Your Grandmother probably used to tell you that breakfast was the most important meal of the day – and doctors and dietitians say that she was quite right. However, if you do not have a lot of time in the morning it can be tempting to skip it or to buy an unhealthy snack when you pick up that morning coffee to go.

Neither of these habits is very good for you though. Skip breakfast and you will lack energy all day long. Opt for a fast food breakfast and you could be consuming far more calories than you realize – for instance, did you know that there are 380 calories in one Starbucks blueberry muffin? And that is without the meat!

A healthy breakfast does not have to take too long to make though. Here are just a few quick and easy breakfast ideas that taste great and are easy to make.

Easy Microwave Denver Scramble
If you are a fan of eggs for breakfast making an egg dish from scratch can seem like a little bit too much hassle for first thing in the morning when time is tight. This easy to make omelet sandwich only takes a few minutes though:

Denver Scrumble

What You Will Need:

2 Tbsp. chopped red and/or green bell peppers
1 Tbsp. chopped onion
1 egg
1 thin slice deli ham, chopped (optional)
1 Tbsp. water
1 slider-size wholewheat bun

How to Prepare:

Combine the peppers and onions in a microwave safe custard cup. Microwave on high for 20 seconds and then stir. Fold in the egg, water and ham and whisk until the egg is blended. Microwave for 30 seconds on high and then stir again. Microwave again for 30 seconds or until egg is almost set. Tip egg patty onto bun and serve.

Fruit and Oats
Oatmeal is just one of those classic foods that is great for you but lots of people do not really like the taste. This easy version of a fruity oatmeal is much tastier though and every ingredient is a good for you treat that will energize you all the way to lunchtime and even beyond.

Fruit and Oats

What You Will Need:

1/3 cup old-fashioned oats
1 teaspoon oat bran
1/3 cup chopped tart apple
1 medium firm banana, diced
1/4 cup halved seedless grapes
2 tablespoons raisins
1 tablespoon sliced almonds
Milk or yogurt, optional

How to Prepare:

This recipe is so easy to prepare it takes less than a minute! . All you need to do is combine the first seven ingredients in a serving bowl and toss them with a spoon. The optional milk or yogurt can then be poured over the top according to taste.

Drink Your Breakfast
There has been a lot of talk recently about smoothies and how great they are for you. This is true and as breakfast ideas they are also very easy to make, all you need is a few healthy ingredients, a blender and five minutes.

Here are just two of our favorite super healthy breakfast smoothies for you to try. The directions to make either are the same, add all of the ingredients into your blender, mix until smooth and then pour into a big tall glass and enjoy!

Pomegranate Juice Protein Smoothie

Pomegranate Juice Protein Smoothie

This is a great choice for very active ladies who need an extra burst of energy and protien

What You Will Need:

1 cup Pomegranate Juice (POM is a good brand)
3/4 cup skim or soy milk
2 ice cubes
1 large banana
2 tablespoons silvered almonds
2 tablespoons protein powder
1 teaspoon honey

Blueberry Banana Smoothie

Blueberry Banana Smoothie with Flax Seeds

The flax seeds give this thick smoothie a little extra texture and they are also an excellent natural source of omega 3 fatty acids, which are essential for good health.

What You Will Need:

1 cup frozen blueberries
1 banana
6 ounces plain nonfat plain yogurt
3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 tablespoon ground flax seeds
1/2 cup ice cubes

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