So, you want to eat breakfast, but you’re faced with two challenges: you’re uninspired by your current options and you just don’t have enough time to make a satisfying meal.
If you’re looking for healthy breakfast ideas that don't require a lot of hands-on cooking in the morning, you’re in the right place.
I am a PCOS Nutritionist and these are my five favourite easy breakfast recipes that can be made ahead of time and are perfect for busy people on the go.
The best part of these healthy breakfast ideas is they can be meal-prepped which saves you precious time in the morning. Maybe you can even hit snooze for another few minutes of precious beauty sleep.
How can breakfast help me with hormone balance?
As a hormone Nutritionist / Dietitian, I preach the importance of starting your day off with a healthy breakfast.
A healthy breakfast for anyone, but especially if you have polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), includes a mix of protein, healthy fats, and complex carbohydrates. Together, these components support blood sugar control, energy, and metabolism.
These easy healthy breakfast for PCOS recipes are great for women with PCOS. They’re also appropriate for anyone seeking morning hormone balance, satiety, and energy.
#1 Yogurt Parfait
I have always loved yogurt parfaits. This easy breakfast is the perfect combination of creamy yogurt and crunchy granola. There are many different combos and you will hopefully never be bored of this simple breakfast idea.
I prepare my yogurt parfaits 1-2 days in advance. I build them up in the evening so they’re ready to go in the morning.
Use a jar and do a base of yogurt, followed by fruit (fresh or frozen), topped off with chopped nuts and/or granola. You can also add ground flaxseeds for extra fibre.
Here are some yogurt and fruit parfaits to get you started!
· Strawberry Banana
· Tropical Kiwi and Mango
· Coffee and Mascarpone
· Raspberry and Ricotta
· Pumpkin Spice
#2 Chia Pudding
Chia pudding is a fibre-packed easy breakfast to keep things moving along (if you know what I mean). As a PCOS nutritionist, I recommend chia pudding because it’s a great breakfast option full of healthy fats and nutrients. Again, there are many combinations and flavours that you can enjoy.
The base recipe is super simple. Mix 2 tbsp chia seeds, 1/2 cup milk of your choice, and 1 tbsp of a sweetener such as honey or maple syrup. Leave it in the fridge overnight and add toppings of choice the next day. The result is a creamy and delicious chia pudding!
Some chia seed pudding flavours could be:
· Chocolate and peanut butter
· Strawberry banana
· Lime coconut
#3 Overnight Oats
Similarly to chia pudding, mix the ingredients in a jar and let your oats sit in the fridge overnight.
This is one of my favourite simple breakfast ideas because it’s just SO quick. The base recipe for overnight oats is: ½ cup rolled oats, ½ cup milk of your choice, 1/4 cup plain yogurt, and 1-2 teaspoons maple syrup or honey for some sweetness.
Then add any additional ingredients to make it unique:
· Chia seeds
· Hemp's hearts
· Ground flax seed
· Fresh or frozen berries
· Peanut butter
· Fruit such as a banana or diced apple
· Chopped nuts
· Shredded coconut
· Chocolate chips
For protein oats (great if you have polycystic ovary syndrome), add 1 scoop of protein powder and 1 tbsp peanut butter. Store in the fridge overnight and enjoy in the morning.
#4 Egg Cups
I discovered egg cups as an easy make-ahead breakfast idea when my mornings started to get busy. Again, egg cups are high in protein, so they are a fantastic choice for you if you have PCOS.
I often follow Hannah Magee’s broccoli cheddar baked egg bites since they never disappoint. Feel free to customize them, however, you would like.
Some additional egg cup combinations are:
· Spinach, bell pepper and feta cheese
· Ham and cheese
· Bacon, cheese and spinach
#5 Breakfast Bento Box
You likely have seen bento boxes all over social media as they are a perfect way to create a balanced breakfast. They’re one of my favourite quick healthy breakfast recipes as they are great for on-the-go meals.
Bento box combinations:
· Fruit salad + yogurt and granola + hard-boiled egg
· French toast or waffles made the day before with syrup + yogurt + sliced apple.
· Whole wheat tortilla + peanut butter + banana + hard-boiled egg
· Apple slices + peanut butter + cheddar cheese
I hope these five easy breakfast ideas help you kickstart your day. Perfect for busy mornings, these recipes come together quickly and are sure to keep you energized throughout the day. Check out my other blog posts for more healthy meal ideas.
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