These healthy muffins, cookies, and scones are easy to grab and go.
But you don't want to skip breakfast. If you do, your blood sugar is sure to drop a couple hours into your morning. And without a balanced, high-fiber breakfast, your energy level (and perhaps, your ability to concentrate) will be compromised. Skipping breakfast can also lead to weight gain because you're likely to eat and drink more overall calories by the end of the day.
Even among people who do eat breakfast, many go wrong by eating a morning meal made up mostly of refined carbohydrates -- like a refined-flour bagel, a muffin made with plenty of sugar and white flour, or a sugary, low-fiber breakfast cereal -- and very little fiber and protein .
These breakfast foods may seem convenient when you're rushed for time. But with a little planning, you can bake a batch of healthy, higher-fiber breakfast cookies, scones, muffins, or granola bars ahead of time and have them handy for quick getaways on weekday mornings. Here are four healthy breakfast recipes you can whip up on the weekends and keep on hand for those manic mornings.
Healthy Breakfast Recipes: Cookies, Muffins, and Scones
For a satisfying "grab and go" breakfast treat, each recipe below contains:
- Quality carbohydrates to fuel your morning activities
- Protein and a little smart fat to help stave off hunger until lunch
- Fiber, which works with the protein to help control appetite
And the best news? While they taste decadent, all have less than 300 calories.
Oatmeal Chocolate Pecan Breakfast Cookies
1/2 cup reduced-fat canola margarine (8 grams fat per tablespoon), with plant sterols, if desired
3/4 cup dark brown sugar, firmly packed
1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 large egg (use a higher omega-3 brand if available)
1/4 cup egg substitute
1 cup whole-wheat flour
1/2 cup unbleached white flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon