Your Cold Breakfast Recipes For Hot Summer Mornings

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Refreshing Cold Breakfast Recipes For Hot Summer Mornings


Are you looking for some cold breakfast items to nourish your body yet keep you cool? Sometimes it’s just too hot to cook an omelet or down a bowl of oatmeal, but you still need ample nutrition and protein for building muscle and to keep your tummy feeling full. No worries though, here are a couple of delicious cold breakfast ideas that you can add to your summer breakfast recipes to get you out the door in a hurry and heading to the pool, gym or even a hammock.


Let’s start with the traditional protein shake. Nothing keeps you cooler than a refreshing smoothie. Start with about 1 cup of frozen fruit, add ½ cup of yogurt for healthy digestion and calcium, a scoop of protein powder for building muscles, and a little orange juice to blend it together and keep your immune system healthy. With so many flavor combinations possible, smoothies make great summer breakfast ideas for kids too.



The next thing you should add to your summertime cold breakfast menu is a great energy bar. These no-bake flax seed bars are perfect since you won’t need to start the oven up either. Keep plenty on hand for a quick breakfast-on-the-go.


No-bake Granola Flax Bars

12 servings


¼ cup butter

4 cups miniature marshmallows

½ cup sunflower seeds

½ cup dried cranberries or raisins

1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats

½ cup ground flax seed

1 cup graham cracker crumbs, gluten-free if desired


In a microwave-safe bowl, melt butter and marshmallows on high for 30 second intervals until melted. In a separate bowl mix together remaining ingredients. Add melted marshmallows, stirring well. Spread evenly in an 8-inch square baking pan sprayed with cooking spray. Let cool and cut into squares.


Per serving: 220 calories, 10g fat, 4g protein, 30g carbohydrate, 3g fiber, 85mg sodium


Another easy breakfast idea is keeping hard-boiled eggs on hand in the refrigerator. An egg only has 70 calories and provides about 6 grams of quality protein. Eggs are much better for you than once thought and are one of the few sources choline in the American diet, a nutrient important for cell functioning, memory and brain development. Eggs are especially important for moms-to-be for this reason, and because they provide DHA. DHA is an important omega-3 fat that’s important for eye and brain health. Choose eggs from chickens fed with flax seed, and you’ll get even more DHA compared to a traditional egg.


For directions to make the perfect hard-boiled egg, click here. Peel just before eating, and then add some whole-grain bread and a piece of fresh fruit for a balanced and healthy cold breakfast.


For some delicious cold casserole ideas, I would turn to You can even find recipes for cold oatmeal that brews in the refrigerator overnight on Pinterest. So stay cool, and enjoy these cold food ideas.

Jennifer M. Wood, MS, RD

Jennifer M Wood, MS, RDN is registered dietitian nutritionist and successful food and nutrition consultant in Southeastern Minnesota. As the founder of a nation-wide gourmet food company, Wood wrote Jenny’s Country Kitchen…recipes for making homemade a little easier! (2003), which is a timeless collection of make-ahead, freeze-ahead and pantry-stocking recipes and time saving tips to help busy families put nutritious food on table. Wood graduated with a pre-med bachelors degree in nutritional science in 2001, completed her dietetic internship in 2007 and went on to complete a master’s degree in food and nutrition in 2011.

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