I don’t know about you, but it sure seems like breakfast time is always a rush in our house. While I’d much rather linger around a hot cup of coffee and fresh made muffins, there isn’t always time for that in our busy schedules. Thank goodness for Sundays. That’s our lazy breakfast day, and it usually incorporates pancakes, and our BIG french press = Sanity.
The week days, however, are a completely different story. I know you know what I’m sayin’.
On the busiest of mornings it’s so easy to grab something quick, like a packaged granola bar, pop tart, or one of those fake fruit bars, or eat a bowl of packaged sugary cereal that holds over our hunger for approximately 20 minutes. Or even worse, even though we know we shouldn’t we stop for a muffin or donut at the coffee shop on our morning commute to work, and wash it down with that sugary vanilla latte habit. Or heaven forbid, skip breakfast all together. What happens then? An hour or two later our body and mind are both in carbohydrate overload and we have no energy, can’t think, and find ourselves craving more of the same kinds of foods, filled with empty carbs and sugar. A slippery, slippery slope.
What’s the solution? Well, while I don’t consider myself a breakfast genius by any means, I thought I’d share 10 of my favorite quick, and healthy breakfast ideas to give you an energetic jump start to your day.
Some of them are fantastic ideas from other bloggers, and several are creations of personal trial and error…and of course, the quest for a delicious, speedy breakfast that doesn’t sabotage my fitness efforts.
10 Quick & Healthy Breakfast Ideas
1.) Overnight oatmeal – If you like hot oatmeal you’re sure to love this cold, quick, make ahead in 5 minutes version.
How: In a bowl mix 1/4-1/2 cup rolled oats, 1/2 scoop protein powder (optional), 1 Tbsp. chia seeds, few shakes cinnamon, 1/2 c. milk of choice. Stir well, cover with plastic wrap and put in the fridge overnight. In the morning add a splash or two of milk until it is the consistency that you like and top with fresh fruit (bananas, berries, apples), yogurt, nut butter, shredded coconut…the options are endless. That’s it! Enjoy! With coffee of course…
*Tip- You can make this in a tupperware for easy transport to work, and take a piece of fruit along with you to add when you get there.
2.) Soaked Steel Cut oats – Quick hot oatmeal for those chilly mornings!
How: Before you go to bed boil 3 cups of water in a sauce pan. Once boiling, add 3/4 cup steel cut oats, and a dash of salt. Stir, remove from heat, and let sit covered on your stove all night. In the morning, heat up however much you want to eat in the microwave or on the stove top, and add fresh fruit, milk, or nuts.
Tip: This makes about 3 servings, so you instantly have 3 breakfasts taken care of. Or double the recipe for quick steel cut oats for the whole family.
How: On the weekend make up a batch of protein pancakes, or your favorite nutritious whole foods pancakes and freeze 2 or 3 in individual ziploc bags. Then in the morning grab a bag from the freezer, pop the pancakes in the toaster oven and you’ve got a hot breakfast in minutes. Top with some protein and healthy fats like almond butter, or plain greek yogurt.
*Tip- These make delicious snacks throughout the week too!
4.) Hard-boiled eggs – Quick protein and healthy fats to go!
How: Hard boil a batch of eggs on the weekend, and and once cool, peel them. Keep the eggs in your fridge or package them in ziploc bags with some fresh fruit or a wrapped nut & seed bar (see #8) for a quick grab and go balanced healthy breakfast.
5.) Fruit Smoothie packs – Smoothie in a bag!
How: On the weekend grab a few small ziplocs and add: 1/2 banana, 1 c. other fruit, 1/2c. veggies if you like (cucumber and spinach are wonderful), 1 scoop protein powder, and 1 Tbsp. ground flax. Put the baggies in the freezer. When it’s smoothie time, just grab a baggie, empty into your blender, add 1/2-1 c. liquid (milk, or water) and blend on high until smooth. Clean the blender when you get home. 🙂
Tip: If you like a little yogurt in your smoothies, freeze yogurt in a ice cube tray and add a couple cubes to your smoothie packs.
6.) Overnight Baked Steel cut Oatmeal – Weekend breakfast on a weekday!
How: Prepare this baked oatmeal on Sunday night. Come Monday morning, when you wake up turn on the oven do a quick 15 minute workout, and put the oatmeal in to bake while you are in the shower and getting ready for work. Cut a steaming hot piece right before you run out the door, or sit down and enjoy for a few minutes topped with almond milk or plain yogurt.
*Tip – You can always bake it on the weekend too, and store in the fridge. Heat up a piece in the microwave or in the toaster oven for a grab and go healthy, hot breakfast.
7.) Nut, Fruit, & Seed Bars – Good for you breakfast bars!
How: On the weekend make a batch of healthy breakfast bars. This recipe is one of my personal favorites, but I like to mix up the kinds of nuts and dried fruit and sometimes I even add a little protein powder for extra staying power. Individually wrap the bars and store in the fridge. These make a great breakfast paired with a hard boiled egg, or some plain yogurt.
Tip: These can also double as healthy after school snacks for the kiddos.
8.) Fruit & Yogurt Parfaits in a Jar –
Source – these by Mallory Paige look delicious
How: Take several empty mason jars and layer plain yogurt, fruit, more yogurt and then fruit and put jars in the fridge. In the morning top with granola or a mixture of seeds and nuts, screw the top on and take with you to work.
*Tip: You can layer more granola in, but remember it will get soggy. So if you like crunchy granola I recommend waiting and putting it on top right before you eat.
9.) Breakfast cookie – Wish it was my idea, because these are yummy. They are similar to the overnight oats but in cookie form.
How: Here’s Gina’s post on how to make one: The Breakfast Cookie
10.) Homemade Granola – The stuff you’d pay $5 for at the grocery store, with less sugar, and ingredients you recognize.
How: On the weekend make a batch of this Espresso Granola or a simpler mixture of oats, coconut, sunflower seeds, ground flax, dried fruits and nuts of choice, tossed with some raw honey and coconut oil. Bake at 325 for about 30 min. stirring a few times in between. Store in a glass jar and eat on top of plain yogurt or with your favorite milk.
There you have it…no excuses now for skipping breakfast. However, the question remains, which quick and healthy breakfast will you try first?
What is your “go to” quick and healthy breakfast?
I LOVE new ideas so please share in the comments!