Mornings can be a struggle. And waking up with enough time to make a healthy breakfast is a level of difficulty that's off the charts. This week's featured foodie, Laura Lea, founder of the blog LL Balanced, is here to save you. With five or fewer main ingredients (spices and oils don't count), these make-ahead breakfasts might even turn you into a morning person. Try one of these dishes so you can spend more time ironing your wrinkled shirt. #adulting
A new way to eat our favorite versatile veggie and a perfect fit for all creamy-texture fans, this sweet potato pudding calls for just four ingredients. Don't dash off to the store yet. Open your pantry or fridge, because you probably already have these simple ingredients. If the week is looking busy, make five of these on Sunday and store in mason jars. Breakfast for the week. Done.
Most store-bought granolas are packed with sugar, and most homemade versions have a long list of ingredients. This recipe eliminates both problems. With just a small amount of maple syrup and only five main ingredients, this can be a cost-effective staple in your house.
If you crave cozy and warm everything in colder months, this make-ahead breakfast is a dream. It’s silly-easy (just combine and cook), makes your home smell amazing, and is full of healthy fats and fiber. If you want to feed yourself or your family quickly and easily all week, this is for you.
The cool, muesli-like consistency of overnight oats makes it even easier to wake up on a warm summer morning. Feel free to switch out different berries and add-ins, but blueberry and coconut is a pretty solid pairing, if you ask us.
If there was ever a case for making peanut butter its own food group, it’s this recipe. These cookies just cover so many bases: They're grab and go (a.k.a. they hold together easily), satisfy a sweet and savory tooth, and can morph from breakfast to snack to dessert. If you're feeling adventurous, slice them in half and fill with jam for an extra treat.
Pesto fans, have you ever put this sauce on eggs? It's time. This frittata keeps it simple with three ingredients added to the eggs, but the flavor is good enough for the in-laws to come for breakfast. If they cancel on you, you get to enjoy this all week, warm or cold, and at any time of the day. Pro tip: Using store-bought pesto
and frozen spinach makes it even easier.
Portable healthy chocolate? That we can eat for breakfast? Sold. If you’re rushed in the morning (who isn't?), keep a batch of these in the freezer at all times. Place one in the fridge at night, and you can snag it on your way out. You might want to bring a second for a just-in-case moment. Warning: This one falls outside of the five-ingredient range, but it's so simple you won't even notice.
Laura Lea Goldberg is a certified health-supportive and holistic chef based in Nashville, Tennessee. She began studying the concept of holistic health and cooking fresh, produce-focused meals when the negative effects of a corporate career began to affect her health. She marveled at the profound improvement of her physical and emotional state, particularly her ability to cope with stress and anxiety, that a fresh, vegetable-based diet produced. Determined to share this simple but forgotten connection, she graduated from the Natural Gourmet Institute in New York City and created her website, LLBalanced.com. Her first cookbook, The Laura Lea Balanced Cookbook, debuts May 2017.