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As we get older, our days become longer and start earlier. With such fast-paced, tiring schedules, it is important to keep your health a top priority. Starting in high school, several people adapt their schedules to exclude one of the most important parts of a healthy lifestyle: breakfast. Whether the reason is because you are on a time crunch or you simply lack an appetite in the morning, eating breakfast gives you the essential fuel necessary to kick-start your day. Here are some quick, simple and nutritious breakfast ideas that will provide you with energy to start your day on a high note.

Almond Butter Toast

Starting off the morning with a sweet tooth is not necessarily a bad thing. Craving sugar in the morning is a great way to get your daily serving of fruits in. Bananas on their own are a great source of energy in the mornings. However, pairing them with toast and a nut butter incorporate healthy carbs, protein and fats to have a well-rounded meal. The combination of the crunchy toast, creamy nut butter and sweet banana create a well-balanced, delicious breakfast that can be ready in minutes.

Acai Bowls

Having a sweet tooth myself, indulging in fresh fruit in the morning always provides a refreshing start to my day. Acai bowls and fruit smoothies are the perfect way to incorporate fruits, protein and healthy fats to fuel your body. The options within these are endless; this breakfast option is easily adaptable to anyone’s taste. From the multitude of fruits to the unique toppings, there is a combination that can satisfy everyone’s cravings. Using peanut butter or protein powder can add an additional protein boost, while using chocolate or additional fruit as toppings can satisfy your cravings. Switching up these flavor profiles will rarely leave you bored. 

Protein Oatmeal

Nowadays, focusing on a high protein diet is becoming more and more common, especially for individuals who are taking the time to physically challenge their bodies in the gym. Incorporating protein in meals does not always have to be through meat. For those of you who are not fans of meat-based breakfasts or who are plant-based, protein powder is a great addition to overnight oats. Protein powder is so versatile with the countless flavor options. Finding a flavor combination that works for you can make eating a bland bowl of oats ten times better. This high protein breakfast takes minutes to prep the night before. The morning of calls for loading up on numerous toppings.

Omelets

For those of you who prefer savory options for breakfast, there are plenty of these as well. Omelets are a high protein breakfast option that are filling and nutritious. They are also a great way to get a head start on your vegetable intake for the day. From spinach and peppers to ham and cheese, there are so many mix-ins to choose from. By switching up the toppings, there are so many variations that you can create to avoid tiring one distinct version.

Avocado Toast

Another savory option focuses more on incorporating your greens. Avocado toast is a quick breakfast option that can be thrown together with ingredients that are most likely in your pantry. This breakfast can be made with as little as two ingredients or as many as you would like. Avocado and toast being the base, there are so many options to spice up this simple meal. Adding seasonings, tomatoes, lemon juice or pickled onions can level up the flavor profile. The carbs and healthy fats provide a great source of sustained energy throughout your morning. 

Keep in mind that these are only a few of the many delicious and nutritious breakfast options out there. With time rarely in our favor, having quick options can save time in the morning. However, eating the same, bland breakfast every morning can also be a drag. Instead of settling for those options, try some of these breakfast ideas and add your own twist. Whatever you choose to test out, remember that breakfast is one of the most important parts of your day. In the end, fuel yourself with what makes you feel great.

 

Dharani Ramaiah is sophomore at the University of Kentucky majoring in Biology and minoring in Neuroscience. During her spare time, Dharani loves working out, reading, and planning outings with her friends. In the future, she hopes to become a physician to make a difference in and beyond her community. Her instagram is @dharani_ramaiah.
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