Some of us are just not morning people (you know who you are). And if you have to be somewhere at a certain time in the a.m., that means morning can be a mad rush. If the craziness first thing leads to not-the-best breakfast options, the rest of your day can suffer, too. Here we gathered some tasty ideas to help you get something delicious and healthy in your belly first thing, so you can perform like the rock star you are.
1. Make-ahead smoothies.
On Sunday, measure out your smoothie ingredients for the week ahead and freeze them in single-serve containers. All you have to do is dump each one in the blender, add liquid, mix and go.
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2. Add coffee to your smoothie.
Speaking of smoothies, if you love having them for breakfast, but also need your java in the morning (we’re right there with you), why not combine them? Instead of water or juice, use cold brew as the liquid in your smoothie.
3. Employ your slow cooker.
You know how awesome it is to pile stuff into your slow cooker in the morning and come home to dinner already made. Do the same thing in reverse—get steel-cut oats or another whole grain going the night before, and wake up to a hearty already-made meal.
4. Pre-prep eggs: The Sheet Pan Frittata
When it comes to weekday breakfasts, we love those three little words: Sheet pan frittata. Toss some vegetables on a half-sheet pan, top with beaten eggs and bake. Then, in the a.m., slice and go (heat it up if you have a few extra seconds).
5. Pre-prep eggs: Deviled Eggs!
You love deviled eggs as a party snack (who doesn’t?)—so make a batch on Sunday and do a little happy dance in your kitchen every morning for the week.
6. Pre-prep eggs: Egg Burritos
Some mornings, only a hearty, warming breakfast will do, and a breakfast burrito with sausage, cheese and vegetables really hits the spot. Make some ahead and freeze them, and you can rewarm them in your toaster oven while you shower, or pop one in the microwave.
7. Have a (healthy) muffin stash.
Yes, muffins can be on the menu—especially when they’re full of good-for-you, energizing ingredients. Whip up a batch of Gluten-Free Lemon-Blueberry Chia Muffins, and you’ll have a sweet something ready to enjoy with your coffee on those busy mornings.
8. Breakfast cookies: They’re totally a thing!
You read that right. If the promise of cookies won’t get you out of bed in the morning, we don’t know what will.
9. Granola to the rescue.
Making homemade granola sounds so fancy and complicated, but it’s actually ridiculously easy. And when you DIY, you control what goes in, so you get the exact mix of nuts, seeds, and spices that you like (plus you can toss in chocolate chips, no one needs to know). Make it over the weekend, store it in an airtight container, and toss it onto yogurt or just grab a handful.
10. Just eat a bowl of (better for you) cereal!
If only a bowl of cereal will do in the morning, good news: There are some healthier versions on the market now—even if you’ve gone grain free.
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