4 Healthy Breakfast Hacks You Haven’t Already Thought Of

Breakfast, the most important meal of the day (so they say), doesn’t have to be boring! We know it can be hard sometimes to ditch the pancakes for some oatmeal, but we promise these healthy hacks will make all the difference for your health and fitness journey!

1. Pump up the pumpkin. Making your usual overnight oats? Add 1-2 tablespoons of canned pumpkin into your normal oatmeal batch for a boost of vitamin A (a powerful antioxidant) that can fight against cancer and improve your vision. Try this recipe:

  • 1 cup of dry oats
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 2 tbsp pumpkin puree
  • dash of cinnamon (or pumpkin spice mix)
  • A small drizzle of honey

Finally, top with fresh fruit like bananas, berries, and a handful of pumpkin seeds.

2. Adding avocado. No, this is not for your obligatory Instagrammable toast pic, but how about in your smoothie? Better yet, a treat smoothie. Try this chocolate-avocado breakfast shake you’ll probably even want for dessert:

In a blender, combine

  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 large frozen banana
  • 1 half avocado
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 2 pitted dates
  • 1 tbsp almond or peanut butter
  • 1 handful of ice.

Just blend and serve, with a fun purple or green straw of course.

3. Serve it with salad. Salad for breakfast? Yes, it’s a thing. A good way to get more veggies in your life is throwing them into places you wouldn’t expect it. Next time you scramble some eggs and decide to go for that side of turkey bacon, instead serve it with a simple salad of mixed greens with a touch of olive oil and lemon. Trust us, it goes with almost anything. If that sounds like too much prep, try throwing some spinach leaves on your cream cheese bagel or stuff some baby kale in your breakfast wrap.

4. Sneak in the veggies: Sure, it may seem obvious to throw in some veggies or a side salad for a savory breakfast, but what about a sweet one? Try upping your overnight oats game by turning it into a carrot cake or zucchini bread bowl. You’ll pack in way more fiber and vitamins without sacrificing taste.

For carrot cake oats:

  • Mix equal parts whole grain oats and milk
  • Add 1-2 tbsp grated carrot
  • A dash of cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt

Mix to combine, then top with raisins and walnuts and serve.

For zucchini bread oats:

  • Mix 1 part whole grain oats
  • ½ part milk
  • 1-2 tbsp grated zucchini
  • Add a dash of nutmeg and cinnamon
  • 1 tsp brown sugar

Mix to combine, then top with pumpkin seeds and fresh blueberries, and finally – enjoy!

With yummy recipes like these, change seems a little sweeter, doesn’t it? We encourage you to taste test at least one of these breakfast tricks to supplement the hard work you’ve put in from your bootcamp sessions.

Lindsey Gass

Lindsey Gass, RD, LD/N is a registered dietitian in Miami, FL. With a bachelor’s degree from Florida International University, Lindsey has years of experience in clinical, sports, long term care, and community nutrition. Lindsey currently works in critical care at Jackson Memorial Hospital, where she provides nutrition support and participates in trauma research. Outside of her career, Lindsey is an avid runner and Nike run club pacer working towards qualifying for a Boston marathon. Follow Lindsey on Instagram at @lin.health for nutrition tips and tricks. Learn more about Youfit’s Registered Dietician