Clean Eats: 6 Ideas for Healthy Breakfast

Gluten free overnight oats recipe

You hear that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, all the time, but do you know why?

Eating within 2 hours of waking can make a difference in the way you metabolize glucose all day. Our glucose level rises every time we eat, and our  pancreas produces insulin to shuttle the glucose into our cells, where it’s used for energy. Keeping glucose and insulin in the right balance is important for your metabolism and health.

My idea of breakfast definitely isn’t a quick donut and coffee and today I’m sharing some of my favorite clean breakfast recipes.

If you have a lot of time in the morning, you can indulge in a hearty veggie sandwich, if you’re short on time, you can pre-prepare your breakfast and have it on-the-go, like my Banana and Oat Breakfast Bars.

COCONUT MANGO SMOOTHIE BOWLS

smoothie bowl recipe

Smoothie bowls can not only be delicious, but also very healthy. Plus, they taste just like ice-cream, and who wouldn’t love having ice cream for breakfast?

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OVERNIGHT CHOCOLATE BANANA OATS

healthy overnight oats

Even if you hated oatmeal as a kid, you will love these overnight oats. I guarantee it. The flavors are insane, the raw carob powder adds such a rich, chocolate flavor, the sliced almonds add a nice crunch and banana is just a cherry on top.

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VEGGIE LOVER SANDWICH

pesto sandwhich healthy sandwichThis veggie sandwich is usually my favorite thing for lunch, but it works as a hearty breakfast too. I posted this recipe a while a go, and I have since went dairy-free so I just skip the feta.

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TRIPLE BERRY BREAKFAST SMOOTHIE

smoothie breakfast bowl recipe

Whenever I feel indecisive about breakfast, I always opt out for smoothies. They’re quick and easy to make, and if you use the right ingredients- totally guilt-free.

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CHIA SEED PUDDING

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It’s dairy free, gluten free, rich in fiber, protein, Omega 3 fatty acids, and, of course, it’s mighty tasty. What’s not to love?

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BANANA & OAT BREAKFAST BARS

banana bar recipe breakfast

These homemade banana and oat bars are so filling and a much, much healthier option than the stuff you get from the vending machine. One batch of these will last you close to a week, so you can grab them even on the go. They go great wit almond milk!

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Will you be trying any of these?

  • Oh my gosh that Mango Smoothie bowl looks to die for! I am totally going to do this one!
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  • lizzy orr

    These all look so amazing! I want to try them but i don’t know which to try first!?
    Lizzy | by Lizzy x

  • Breakfast is total one of my favorite meals. I love making overnight oats, keeps me so full!

  • That mango coconut bowl looks awesome!

  • Your pictures are ridiculously gorgeous Paula!
    I was hoping you would share the recipe to that chocolate banana oatmeal you had in your other post yesterday! I love breakfast and would happily eat it all day. If I don’t eat a good breakfast, I feel like the rest of my day is shit and I’m just constantly hungry. Bookmarking and screenshotting these since I’m going to the grocery store later. Thanks for sharing!

    Nereyda│ This Girl Is Obsessed

    • Aww thanks so much Nereyda! I actually posted that recipe a long time a go and it’s been my go-to for years. I love having a good breakfast in the morning too!

  • During week days, I seem to have really unhealthy breakfast habit. Either I don’t eat something till lunch, or I have some bakery stuff so no wonder why I put weight on lately ha ha :) All these breakfast ideas look so yummy, and definitely healthy. When I have time, I will make some of these veggie sandwich!

    Ela BellaWorld

    • I have a tendency not to eat sometimes too- some days I just don’t have appetite. On those days I make sure that I have something healthy in my bag so that when I do get hungry, I don’t end up eating junk :)

  • Samantha Frances

    These look so yummy!! I definitely want to try out the chocolate and banana oats! I love healthy food posts like these xxx
    http://www.samanthafrances.co.uk

  • Rebecca Fletcher

    These all look so yummy! I really want to try out the mango smoothie bowl. :) x

    http://www.beautylifebecca.blogspot.co.uk

  • The Sunday Mode

    Wow all of these look incredible, your food photography is spectacular! I think the banana and oat breakfast bars would probably be my favourite, though I do love a good smoothie bowl.

    http://www.thesundaymode.blogspot.com.au

  • missgetaway

    Ok now I want all of it :D

    Love, Kerstin
    http://www.missgetaway.com/

  • Every single thing looks just absolutely delicious! My stomach is growling.

  • Those banana and oat breakfast bars look fab. I don’t always have time in the morning to make a smoothie, so quick things to grab make a lot of difference.

    Rachel | http://www.currentlyrachel.com

  • This is such a helpful post! Thanks so much for sharing!

    http://www.llindatt.blogspot.com

  • The Triple Berry breakfast smoothie and the oat and banana bars sound amazing! I will defo give these a shot next week. I’m not a gluten free or vegan eater but I am trying to eat healthier as I’m guilty of munching on junk a lot of the time, and now I’m back at the gym I want to start eating better! Thanks for the post!

    Amanda Jayne | beauty, style, travel, life

  • The smoothie looks so yummy it made me hungry! I’ll do it for breakfast tomorrow haha
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  • SavBanav

    These all look soon good! I now make berry and peanut/ almond butter smoothies all the time for breakfast, thanks to your post on that! Oh my gosh, they’re so good. I’ll definitely have to try some of these sometime. :)

    Savannah xx
    savbanav.wordpress.com

  • Eleni Antoniou

    I love love love your blog! Can’t get enough of it. I recently wrote a post about healthy cereals but I am totally going to try the overnight banana and chocolate oats one.

  • I’m constantly looking for new healthy breakfast options and now I have a handful I want to try! The veggie lover sandwich looks particularly yummy!
    http://carolinapage.eu

  • These all look delicious!

  • Jecky Lebid

    Wow, the overnight banana oats – looks so delish!!

    XX from Germany
    Jecky
    Want Get Repeat

  • Samileen

    OMG all of these look so tempting and delicious that I need to try at-least one recipe right away. Always love your recipes.

    Sam || Beautydetour

  • I definitely want to try the sandwich (without the cucumbers, I can’t stand them, and lettuce gets in the way) and the triple berry smoothie! I love making a frozen cherry smoothie with banana, chocolate chips, almond milk, yogurt and chia seeds. It reminds me of a much healthier version of Cherry Garcia.

    Hannah
    http://floraful.blogspot.com

    • Thanks so much Hannah! Ohh skip the chocolate chips and substitute the yogurt for a non-dairy one, and I’m in! :) Sounds delicious.

  • The pictures are honestly the best!! The food looks so good, i just want to eat it all!!! Absolutely amazing and helpful post, and the recipes aren’t typical, i just love it so much!

    coffeetalkwithdasha.blogspot.com

  • I love breakfast and I love trying new healthy options! Thank you for sharing these amazing recipes :) xx
    Gyudy @ Gyudy’s Notes Of Beauty

  • Alfredo Ciano

    A Complete Guide , Congratulations !!!

  • Ohh those bars sound interesting!!! And the oats!!! :D Will be trying them out for sure! xx

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