Breakfast ideas for a delicious start to the day

Whether it is a weekday or a weekend, a hearty breakfast is a great way to get your day started. To mix things up in the morning, we’ve pulled together a collection of delicious breakfast ideas, which make getting up easy!

Variety on the breakfast table

Create the habit of starting your morning with a delicious breakfast that is perfect for your lifestyle. With just the right ingredients on hand, you’ll be able to prepare variety of different foods for breakfast throughout the week, even if you’re in a rush. Stock your pantry with breakfast essentials so that it is always healthy, flavorful and enjoyable.

Oatmeal: A delicious option for breakfast, providing you with ample protein, fiber and minerals, oatmeal fills you up and is easy to digest. Served as a porridge or in muesli with fruits, oats are anything but boring – and, are a healthy alternative to sweetened cereal.

Flaxseed:This superfood is packed with valuable fiber, protein and omega-3 fatty acids. The antioxidants in flax help with skin health, and the additional calcium and vitamins B and E make just a handful in the morning the perfect energy boost.

Nuts:For a hearty texture to your morning meal, nuts add high quality unsaturated fatty acids, minerals, B vitamins, as well as potassium and magnesium to your diet.

Greek yogurt:Rich in protein, Greek yogurt provides sustained energy and supports muscle building.

Fruits:There are so many fruits to choose from, each offering a variety of healthful benefits. Berries add flavor and antioxidants. Bananas contain fiber for better digestion, and magnesium and potassium which can help lower blood pressure, while also helping protect muscle and bones.

Eggs:Eggs also fill you up for a long time and keep the blood sugar level constant.

Whole wheat bread:Whole wheat bread, with nuts or seeds, is a healthier alternative to plain white bread, and is much more flavorful.

Homemade granola

Easily make your own granola with a variety of healthy ingredients. Homemade granola, paired with the flavors of fresh fruit or yogurt can make mornings fun and delicious.

- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line baking tray with parchment paper or silicone mat.

- Mix the desired amount of oatmeal, nuts, seeds, pinch of salt, vanilla or cinnamon in a bowl.

- Add honey and canola oil (or grapeseed oil), stirring ingredients until evenly covered. Spread in a single layer on baking tray.

- Bake until granola has browned slightly and is crispy, about 30 minutes. Remove from oven and cool completely on pan. Stores for up to 2 weeks in an airtight container.

- For a slightly sweeter blend, mix your favorite dried fruit or even chocolate chips at the end.

Warm oatmeal (or porridge)

Deliciously warm oatmeal delivers a comforting flavor any time of the year. Prepare with either milk or water, then top with nuts, seeds, or seasonal fruits and you’ll conjure up a smile in the morning.

Tip: Overnight Oatsare easy to prepare, and the perfect choice when time is short in the morning. Eat cold with your favorite toppings, or reheat in the morning and serve in just seconds.

Hearty breakfast

Eggs provide the perfect backdrop to a delicious and healthy breakfast. Because they can be prepared in many different ways, eggs are the ideal ingredient to add variety to your mornings. Try them soft or hard boiled, scrambled or fried, or poached in Eggs Benedict. You can easily transform eggs with a bit of spice by preparing Shakshuka. This dish, simple with bold flavors and spices, traditionally features peppers, tomatoes, onions and spices, with a poached egg. Give it a try!

Move beyond the classic powdered sugar and warm syrup topping for waffles and punch up your waffle batter with different ingredients. Make a batter with mashed potatoes or chickpea flour, then top this hearty waffle with ham or smoked salmon for a savory twist.

English Breakfast

Get a hearty start with an English Breakfast. A perfect choice for anyone who loves the variety of filling, warm foods the typical English offerings, include: Toast with salted butter, crispy bacon, fried eggs, grilled tomatoes, fried sausages and mushrooms. Complement this tasty spread with baked beans and hash browns.

Have a sweet tooth? The Brits breakfast is often served with toast topped with orange marmalade, and orange or grapefruit juice. Don’t forget your English Breakfast tea.

Sweet Gourmet Breakfast

For an alternative to croissants and jam, pancakes with syrup and fruits, warm cinnamon rolls, or why not sweeten your morning with homemade French toast. Top it with seasonal fruit, or use two slices for a sweet breakfast sandwich filled with goat cheese and bacon.

Quality bread offers hearty flavor

Germany has a strong breakfast tradition that includes high-quality bread and freshly baked rolls. Transform your breakfast, wherever you live, with homemade or prepared at your favorite local bakery. Once toasted, add slices of aromatic cheese, homemade jam or various dips. The result is a delicious morning snack.

For those who desire something different that traditional whole wheat or other specialty breads, try a low-carb banana bread, which gives off the hit of juicy sweetness to start the day on an enjoyable note.

Tip: storing bread

Store bought bread is filled with preservatives to lengthen its shelf life. Homemade bread, made with just a few ingredients, may not last as long. It is so delicious, you may not have the need to store it for too long. However, when storing homemade bread, or fresh bread from a bakery, keep it at room temperature in a bread box made of clay or earthenware. This ensures an optimal moisture exchange and keeps the bread fresh. In addition, it helps to store the cut body on its cutting edge.

Freezing bread: yes or no?

It is not recommended to store bread in the refrigerator because it tends to dry out and lose its taste. However, freezing bread is the way to go. Just wrap the loaf tightly to keep ice crystals from forming on the loaf. When you want a slice (or two), just toast and add your favorite toppings.

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