You know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but sometimes, you don’t have time every morning to make breakfast. It’s not that you don’t want to eat; you just don’t have time. And eating a healthy breakfast? Forget about it.
Well, here’s some good news: There are plenty of healthy breakfast ideas out there that you can easily grab-and-go each morning. Some of these breakfast ideas may need a little “night before” prep, while others can be made in a matter of minutes.
So, no more excuses. Let’s embrace breakfast and start the morning off right. Here are some healthy breakfast ideas to get you started:
1. Almond Butter and Banana Toast
The first of these great breakfast ideas is incredibly quick, and you can eat it on the run to your morning meeting. Just throw your toast into a plastic container (which also makes a great plate). Choose a hearty, grain-packed bread, smear with almond butter (that’s your protein), then slice up a banana (that’s your healthy carb) and throw it on top. Done.
2. Avocado Toast with Ricotta
You get a double protein boost from this quick toast, and a dose of essential monounsaturated fats from the avocado. Mash the avocado and smear together on your toast with ricotta, or slice the avocado over the ricotta. Add some pepper, or a pinch of your favorite spice over the top. Voila! Your morning just got a whole lot healthier!
3. Overnight Oats in a Pot
Overnight oats are a perfect way to set yourself up for an easy, healthy breakfast. Pre-cook oats the night before and combine with your favorite ingredients. Scoop into individual mason jars, and refrigerate overnight. In the morning, you just grab your oats on the way out the door.
And the combinations for your oats are endless: try almond butter and chia seeds; mango and turmeric; strawberries and low-sugar Greek yogurt; cocoa powder, banana, and avocado (blend together); or dates and pecans. You can also add protein powder, or drizzle in a little honey.
4. Chia Pudding
Soak 3 tbsp of chia seeds, and a touch of honey, in a cup of almond milk overnight. By the morning you’ll have a sweet, bouncy pudding. Top with low-sugar Greek yogurt, banana, strawberries, almonds, and pecans. Or you can flavor your pudding the night before by adding those ingredients into the pudding before it sets.
Chia puddings are great for playing with spices – add a pinch of cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, or ginger for an even greater nutritional (and flavor) boost.
5. Healthy Breakfast Parfait
Parfaits aren’t just for dessert… they can also be healthy. They’re also extremely easy to put together. Prepare your parfait the night before by simply layering your choice of granola, Greek yogurt, fresh fruit, and nuts into a small mason jar. Refrigerate overnight, and grab as you’re walking out the door in the morning.
6. Homemade Instant Oatmeal
Store-bought instant oatmeal is often high in sugar and additives, especially the flavored varieties. But it’s so easy to make your own. For a “make-ahead breakfast,” grab ½ cup of instant rolled oats, 2 tsp. milk powder, and any combo of your favorite dried fruit, nuts, or seeds. Try to avoid adding sugar, the dried fruit will provide enough. But if you need a touch more sweetness, you can sprinkle a little brown sugar or stevia in.
Bag up enough instant oatmeal breakfasts for the week in Ziplock bags, then just add hot water in the morning when you’re ready to eat.
7. Microwave Mug Muffins
Thanks to microwave technology, the mug muffin is both speedy and delicious. Prep the batter before bed if you want to save yourself more time. In a mug, combine ¼ cup flour (consider coconut, almond, or rice flour), ½ tsp baking powder, a pinch of salt, a pinch of cinnamon or cloves, ½ Tbsp of coconut oil and 2 Tbsp milk. Those are your basics. Now, you can add cocoa powder, almond butter, blueberries, strawberries, banana, apple, or granola crumble. The creativity is up to you.
Microwave your mug muffin on high for approximately 90 seconds when you’re ready to eat.
8. Homemade Granola Bar
Granola bars are another formerly healthy food that’s migrated to the sugary dark side due to commercial overproduction. Store-bought granola, or breakfast bars are an absolute sugar minefield. Some contain more than 40 percent sugar!
All kinds of granolas are great breakfast ideas, and making you own homemade granola bars is not only healthier, but it’s also a lot less expensive. And if you make the no-bake variety, it’s even quicker. Combine 2 cups of quick oats with 1 cup of almond butter, ¼ cup of honey or maple syrup, a dash of cinnamon and any nuts, seeds, or dried fruits of your choosing. Refrigerate until set, and then cut into individual servings for the week ahead. This makes about 12 granola bars, so that ¼ cup of honey (sugar) is actually spread out over 12 servings.
9. Apple Sandwiches with Almond butter and Granola
This one’s not only fun for little kids, but also for the “big” kids. Core an apple, and then slice it crosswise into thick slices. Smother one slice with almond butter, sprinkle with granola, and top with another apple slice. Now that’s putting the creativity back into breakfast!
10. Nut Butter Breakfast Quesadilla
Now those leftover tortillas forgotten since last week’s taco dinner can be used up as healthy breakfast quesadillas. Spread almond butter on your tortilla and top with sliced apples, bananas, or strawberries. Sprinkle some cinnamon over the top, and then top with another tortilla. Lightly fry both sides for about 2 minutes and then cut into quarters. This tasty quesadilla starts your morning out right!
11. Decadent Breakfast Smoothie
For a quick, luscious, and healthy breakfast smoothie that tastes too good to be true, combine ½ an avocado, 1 banana, 2 tbsp cocoa powder, a dash of vanilla essence, and as much milk as desired. Remember, less milk = thicker shake. Then just blend it all up, and you’re good to go! You can even spice it up, by adding a pinch of cayenne pepper. Think Mexican hot chocolate… but cold.
12. Baked Eggs in a Jar
An extremely Instagrammable breakfast recipe, these egg jars are super protein-infused. Fill the bottom of a mason jar with your favorite veggies.
Whisk two eggs and 2 egg whites together, and pour the eggs over the veggie mixture. Make sure to leave a little room at the top. You can even sprinkle a little low-fat cheese and tarragon on top. Stir the mixture, and then pop into the oven on a baking sheet for about 20 minutes at 375 F.
This gives you just enough time to take a shower before your breakfast is ready. You can also make these the day before, and grab-and-go out of the refrigerator on your run out the door.
Breakfast in a Flash
And there you have it: a dozen easy, enviable, healthy breakfast ideas. Why would you ever want to skip your first meal of the day again?