5 Delicious Ways to Build a Balanced Breakfast with Granola
Article by Megan Faletra, MS, MPH, RDN, Registered Dietitian and Clif Bar & Company Consultant
The ideas and suggestions written below are provided for general educational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice or care. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider before beginning any physical fitness or health- and nutrition-related activity.
Getting tired of your usual breakfast line up? We have all been there! Breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day, yet for so many people it can be the meal they struggle with the most. It can be hard to come up with nutritious, balanced options that fit into your jam-packed morning and your whole family will love.
I am a BIG fan of breakfast, and know just how important a balanced breakfast is for lasting energy throughout the AM. That’s why I’m sharing my go-to recipes and breakfast hacks that you can easily make at home using your favorite CLIF® Granola.
Delicious Breakfast Recipes to Energize Your Morning With CLIF® Granola
Each of these breakfast options are designed for optimal taste AND nutrition that kids and adults are sure to love! And, the key ingredient in all of them is CLIF® Granola. Each 2/3 cup serving of this granola is made with whole food ingredients like oats, nuts or dried fruit and delivers at least 25 grams of whole grains, 8 grams of plant-based protein and a good source of fiber (8-10g total fat per 2/3 cup serving).
Check out these recipes, which are here to help you re-imagine breakfast and start your day off strong!
What to Look for in a Balanced Breakfast
You may be wondering just what you should be looking for in creating a nutritious, balanced breakfast at home.
While it can be tempting to simply grab a bagel or muffin (or skip breakfast altogether), these types of breakfasts really aren’t designed to satisfy, and will most likely lead to an energy spike and a crash before lunchtime. That is why it’s important to know what to look for when it comes to building a breakfast that will keep you going:
Whole Food Ingredients: Breakfasts that are filled with whole food ingredients like nuts, fruits and rolled oats are a simple way to ensure that you are getting an abundance of nutrients in each bite!
Fiber: Fiber is a non-digestible carbohydrate found in plant-based foods like nuts and seeds, whole grains, and fruits or vegetables that helps curb hunger. Fiber has also been tied to healthy digestion, which is one more reason to add it to your breakfast routine.1
Fat: Fat is one of three key macronutrients and part of a balanced diet making it a great add for any breakfast. You can get fat from both plant- and animal-based sources, but I prefer to choose good-for-you plant-based fats (mono- and polyunsaturated fats) that can be found in nuts and seeds, avocados, and oils.
Protein: Protein is another macronutrient that is essential for promoting satiety. Often when protein is missing from breakfast you will find yourself looking for a snack within an hour or two after you’ve finished eating. Protein is also a key part of any post-workout routine, so if you love to get a morning workout in, make sure that you are also consuming a protein-packed breakfast within 30 minutes to an hour after your workout is complete.
Whole Grains: Carbohydrates are the third macronutrient, and the main way that our bodies get energy! While simple carbohydrates are key when exercising, complex carbohydrates, like the whole grains and fiber found in CLIF® Granola, are one of the best ways to fuel your morning with energy that will last.
- Makki K, Deehan EC, Walter J, and Bäckhed F. The impact of dietary fiber on gut microbiota in host health and disease. Cell Host Microbe. 2018 Jun 13;23(6):705-715.