Breakfast may be the most important meal of the day, but it’s also the one that’s easiest to forget. Unfortunately, those midday energy crashes can affect everything from your mood to your work performance — so, not only is it the meal you shouldn’t skip, it may turn out to be the one you can’t afford to skip.
If you find yourself out the door before you’ve eaten a hearty meal, or reaching for the vending machine before lunch, look no further: We’ve rounded up 10 healthy, easy, on-the-go breakfasts. Once you’ve tried these delicious recipes, head over to our Pinterest Breakfast board for even more ideas on healthy, filling, and quick meals!
#1: Create a Breakfast Box
Foods like hard-boiled eggs or English muffins can be made and bought ahead of time, which means you can assemble a week’s worth of breakfast in as much time as it takes to stand in line at Starbucks. The key to breakfast boxes is to make sure you’re including protein and carbs, so you feel satisfied until lunchtime. Try combinations like hard-boiled eggs, English muffins, jam, and a pack of tea or mix-in coffee; get the boxes prepped and in the fridge before the week starts, and you can grab breakfast on your way out the door!
#2. Breakfast in a Mug
If making food haphazardly in a mug or coffee pot (who says you can’t make spaghetti in your Mr. Coffeemaker?) takes you back to your college days, it’s because you were on to something back then: You made food a priority, even if it had to be put together in less-than-ideal conditions! To find healthy mug breakfasts (that take less than 10 minutes to make), check out this blog. She has recipes for microwaved zucchini bread, English muffins, rice pudding, and more!
#3. Oatmeal Superfood Breakfast Bars
If you or your family is gluten-free, these easy to make breakfast bars are the perfect option for quick mornings! Loaded with protein, oats, nuts, and fruit, they’re healthy, filling, and make 9 servings. If you’re not a fan of a specific “chunky” ingredient (seeds, fruit, or nuts), it can easily be replaced with a different option – try strawberries instead of blueberries, or chopped hazelnuts instead of almonds! Ingredients can also be switched out for seasonal options. Find the recipe here.
#4. Veggie-Packed, Freezer-Ready Breakfast Sandwiches
As the name suggests, these yummy sandwiches are full of veggies, can stay frozen until the morning you need them, and take only a few minutes to microwave. They’re a great balance of protein and carbs, and you can add in different types of cheese or veggie combinations to change up the flavor for each day. Find the whole recipe here.
#5. Protein Blueberry Muffins
A beautiful muffin with loads of blueberries and a steaming hot mug of coffee feels like the quintessential breakfast, but it doesn’t always leave you feeling full for long. Enter the protein blueberry muffins – not only are these gluten-free, brimming with berries, and high in protein – they’re low calorie and sweetened with honey. Get the full recipe here.
#6. Oatmeal Apple Breakfast Bar
Another breakfast bar is on this list because it tastes like dessert (but is naturally sweetened!) – and if dessert for breakfast can’t convince you to eat in the morning, nothing can! This recipe makes 9 servings and uses the natural sweetness of apples along with some honey to make it sweet, without tasting too sugary. There are also gluten and dairy-free options listed at the bottom, so you can customize to meet dietary restrictions. Find the recipe here!
#7. Bagel Sandwiches
If making a week’s worth of breakfasts ahead of time and storing them in the freezer makes you cringe, this recipe takes less than 10 minutes to assemble the morning-of, and is delicious! Grab your favorite bagel (everything and Parmesan taste best as sandwich ends), scoop out some of the extra bread, and pile on cheese, turkey meat, and your favorite veggies. Add some cream cheese, seasonings (try salt, pepper, and cayenne for a kick!), and avocado, and you’ve got a gourmet breakfast sandwich in minutes.
#8. Healthy Banana Split
This healthy day-of recipe is easy to make, but tastes indulgent. Cut a banana down the middle like you would with a banana split, but top with yogurt, granola, chia seeds, jam, honey, and oats for a delicious concoction that will feel like a cheat meal.
#9. Freezer Breakfast Burritos
These breakfast burritos take some time to make on the front end, but the recipe makes 12 servings and the burritos only take 2-3 minutes in the microwave the day-of. They’re crammed full of veggies, are meat-free, and are very popular with kids and picky eaters! Find the full instructions here.
#10. Peanut Butter and Banana Grilled Sandwich
This is another day-of recipe, and hearkens back to days of peanut butter banana sandwiches in the cafeteria – but a million times better. Slather both ends of bread with peanut butter, slice some bananas and place evenly on one side, drizzle with honey, and top the other end with the second slice of bread. Then, get your skillet ready – you’re going to toast your sandwich the same way you would grilled cheese for a melty, toasted, delicious breakfast you’ll be willing to wake up 15 minutes earlier for!
Are you usually a breakfast-eater? What are your favorite quick and easy breakfast ideas? Let us know in the comments!