Being lovers of breakfast (we would eat it 3 times a day if we could!), we’ll be the first to tell you that it’s the most important meal of the day. While many of us rush for the quickest breakfast option before a morning commute or simply guzzle coffee for a burst of energy, it’s easy to regret these hasty decisions mid morning.
The key to a filling breakfast that can sustain your energy and mental focus throughout the morning is getting a good balance of protein, fiber, carbohydrates and healthy fats. Don’t limit yourself to one food group! For a breakfast that delivers on all of these elements, try these 5 energizing breakfast ideas.
1. Quinoa Pear Cereal
This warm cereal, which is our winter seasonal special, combines quinoa with pears, our Caravan Mix and a milk of your choice. Packed with protein, the quinoa will stave off hunger and maintain blood sugar levels, while the nuts, seeds, dried berries and cacao nibs in our Caravan Mix will give you a boost of healthy fats, antioxidants and trace minerals.
2. Seasonal Egg Frittata
Eggs contain all amino acids necessary for human health, making them a complete form of protein. Our current seasonal frittata combines protein-filled eggs with beta-carotene-rich butternut squash and savory goat cheese, making it the perfect option for those days when a heartier breakfast is in order. Paired with fresh greens and a side of organic whole wheat bread, a frittata checks off all of the nutritional boxes for an energizing meal!
3. Steel-cut Oatmeal
Steel-cut oats are an excellent source of whole grains, providing soluble fiber which helps to steady blood sugar levels, and protein which will both prevent those mid-morning hunger pangs. Try topping your oatmeal with banana for added potassium and some nuts for a brain power boost! Make it at home with Organic Steel-Cut Oats from our pantry.
4. Chia Muffin & Non-Fat Yogurt
For an easy dose of long-lasting energy, look no further than the mighty chia seed. These tiny seeds pack a rich combination of protein, antioxidants, omega-3, fiber and iron, which will leave you feeling full up until (and maybe even through) lunchtime and will help improve your mental focus. Try pairing our Chia Seed Muffin (made with banana, dates and whole wheat flour) with a small serving of nonfat yogurt and berries. Our new Le Pain Quotidien Cookbook has a banana chia seed muffin recipe that’s to die for.
5. Yogurt & Crunola (or Granola) Parfait
There’s nothing quite like a good yogurt parfait. Besides being easy to make at home, parfaits are fun to eat! Try layering nonfat plain yogurt with fresh berries, honey and either our organic Granola or our organic Crunola® raw granola, for a completely guilt-free, yet totally satisfying breakfast. Between the fruits, yogurt and granola, you’ll get plenty of fiber, protein, healthy fats, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
Check out our online shop, which is full must-haves for your pantry like organic honey and agave nectar, granola and Crunola® raw granola as well as other breakfast essentials like organic coffee and teas!
Are you planning to try any of these breakfast items at home? We’re curious, what are your secrets to a morning energy boost?
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