One of the things I’m super passionate about is breakfast. As in, the only time I leave home without it is when we’re going to get breakfast. In addition to just loving breakfast food, I truly believe that a good breakfast arts you up for the ready of your day. It gives her fuel to get through the morning and starts your metabolism for the day.
That said, I’m also a realist. Mornings are BUSY. For us, it’s getting out the door for work and daycare drop-off. For stay at home moms, out might be getting up to get to the gym for your me time. It’s getting kids to school spouses to work, morning activities and playdates. No matter what your situation, your morning is probably busy.
To conquer that, I’ve compiled my five go-to breakfasts that are easy, healthy, and filling. Some of them require advance prep, but some require none at all.
Scrambled Eggs. To me, this is the perfect breakfast. I love eggs in almost every form (which is funny, because my best friend hates them), so scrambled eggs are a great choice for me. I usually do two eggs, a little salt and pepper, a little water to make them fluffier, and throw them in a pan. Another tip – I actually do the scrambling in a mug rather than a bowl – less likely to spill! If I have some leftover veggies or cheese, I’ll toss that in the pan too so it makes a scramble. Eggs have lots of protein and very little fat. They keep you full for a long time and stabilize your metabolism – all things you want in the morning! Plus, they take less than 10 minutes start to finish. I can get on board with that.
Toast with Nut Butter and Banana. The first time Chris saw me do this, he thought I was crazy, but I’ve actually been doing this a long time, and it’s a staple for me. This is an easy one with lots of balance to it – fiber in the bread, protein in the nut butter, and a fruit with the banana. This keeps me full for a while, and it’s yummy!
Oatmeal. Oatmeal is so versatile and so good for you. You can do instant, but I prefer to use rolled oats…which only take about 5 minutes to cook. I like to top mine with a little brown sugar, dried fruit, and sliced almonds, so I usually mix that in a plastic container the night before and leave it on the counter. In the morning, I just boil the water, put in the oats and cook them, then pour the oats into the plastic and mix. It’s easy and even portable! As a side note, this is also great to keep in mind if you need to eat breakfast out – the oatmeal is usually one of the healthiest options on the menu, if you’re careful about the toppings.
Greek Yogurt. Like the oatmeal, yogurt is so versatile! This is the ultimate grab and go – prep it in the fridge the night before and it’s ready to go. I like to use plain, fat-free greek yogurt and doctor it up myself – my typical is 1 pump of sugar-free vanilla Torani syrup, 1/2 cup of berries, and about 1/4 cup of a high-protein granola. Again, this one is balanced – protein in the yogurt and granola and fiber and fruit in the berries.
Frozen Breakfast Sandwiches. Well, you knew I had to mention my own creations, right? These do require advance prep, but they make our mornings so easy that it’s worth it. I do love the premade frozen sandwiches, but I love having control over the ingredients even more. The recipe is here!
What do you like to have for breakfast? Any other ideas for me?