Quick and healthy breakfast ideas

These breakfast recipes are unique and easy to prepare, and all of them are super healthy and filling. So here are three quick and healthy breakfast ideas.

Breakfast parfait:

A little low fat dairy and some vitamin-rich fruit and you've just started your day right, nutritionally speaking.

Ingredients:
3/4 cup low-fat cottage cheese, or low-fat plain yogurt
1 cup pineapple chunks, papaya chunks or cling peaches
2 teaspoons toasted wheat germ

Method:

Place cottage cheese (or yogurt) in a small bowl. Top with fruit and sprinkle with wheat germ.

Cranberry muesli:

There may be as many versions of muesli as there are breakfast cereals, but this one's modeled after the original Swiss wake-you-up-a combination of overnight-soaked grains, nuts, dried fruit and yogurt. Make it the night before and you'll have breakfast ready when you are.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup low-fat plain yogurt
1/2 cup unsweetened or fruit-juice-sweetened cranberry juice
6 tablespoons old-fashioned rolled oats, (not quick-cooking or steel-cut)
2 tablespoons dried cranberries
1 tablespoon unsalted sunflower seeds
1 tablespoon wheat germ
2 teaspoons honey
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon salt

Method:

Combine yogurt, juice, oats, cranberries, sunflower seeds, wheat germ, honey, vanilla and salt in a medium bowl; cover and refrigerate for at least 8 hours and up to 1 day.

Herb and onion fritata:

This Italian-style omelet is delicious with just about any herb combination; try parsley, dill, chervil or marjoram.

Ingredients:

1 cup diced onion
1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon water, divided
1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
2 eggs
2 teaspoons chopped fresh herbs, or 1/2 teaspoon dried
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
2 tablespoons farmer's cheese, or reduced-fat ricotta

Method:

Bring onion and 1/4 cup water to a boil in a small nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Cover and cook until the onion is slightly softened, about 2 minutes. Uncover and continue cooking until the water has evaporated, 1 to 2 minutes. Drizzle in oil and stir until coated. Continue cooking, stirring often, until the onion is beginning to brown, 1 to 2 minutes more.

Pour in eggs, beaten, reduce heat to medium-low and continue cooking, stirring constantly with a heatproof rubber spatula, until the egg is starting to set, about 20 seconds. Continue cooking, lifting the edges so the uncooked egg will flow underneath, until mostly set, about 30 seconds more.

Reduce heat to low. Sprinkle herbs, salt and pepper over the frittata. Spoon cheese on top. Lift up an edge of the frittata and drizzle the remaining 1 tablespoon water under it. Cover and cook until the egg is completely set and the cheese is hot, about 2 minutes. Slide the frittata out of the pan using the spatula and serve.

-The times of India