There is something to say for keeping your breakfast routine consistent especially if you feel like you want to start your day on the right foot. Cereal, fruit, yogurt, and orange juice are all great staples.  The exception might come, however, on that really chilly morning when you feel like something warm and tasty to help get you out the door.

A warm breakfast can give you a little extra boost when the days are a little shorter and colder. Check out our five ideas below to help you beat the winter blues.

  1.   Steel Cut Oatmeal. Oatmeal is a classic go to winter breakfast but it can make a difference which type of oats you choose. Steel cut oats which are processed differently than rolled oats and are an excellent source of protein, fiber and iron. Try this recipe which includes several suggested toppings.
  2.   Breakfast Burrito. Although perhaps more common for lunch or dinner, a breakfast burrito presents a great opportunity to pack several food groups in a single wrap. Try this recipe made with veggies, eggs and soybeans for a good start to the morning. Add some meal prepped chicken to really up your protein.
  3.   Turkey Sausages. Pork sausage may be tasty but it’s also high in fat.  Turkey sausage can be a great alternative not only because of its lower fat content but because it is packed with other vitamins like A, C, E, B-6 and B-12. It also has a higher protein content to boot. Try this recipe to create some tasty patties with ground turkey.
  4.   Tofu Scramble. Eggs are obviously great but if you want to cut down on cholesterol for a day why not give tofu a try? Tofu scramble is versatile because it can be made with a variety of different veggies. It also calls for the antioxidant rich spice turmeric. Try this Southwestern scramble to spice up your morning.
  5.  Grits. Made from ground corn kernels this versatile breakfast item can be enjoyed as a nice alternative to oatmeal. Grits are low in calories and high in vitamins, minerals and folate. You can create a savory or sweet breakfast bowl with these. Try this light savory version with reduced fat cheese.

How do you spice up your breakfasts in the winter? Leave us comments below!