By Lindsay Cohn
Mom always said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, because what you eat first thing nourishes and energizes your body for the day. And since mornings are often hectic, a one-bowl meal is ideal.
Whether you’re getting the kids out to school, racing to work, or running to a power Barre class, you’re likely to always need some a.m. meal inspiration. Here are five beautiful, superfood-filled breakfast bowls from clean eating influencers that are sure to get you jumping out of bed and flying through your day.
Oatmeal is a breakfast classic—and it’s easy to see why. It’s deliciously satisfying, heart healthy and loaded with fiber to keep you full all morning. Lauren Caris Cooks‘ inspired addition of super-trendy turmeric not only lends potent anti-inflammatory power, but also a golden hue, exotic aroma, and a sweet, earthy flavor that pairs perfectly with energizing toppings like coconut, berries, slivered almonds, pepitas and fresh mint.
Dragon fruit, also known as pitaya, which grows on night-blooming cactus in vacation-worthy destinations like Hawaii, Nicaragua, Thailand and south Florida, has much more going for it than its abundant good looks. This tropical treasure is packed with vitamin C and omega-3s, as well as lycopene, fiber and iron. This stunning—and surprisingly simple—pitaya smoothie bowl from Vitamin Sunshine is topped with almonds, pepitas, kiwi and, of course, more fresh dragon fruit, cut into the cutest little dice.
Nutty, crunchy and oh so tasty, Sweet Potato Soul‘s tahini granola is the star of this vibrant, two-tone berry smoothie bowl. The Middle Eastern and North African flavors of tahini (this one is made from white Humera Ethiopian sesame seeds), pistachios, rose and cinnamon take your palette on a journey. Plus, tahini and pistachios are packed with calcium, iron, phosphorous, magnesium and amino acids, while rose petals boost mood and lend a delicate floral flavor. Cinnamon adds just the right spice and helps balance blood sugar.
If you prefer more savory flavors in the morning, try a hearty, Mexican-inspired quinoa bowl from Simply Quinoa to get your day going. Zesty cilantro-lime quinoa is topped with creamy avocado, soft-boiled egg and sliced tomatoes. This quick and easy dish is full of flavor, plus protein and fiber to keep you satisfied. Add a sprinkle of hemp seeds for a nutty crunch and a hit of omega-3s.
Powered by antioxidant-rich matcha green tea and mango, this smoothie bowl from Maria Marlowe, author of The Real Food Grocery Guide, is more than just a tasty morning treat. In addition to fighting free radicals (protecting cells against DNA damage), catechin-rich matcha is shown to boost metabolism and enhance cognitive function, while mango, an excellent source of vitamin C, lends immune-boosting benefits and a bright, tropical sweetness. Anti-inflammatory spinach, fiber-rich hemp seeds and potassium-packed bananas round out this gorgeous green smoothie bowl.
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Also published on Medium.