We’ve all probably heard at least a little about how important breakfast is for setting the tone for the day. If you eat breakfast, you’re less likely to indulge in cravings later, you’ll have more energy, all that good stuff. But most of us don’t have the time (or, honestly, the energy or mental bandwidth that early in the morning) to dedicate to making a nice full breakfast. So how are we supposed to get those nutrients in before we get on with our day?
There are actually more options for easy, healthy breakfast ideas so that you can get some nutrition in your body without sacrificing precious sleeping time. Here are 5 of them.
1. A Good Granola Bar
Emphasis on the GOOD in this one. There are a lot of granola bars out there masquerading as healthy options that are unfortunately loaded with sugar and artificial flavors. Fortunately, there are still some out there that are made with all-natural ingredients and no extra junk that you don’t need.
Look for a granola bar that has whole fruits, oats, nuts and nut butter, and a solid source of protein, for the best combo to start off your morning. This makes for a good combo of nutrients and vitamins that ensures long-lasting energy to get through your morning. And a huge bonus? No prep or cooking required at ALL.
2. Overnight Oats
This one takes a teeny bit of prep work, but that can be done the evening before (when you have some energy and a bit more time.) Simply take regular oats and put them in a glass jar with the milk or milk alternative of your choice (go with oat milk if you’re into doubling down on those oats) and any other ingredients you would like.
Some fan favorites for additions to overnight oats are chocolate chips, sliced almonds, blueberries or bananas, and shredded coconut. Once you’ve got all of that together, give it a little stir and let them sit in the fridge overnight. In the morning, all you need is a spoon and a few minutes for a whole, healthy breakfast.
3. Yogurt Parfait
These can also be made the day before, so you can snooze as long as you want. Take your yogurt of choice (Greek yogurt has a bit more protein and a thicker texture) and mix it with some honey, agave, or stevia. Then, top with the berries of your choice. Add some nuts like almonds or walnuts for some healthy fats, and top with granola in the morning for some extra crunch.
4. Pre-made Smoothies
You can prep these a little bit ahead of time by freezing together individual bags with a mixture of your favorite smoothie fruits. Just pack a few plastic baggies with some strawberries, bananas, and peaches and throw them in the freezer.
In the morning, all you’ll have to do is throw the ingredients in a blender with some milk and maybe a little yogurt or protein powder for extra protein. Extra points for adding a handful of spinach to the equation (seriously, you can’t even taste it if it’s blended well). They even have handheld blenders that function on batteries, so you can technically take the whole thing with you.
5. Prepped Breakfast Burritos
If you have a bit more time on your hands on a Sunday afternoon and you prefer a hot breakfast, whip up a batch of easy breakfast burritos and throw them in the freezer for a quick and hearty microwaveable breakfast for the rest of the week.
Use whole-grain tortillas with eggs or egg whites, sauteed veggies, turkey sausage, and some cheese for the filling.