Let’s talk about fast breakfast food. And, no, we’re not talking about the kind that requires a drive-thru. Sure, that sausage, egg, and cheese biscuit might sound pretty tasty. But throw in some hashbrowns, and you’ve got a high-calorie, nutritionally deficient breakfast that leave you feeling hungry in a matter of hours. For most people, eating healthy is simply a matter of time. We hear all too often that diets go awry because eating healthy doesn’t seem as convenient (or quick) as eating processed junk food. To get your mornings started on the right foot, we rounded up a list of our favorite quick healthy breakfasts when you don’t have time for breakfast.
Fresh and Fruity Parfait
Ah, the classic parfait. This creamy yogurt and fruit combo is one of our favorite delicious, healthy breakfasts. If you find yourself running short on time in the mornings (thanks to your snooze button), a parfait is a great way to squeeze in an on-the-go healthy breakfast.
Find the recipe for this banana chai smoothie parfait from I Love Vegan here.
Parfaits don’t have to be bland either. Plus, they’re easily customizable according to your taste (or dietary) specifications. We recommend starting with a Greek yogurt base. If you haven’t heard, Greek yogurt is pretty much the bomb. Unlike conventional yogurt made from whole milk (and packed with added sugars), greek yogurt goes through a unique straining process. This process removes a large portion of the lactose, liquid whey, and sugars. So what you’re left with is a delightfully tangy yogurt with nearly double the protein and half the sugar.
If you’re feeling adventurous, try adding in some chia seeds (or steel-cut oats) the night before. You can also add nuts like pistachios, walnuts, and almonds to pack in extra nutrients and fiber to keep you (and your brain) powered all day long. Whatever combo you choose, this is an easy, healthy breakfast to make the night before, so you aren’t tempted by junk food as you’re heading out the door.
Protein Power Egg Muffins
Despite their tastiness, muffins aren’t always the healthiest option. But would breakfast actually be complete without a muffin? Of course not! That’s why our favorite protein power egg muffins made this list of healthy breakfasts. If an omelet and a muffin had a baby, they’d give you an egg muffin.
Find the recipe for these egg muffins from Just a Taste here.
Simply combine all your ingredients in one bowl, then split the mixture in a muffin tin. Throw it in the oven and cook it, then refrigerate (or freeze) the leftovers for breakfast the rest of the week. Before you dash out the door in the morning, simply pop them in the microwave.
Like the parfait, you can make a couple dozen of these babies to last you a whole week – or two, depending on how much breakfast you need each day. If you want to put some more oomph into your recipe, try adding a layer of meat to the bottom of each of the muffin cups. Pre-cook bacon, sausage, or any other preferred breakfast meat, then add eggs and finish cooking.
Oat-tastic Grain Bowl
If you’re looking for a plant-based quick, healthy breakfast, then the oat-tastic grain bowl will be just up your alley. Overnight oats are one of the easiest healthy breakfasts to make ahead of time. If you’re already a fan of oatmeal, then you’re in luck. Overnight oats are the perfect healthy breakfast because more of their original nutrients remain intact (since you soak them instead of cooking them).
The best part of the grain bowl? It’s super customizable like the parfait. From toasted coconut to fresh fruit, the list of potential mix-ins is virtually endless. If you prefer to go plant-based, you can use non-dairy milk to soak your oats. Or, you could also use yogurt if you want a creamier texture.
You can also mix it up with your grains to keep it fresh. Try swapping out your oats for chia seeds instead. Overnight grains are simple – but don’t think for one second that that means they have to be boring. Get creative! Or, you can find a whole load of recipes online.
Making breakfast can seem like a chore – especially if you’re waking up early or running behind schedule. When pressed for time, your diet can be the first thing that gets neglected. With just a few minutes of prep, you can prepare all of these recipes for an easy, quick, healthy breakfast to start your busy day off on the right foot.