Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. You’ve probably heard it a thousand times, but for those who don’t have breakfast, I understand the excuse that there’s no time to make breakfast. I am not an early bird, and will probably never be one. I suffer from chronic lateness, and as a result, I am rushing everywhere I go. This sometimes means sacrificing a hearty breakfast, but over the years, I have discovered some tricks and created come recipes to eat the best meal possible with the amount of time I have.
Way in Advance:
I like to freeze (peeled and quartered) bananas in advance because frozen fruit lasts for a long time and have countless uses, especially in breakfast recipes. Also, if you’re nervous about the sugar content in store-bought granolas, you can make your own and store it for future use. markbittman.com/recipe/granola
The Night Before:
Chances are, if you’re not an early bird, then you’re a night owl. It only takes 5 minutes to prep for meals the night before, and it will definitely pay off in the morning. I make Chia Seed pudding and refrigerate overnight by following this guide:
Check out my post on the benefits of chia seeds for more info: avoliciousblog.wordpress.com/…/the-health-benefits-of-chia-seeds
If I want to make a smoothie the next morning, I will put all the ingredients (except for the frozen ingredients) in a plastic bag and refrigerate it until morning.
Overnight oats is also a really great option, though I prefer oats that require heat. Anyways, here’s a great recipe for peanut butter overnight oats: minimalistbaker.com/peanut-butter-overnight-oats
The Morning Of (these recipe and ideas only take 5 minutes or less to prep!):
Avocado Toast! This is the perfect breakfast for a long and busy day. The healthy fats from the avocado coupled with a slice or two of toast bread makes for a satisfying meal. Add a sunny side up egg on top, and the avocado toast is even better.
Greek yogurt is a great alternative to regular yogurt because of the protein, probiotics, and numerous other health benefits that it contains. I usually eat the Chobani plain or vanilla greek yogurt. Sometimes I get the Trader Joe’s brand. I add fresh fruit, nuts and chia seeds on top of the yogurt. It is very filling, and can be packed on the go easily.
Granola with milk is a great alternative to cereal. The granolas I usually eat are the KIND Healthy Grains Granola Clusters, and Bear Naked Peak Protein.
Sometimes I make an egg/banana omelette/pancake (not really sure what to call it).
Ingredients: 1 banana, 2 eggs, dash of cinnamon, 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
Method: Mash banana with a fork. Crack two eggs in the banana and whisk. Add the cinnamon and vanilla and mix until well combined. Meanwhile, heat a small pan with a small amount of coconut oil. Pour the batter in the pan. When the omelette/pancake can lift off the edges of the pan, lift an edge and tilt the pan so that the uncooked batter on the surface can run onto the pan and cook. When the bottom of the omelette/ pancake is firmed, flip it over and cook on the other side.
Give it a try! It takes no time at all to prepare!
The fastest breakfast I know how to make is toast with almond butter and banana slices.
If I am very hungry, I make myself oatmeal with fruit. Using quick-1 minute oats (not the healthiest option, but the most time-saving), I microwave it in a bowl with almond milk. Then I top the oatmeal with apple slices, cinnamon, and agave nectar or honey.
Do you have any other speedy breakfast ideas? Share them in the comment section!