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Mornings are usually hectic. You wake up, pass your alarm, throw on anything in sight, and run off to work or school. There’s rarely time for you to sit down and enjoy a full, hearty breakfast. But, skipping breakfast is not the answer.

Eating breakfast helps you kick-start your metabolism and helps you from binge-eating when you do eat. It curbs your hunger till lunch, so no one will hear those loud hunger pangs at the office or in class. And it keeps you alert and in a good mood. Eating breakfast also helps you from gaining weight. Studies show “that people tend to accumulate more body fat when they eat fewer, larger meals than when they eat the same number of calories in smaller, more frequent meals,” according to WebMD.

With all these reasons, it’s a no-brainer that breakfast is considered “the most important meal of the day.” Here are some quick and healthy raw breakfast ideas to fuel every morning:

1. Fresh Fruit

This is a simple one. Grab an apple, banana, or an orange on the way out. You could also make a fruit salad with blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, and kiwi. Try a different combination every morning. All of these fruits provide vitamins and lots of fiber to keep you full till lunch. The natural sugars in fruit will give you energy without wearing you out, so you can tackle your day with ease.

A person who needs 2,000 calories a day for optimal health and weight needs “nine servings, or 4½ cups per day (2 cups of fruit and 2½ cups of vegetables).” An the average American only gets about three servings of both fruits and vegetables every day. So, pack a fruit the next time you run late to your morning errands, and you’ll be meeting your recommended fruit and vegetable intake in no time.

2. Blending & Juicing

From smoothies to the trending “green juice,” blending and juicing are great raw breakfast ideas. The combinations are endless for this one, and it all just depends on your palate. From kale and spinach to a Chia Strawberry Smoothie, this breakfast to-go is easy and fast to whip up.

Here are 5 recipes to get you started on juicing; try the Pink Lady or the Carrot Cayenne Elixir! How about the combination of cucumber, mint, and lemon in this fancy Green Mojito Juice?

Juicing and blending helps you get more fruits and vegetables in one serving, and it’s easier to digest (since the insoluble fiber is extracted from the juicer/blender). It’s also a great way for you to add more fruits and vegetables in your diet if you’re not so fond of eating fresh fruit on its own. Try a Glowing Green Juice for the ultimate vegetable intake or this sweet and zesty Carrot Juice.

3. Raw Granola & Nut Milk

Here’s a heartier raw breakfast idea that takes no more than minutes from set up to eat up. Try making some raw granola like this Berry Antioxidant granola the night before and enjoy it in a bowl of Homemade Almond Milk. Tired of almond milk? How about making one of these: Hazelnut Cashew Milk, Peanut Milk, or Raw Cacao Milk?

It’s a great way to sit down for a few minutes and read the morning paper or the latest OGP news on your smartphone. Or sip up your homemade protein-packed nut milk while watching your favorite Saturday morning cartoons.

4. Desserts for Breakfast

Who wouldn’t want to have desserts for breakfast? Many raw desserts are so healthy that you could definitely enjoy them first thing in the morning or as a snack. Try a Chia Blueberry Cup for breakfast; this dessert is packed with “vitamin E, iron, calcium, protein, fiber and omega 3/6/9.” These blueberry cups are high in antioxidants and protein and are low in calories, the perfect anytime recipe.

How about a chocolate cake for breakfast? Here’s a Raw Blackberry Breakfast Chocolate Cake that’s brimming with deliciousness. The best part about this recipe is that you can substitute blackberry for any fruit to your liking. Yum!

With these tips, you’ll be getting more raw food action into your morning routine in no time at all!

Image source: Chia Strawberry Smoothie