Mornings are crazy—you don’t need us to tell you that. But skipping breakfast or grabbing something at a coffee place rarely leaves you ready to tackle the day. No worries: We gathered up some quick and easy ideas to help you get in a nutrient-rich meal you’ll look forward to eating, no matter what you’re craving first thing.
It’s not news that oatmeal is a quick, healthy breakfast—but sometimes sweets in the morning just don’t work. Enter this fast, flavorful recipe, on the table in less than 10 minutes, and you even get a little bit of veg into your morning via vitamin C-packed red bell pepper.
Prefer your oats on the sweet side? Back away from those sugary instant packets from childhood and sit down to a bowl that tastes like a treat but has the nutrients your grown-up body craves. Did we mention it’s ready in 5 minutes? We like to swap maple syrup or honey for the brown sugar and sprinkle on shredded coconut, too.
A good-for-you a.m. meal that’s ready in seconds and transforms leftovers? Yes, please. Turn last night’s cooked quinoa into a protein-rich porridge that you can make your own by topping with nuts, fruit, spices, or anything else that appeals.
If you’re the meal-prep type, devote a few minutes on Sunday to whip up these muffin-tin frittatas and you’re set for fast, satisfying breakfasts all week, featuring nutrient-packed eggs. Try one of the three options here (bacon & cheddar; garlic, mushroom & peppers; or spinach, tomato & mozzarella), or choose your own adventure. Bonus: These are tasty hot or cold, so even if you hit snooze a few times too many, you can still grab one of these and go.
Here’s another clever way to eat up your leftovers and save time in the a.m.: Have a baked sweet potato for breakfast. There’s something here for you whether you prefer sweet or savory, and either way you get lots of vitamins A and C, plus fiber and lots of minerals.
Paleo? Vegan? Doesn’t matter—either way, take 10 minutes to whip these nut- and seed-loaded no-bake cars over the weekend so you can take them on the run for breakfast all week. With plenty of fiber, protein and healthy fats, plus zero refined sugar, you’ll feel like a champ all morning.
Forget spending a fortune on those coffee-shop yogurt parfaits that seriously skimp on the fruit. Instead, take a quick dip with this super-easy recipe. Dunk them in chopped nuts, chia seeds, or unsweetened coconut if you’re feeling fancy. (We always go for full-fat yogurt, FYI.)
Pancakes? On a busy weekday? Oh yeah, and you don’t have to get up at 5 a.m., either (we wouldn’t). Leave it to Clean Plates Collective member and primal/keto guru Mark Sisson to share this wonder recipe: All it takes is a quick mix of bananas, egg and almond butter, and you’re on the fast track to healthy flapjacks, with protein, healthy fat, plus a shot of potassium.
Speaking of Mark Sisson, here’s another #eatlikeachamp fast breakfast he recommends. Take an avocado, crack an egg into it, season with salt and pepper and let it bake while you shower and get dressed. You’ll be on time and so satisfied, you’ll stroll right past the break-room donuts without a backward glance.
No doubt you’ve heard about people blending butter into their coffee (the trend that started with Dave Asprey has taken on a life of its own). If you’re not really into eating in the morning, here’s a fast way to give your morning joe a little something extra. The fats from the butter and MCT oil will keep you satisfied and also prevent a caffeine jolt/crash, so you’re good to go until you’re ready for a meal.
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