Being known as the most important meal of the day, breakfast is often also considered one of the most overlooked meals of the day.
A survey conducted in 2009 by Food Insight stated that 93 percent of Americans believed that breakfast was the most important meal of the day, yet only 44 percent of Americans reported eating breakfast.
Even now, 10 years later, people are still hazy on when to eat and what to eat. A more recent survey conducted in 2017 by Food Insight stated that Americans are more confused than ever on nutrition and daily food intake.
Though still unsure, it is important to note that more Americans are actively eating breakfast than they were in the past, according to data from The National Center for Biotechnology Information.
Instead of the mere 44 percent, data is showing that around three-quarters of Americans are eating in the morning.
An article from BBC goes in depth on this debate and ultimately comes up with the conclusion that there is no definitive answer on the topic.
If you are hungry in the mornings, you should eat breakfast. They also note that while breakfast is important to focus on, the same attention should go towards your other meals throughout the day.
For more in depth information and explanation, read the full article here.
What is more, if you partake in breakfast or not, each recipe idea below still remains a delicious option. You probably will not even want to skip it once you try them.
1. Whole Grain Toast with Almond Butter and Naturalvert Granola Toppings
A quick morning staple.
1 slice whole grain bread (gluten-free if needed)
½ – 1 Tbsp. of almond butter (freshly ground if available)
Toppings of choice: banana slices, berries, chia seeds,
Toast bread in a toaster until golden brown.
Spread on almond butter.
Sprinkle on granola toppings onto the toast.
2. Quick Oats with Naturalvert Granola
An easy way to switch up your everyday oats.
1 cup low-fat milk or almond milk (any preference)
Pinch of pink salt
1 cup of Naturalvert granola (any flavor)
Low-fat milk for serving (optional)
1 Tbsp. honey or maple syrup
Pinch of cinnamon (optional)
Combine milk and salt in a small saucepan.
Bring to a boil.
Stir in granola and reduce heat to medium; cook for 1 to 3 minutes.
Remove from heat, cover and let stand for 5 minutes.
Combine water (or milk), salt and oats in a 2-cup microwave-safe bowl.
Microwave on high for 1½ to 2 minutes.
3. Garlic Knots with Naturalvert Granola
A sweet and savory hack.
1-pound pizza dough (store bought)
3 cloves of garlic (minced)
¼ teaspoon dried basil
¼ teaspoon dried oregano
½ teaspoon dried parsley
½ cup Naturalvert original granola pinch of salt
pinch of ground black pepper
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Take a large baking pan and line with parchment paper. Set aside.
Cut the pizza dough into 10 to 12 equal sized pieces. On a lightly floured surface, roll each piece into about an 8-inch long rope. Take the ends of the dough and tie into a knot (over, under, and through). Place each knot on the prepared baking sheet about 2 inches apart.
In a bowl, mix the oil, garlic, basil, oregano, parsley, salt, and pepper.
Take the Naturalvert granola and crush it into smaller pieces.
Brush the knots lightly with the garlic liquid mix and top with the Naturalvert granola.
Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the knots are golden brown. Remove from the oven and brush with the remaining liquid mix. Sprinkle each knot with any remaining granola mix. Serve with warm pizza sauce or marinara sauce.
4. Blueberry Crisp Muffins with Naturalvert Granola Toppings
A great way to add a boost of texture and flavor.
¾ cup whole wheat pastry flour or unbleached all-purpose flour
¼ cup cane sugar or coconut sugar
¼ teaspoon pink salt
¼ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
1 banana (medium size)
¾ cup almond milk
½ cup Naturalvert granola (any flavor), divided
1 cup of blueberries
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Combine flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, and cinnamon in a bowl.
Mash and stir banana, almond milk into the dry mix just until everything is moistened and combined.
Add blueberries after mixing batter well with both dry and liquid ingredients.
Fill muffins tins with paper liners or rub each tin with a little sunflower oil.
Sprinkle Naturalvert granola (any flavor) on top of each muffin tin filled with batter.
Sprinkle about 1 tablespoons of granola over each tin filled with muffin batter.
Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until the muffins are firm
Allow muffins to cool for 5 to 10 minutes and store in container. Recipe makes about 6 to 8 muffins.
5. Homemade Pancakes with Naturalvert Granola
A comforting and kid friendly recipe.
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour or sub for all-purpose
1 tbsp. baking powder
1 small banana
1 cup of Naturalvert original granola
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
¼ tsp. pink salt
1 ½ cup almond milk (preference)
2 tbsp. coconut oil
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Mix together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, pink salt and granola together in large mixing bowl.
Take banana and turn into puree by mixing it together with milk, oil and vanilla all in a separate bowl.
Add to dry ingredients and mix just until blended.
Use a small amount of oil or spray in a skillet or griddle. Place over medium heat and pour pancake batter by at least ¼ to 1/3 cup full. Cook until small bubbles form in batter, about 3 to 5 minutes. Flip and cook for another 3 to 5 minutes on opposite side, until golden brown or until liking.
Top with any toppings, fresh fruit and/or maple syrup.