We’ve all heard the benefits of eating breakfast- from more energy, a boosted metabolism to improved focus and concentration throughout the morning. But how do we fit breakfast in on those crazy mornings when all we have time to do is squeeze in a quick workout before showering and heading out the door?
Especially on the days that you workout early, it’s super important to fit in a balanced a.m. meal. So, what is the secret to fitting a healthy breakfast into your day? All it takes is a little planning, and a handful of go-to breakfast recipes that only require simple ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen.
Keep reading for four balanced breakfast ideas that fit into your busy lifestyle.
Overnight oats are a great option when you have a little bit of time to plan the night before. Prep the oats according to your favorite recipe, store in a mason jar in the fridge overnight, and wake up to a filling meal that you can toss in your bag or bring to the office with you.
These Skinny overnight oats in a jar from SkinnyTaste are quick and versatile. Sub out the bananas or blueberries for your favorite fruit, or omit chopped pecans for a spoonful of your favorite nut butter.
This overnight oats recipe is gluten-free, vegan and packed with nutrition. If you are looking to up your protein intake, add in some of your favorite vegan vanilla protein powder to your oats.
For our Paleo readers, this chia pudding recipe is a great “grain-free oatmeal” option that is reminiscent of your favorite childhood snack- the classic PB & J.
Blend it Up
Smoothies are a great go-to breakfast option for busy mornings. Even though these recipes are simple and easy to make, you can save even more time in the morning by chopping your fruits and veggies beforehand, pop them into a freezer bag and freeze overnight. In the morning, just add your favorite milk or other liquid smoothie base with some protein powder to your blender, and you will be out the door in no time with your healthy smoothie in-hand.
This cucumber, parsley, pineapple and lemon smoothie is a great option for those mornings that you may have indulged the night before and want a lighter breakfast. This smoothie is hydrating and refreshing, and lower in sugar since it’s made up of mostly veggies.
If you are craving ALL the pumpkin spice goodies this season, then this smoothie is the perfect healthy option. Skip the sugary PSL and grab this paleo Pumpkin Pie Smoothie instead for a quick and filling fall breakfast.
This decadent smoothie is perfect for a recovery shake. We wouldn't recommend eating this smoothie on your rest days, but it has the perfect ration of protein, carbs, fats, and sugars for recovery.
Muffin Tin Magic
Before you grab that huge blueberry muffin, remember that more often than not store bought and bakery muffins are loaded with sugar, and can contribute to the dreaded mid-morning crash. To avoid this, prepare some healthy muffins made with ingredients like eggs, gluten-free fiber-packed flour or whole oats. These muffins take a little more time to prepare, but if you make a big batch ahead of time on a Sunday, you will be set for the week with a quick grab-and-go option. Another tip: Make a double batch of your favorite recipe on the weekend and freeze half for later.
Sneak in some veggies to your chocolate breakfast muffin with this nut-free option from Against All Grain.
If you prefer a savory over sweet breakfast, these Low-Carb Egg Breakfast Muffins are vegetarian and protein-packed. These egg muffins also make a great afternoon snack, so pack a few for the day, and when the afternoon hunger kicks in you are good to go.
These One-Bowl Berry Coconut muffins are a healthy take on the classic blueberry breakfast treat. Even better, these muffins are vegan and gluten-free and you won’t have to spend much time cleaning the kitchen after preparing these since you only need one to bowl to make them.
Enjoy these healthy breakfast ideas! What is your favorite on the go breakfast? Let us know in the comments below!