Tired of the same old oatmeal? Get ready for a week filled with flavor. Breakfast might be the most important meal of the day, but it doesn't have to be boring. With these 10 creative combos, you can rev up appetite every morning. Using staples found throughout your pantry and kitchen, it's simple to create tantalizing meals that satisfy an array of taste buds, with enough variety to produce new meals every day of the week.
You've heard of overnight oats, but this tempting twist is an easier alternative. Raid your pantry for an assortment of nuts and seeds, or just purchase a mixed bag. Add almond or coconut milk to a bowl, stir in the nuts with a dash of vanilla extract, then let them sit overnight. An optional scoop of yogurt fosters a tangier taste, while the creamier Greek variety add texture; play around with ingredients to find your ideal mix. In the morning, you'll wake up to a protein-packed, oatless bowl filled with flavor. Top it off with mixed fruit, and you have a nutritious breakfast that's doable everyday. This is a higher-fat option, but the rich fiber and antioxidants will keep you full until lunch. Mixing up your selection of nuts, seeds, and fruits gives this tasty treat endless variety.
Parfaits have elevated themselves to new heights, with first-rate restaurants featuring cups spilling over with ingredients. You don't need an entire grocery cart to scrape up a fruity morning meal, however. Just grab a cup of your favorite yogurt, some nuts and seeds, and an assortment of fruit, mix them together, and voila! You have yourself a meal that's perfect for those busy, on-the-go mornings. Top it off with cinnamon or dash of sugar for extra flavor, and leave leftover ingredients to simmer overnight for an oatless oatmeal, like the previous option, the next morning.
Toast doesn't have to be just bread and butter. The wide variety of nut butters on the market makes it easy and just as quick to make toast with a little more variety. From hazelnut to vanilla chai, butter maple bacon, and even savory hot and spicy options, try switching up your toast by trying one of these innovative new flavors.
Restaurants charge top dollar for this basic breakfast, so why not save some money and whip it up on your own? Add a thick layer of avocado (or just go ham with chunky guacamole) and layer it high with boiled egg, veggies, and cheese. This tempting dish can become an everyday thing when you have the basic ingredients on hand. Adding eggs and veggies that are already in your refrigerator all it takes to liven up this breakfast favorite.
If you have fruit in your kitchen and milk in the fridge, you can whip up a smoothie in just a few minutes. If you tend not to keep the fresh stuff around, however, grocery stores are stocking up on ready-made varieties, so this already-easy breakfast just became even more accessible. Whether you're blending your own strawberries and bananas with a dash of orange juice or mixing up a ready-to-go dragonfruit variety, this sweet treat remains a staple that's easy for anyone to make.
Have leftover tacos from last night? Transform them into a savory breakfast by layering a tostada with meat, sauce, sour cream, and veggies, and you're good to go. If you're craving something filling, this one truly packs a punch, and you can make it more nutritious by loading up on the veggies or leaving out the cream. Depending on the ingredients, you can even turn this one into a scramble for a real protein boost.
Who said that pizza's just for supper? Transform the dinnertime favorite into a breakfast staple by swapping out the heavy sauces for a lighter blend of egg whites, cheese, turkey sausage, tomatoes, and chives. If your mornings are busy, this option is easy to take on the go: use a heavy-duty pita that's easy to fold, and your breakfast can follow you just about anywhere.
A more filling version of multiple favorites, this sweet wake-up call combines a ready-made smoothie with nuts, seeds, and even more fruit for a filling mixture that feels high-brow. Just mix up your own smoothie and pour it into a bowl, add nuts on top, and cap it off with a few berries.
This is a simple one, it's also an option that many people neglect. If you find yourself running out the door each morning, make the most of your market's snack bars and milk assortment. Many nutrient-packed milks are available in vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, and banana varieties that make them anything but basic, while snack bars range from classic oat and nut to banana cream pie and creme brulee. Stock up, and grab your favorite combo on the way out the door. With so many flavors to try, this is a combo that you'll never get sick of.
Get on a roll by adding veggies and cheeses to a flour tortilla, heating it up, and heading out. Onions, mushrooms, and spinach are already on hand, and they're quick to roll up each morning with a slice of cheddar. Or, take last night's leftover broccoli, mix with cheese, and enjoy a cheesy new breakfast that's both filling and flavorful. Roll whichever combo you like in your tortilla, heat, and eat.