Healthy Breakfast for Busy Mornings

We admit it: There are some (or more like, many) mornings where it’s everything we can do to will ourselves out of bed and grab a fistful of cereal or a crappy granola bar on our way out the door. It’s not like a gourmet breakfast is a realistic everyday goal. But that doesn’t mean we should settle for a sugar rush that will leave us sad and hungry just a half hour later. You’d be surprised how many healthy breakfast ideas require very little effort when put into practice. We’re about to blow your mind with everything from crazy-easy혻breakfast muffins혻you can make ahead of time to혻healthy smoothie recipes혻you can whip up day-of in just minutes. Overnight oats recipe? Oh yeah. We’ve got a killer one of those. And did we mention the PB&J waffle sandwich? How had we not thought of this genius combination already?!

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There’s also no need to limit these healthy breakfast recipes to the morning hours, friends. Expand your horizons and try these 39 healthy snack options to satisfy those breakfast food cravings all day long.

Try this superfood twist on classic PB and toast with 1/2 a banana (sliced) and a sprinkle of혻chia, which is packed with vitamins and minerals (like six times more calcium than milk!).

Here셲 a simple and delicious smoothie for the morning rush. Blend frozen fruit (banana and berries work well) with Greek yogurt and a liquid of your choice (milk, juice,혻coconut water봶hatever you like). Freeze overnight and thaw throughout the day to enjoy in the afternoon or blend up in the morning.

Take혻oatmeal혻to a whole new level by making it savory. Prepare as usual with milk or water, but add a pinch of salt and pepper instead of any cinnamon or sugar. Then top with an over-easy or poached egg and sprinkle on a little cheese for an extra tasty kick.

Spice up a plain old fruit cup with a scoop of quinoa. Toss the whole shebang around until the quinoa is evenly distributed. Add a dressing of honey, lime, and basil for a little extra body.

Here셲 a healthier take on a classic breakfast sandwich: Take 2 slices of a hearty whole-grain bread, spread each slice with 1 tablespoon of homemade macadamia ricotta cheese, and sprinkle with shiso or basil, kosher salt, and fresh cracked pepper to taste. Add 1-2 hearty slices of fresh heirloom tomatoes (blotted with paper towel to remove excess liquid) and enjoy.

Cooking혻quinoa혻in milk (cow, soy, or almond) and adding some sweet spices and fruit makes for a great substitute for classic hot breakfast cereals. Plus, it셲혻high in protein혻and essential amino acids like lysine, which is essential for tissue growth and repair. Simply put all the ingredients into a pot and bring to a boil. Then simmer, stir, top with your favorite add-ons, and enjoy!

Sometimes simple is just better. Top two lightly toasted slices of whole-grain bread with smashed avocado and a sprinkling of salt and pepper. Layer on two sunny-side up eggs for a healthy dose of protein, and you’ve got a well-rounded breakfast. Stack ’em in a혻tupperware container혻for easy transport or cook the yolks a bit more and make the whole thing into a sandwich.

Here셲 a healthy way to have chocolate for breakfast. A bowlful of quinoa makes for a filling, protein-rich base, and the banana and berries add a few servings of fruit.

Wake up to a house smelling like sausage and effortlessly put breakfast on your plate, all thanks to the beauty of a혻slow cooker. Layer the vegetables, sausage, and cheese in the Crock-Pot, then top with a mix of eggs and cream (you’d be fine using regular or nondairy milk too for a lighter option), and you’re just one sleep away from a delicious meal.

Craving dessert for breakfast? Or breakfast for dessert? This gluten-free bowl should hit the spot. Simply bake a berry blend in the oven, sprinkle with혻dark chocolate혻shavings, and add a cup of milk.

Turn a classic baked loaf into oatmeal with this recipe. Adding shredded zucchini is a great way to fit in an extra serving of veggies. Throw on a handful of혻toasted walnuts혻for some added crunch.

Finally, a muffin without allllll the sugar. These guys are simple to make ahead of time, and last all week. Blend or whisk eggs with spinach, bacon, and cheese, then pour the mixture into muffin tins. Bake for 15-20 minutes before serving or storing in the refrigerator for later.

Who doesn셳 love an egg sandwich? Simply toss arugula with혻olive oil혻and lemon juice before frying eggs with a dash of salt and pepper. Place on top of whole-wheat toast layered with ricotta and a sprinkle of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese. Wrap in foil and enjoy whenever the craving hits!

Smoothies are a perfect혻on-the-go snack혻any time of day. Blend frozen bananas, peanut butter, soy milk, Greek yogurt, honey, and a few ice cubes. If this is a morning snack, keep it in a tight-sealing container and throw it in a gym or work bag. For an afternoon boost, prep it the night before and freeze. Remove in the morning, and it will be thawed and ready to enjoy after lunch. Tip: Add a scoop of your favorite혻chocolate혻or혻vanilla protein혻for an extra protein boost.

Try this sweet take on a classic breakfast sandwich the next time you’re eating on the go. Prepare a whole-grain혻toaster waffle혻and slice in half. Spread with 2 tablespoons nut butter and jelly of your choice, and layer sliced strawberries on top.

Breakfast burritos are a great, easy snack to keep on hand. Make a bunch, wrap in foil, and keep in the freezer for whenever the craving hits. Protein from the eggs and black beans keeps you fuller longer, and the sweet potato keeps things interesting.

This is a perfect pick for apple season. Cut your favorite kind of apple into wedges and scoop nut butter onto each slice. Sprinkle with oats or혻granola혻and cinnamon, and drizzle a bit of melted chocolate on top. Wrap up the apple slices in foil or plastic wrap to save for later or enjoy as is.

A heaping dollop of혻pumpkin puree혻is a great way to squeeze in an혻extra dose of veggies. Plus, the super-orange superfood is packed with nutrients and a healthy dose of fiber. This recipe pairs the pumpkin with oats, chia seeds,혻cocoa, and almond milk for a quick and easy breakfast.

This is the ultimate busy-bee breakfast. Combine oats, chia seeds, blueberries, vanilla, almond milk, and혻maple syrup혻in a sealed container the night before. In the morning, top with slivered almonds and half a sliced banana, and you’re ready for breakfast. If you’re in the mood for something warm, heat in the microwave for 1-2 minutes.

By this point, it’s probably obvious we think quinoa makes anything better. So when it comes to muffins? It셲 a no-brainer. Try these little bites for breakfast or an after-lunch treat.

Yes, it셲 possible (and easy) to make a quiche in the microwave! Cover half a cup of spinach with water in a혻mug, and microwave for a minute. Drain water and add an egg, milk, cheese, and a crumbled slice of bacon. Mix thoroughly, then microwave for three more minutes. Throw a top on the혻container혻to eat later or enjoy right away.

Oatmeal is a great option for a hearty snack or breakfast, but what셲 the best way to make it into a more convenient and portable snack? Bake it into squares!

This oat-based muffin is packed with healthy carrots and zucchini and lightly sweetened with raisins and a pinch of sugar. Use a혻mini muffin tin혻for smaller portions, and eliminate or cut back on the brown sugar (you can also choose a혻healthier substitute).

This one셲 perfect to try out as fall sets in. In your favorite small container (with a reliable lid!), top plain Greek yogurt with canned pumpkin puree and a handful of granola, then sprinkle with cinnamon. The best part?혻Pumpkin혻is a bonafide superfood rich in beta carotene, which is essential for eye health.

Any recipe that fits a serving of veggies into a delicious baked good is a winner in our book. These muffins are jam-packed with better-for-you ingredientscoconut oil, zucchini, banana, whole wheat flour, and brown sugar봲o add in those chocolate chips without an ounce of guilt.

One of the easiest, healthiest, and tastiest breakfasts out there is a classic fruit and yogurt parfait. The best part? It can be made with any toppings you like. Try choosing fruits that are in season for the most flavorful options.

Here셲 a new way to enjoy quinoa: Make mini quinoa breakfast quiches! In a medium bowl, combine 2 cups cooked quinoa, 2 eggs, 1 cup of your favorite veggies (spinach or zucchini work well), 1 cup shredded cheese, and a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Portion into a lightly greased mini muffin tin, and bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes.

Say banan-yeah혻to this healthy snack. Cut 1 firm (but ripe) banana in half and unpeel, arrange on a small baking sheet or freezer-safe plate, and spread each half with 1 tablespoon almond butter (on the sides not touching the plate). Here셲 the fun part: Stick whatever toppings you like on the almond butter봮ur favorites are granola,혻chia혻or혻flaxseeds, and cinnamon. Insert a popsicle stick or skewer into the cut end of each half and freeze until solid (at least 2-3 hours).

For anyone with a microwave or hot water at their disposal, these customized instant oatmeal packets are fantastic to have on hand. Instead of purchasing pre-made oatmeal packets, assemble your own in혻Ziploc baggies혻using whole rolled oats, cinnamon, and mix-ins, such as raisins and nuts.

Fried eggs are great, but what about baking a whole egg with veggies and cheese and skipping the added oil? Try making a pan of these babies at the beginning of the week and bringing one along each day. (Tip: If you use the individual혻silicone muffin molds, it makes the egg cups even more convenient for on-the-go snacking.)

These hearty, wholesome muffins make for the perfect portable breakfast.혻Flax혻lends a healthy dose of fiber and혻omega-3 fatty acids. Mashed bananas (one of our favorite혻healthy baking subsitutions) allow for a slight reduction in the added fat and sugar too.

Muffins from the microwave? Yep, it’s possible! Add 1/4 cup quick oats, 1 egg, a handful of berries, and a sprinkling of brown sugar to a혻mug혻and mix until evenly combined. Microwave on high for 1 minute, remove to take a look, and keep cooking for 30 seconds at a time until the muffin looks firm.

Cookies for breakfast?혻Yes, please. While Oreos or Chips Ahoy may not make a balanced breakfast, a cookie made of banana, peanut butter, protein powder, and oats is a top-notch choice. Plus, you can pick and choose what you like to mix봥o for혻almond butter혻and raisins in one batch and peanut butter chocolate chip in another.

Here’s a healthier take on the classic lemon-poppy seed muffin. Fiber-rich혻oat flour혻is paired with혻vanilla protein powder혻for a healthy, filling base. Yogurt lends moisture and some fat, and applesauce makes a great substitute for sugar. The best part? One bar contains about 54 calories and six grams of protein봫uch better than any muffin we’ve seen on the shelves lately.

Take a classic baked loaf and make it into adorable oatmeal cups with this recipe! Adding shredded zucchini l is a great way to fit in an extra serving of veggies. Make these baked oatmeal cups in advance, save them in the fridge, and snack on them later (or make them at night to grab for breakfast on your way out the door!).

Stuck with last night셲 leftovers? No problem. If you have some leftover tofu and veggies (like peppers and kale), you’re good to go for this easy scramble. Combine your ingredients in a pan, scramble in eggs, and throw some potatoes on the side for maximum taste.

The compote part might make this recipe sound complicated, but we’ve got your back. If it’s not a slow weekend morning when you’re ready to spend some time in the kitchen, use some substitutes (like regular jelly) to top these tasty PB waffles. Bonus points because they’re gluten free AND vegan, so no one has to miss out.

Oatmeal is a great option for a hearty snack or breakfast, but what셲 the best way to make it into a more convenient and portable snack? Bake it into squares! These tasty, easy granola bars will remind you of your morning oatmeal, but you can eat them anywhere you like.

Try adding this superfood twist to the classic. All you need is chia seeds, a banana, some PB, and milk to combine all of the ingredients in overnight. With the sprinkle of chia, which is packed with vitamins and minerals (like six times more calcium than milk!), this is a perfectly balanced breakfast.

From: Greatist.com