I’m a big fan of breakfast. As a matter of fact, I’d even go so far as to say that it ranks among my top 6 (yes, 6) favorite daily meals. But, if there’s one thing that I love almost as much as breakfast (well, you know, aside from lunch, dinner, and snacks…), it’s sleep. Which is why, as a teenager, I’d often find myself lying in bed 20 minutes after I was supposed to have gotten up… still debating whether or not that bowl of cereal waiting on the table for me was worth getting out of bed for.
This daily struggle continued well into my sophomore year of high school, when I discovered the beauty that is the grab-and-go breakfast. Finally, a solution to silencing my rumbling tummy without sacrificing sleep! Sounds great, right? Well, the only problem was… I discovered this solution at the bottom of a Tim Hortons to-go bag.
With age (and approximately 720,835 hours worth of nutrition courses), comes the wisdom that starting each day with a Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Biscuit Sandwich and a medium Vanilla Iced Capp probably isn’t the best choice for my health – or my wallet. But if you think that means that I’ve succumbed to compromising my precious beauty sleep, think again. As an adult, I’ve found that my body craves adequate sleep now more than ever. Luckily, I’ve found a more balanced way to approach my morning meal. By simply preparing my breakfast the night before, I can rest assured that I am out the door on time, healthy breakfast in tow.
With graduate school starting tomorrow (cue panic attack..), the battle between sleep and breakfast is only going to become more and more real. After talking with current students, I’ve (reluctantly) come to the accept the fact that, in order to ensure that I get out of the house in enough time to snag a coveted parking spot, breakfast will need to wait. And although I have a handful of make-ahead breakfast recipes tucked in my back pocket, I think we can all agree that a new school year calls for a new (breakfast) wardrobe.
I recently reached out to some fellow healthy living bloggers, many of whom are also RDs, to find out what some of their go-to to-go (say that 5 times fast) breakfasts are – and boy, did they deliver. I’m so excited to share this recipe roundup with you all today, and not to mention try out some of these recipes myself! So whether you spend your mornings ushering a herd of kids out the door, sitting in traffic, or stalking students for a parking spot, you’re going to want to give these quick and easy breakfast ideas a try. From sweet to savory to just downright delicious, I guarantee you’ll find something worth getting out of bed for. Now the only question is… which one to make first??
Ah, overnight oats… the holy grail of the healthy blogging world. And for good reason – requiring less than 5 minutes to throw together, overnight oats are pretty much the epitome of a healthy grab and go breakfast. A nutrient-dense breakfast that tastes indulgent, can be easily transported, and takes zero time in the morning to prepare? Sign me up.
PB Mocha Overnight Oats
Berry Cherry Overnight Oats via Street Smart Nutrition
Strawberry Chocolate Overnight Oats via Nutrition by Nazima
Apple Peanut Butter Overnight Oats via A Whisk and Two Wands
Golden Milk Overnight Oats via Healthy Helper
Chocolate Chia Overnight Oats via Savour and Shine
Fact: breakfast tastes better when it’s served in a cute mason jar. These bowls can be prepared the night before, so all you need to do in the morning is grab a spoon and dig in. Breakfast doesn’t get any easier than this!
Blackberry Cantaloupe Parfait via Kati Mora
Wild Blueberry Chia Breakfast Bowl via My Cape Cod Kitchen
Almond Butter and Banana Chia Pudding via Holley Grainger
Paleo Chocolate Chia Pudding via Balanced Life Leslie
I love keeping energy bites on hand for easy snacking, but these nutrient-packed treats can also double as a breakfast on busy mornings. Made with wholesome ingredients, they’re essentially a more nutritious alternative to store-bought granola bars (oh, and did I mention they’re no-bake?!) Simply grab a few while you’re running out the door and pair with a piece of fruit or a yogurt for a complete meal.
Vegan Fruit, Nut & Seed Energy Bites via Emily Kyle Nutrition
No Bake Peanut Butter Cherry Trail Mix Bites (Vegan, GF) via Bucket List Tummy
Mango Cashew Energy Bites via Running Dietitian
Cookies for breakfast? Don’t mind if I do! These breakfast cookie recipes are filled with whole grains, protein and fiber, making them the perfect choice for any time of the day. Pair with a some fruit or a cold glass of milk (or a latte) and start your day off right!
Peanut Butter Banana Cookies
Breakfast Cookies with Apricots and Dates via Healthy Ideas Place
Lemon Raspberry Breakfast Cookies via The Foodie Dietitian
Oats & Pumpkin Breakfast Cookies via Food, Pleasure and Health
Who says eggs are only for the weekends? With a little planning and preparation, you can enjoy this protein-rich food every day! Bonus: many of these recipes can be easily customized, so you can try a different flavor combo each week and say goodbye to breakfast boredom once and for all.
Southwest Cottage Cheese Muffins via Hungry Hobby
Chicken Sausage, Kale and Mushroom Frittata via Sweet and Strong
Easy Egg Muffins via Live Lean Eat Green
Think you’re not an oatmeal person? Think again! With these baked oatmeal recipes, you’ll have your taste-buds thinking that you skipped breakfast and went straight to dessert. Sure, we know that they’re full of nutritious ingredients… but that can be our little secret.
Banana Zucchini Oatmeal Cups via Hummusapien
Ricotta Berry Oatmeal Cups via Nutritioulicious
Whole Wheat Blackberry Oat Bars via Dishing Out Health
Oatmeal Breakfast Pie via Nutrition Starring You
Superfood Skillet Breakfast Bake via Miss Allie’s Kitchen
5 Ingredient Peanut Butter Granola Bars via The Real Food Dietitians
Muffins and donuts don’t have to be off limits! Skip the calorie bombs at the coffeeshop and whip up a batch of your own to enjoy throughout the week (or freeze some to have on hand in case of emergency). The ultimate portable breakfast.
Banana Chocolate Chip Mason Jar Muffins via Emily Ruth Weir
Spinach Banana Muffins via Joy. Food. Sunshine.
Sweet Potato Blueberry Protein Muffins via Eat The Gains
Healthy Strawberry Shortcake Donuts via The Clean Eating Couple
What are your favorite grab & go breakfasts? Feel free to link up in the comments section!