Speedy breakfast ideas

Mornings are often a flurry of activity in order to get out the door on time. Here are some fast and healthy breakfast ideas to speed you along -- plus fresh ideas to make store-bought options better for you!

By Alison Kent

Speedy breakfast ideas
You've heard it a million times, and guess what? It's true. Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. Fuelling up with a nutritious meal in the morning lays the foundation for the day ahead, supplying you with much-needed energy to start your day - every day.

Weekday or weekend, these quick, easy and healthy ideas will put a spring in everyone's step. The few minutes it takes to prepare them is worth it, and some have ingredients that can be prepared the night before, making them ready-to-go in the morning.

Using frozen fruit, even the most time-crunched among us can whirl up a batch of Strawberry Mango Smoothies. For a heart healthy Omega-3 boost, add a spoonful of crushed flax seeds before blending.

During the tail end of these colder months, enjoy a warm, hearty bowl of Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Porridge. Not only tasty, it keeps you feeling full for an extended period of time with stick-to-your-ribs goodness.

Our toasted Muesli Mix is equally delicious presoaked or not, and served with milk or yogurt, and fresh fruit.

Broccoli Scramble Quesadillas are a fun, kid-friendly breakfast idea that take only minutes to prepare.

Open-Faced Ham and Cheese Omelettes are a cinch to make when you chop and refrigerate ham and veggies the night before. Or, Zucchini Red Pepper Omelettes complete with feta cheese will satisfy the vegetarian in your family.

Looking for more quick breakfast solutions?

• Layer store-bought or homemade granola with yogurt and fruit for homemade breakfast parfaits.

• Spread whole grain toast with almond butter; top with raisins and sliced apple or banana. For an on-the-go breakfast sandwich, top with another slice of toast and cut in half.

• Make a batch of your favourite fruit and whole grain muffins. Wrap individually, pop into freezer bags and freeze. Thaw or microwave as needed.

• Enhance and add nutrition to store-bought breakfast cereal by adding crushed flax seeds, hulled sunflower seeds, dried blueberries or cranberries, toasted sliced almonds or pepitas to the mix.

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