9 Cool Breakfast Ideas for Hot Mornings

By , SparkPeople Blogger
I love a warm bowl of oatmeal in the morning, but come summer, the last thing I want is more heat in my day. This past Monday was one of the hottest days we have experienced this year (in the upper 80s) and the air conditioning in our office was broken (and off all weekend). When I arrived at work with my already-cooked oatmeal in my thermos, I was in for a sweaty surprise. I'm too young for hot flashes. This oatmeal has got to go for a few months!

"I need a healthy breakfast alternative to oatmeal for the summer!" I updated my SparkPeople status. And within minutes, ideas from members came pouring in. I figure that some of you are also looking for some cool alternatives to hot oatmeal, so here are some of the ideas I got from other members like you!
  1. JAMIEMARIE922: How bout fruit smoothies with protein powder?
  2. NANCY-GIRL: PB&J. I have one every morning now.
  3. WOODSYGIRL: Hmmmm...maybe some yogurt with fresh fruit and a little flaxseed?
  4. KASHMIR: Greek yogurt and fresh fruit!
  5. CUBANJELLY: Almost Cheesecake (cottage cheese, cool whip, vanilla pudding powder) with fruit!
  6. ~*CONALD*~: Kashi mixed with yogurt and fresh fruit is filling and refreshing
  7. LADYROSE: Check out Caitlin's blog (healthytippingpoint.com) - she does uncooked oatmeal. Mix with yogurt, or applesauce, pumpkin, etc. It's pretty good.
  8. RAINBOWSMITE: I love doing just 1/4 c. organic vanilla yogurt, a few almonds, and chopped berries if I have them, and a sprinkling of raw oatmeal!
  9. GINGER2814: Have you ever tried overnight oats [from Kath Eats]? Her recipes are amazing and she uses all whole foods. You would love her blog! [Here are some cold oats recipes, too.]
I like all of these cold oatmeal ideas, so I may have to try those tasty looking recipes! Lately, my breakfasts have consisted of cold cereal (I like Flax Plus) with fresh strawberries and vanilla almond milk, or the occasional scrambled egg with Ezekiel 4:9 Sesame bread, toasted. Come summer when berries are more abundant, I like to eat a super sized bowl of whatever's in season, topped with vanilla yogurt and a little touch of granola or cereal. Some mornings, I'll opt for a PB&J like NANCY-GIRL suggested, drink a big glass of cold water and eat—my favorite—a few prunes. (Seriously, they are good. Try them!)

Do you change your breakfast choices as the weather changes? What are you munching on each morning?

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Yes I change up meals with the seasons. Making fruit and vegetable ice cream eating with spoon. I freeze left over cut up things and flash freeze so easy to fill the ninja with variety. I add some hot coffee and blend. Its a nice summer treat. Report
I have seen recipes for overnight oats, but never gave them a try. But I might when the temps get really warm this summer. Report
I like good ole fresh fruit which has been stored in the fridge. Report
Yogurt with fresh bananas and strawberries. My kids loves it! Report
My favorite is a whole wheat waffle, topped with a tablespoon of almond butter and sliced bananas. Report
I've been eating cold oatmeal with cinnamon and blueberries or raisins Report
Always hot and looking for new cool food. Love all the great ideas! Thought of how great fresh grapes are frozen. This being blueberry season decided to stick a serving in the freezer. YUM Report
for the colder mornings I saute frozen veggies. 1/4 cup in some pam or other spray oil then when its nice and browning around the edges I add 1/2 cup of egg substitute and lightly scramble. When I get to work I can heat it up for 15 to 20 seconds and have a real nice breakfast that holds me till lunch. When the mornings are warm I grab a banana and whole grapfruit. I eat the grapefruit like an orange. Its kinda bitter and sweet at the same time. The banana gets me through my morning workout and the grapefruit keeps me comfortable until lunch. Report
good suggestions. My breakfasts are ususally a bagel thin with peanut butter, an omelette (with egg substitute) with cheese cooked in olive oil and a thomas light english muffin. When strawberries are fresh, cut up strawberries, go-lean crunch, and lite yogurt. Report
Great ideas for those of us who are not thinking creatively in the morning!! Thanks! Report
I usually blend up a green drink in the morning with vanilla soy milk, whey protein, blueberries, peaches, pineapple, grapes, spirulina, broccoli, spinach, carrots, apple, sometimes asparagus or peppers. I know it sounds horrible. But I really love it. Report
I also stopped eating processed meats when I was pregnant. It was so much easier to give them up than I thought! We had relied on deli meats and ham for several years. I now have sandwiches with hummus and veggies or chicken. Bacon is also a treat for us now in the morning, not an everyday occurrence.

Thanks for the info! Report
i also love oatmeal for breakfast but not when its hot outside! my stand ins for summer time are yogurt, PB&J, or cold cereal. fresh fruit is a must!! Report
Yogurt with fresh fruit and sometimes a sprinkling of flax seed.
Small tortilla with almond butter and fresh strawberries - yum Report
I love yogurt, granola, and berriess. My new favorite yogurt is chiobani any favorite with granola from trader joe's, i usually use frozen organic berries but will add fresh if i have them. Report
typically i eat the same thing some granola and some multigrain cheerios with yogurt (right now it's vanilla but other flavours do come into the mix) and fruits! right now it's berry mania because they are alwyas on sale, sometimes it's bananas and in the winter it's frozen berries. It's a breakfast that works so i eat it all year round Report
I eat 1 cup Dannon Light and Fit Vanilla yogurt with a 1/4 of a sliced banana and 1/4 cup granola. I found a granola I like at Sprouts that has 140 calories for a 1/2 cup. The yogurt is cool and refreshing, the bananas are firm but a soft touch and the granola is the crunch I love having. Its satisfying and filling. Report
these are some good ideas. breakfast for me is anything that is fast and quick and thats because i have to be to work early. Report
Its' good to change things up a bit, but I hardly ever do. I generally keep to my oatmeal w/ raisins and greek yogurt. - my alternative is an egg beaters and veggies quesadilla. Report
It is never too hot where I live-- Breakfast is always the same Report
I mix 1/2 cup of cooked spelt berries (or wheat berries are great, too), a tablespoon of chopped pecans, a tablespoon of dried cranberries, a half an apple, cinnamon, and a bit of honey or agave nectar (no more than a teaspoon or two). I mix it up and refrigerate it overnight because I eat breakfast at work each day, but eating it immediately is fine, too. It's delicious and nutritious! Report
A smoothie with soy milk, frozen cherries, ground flaxseed, and a tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa is refreshing and quick. Add a slice of multigrain bread with nut butter for a filling breakfast. Report
I like to layer vanilla or honey nonfat Greek yogurt, fresh fruit, and a couple tablespoons of Kashi Go-Lean Crunch or reduced fat granola in a pretty wine glass. It looks very pretty and fills me up well. I also love a slice of toasted whole wheat bread topped with peanut or almond butter and a sliced banana or apple, and a glass of milk on the side. Report
I mix yogurt, bananas or berries, and cereal. Report
I loved the recipes! Thanks so much for sharing. Report
I like fresh fruit for breakfast, but have been know to have a peanut butter and banana sandwich. I love the overnight oats idea, definitely going to try that with fat-free vanilla soy milk, cinnamon, maybe some raisins and add a banana in the morning. It could even be made in a "to go" container for those mornings I'm out and about early. Hubby likes egg salad sandwiches sometimes. I make it a ahead and he just builds his sandwich, has a banana and breakfast is done. Report
I love chunky pb and homemade jam on a toasted English muffin. President's Choice makes one here in Canada that is low in fat and has 4gms of fiber. Very tasty, too. Report
I still drink hot coffee, hot tea, and oatmeal even when it is hot. Just doesn't bother me but I sure love all the breakfast ideas Report
Thanks for the ideas! I've had some in the past but there are others there I will try, especially the cold oats ones as I too love my oatmeal in the morning. Report
Great ideas! Report
Thanks for the great ideas for warm summer days' breakfast. On Monday and Tuesday, I usually have leftover grilled chicken (skin removed) from KFC. But I will try some of these ideas on Wednesday through Sunday. Report
it has been very warm here too... my breakfasts this week consisted of a whole wheat mini bagel with some reduced fat cream cheese and fresh fruit... not hot, portable, and yummy! I like the PB and J idea too... will have to give that one a try! Report
Oh yummy .... I eat cottage cheese cut with greek yogurt to reduce sodium amount. Then add fruit, flax and granola.. We also have fruit smoothies with yogurt, milk, protein powder and fruit...... Now I have a bunch of other ideas for breakfast. Thank you.. Report
Wondeful breakfast ideas for these steamy mornings it's satisfying and filling ,especially when you are on the run. Report
I eat the same thing almost every morning for breakfast, just because I love it. A Kashi chewy granola bar (honey almond flax, peanut butter, or trail mix - depending on what flavor I am in the mood for) with a tablespoon of peanut butter and an orange. It keeps me full until lunch, and it's quick. Report
I eat my breakfast peanut butter sandwich with either pickles or lettuce and tomato--less calories and sugar than the jelly and actually good. Of course, double fiber wheat bread is a must if you want to be sure of getting in the 25 grams of fiber each day. Report
I wqould suggest you to try cold oatmeal. I was raised at Sonora, by the dessert, and the coolest nicest thing that my mother used to give us was making the oatmeal the night before and leaving it in the fridge for the following burning hot morning. We would just slice a banana over it and eat it (is was thick but delicious) Report
I love the idea of PB&J! I can't believe I never thought of it! thanks! Report
I love Kashi cereals-my current favorite is the blueberry one. I use soy milk and it adds so much more flavor than regular milk! Plus, the reason I really love them, they keep my full for a long time! Report
I rotate my breakfasts, plus sometimes I eat Breakfast for dinner. I like Flax Plus w/ Pumpkin seeds mixed either with yogurt and berries, or the cereal and 1 % milk with berries. Some days I east a slice of Whole grain toast w/ Smart balance and peanut butter (My favorite bread is a Flax Bread I get at a Bakery in AK or a 7 grain I can only find at Costco in OR). I also like a poached egg and one slice of toast with homemade huckleberry jam, or about once a week I make an omelet made with eggbeaters, crimini mushrooms, pacetta or rheindeer sausage(Just a small amount), fresh chives and basil or or oregono and reduced fat shredded cheese; or an all veggie omelet made with sliced grape tiomatoes, mushrooms, asparagus or broccoli, and reduced fat shredded cheese. You can eat healthy and have variety! Top it off with a small glass of juice and water or Green or whitr tea. Enjoy! Report
I like to start out my day with fresh fruit and then chase it down with a broccoli omelet (my lastest fav). Report
This morning I had a homemade egg mcmuffin. I use a 90 calorie toasted english muffin, egg white, oscar mayer pre cooked bacon and 1 slice kraft american cheese. It was very good and finished it off with fresh strawberries. Report
I love a multigrain bagel topped with yogurt and sliced fruit. Or whole grain muffins that I make (Spark recipe) full of oats, fruit, applesauce, whole wheat flour, a little bit of nuts. Skinny tea latte, and I'm good to go! Report
LOL Nicole. I had Oatmeal this morning w/ my GK's about 2 hrs ago, & I'm STARVING! {V-8 Slap} I should have had my PB&J! ♥ Report
My morning oatmeal has been replaced by cold cereal (there are so many nutritious kinds in the natural foods section) and lots of fresh fruit! Report
It has gotten really hot this week and I've had a fruit smoothie 4 out of the past 5 days. The 5th day I had yogurt and fresh fruit. As long as it is cold, then I'm satisfied! Report
I'll have to check out the cold oats ideas. I like a 1/2 melon, cantalooupe or honeydew, with cottage cheese or yogurt, but maybe a half melon filled with some cold oats would be good too? I definitely make use of fresh fruit in the summer.... Melons, berries, cherries.... Love 'em! Report
one of my favs but they've become hard to find: kozy shack's ready grains found in typically by the cold pudding/yogurt over in the dairy section:


yummmmm... Report
I enjoy cold cereals, so right now I'm eating Raisin Bran. I also add different fruit, whatever happens to be around. Report
I like to mix random things, and every once in a while I get lucky. This is delicious, and I've been having it every morning:

1 cup plain nonfat yogurt (store brand is cheap!)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp cinnamon
3/4 cup Kashi cinnamon cheerios-like cereal (substitute any cereal)

Creamy, cinnamon-y, nicely filling, and full of nutritious goodness!
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