HEALTHY LIVING
07/20/2013 11:16 am ET

Healthy Breakfast Ideas: 7 Refreshing Summer Morning Meals To Beat The Heat

Holy heat wave! When you're awoken by humidity rather than the buzz of your alarm, the last thing you want to do is turn on the oven or the stove to whip up some breakfast.

Sure, you could grab a breakfast bar and call yourself set (and prepare to crash: the amount of sugar in those babies is alarming). Or you could cool off with some nutritious and refreshing morning alternatives to help fuel you all the way to lunch, which, let's face it, might just be an ice bath.

Below, find seven super-chill morning eats brought to you by some of our favorite nutritionist.

Light And Refreshing Chia Pudding
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Rochelle Sirota, MS, RD says to combine all the ingredients (listed below) and store the mixture in the fridge -- it'll keep for several days. When you're ready to enjoy your pudding, top it off with some fresh, in-season fruit.

Ingredients:
- 2 tbsp. organic white chia seeds
- 4 oz. organic unsweetened nut milk
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 tsp. grade B maple syrup
- 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
- 1 pinch pink Himalayan salt

Summer-Inspired Muesli
muesli
Photo: Flickr/Melissa Salmeron

"My favorite summer breakfast is fresh muesli," says nutritionist Emily Dingmann. "I make the same variety with oats, chia seeds, blueberries, greek yogurt and peanut butter.

Ingredients:
- 1/3 cup oats
- 1 Tbsp chia seeds (optional)
- 2-3 Tbsp milk or water
- 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
- 6 oz plain greek yogurt

Combine the oats, chia seeds and milk or water. Top with blueberries and yogurt. Allow the mix to sit in the fridge overnight. In the morning, stir and top with your favorite nut butter -- easy, healthy, and oh-so-filling.

Summer Oatmeal
summer oatmeal
Photo: Dawn Jackson Blatner, RD
"This oatmeal recipe does not require cooking and is served as a cold cereal. It's a refreshing way to enjoy heart-smart whole grains in the spring and summer," writes Dawn Jackson Blatner, RDN, CSSD, LDN. Get the whole recipe here.

Yogurt Parfaits
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Heidi McIndoo, MS, RD highly recommends the parfait, especially for kids, since they'll enjoy assembling the meal themselves. Repeat layers of yogurt, your favorite fruit and a bit of low-sugar cereal for a healthy breakfast that doubles as a gorgeous work of art.

Refreshing Smoothies
smoothie
Photo: Flickr/Joanna Slodownik
Rebecca Scritchfield, RD, suggests whipping up a green smoothie when you can't stand the heat (but don't care to get out of the kitchen). One of the best things about this mix is that you can customize it just to your liking -- see Scritchfield's basic smoothie "template" here.

Breakfast Salad
watermelon ya hurd
Photo: Flickr/Olga Massov
If you choose salad for a cooling crunch at lunchtime, there's no reason why you shouldn't enjoy it as your first meal of the day. Monica Reinagel, MS, LD/N, CNS suggests combing 1 cup of chopped watermelon (red and yellow for extra beauty) and 1/4 cup chopped and peeled cucumber in a chilled bowl. Top with a squeeze of lime juice, 1/4 cup feta cheese and some chopped mint for the ultimate morning refresher.

'Insanely Divine' Chocolate Avocado Mousse
mousse
Photo: Flickr/jules
Lauren Talbot, CN takes cold breakfast to a whole, new decadent level: The recipe makes 4 - 6 servings, so you can spend your mornings cooling off by standing in the fridge instead of bent over a mixing bowl.

Ingredients:
- 4 large avocados, halved, pit removed
- ½ cup raw cacao
- ½ cup dates, pitted and soaked for 2 hours (eliminate if you suspect Candida)
- 1-2 tsp vanilla stevia (Talbot recommends an alcohol-free vanilla stevia like one by NuNaturals), or alcohol-free vanilla

Place avocado into the bowl of a food processor and process until smooth. Add 1-2 tbsp of water If needed to ease blending. If using dates, drain water. Add remaining ingredients and blend until well combined and smooth. Scoop into 4-6 small serving dishes and keep in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

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