September is Healthy Breakfast Month! If you’re not in the habit of eating a healthy breakfast, this is a great time to start.
Knowing what ingredients to incorporate can sometimes be the most challenging part of eating healthier. When considering a healthy breakfast, think of including anti-inflammatory sources like berries (the deeper the color, the better) or citrus. Your joints will thank you! Whole grains with a high source of bran, nuts like walnuts or nut butters, foods with high omega-3 fatty acids and omega-3 fortified eggs are all smart choices. For example, an omelet with lots of fresh veggies like spinach, peppers and mushrooms is easy and high in omega-3 and fiber.
Try to avoid processed foods and high-fructose corn syrup. Instead, use extra virgin olive oils or expeller pressed organic canola oil. Limit saturated fats like butter, margarine and shortening and substitute fats with high-quality yogurt (low in sugar) or puréed fruits. A yogurt parfait bar with berries, nuts and granola is delicious, colorful and nutritious.
With these suggestions in mind, we wanted to share a few delicious, nutritious breakfast recipes that are packed with anti-inflammatory sources. Read on for inspiration to start your day off on the right track!
Crunchy Cinnamon Granola – pair with high-quality yogurt (your bones love calcium) and berries (your joints with thank you for the anti-inflammatory boost) to kick-start your morning with energy. Great for breakfast or a snack!
Yogurt Parfait with Raspberries and Chia Seeds – packed with fiber, omega-3 fatty acids and protein, this recipe will keep you feeling full and energized.
Pecan Banana Bread Overnight Oats – prepare the night before for an easy fiber-rich grab-and-go breakfast loaded with protein and potassium.
5-Minute Herb Baked Eggs – this protein-packed (and delicious) meal can be prepared in five minutes and only takes a few ingredients!