To be honest, I’ve never been much of a breakfast person. Growing up, I never jumped up and down when my mom announced it was “breakfast for dinner” night, and if I go out for brunch I almost always opt for something more lunch-y such as a salad or a sandwich. That said, I find that on long work days, if I don’t take the time to eat breakfast, my stomach is growling and I am ready to break for lunch at 10 a.m.
The Importance of Breakfast
For years we’ve been told that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Studies have shown that skipping breakfast has been linked with obesity and that breakfast eaters have improved memories. It’s still up for debate whether or not breakfast deserves to be on the pedestal that we’ve put it on, but we can all universally agree that filling our bellies with sugar and other junky food at any time of day is not good.
When you are racing out the door to work, it can be so tempting to grab that sugar filled granola bar or order a donut with your coffee. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of some simple breakfasts that you can prep ahead of time and bring with you in the car or to the office.
Easy On the Go Breakfast Ideas
Oftentimes when I’ve searched the internet for on the go breakfast ideas, many of the recipes that pop up look like gourmet affairs that require way more time that I want to give. The breakfast ideas below are simple and have been recommended by real people. Furthermore, many can be adjusted to suit your own tastes or dietary preferences.
1. Baked oatmeal
Baked oatmeal only takes a little bit of time to bake and you can have breakfast for the whole week. Once it is cooled, it is easy to cut into bars and bring with you to work. You can decide if you would like to include any fruits, sugar, syrups, or nut butter and you can even replace the egg with a chia egg if you prefer. Feel free to explore! Check out this basic recipe here.
2. Ham and egg cups
Two ingredients. One pan. Keto friendly. Delicious. What more can I say? Lining a muffin tin with slices of ham, cracking an egg into each, and putting it into the oven delivers you with a great tasting protein rich breakfast. The cup shape makes them easily portable and they taste good re-heated. This recipe steps things up a notch and even adds some cheese. Mmmmm.
3. Egg muffins
If you even think about typing the word breakfast into a Google search bar, egg muffins pop up. There’s a reason that they are so popular however. They are easy to make, and you can customize them anyway you like. Adding in vegetables such as spinach or zucchini means you can have a yummy breakfast that serves up both protein and veggies.
Smoothies are the perfect ways to have a breakfast that can include healthy fats, nutrients, and protein. Plus, really anything goes with a smoothie. To make life easier for yourself, pack a ‘smoothie bag’ at night and leave it in the freezer. Fill a bag with the ingredients for your smoothie such as spinach, banana, berries, ice etc… In the morning, dump in the bag, add in your liquid, any protein powder, or nut butters and boom…smoothie!
5. Breakfast burritos
Most likely your favorite fast food chain has some sort of a breakfast burrito. And, most likely it’s pretty delicious. But, it’s probably also most likely not very healthy. The good news is that you can make your own breakfast burritos at home and customize the fillings to your liking. Eggs, cheese, and potatoes? Sausage and egg? Sweet potato and black bean? The world is your oyster…or your burrito. Check out these instructions for the best way to freeze your breakfast burritos for a grab and go breakfast option.
6. Chia seed pudding
Chia seed pudding is probably the easiest prep ahead breakfast. Mix nutrient dense chia seeds with some type of milk (almond, coconut, regular etc….). Stir after a couple of minutes and then let the chia seeds soak in the liquid and turn into a pudding type consistency that will be waiting for you in the morning. You can add honey, maple syrup, peanut butter, bananas etc… to your pudding to make it extra delicious. Click here for a basic chia seed pudding recipe.
7. Sweet potato pancakes
With only two ingredients (yes only two!): eggs and sweet potato, you can have healthy pancakes without the guilt. They are naturally sweet from the sweet potato, but they taste great when paired with syrup or nut butter. These two ingredient sweet potato pancakes also freeze well so you can make a big batch and then pull some out in the morning. Throw them in the microwave and they are ready to go!
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