Breakfast is the first important meal of the day, which means it needs to be wholesome and healthy. It breaks the overnight fasting period and fuels up your energy level to keep you ready for the activities of the day. But for most of us, breakfast is often compromised because of busy morning schedules. Between finishing up morning chores and getting ready for work, a grab-and-go breakfast, that ends up being a bar or fruit, provides insufficient nutrition to your body. To keep you healthy right from the beginning of the day, we bring to you a dose of inspirational recipes. Say hello to hearty and nutritious breakfast bowls. Easy to put together and customisable according to what’s available and what you like, a breakfast bowl saves time and gives you a healthy start. Here are five recipes filled with supercharged oats, quinoa, fresh fruits, veggies, seeds, grains, nuts, yogurt and more.

Chai Spiced Breakfast Quinoa

1 cup milk
2 tea bags
2 cups cooked quinoa
2 tbsp chia seeds
2 tbsp maple syrup/honey
1 tbsp cinnamon

2 tbsp jam of your choice
2 tbsp seed mix

  • Add the milk and tea bags into a small saucepan. Warm the milk and allow the tea to steep for 4 minutes.
  • Remove the tea bags, press out any extra tea, and add the remaining breakfast quinoa ingredients. Stir until quinoa has warmed, about 1 minute, and transfer to a bowls.
  • Top with half the toppings indicated above, or your favourite toppings of choice.

Image and recipe by Simply Quinoa

Fruit and yogurt bowl

1/2 cup yogurt
1/2 cup cereal or cooked quinoa or oats
1 cup fruit mix (strawberries, apples, bananas or any fresh fruits of your choice)

Chopped nuts

Method Add yogurt to a bowl and top with cooked quinoa oats or cereals. Add in the fruits and garnish with desired toppings.

Image and recipe by Simply Quinoa

Savory Oats Bowl

1/2 cup oats
1 cup water
1/2 cup packed baby spinach leaves, long stems removed & coarsely chopped
1/4 cup tomatoes, chopped
1 tbsp shredded cheese

  • In medium saucepan, bring water to a boil, and stir in the oats. Cook uncovered over medium heat, stirring occasionally.
  • Spoon into bowl. Add spinach, chopped tomato, shredded cheese, and black pepper to taste.

Image and recipe by Quaker Oats

Oatmeal power bowl

1 ripe banana, mashed
2 tbsp chia seeds
1/3 cup oats
1/4 tsp cinnamon
2/3 cup (160 ml) milk
1/3 cup (90 ml) water

Soaked almonds
Dried berries
Toasted coconut

  • The night before, grab a medium bowl and mash the banana until smooth. Now stir in the chia, oats, cinnamon, milk, and water until combined. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  • In the morning, scoop the oat mixture into a medium pot. Increase heat to medium-high and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat immediately to medium-low, and stir frequently until heated throughout and thickened.
  • Pour oats into bowl. Garnish with your desired toppings.

Image and recipe by Oh She Glows

Peanut butter oats bowl

1/2 cup quick oats
1 cup water
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp cinnamon (extra for topping)

1 tbsp peanut butter
1 tbsp coconut shreds
1 tbsp dark chocolate chips/pieces
2 tbsp honey
Banana slices
Fresh berries or any other fruit of choice

  • Cook the oatmeal with salt, vanilla and cinnamon.
  • Top cooked oatmeal with peanut butter, coconut shreds, chocolate pieces/chips, honey, and fresh fruit. Sprinkle with extra cinnamon and enjoy!

Image and recipe by A Simple Palate Image courtesy: Jennifer Pallian on Unsplash