5 Quick and Easy Breakfast Recipes for the Busy Yogi

Hi, yogis! Today I'm excited to share a guest post by Toni from Chosen Wellness on quick breakfast ideas that you can incorporate into your daily routine. Which of these would you like to try?

5 Quick and Easy Breakfast Recipes for the Busy Yogi

Ask just about any adult and they can rattle off a list of the stresses consuming their mind. I’m no exception. Between work, my kids, my husband, and running ChosenWellness in my “spare” time, the to-do list seems to be unending. One of the first things to go for many people is self-care, especially when it comes to health. It’s so easy to ditch healthy foods for their more convenient counterparts, something we all know all too well.

I know I’m guilty of falling prey to unhealthy foods because of their availability, so I looked into ways that I could fuel my body with the right foods without sacrificing convenience. It was comforting to hear from many others in the same situation, and I was excited to find solutions to this all-too-common problem. I have discovered some easy but healthy breakfast recipes that have revolutionized my mornings.

Overnight Fruit and Quinoa Protein Oats

Overnight oats have been a major craze lately, and now I understand why! This recipe is super simple, but it is a fantastic option for a quick but fulfilling breakfast.

This recipe includes quinoa, an amazing superfood. Not only does it contain a wide variety of vitamins and minerals, but it is a great source of protein and fiber. It’s also gluten-free, allowing those with a gluten intolerance to enjoy this nutrient-rich dish.

This recipe is also very flexible. It was written including raspberries, blueberries, peaches, and cinnamon (some great superfoods in there!), but you can change it to suit your mood.

I love this recipe because I can make it at night and literally forget about it until morning. It’s also incredibly versatile, allowing me to change up the fruits and eat it either hot or cold. I can pack it with superfoods and know that I’m eating a wholesome breakfast that is still quick and easy.

Protein Blueberry Muffins

Blueberry muffins are a classic, but the original variety leaves you with few health benefits for all of the carbs and calories. This version is high-protein and more nutritious than normal muffins.

This recipe uses Stevia and sugar-free applesauce to sweeten the muffins, saving you from all of that sugar and the crash that comes soon after. It also uses protein powder and walnuts to add protein, so your blood sugar will remain steady for even longer. These muffins are packed with superfoods, like blueberries and cinnamon, which will provide a good amount of daily nutrients.

The convenience of this recipe has changed my mornings. I can throw these together the night before, and the kids and I can enjoy them together in the morning. It’s also a plus not having to give up delicious blueberry muffins just to stay healthy.

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter BananaBreakfast Cookies

You might be thinking, “Cookies aren’t a breakfast food!” Well, think again; they definitely are, and they aren’t hard to make.

These cookies don’t use any flour, and the only refined white sugar in it comes from the semisweet chocolate chips. It’s a wonderful mix of banana, rolled oats, peanut butter, semisweet chocolate, honey, and cinnamon - nothing strange hiding in that ingredient list.

The oats will keep you full without overeating, and the peanut butter gives the recipe some protein. This combo will keep you satisfied until lunch. It also is slightly sweet with the chocolate and banana, satisfying any morning sweet-tooth cravings without packing in tons of sugar and empty calories.

I love the combo of flavors in this cookie, and it does a great job of holding me over until lunch. Plus, the kids were thrilled to hear that we were eating cookies for breakfast, so everyone wins.

Homemade Instant Oatmeal

One of my personal favorite breakfasts in the past was a good bowl of oatmeal, complete with brown sugar and cinnamon (and maybe even a little chocolate). It was quick and easy, but the calories added up quickly and I didn’t know what extra ingredients were lurking in those little brown packets. This recipe lets me enjoy oatmeal without those problems.

This recipe calls for chia seeds, which are a great addition to oatmeal. They are very low-calorie but still pack a punch of nutrients. They’re a good source of fiber and actually add some protein to your meal, as well.

You also have a lot of freedom with this recipe. First of all, you can choose how you sweeten it and how much you sweeten it. Secondly, you can make different combinations of add-ins, so there’s no fear of getting stuck in an oatmeal rut. Apple cinnamon and blueberry banana are a couple of my favorite combos so far.

I love how easy this recipe is while still offering variety. The kids love being able to choose what to put in their oatmeal, and I love that I can juggle them and breakfast without too much stress.

Fruit and Coconut Milk Smoothie

Smoothies are great for mornings when you’re running out the door and just don’t have time to sit down for breakfast. You can drink them in the car on the way to the office or the gym, and they can still provide a good meal without too much hassle.

To make this option even easier, I pre-cut the bananas and throw them in baggies with the berries or other fruit I want. When I want one, all I have to do is grab a baggie from the freezer, throw it in the blender with some yogurt and coconut milk, and I’m ready to go.

This smoothie uses unsweetened coconut milk and honey, sweetening naturally and skipping the sugar. It also allows me to enjoy different fruits all the time, and I don’t have to worry about them going bad on the counter since they’re frozen.

The kids are also into this breakfast, especially when I use strawberries and blueberries. It’s a quick option that works well for all of us on even the busiest of days.

These five recipes alone have completely changed the way my mornings go. Instead of pouring a bowl of sugary cereal or grabbing a high-fat breakfast sandwich from a fast food restaurant, I can take care of my body and feed it the foods that fuel it best. And when I take care of it, it takes care of me. I’m able to be the wife, mother, and employee that I want to be because I have the energy to do so.

Convenient food doesn’t have to be unhealthy; there’s an abundance of options for a quick but healthy breakfast, even just in the five recipes listed here. These things have helped me and my family to live out our goals, and I challenge you to do the same. Will you change your own life and take the healthy breakfast challenge with me?

First photo by Ken Johnson of CKCImage.com, all post photos and content courtesy of Toni Placides of Chosen Wellness.

Yogi Surprise October: Celebrating Abundance

This is a wonderful time of year to cultivate gratitude for the abundance in our lives.

The air is colder and the nights are longer, giving us a stronger desire to turn inward and spend time in our cozy homes, share sweet moments with loved ones, and take more rest.

The theme for Yogi Surprise October is harvest celebration. These were my favorite items from the Yogi Surprise October box, all of which give me reasons to celebrate fall, to find gratitude for abundance, and to take time to reflect and rest.

I've been lighting this candle in the evenings when I write in my journal. I love the invigorating scent of balsam, lavender and sandalwood; the candle helps me feel calm and present.

Banyan Botanicals Daily Massage Oil

This oil is lovely! Do you practice abhyanga, or a daily morning ritual of self-massage with warm oil? Truly a life-changing practice that can help set the tone for your day and help to calm your entire nervous system. If you've never tried it, read this article from Banyan Botanicals on Ayurvedic self-massage.

These are amaaaaazing. Best chocolates I've had in a long time, not only flavor wise but you can tell the handmade truffles have high-quality raw cacao. I went to order more but they're already sold out on their website! (No surprise.) Highly recommend!!

First and last photos in this post by Brynna Bryant of Respiro Photography.

Ayurvedic Oil Pulling

Have you ever tried the Ayurvedic healing practice of oil pulling?

It's a simple form of oral detoxification where you swish oil around in your mouth for 3 to 15 minutes. The results can be pretty profound: improved oral and systemic health, increased energy, weight loss, clearer skin, and pain relief.

So far, I've only pulled oil a few times and right away, my mouth felt clean and refreshed. I'm excited to start a more consistent practice of using it to see how it helps me detox.

Oil pulling works to rid the body of toxins that build up from poor diet, environmental factors, sedentary and stressful lifestyles, and lack of hydration. These oil soluble toxins get 'dumped' into the mouth through the salivary glances, and the pulling oil (which is swished and then discarded) takes them out. (Reminder - you'll want to discard the oil into the trash, not your sink!)

My favorite brand of oil is Gurunanda, an all-natural blend of organic sesame, sunflower, coconut, and peppermint oil. Having a mix of oils allows you to balance the three doshas while the peppermint oil acts as a catalyst ('agni').

It's a great product and an easy process, so it's worth a try!

You can purchase Gurunanda oil on Amazon, and read more about oil pulling on their website. Feel free to comment or email me with questions, and happy detoxing :)