“Breakfast is the most important meal of the day,” goes the old saying. It’s just a saying, but there’s a lot of truth to it. Breakfast is when your digestive system resets after sleep, and it can determine your energy levels for the rest of the day. for this reason, it’s important to eat plenty of protein and healthy sugars to give you longer-lasting energy. Breakfast bowls are a great way to incorporate a variety of foods into your breakfast; here are some ideas to get you started.
Traditional oatmeal is a healthy and simple breakfast, with plenty of protein and fiber to get your day going. But there are lots of ways to make this into a more interesting breakfast bowl, such as baking the oatmeal or adding thickening agents and flavors like matcha or cocoa powder. Top with nuts, seeds, fruits, and nut butter for crunch and extra protein.
Rice porridge, or congee in southeast Asia, can be made either sweet or savory. It’s a great way to use leftover rice, although it does take quite a bit more time to cook than oatmeal. For sweetness, you can cook it with cream and sugar, and for a savory version use plenty of garlic and ginger with sesame oil. Top with sesame seeds, green onions, leafy greens, and a soft-boiled egg.
The benefit of a smoothie bowl, as opposed to a smoothie, is that you can make your smoothie really thick, and you can top it with whole fruit pieces, nuts, and seeds so you’ll have more control over the texture.