-grain bread unsweetened nut butter sliced banana (or another fruit like pear) and toasted coconut&mdashthen top with a drizzle of honey and sprinkle of sea salt. Easy as one, two, three, and healthy as can be.


21 Energy-Boosting Breakfast Recipes That Are Easier Than Making a Cup of Joe

Breakfast is touted as the most important meal of the day. While that may not be entirely true, there&rsquos no downside to starting your day with a nutritious breakfast. That said, it can be tough to prioritize the kitchen over sleep, and sometimes reaching for the cereal box or opting for a bagel is just so easy. While tasty, those meals are often the ones that make you crash and leave you craving an early lunch.

So put down the box, skip the on-the-go eats, and try one of these 21 easy, energy-boosting breakfast recipes instead. Simple, satisfying, and full of the good stuff, these dishes will fill you up and lift you up. You may even start skipping your morning coffee entirely.

1. Creamy Coconut Matcha Oatmeal

Matcha lattes may be all the rage, but you don&rsquot have to drink it to reap the benefits. Plus, making it at home means you can avoid added sugars and other sneaky coffee shop add-ins. Made with coconut water (hello, hydration), matcha powder, oats, shredded coconut, and a dash of maple syrup, this warming bowl provides an instant boost and hearty base for a kick-ass day.

2. Dirty Chai Chia Pudding Parfaits

Few things say &ldquogood morning&rdquo like a shot of espresso. Add some chai protein powder (it&rsquos as delicious as it sounds), protein-rich chia seeds, coconut whip, and granola, and you&rsquove upgraded your morning from good to great. The chia seeds soak overnight, so you can totally hit the snooze button&mdashthough you&rsquoll probably want to get up and eat this ASAP.

3. Superfood Avocado Toast With Kale Tapenade

The rise in low-carb and gluten-free diets means many are ditching the bread. But it&rsquos all about what type of bread you eat and what you pair it with&mdashunless you&rsquore gluten intolerant, of course. The fiber in healthy bread options, such as sprouted grain and rye, help kick-start the digestive system. Topped with heart-healthy avocado, tahini, pumpkin seeds, and nutrient-rich eggs, you&rsquoll be skipping out the door instead of dragging.

4. Sweet Potato Breakfast Bowl With Berries

For those who do want to skip the bread but still want a hearty carb base to power through busy days, try this sweet potato bowl. This breakfast tastes like dessert and is ready to eat in five minutes or less. No, you&rsquore not dreaming, it&rsquos that easy and that good. For an extra protein boost, mix the yogurt with protein powder or top with almond butter.

5. Superfood Energy Bars With Cacao

Even the healthiest granola bar options often have excess sugar. Not to mention, they simply aren&rsquot filling. But that doesn&rsquot change the fact that they are super convenient. These homemade bars are packed with superfoods and bound with coconut oil. Eat a bar with a light protein shake, hard-boiled eggs, or a homemade latte, and enjoy a crash- and hanger-free afternoon.

6. Coffee Banana Smoothie With Oats and Chia

Why enjoy a smoothie and coffee separately when you can have them together? Coffee smoothies are not only crazy delicious, but they&rsquore also perfect for those who love multitasking. Made with seven ingredients, this smoothie is ready in snap and tastes way better than a plain ol&rsquo cup of joe. The oats and chia seeds add a boost of fiber, meaning you won&rsquot be reaching for that late-morning snack&mdashor second cup of coffee.

7. Açai, Blueberry, and Maca Smoothie Bowl

Antioxidants, fiber, omega fatty acids&hellip and that&rsquos just the açai. This nutrient-packed smoothie bowl is the perfect way to wake your body&mdashand your taste buds&mdashand get them ready for the day. Instead of cramming the bowl with fruit (read: sugar) like many smoothie bowl recipes, this dish uses wild blueberries and a touch of stevia to sweeten without overloading. Top with seeds, fresh berries, and coconut, and you&rsquoll have yourself a fine morning.

8. Hummus and Veggie Breakfast Bowls

Leafy greens may not be the first thing to come to mind when envisioning a mouthwatering breakfast, but this recipe will change that. The mustardy dressing adds a little sweet to the bitter greens while the soft-boiled eggs and hummus make it both creamy and just the right amount of spicy. Even though it&rsquos super filling, it won&rsquot weigh you down. For a Paleo version, opt for a zucchini hummus and omit the grains&mdashthough we&rsquore big fans of the added protein and fiber.

9. Mint and Green Tea Smoothie

This smoothie has just the right amount of green: green tea, spinach, and mint. The pear, pineapple, and ginger make it bright and fresh and give it a flavor even green smoothie naysayers will love. With just a touch of caffeine, natural sugars, and immunity-boosting ginger and lemon, this smoothie is the perfect way to kick-start your system and get your (creative) juices flowing.

10. Lemon Turmeric Energy Balls

Turmeric is another spice currently shaking up the latte scene. Known for its anti-inflammatory &ldquosuperpowers,&rdquo it&rsquos also a common staple in curries and, more currently, juices and wellness shots. This recipe uses it to flavor immune-boosting energy balls made with oats, chia seeds, almonds, and lemon&mdasha superstar lineup. Double up by pairing with golden milk or eat with fresh fruit.

11. Smoked Salmon Breakfast Bowl With 6-Minute Egg

Healthy fats, leafy greens, whole grains, lean protein&hellip this recipe has it all. Oh, and it&rsquos insanely delicious. For a lighter dressing, use Greek yogurt instead of mayo, or skip the sauce altogether and stick to fresh lemon and a dash of paprika. We also love subbing avocado for the potatoes.

12. Espresso Overnight Oats With Almond Butter

This recipe takes five minutes to prepare and it has caffeine&mdashthe makings of a perfect morning. Simply add oats, espresso (or coffee), chia seeds, milk, yogurt, slivered almonds, and almond butter shake it up refrigerate overnight and voilà, a breakfast of champions awaits you. Top with fresh berries, more nut butter (always), and a sprinkle of espresso for an extra jolt.

13. Avocado and Egg-Stuffed Sweet Potato

Popeye would be proud of this breakfast. Packed with nutrient-rich spinach, immunity-boosting garlic, heart-healthy eggs, and served on antioxidant-rich sweet potato, this dish is all kinds of wonderful&mdashand delicious.Quantitative evaluation of the antioxidant properties of garlic and shallot preparations. Leelarungrayub N, Rattanapanone V, Chanarat N. Nutrition (Burbank, Los Angeles County, Calif.), 2006, Jul.22(3):0899-9007.Antioxidant capacity and antioxidant content in roots of 4 sweetpotato varieties. Rautenbach F, Faber M, Laurie S. Journal of food science, 2010, Oct.75(5):1750-3841. To save some time, microwave the sweet potato instead of roasting (or roast the night before), and if poaching eggs feels intimidating, stick to soft-boiled (or try our simple how-to).

14. Rise and Shine Smoothie

If you haven&rsquot experimented with dates in smoothies, we urge you to get to the kitchen. It&rsquos the perfect natural sweetener, and using just two dates goes a long way. Almond milk and coconut water act as the base, and frozen banana, almond butter, and hemp seeds as thickeners and protein pumpers. Easy to make, even easier to drink, and super filling, this smoothie will likely become a weekly (or daily) go-to.

15. Chia Matcha Overnight Breakfast Smoothie

We&rsquore huge fans of anything you can make the night before. Plus, soaking oats overnight enriches the flavor and creates an incredibly creamy texture that tastes almost too good to be true. This recipe uses matcha, the tea powerhouse rich in antioxidants and vitamins coconut yogurt banana cinnamon and chia seeds for a hearty but not-too-filling breakfast that&rsquos ready to eat the second you get out of bed.

16. Savory Spinach Steel-Cut Oatmeal

Oatmeal and raisins are an awesome combo, but sometimes it&rsquos nice to take just a little extra time to shake things up. This recipe goes the extra mile with spinach (yep), tomatoes, and a fried egg. We love using chicken or veggie broth to cook the oats and topping with a dash of hot sauce. Some shaved Parmesan would taste pretty great too.

17. Oatmeal Quinoa Power Bowl

This recipe has got the power. The base is a mix of oatmeal, quinoa, and almond milk, which then gets topped with pomegranate, pumpkin seeds, toasted walnuts, coconut flakes, and a whole lot of love. Or go wild&mdashany nut, dried or fresh fruit, or seed will do.

18. Mango Ginger Turmeric Smoothie

Don&rsquot worry: This isn&rsquot one of those smoothies that&rsquoll leave you hangry in a matter of hours. This recipe boasts 16 grams of protein and 8 grams of fiber thanks to Greek yogurt and oats. Fresh ginger and turmeric give the drink a light punch, and the mango and honey provide just the right amount of sweet. It&rsquos basically smoothie jet fuel.

19. Mocha Latte Breakfast Quinoa

Yes, you can have a mocha latte for breakfast. And yes, it&rsquos healthy! At least this recipe is. Quinoa is a fun way to enjoy a warming breakfast that isn&rsquot oats, and it&rsquos just as easy to make. Cooked in coffee and coconut water (coconut milk works too) and mixed with coconut cream and vegan chocolate chips (dark chocolate chunks also taste great), this breakfast is decadent but also super healthy and energizing.

20. Savory Pesto Quinoa Breakfast Bowls

It&rsquos hard to believe that a recipe this beautiful takes only 10 minutes to prepare, but it&rsquos true. It goes even quicker if you use store-bought pesto and make the quinoa the night before. Though the recipe looks its best with the ingredients delicately placed on top of the grains, it tastes best mixed and mashed together. Sorry, Instagram, but sometimes flavor is more important.

21. Almond Butter Toast With Bananas and Toasted Coconut

Simple, slightly salty, satisfying&hellip this recipe is so easy, we often forget it&rsquos the ultimate breakfast. Use a hearty, whole-grain bread unsweetened nut butter sliced banana (or another fruit like pear) and toasted coconut&mdashthen top with a drizzle of honey and sprinkle of sea salt. Easy as one, two, three, and healthy as can be.


21 Energy-Boosting Breakfast Recipes That Are Easier Than Making a Cup of Joe

Breakfast is touted as the most important meal of the day. While that may not be entirely true, there&rsquos no downside to starting your day with a nutritious breakfast. That said, it can be tough to prioritize the kitchen over sleep, and sometimes reaching for the cereal box or opting for a bagel is just so easy. While tasty, those meals are often the ones that make you crash and leave you craving an early lunch.

So put down the box, skip the on-the-go eats, and try one of these 21 easy, energy-boosting breakfast recipes instead. Simple, satisfying, and full of the good stuff, these dishes will fill you up and lift you up. You may even start skipping your morning coffee entirely.

1. Creamy Coconut Matcha Oatmeal

Matcha lattes may be all the rage, but you don&rsquot have to drink it to reap the benefits. Plus, making it at home means you can avoid added sugars and other sneaky coffee shop add-ins. Made with coconut water (hello, hydration), matcha powder, oats, shredded coconut, and a dash of maple syrup, this warming bowl provides an instant boost and hearty base for a kick-ass day.

2. Dirty Chai Chia Pudding Parfaits

Few things say &ldquogood morning&rdquo like a shot of espresso. Add some chai protein powder (it&rsquos as delicious as it sounds), protein-rich chia seeds, coconut whip, and granola, and you&rsquove upgraded your morning from good to great. The chia seeds soak overnight, so you can totally hit the snooze button&mdashthough you&rsquoll probably want to get up and eat this ASAP.

3. Superfood Avocado Toast With Kale Tapenade

The rise in low-carb and gluten-free diets means many are ditching the bread. But it&rsquos all about what type of bread you eat and what you pair it with&mdashunless you&rsquore gluten intolerant, of course. The fiber in healthy bread options, such as sprouted grain and rye, help kick-start the digestive system. Topped with heart-healthy avocado, tahini, pumpkin seeds, and nutrient-rich eggs, you&rsquoll be skipping out the door instead of dragging.

4. Sweet Potato Breakfast Bowl With Berries

For those who do want to skip the bread but still want a hearty carb base to power through busy days, try this sweet potato bowl. This breakfast tastes like dessert and is ready to eat in five minutes or less. No, you&rsquore not dreaming, it&rsquos that easy and that good. For an extra protein boost, mix the yogurt with protein powder or top with almond butter.

5. Superfood Energy Bars With Cacao

Even the healthiest granola bar options often have excess sugar. Not to mention, they simply aren&rsquot filling. But that doesn&rsquot change the fact that they are super convenient. These homemade bars are packed with superfoods and bound with coconut oil. Eat a bar with a light protein shake, hard-boiled eggs, or a homemade latte, and enjoy a crash- and hanger-free afternoon.

6. Coffee Banana Smoothie With Oats and Chia

Why enjoy a smoothie and coffee separately when you can have them together? Coffee smoothies are not only crazy delicious, but they&rsquore also perfect for those who love multitasking. Made with seven ingredients, this smoothie is ready in snap and tastes way better than a plain ol&rsquo cup of joe. The oats and chia seeds add a boost of fiber, meaning you won&rsquot be reaching for that late-morning snack&mdashor second cup of coffee.

7. Açai, Blueberry, and Maca Smoothie Bowl

Antioxidants, fiber, omega fatty acids&hellip and that&rsquos just the açai. This nutrient-packed smoothie bowl is the perfect way to wake your body&mdashand your taste buds&mdashand get them ready for the day. Instead of cramming the bowl with fruit (read: sugar) like many smoothie bowl recipes, this dish uses wild blueberries and a touch of stevia to sweeten without overloading. Top with seeds, fresh berries, and coconut, and you&rsquoll have yourself a fine morning.

8. Hummus and Veggie Breakfast Bowls

Leafy greens may not be the first thing to come to mind when envisioning a mouthwatering breakfast, but this recipe will change that. The mustardy dressing adds a little sweet to the bitter greens while the soft-boiled eggs and hummus make it both creamy and just the right amount of spicy. Even though it&rsquos super filling, it won&rsquot weigh you down. For a Paleo version, opt for a zucchini hummus and omit the grains&mdashthough we&rsquore big fans of the added protein and fiber.

9. Mint and Green Tea Smoothie

This smoothie has just the right amount of green: green tea, spinach, and mint. The pear, pineapple, and ginger make it bright and fresh and give it a flavor even green smoothie naysayers will love. With just a touch of caffeine, natural sugars, and immunity-boosting ginger and lemon, this smoothie is the perfect way to kick-start your system and get your (creative) juices flowing.

10. Lemon Turmeric Energy Balls

Turmeric is another spice currently shaking up the latte scene. Known for its anti-inflammatory &ldquosuperpowers,&rdquo it&rsquos also a common staple in curries and, more currently, juices and wellness shots. This recipe uses it to flavor immune-boosting energy balls made with oats, chia seeds, almonds, and lemon&mdasha superstar lineup. Double up by pairing with golden milk or eat with fresh fruit.

11. Smoked Salmon Breakfast Bowl With 6-Minute Egg

Healthy fats, leafy greens, whole grains, lean protein&hellip this recipe has it all. Oh, and it&rsquos insanely delicious. For a lighter dressing, use Greek yogurt instead of mayo, or skip the sauce altogether and stick to fresh lemon and a dash of paprika. We also love subbing avocado for the potatoes.

12. Espresso Overnight Oats With Almond Butter

This recipe takes five minutes to prepare and it has caffeine&mdashthe makings of a perfect morning. Simply add oats, espresso (or coffee), chia seeds, milk, yogurt, slivered almonds, and almond butter shake it up refrigerate overnight and voilà, a breakfast of champions awaits you. Top with fresh berries, more nut butter (always), and a sprinkle of espresso for an extra jolt.

13. Avocado and Egg-Stuffed Sweet Potato

Popeye would be proud of this breakfast. Packed with nutrient-rich spinach, immunity-boosting garlic, heart-healthy eggs, and served on antioxidant-rich sweet potato, this dish is all kinds of wonderful&mdashand delicious.Quantitative evaluation of the antioxidant properties of garlic and shallot preparations. Leelarungrayub N, Rattanapanone V, Chanarat N. Nutrition (Burbank, Los Angeles County, Calif.), 2006, Jul.22(3):0899-9007.Antioxidant capacity and antioxidant content in roots of 4 sweetpotato varieties. Rautenbach F, Faber M, Laurie S. Journal of food science, 2010, Oct.75(5):1750-3841. To save some time, microwave the sweet potato instead of roasting (or roast the night before), and if poaching eggs feels intimidating, stick to soft-boiled (or try our simple how-to).

14. Rise and Shine Smoothie

If you haven&rsquot experimented with dates in smoothies, we urge you to get to the kitchen. It&rsquos the perfect natural sweetener, and using just two dates goes a long way. Almond milk and coconut water act as the base, and frozen banana, almond butter, and hemp seeds as thickeners and protein pumpers. Easy to make, even easier to drink, and super filling, this smoothie will likely become a weekly (or daily) go-to.

15. Chia Matcha Overnight Breakfast Smoothie

We&rsquore huge fans of anything you can make the night before. Plus, soaking oats overnight enriches the flavor and creates an incredibly creamy texture that tastes almost too good to be true. This recipe uses matcha, the tea powerhouse rich in antioxidants and vitamins coconut yogurt banana cinnamon and chia seeds for a hearty but not-too-filling breakfast that&rsquos ready to eat the second you get out of bed.

16. Savory Spinach Steel-Cut Oatmeal

Oatmeal and raisins are an awesome combo, but sometimes it&rsquos nice to take just a little extra time to shake things up. This recipe goes the extra mile with spinach (yep), tomatoes, and a fried egg. We love using chicken or veggie broth to cook the oats and topping with a dash of hot sauce. Some shaved Parmesan would taste pretty great too.

17. Oatmeal Quinoa Power Bowl

This recipe has got the power. The base is a mix of oatmeal, quinoa, and almond milk, which then gets topped with pomegranate, pumpkin seeds, toasted walnuts, coconut flakes, and a whole lot of love. Or go wild&mdashany nut, dried or fresh fruit, or seed will do.

18. Mango Ginger Turmeric Smoothie

Don&rsquot worry: This isn&rsquot one of those smoothies that&rsquoll leave you hangry in a matter of hours. This recipe boasts 16 grams of protein and 8 grams of fiber thanks to Greek yogurt and oats. Fresh ginger and turmeric give the drink a light punch, and the mango and honey provide just the right amount of sweet. It&rsquos basically smoothie jet fuel.

19. Mocha Latte Breakfast Quinoa

Yes, you can have a mocha latte for breakfast. And yes, it&rsquos healthy! At least this recipe is. Quinoa is a fun way to enjoy a warming breakfast that isn&rsquot oats, and it&rsquos just as easy to make. Cooked in coffee and coconut water (coconut milk works too) and mixed with coconut cream and vegan chocolate chips (dark chocolate chunks also taste great), this breakfast is decadent but also super healthy and energizing.

20. Savory Pesto Quinoa Breakfast Bowls

It&rsquos hard to believe that a recipe this beautiful takes only 10 minutes to prepare, but it&rsquos true. It goes even quicker if you use store-bought pesto and make the quinoa the night before. Though the recipe looks its best with the ingredients delicately placed on top of the grains, it tastes best mixed and mashed together. Sorry, Instagram, but sometimes flavor is more important.

21. Almond Butter Toast With Bananas and Toasted Coconut

Simple, slightly salty, satisfying&hellip this recipe is so easy, we often forget it&rsquos the ultimate breakfast. Use a hearty, whole-grain bread unsweetened nut butter sliced banana (or another fruit like pear) and toasted coconut&mdashthen top with a drizzle of honey and sprinkle of sea salt. Easy as one, two, three, and healthy as can be.


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