Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It’s especially important for senior nutrition because it gives you energy for the day, provides glucose that your brain needs to function, may help manage your weight, and can help ensure you don’t get an upset stomach from your morning medications. Check out these eight healthy breakfast ideas to start your day the right way.
1. Scrambled eggs
We are all about fast and easy breakfast ideas, which is why scrambled eggs are at the top of the list. Scrambled eggs aren’t just a quick breakfast idea, they’re also an incredible source of protein and key nutrients like vitamins B6, B12, and D. Check out the health benefits of eating eggs here.
Click here to learn how to make the perfect scrambled eggs.
Want to spruce up your eggs? Add basil for a savory boost. If you don’t like basil, try cilantro, oregano, sage, or other herbs. Even sweet spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and honey can make a sweet treat for the morning. Or, if you prefer a spicy kick to your day, try a shake of healthy hot sauce on top.
2. Toast with avocado and lox
If you want something luxurious but simple, salmon avocado toast is one of our favorite easy breakfast recipes. Just toast your favorite whole-grain bread, smash an avocado on top, and add some smoked salmon that you can buy at the grocery store. (Make it even easier with our GoGo Grocery service, which can drop your groceries right at your door.)
You can keep it simple or make it as fancy as you want by adding onions, herbs, cucumbers, cheese, lemon juice, or even capers. We love this senior meal because salmon is chock full of healthy omega 3s, avocado is a healthy fat filled with antioxidants, and bread can help keep you feeling full throughout the day.
3. Morning parfait
A parfait is a great way to start your day, and this senior meal is a lot easier than it seems. Parfaits are one of the best grab-and-go, easy breakfast ideas, and you can even make them ahead so you can have them ready to go for the week. Plus, a parfait tastes like a dessert but it’s actually a healthy breakfast idea that’s high in protein, low in sugar, and filled with delicious antioxidants. All you need to make a parfait is Greek yogurt, some fruit of your choice, and healthy granola to add on top. Throw in some honey if you like a boost of sweetness. If you are dairy free, order a dairy-free yogurt alternative on your next GoGo Groceries delivery.
Try out these different parfait combinations for lots of easy breakfast recipes:
- Pineapple, kiwi, and mango with coconut flakes for a tropical vibe
- Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries for something nutrient-dense
- Cut-up apples, chopped pecans, and cinnamon for a comforting, autumnal treat
- Pumpkin puree, flax seeds, pumpkin seeds, cinnamon, and maple syrup for something healthy and filling
- Peanut butter and chocolate chips for a quick breakfast idea that doubles as a dessert
Check out more go-to, easy breakfast recipes with these parfait senior meals.
4. Breakfast hash
If you like a heartier breakfast, try a meat and veggies hash for breakfast. A breakfast hash is one of our favorite easy breakfast ideas that will keep you feeling full all day long. Just mix your favorite ground meat and chopped veggies in a pan, and you’re ready to go.
Cook up some ground meat, like lean ground turkey. Once that’s cooked all the way, throw in some chopped veggies of your choice, like onions, sweet potatoes, squash, bell peppers, and carrots. Onions and garlic can add a bit of flavor too. Then, throw in your favorite herbs – oregano, thyme, and parsley are great options. Let cook until your veggies are just barely browning, add your herbs, and you’re ready to eat! Get inspiration with this breakfast hash recipe.
Here are some delicious healthy breakfast ideas for your hash:
- Zucchini and bacon for something summery
- Apple and butternut squash for fall
- Sweet potatoes and cranberries for the holiday season
- Mushrooms and bell peppers for something savory
- Carrots and celery for something with a crunch
5. Rice cake with almond butter
If you want something that’s light and easy to eat but will also keep you full, try a rice cake with your favorite nut butter on top. Rice cakes can be a great source of fiber and they’ve got a satisfying crunch to them. Spread on top peanut butter, almond butter, or any type of nut butter that you prefer and that fits your dietary needs. Maybe try a new nut butter the next time you order groceries from GoGoGrandparent. This is an easy breakfast recipe that takes just seconds to throw together, but you’ll still get a satisfying start to your day.
6. Cinnamon quinoa with blueberries
Sick of the classic oatmeal? Want to try something that’s equally as filling but a little more nutritious? Try a morning bowl of quinoa. Quinoa is packed with nutrients like fiber, folate, vitamin B6, vitamin E, copper, iron, zinc, manganese, magnesium, and phosphorus. Top it off with antioxidant-rich blueberries for a power-packed breakfast that will make you feel strong and vibrant all day long. Add a little honey, maple syrup, or cinnamon; cinnamon also has a lot of great benefits, especially regarding blood sugar regulation.
Best yet, quinoa is easy to make. You just add 1 cup of rinsed quinoa and 1 and ¾ cups of filtered water to a pot, bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 15 minutes. It will fluff right up. Add your blueberries (or any other fruit you like) and additional toppings for a quick breakfast idea that’s as easy as it is nutritious and delicious.
Note: Make sure you consult with your doctor about your senior meal plan to ensure these healthy breakfast ideas align with your dietary needs. For example, if you have any GI concerns, you might struggle to digest quinoa. Always chat with your doctor before introducing new foods to your meal plan.)
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