Chronic Illness  
 December 11, 2020

5 Healthy and Creative Breakfast Ideas

Whenever we create breakfast dishes, we tend to lean toward certain breakfast “staples” like sunny side eggs and French toast. However, in the midst of a pandemic, it’s only natural that you would want healthier meals–preferably those that can boost your immunity against viruses and chronic diseases, too.

Fortunately, there’s a variety of healthy breakfast dishes for you to try out, and most of their ingredients can be found in your local supermarket. Here are five creative breakfast recipes to inspire your next morning meal.

Breakfast burrito

Burritos can be eaten at any time of the day, depending on what you stuff inside. For breakfast, we highly recommend this turmeric and tofu recipe by two-time cancer survivor Ann Gaffney. It has three main ingredients: tofu, avocado, and turmeric. All three ingredients have impressive anti-inflammatory properties that can decrease the risk of chronic diseases.

Tumeric, in particular, can increase the immunomodulating capacity of the body, so it’s great for thwarting viruses. You can make these burritos in batches during the weekend, so you won’t have to do the prep work in the morning.

Breakfast rice bowl

Rice is packed with protein and carbohydrates to help your body stay energized during the day. Plus, cooking rice is a great way to ensure that you have a versatile ingredient that you can work into different bowls. Some rice cookers will even cook the basic ingredients for you, like eggs and vegetables, at the push of a button. Depending on your preference, your breakfast bowl could contain classic morning ingredients like ham or more unique toppings like fruit. Just make sure to select rice that’s whole grain, like barley and buckwheat, since they contain phytochemicals that can protect your cells from damage.

Overnight oats

Much like whole grain rice, oatmeal also has the same phytochemical properties that shield your body from chronic diseases and boost your cell’s immunity. Overnight oats are the perfect breakfast recipe for those looking to eat something healthy and colorful but don’t have the morning energy to prepare it. The night before, soak your raw oats in milk. This will allow the oats to absorb the liquid, softening them enough to eat without tossing them on the stove. The fun part about this recipe is the variety of toppings that you can mix in. You could put in some of your favorite berries, sprinkle in some homemade granola, or even add seeds for that extra crunch.

Tea pancakes

Pancakes are another versatile dish that can go with any ingredient, as long as you make it from scratch. One thing you should try is adding tea into the mix. There are many types of tea in the market, from earl gray to oolong, that you can choose from. But tea, no matter what flavor it takes, is naturally rich in antioxidants.

Antioxidants are known to prevent “oxidative stress,” which is one of the main causes of cardiovascular disease and cancer. Many types of tea are anti-viral as well, such as licorice root, peppermint, and black. To add the tea into your pancake mix, soak the tea bags in a saucepan while you heat the milk.

White fish omelet

Omega-3 fatty acids are a type of unsaturated fat that reduces inflammation in your body, making it the perfect ingredient to block heart disease and reduce the chances of stroke. They also boost the function of white blood cells, protecting you from any viruses.

Among all seafood, white fishes like cod, bass, and catfish, are some of the foods that are most rich in omega-3. While white fish is normally consumed during lunch or dinner, there’s a way to sneak it into your breakfast, too—by mixing it into your omelet. Just remember to simmer it gently, so it doesn’t break.

Healthy meals don’t have to be boring. In fact, with the right ingredients and an adaptable recipe, you could come up with a lot of creative breakfast dishes that you can eat for weeks. Take your favorite ingredient and see how you can turn it into something unique.

Article written by Alessa Rogers