You know you should eat at home before you go to work, but you’re fresh out of breakfast ideas. Many working people find they’re not that hungry when they first get up, so they don’t have breakfast. Unfortunately, just a few hours later, they hear their stomachs growling. And then we cave and get high fat, high sugar, overpriced junk food from the vending machine.
While you may not be a big fan of breakfast, you should at least have something to take along on your busy day so you can resist those temptations. But, if you’re struggling to find fresh breakfast ideas you can fit into your schedule, it may seem too much of a bother. And one little muffin from the canteen won’t hurt, right?
You’ll still find some controversy surrounding the whole idea of breakfast. Some nutritionists that say it’s the most important meal of the day if you want to stay healthy. Likewise, there are others that say it doesn’t help to eat any earlier than when you’re actually hungry. One thing they all agree on is that skipping breakfast when you are hungry does you no favors, either. And certainly, children shouldn’t skip breakfast, if only for the fact that they rarely have the freedom to eat when they're hungry during school hours.
However, whether you’re a breakfast eater or not, taking along something nutritious will help keep you from overindulging at lunch. And not only are homemade breakfast ideas healthier, but they’re also cheaper. So, you’ll also save a little money too.
Fast And Fresh Breakfast Ideas
If you’re really pressed for time in the morning, rather than skipping breakfast entirely, take something to go. Or, alternatively, you can prep something the night before, so you won’t have to spend time making a meal. We’ve discovered a number of great breakfast ideas that take just minutes to prepare. Whether you enjoy them before your commute, or later during your coffee break, is entirely up to you.
High Protein Breakfast Ideas
Research has found that a wide variety of people do better with a high-protein breakfast. From adults with Type 2 Diabetes to teenagers who would like to lose weight, a high-protein breakfast prevents mid-morning hunger and reduces the surges of insulin that damage our bodies. For this reason, we’ve got some high-protein breakfast ideas that are fast, easy, portable, or all three!
Slow Cooker Breakfast Casserole
Got a slow cooker or Crock-Pot? Why not whip up an overnight breakfast casserole the night before. That way, everyone can just scoop out breakfast as desired. This recipe suits a big family, but you can always refrigerate any leftovers for future mornings. Just microwave on a low setting to reheat.
Precook the bacon and break into small pieces. The fastest way to do this is to cook them in the microwave on paper towels. You can estimate approximately one minute for each full slice, but we suggest that you check them frequently after the first six minutes to avoid burning the outer slices.
Layer the potatoes, onions, peppers, and bacon with the cheese in your Crock-Pot. For best results, do two layers of each, saving some cheese for the top.
Whisk the eggs and milk together in a bowl until frothy, then pour over the vegetables in the slow cooker. Add the final layer of cheese.
Cook in your slow cooker on low for 6 to 8 hours.
Breakfast quiche is one of those breakfast ideas that you can make ahead and either eat at home or pack them for later. They’re also tasty either hot or cold. But you can also reheat them in a microwave for a few seconds if you prefer. Best of all, they’re filled with nutritious ingredients.
Again, Precook your bacon and break into small pieces. Also, precook the onion by sautéing in a little butter or olive oil. Then, heat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and grease a 12-count standard muffin tin.
Whisk up the eggs, cream, milk, herbs, salt, and pepper till frothy. Then add your chopped veggies and half of the shredded cheese to the egg mixture.
Scoop the mixture into the muffin cups evenly and top all cups with the remaining cheese.
Bake 20 to 25 minutes, just until the egg is set and cheese begins to turn light brown. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 5 to 10 minutes before removing them from the tin.
Egg And Veggie Cups
These delicious breakfast cups are filled with fresh vegetables and protein. Make them ahead, and you’ll have an easy to pack breakfast for those busy mornings. You can also reheat them for a few seconds in the microwave when you’re ready to nosh.
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and grease your muffin tins. A cooking spray works best for good coverage.
Grate your cauliflower in a food processor until it crumbles into small pieces. Drain and dry on paper towels to remove as much moisture as you can.
Then, mix eggs and garlic powder and whisk till frothy. Add the cheese, ham, spinach, and onion and fold in until just mixed. Divide into your muffin cups about two-thirds of the way to the top.
Bake 20 to 25 minutes, until cups are lightly browned. Allow to stand for 5 minutes before removing egg cups from the tin.
Fast Breakfast Ideas That Pack A Nutritional Punch
Fruits and vegetables are packed with vitamins and antioxidants. You wouldn’t immediately think about adding more vegetables to your breakfast menu, but they make delicious breads to eat on the go. Zucchini, pumpkin, and squash are all mildly flavored additions to your favorite breakfast bread.
Tasty and full of good things, this zucchini bread makes a nutritious and filling breakfast on the go. It’s sweet and moist enough to eat plain. But you can always top it with butter or a little whipped cream cheese. This is another one of those breakfast ideas that are delicious cold or warmed quickly in the microwave.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Then, grease a 9- by 5-inch loaf pan. Flour lightly.
Mix egg, honey, applesauce, vanilla, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, and salt together well. Add zucchini and mix in. Then add flour and walnuts, stirring gently until just mixed.
Pour into prepared pan and bake for 60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool for 15 minutes and then remove from pan.
Pumpkin is another one of those sneaky vegetables that taste too good to be good for you. You can add them to breads, muffins, and even cheesecake. Pumpkin is also rich in Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Lutein, and anti-oxidants.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Then prepare a large inch loaf pan by greasing and flouring.
Mix the pumpkin puree, eggs, applesauce, and maple syrup (or honey). In another bowl, mix together your flours, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and spices and blend. Add these dry ingredients into your egg and pumpkin mixture until just mixed. Stir in the nuts and seeds. You can also add nuts and seeds to the top for a nice finishing touch.
Pour the batter into your pan and bake for 90 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool for 15 minutes and remove from pan.
Crock-Pot Oatmeal with Peanut Butter And Bananas
This delicious breakfast provides a quick and filling way to start your day. Prepare it the night before, so that everyone in the family can grab a bowl and fuel up for the morning. It's also a good way to use overripe bananas. If you have picky kids who shriek at the sight of a brown spot, they won’t know what they can’t see in this yummy breakfast bowl. And although the finished product is sweetened, you can add more or less as you like.
Grease your slow cooker with a thin layer of butter to help keep the oatmeal from sticking. Then, add bananas and peanut butter and mix well. Then add milk, brown sugar, vanilla, brown sugar, and cinnamon.
Stir in the oatmeal until thoroughly mixed and set on low for 7 to 8 hours. For easier cleanup, you can use a Crock-Pot liner.
Overnight Blueberry Oatmeal
This is another overnight dish you can set up the night before. It’s delicious, filling, and full of good things. You can add sweetener to the mix if you like, or cook it without any sugar, so everyone can sweeten to taste in the bowl.
Add a thin layer of butter to your Crock-Pot to keep the oatmeal from sticking or getting crunchy while baking. Mix in milk, water, oats, brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt. Mix well and then set your slow cooker on low for 8 hours.
About 10 to 15 minutes before serving, add the blueberries and coconut and fold in gently to keep from breaking them up too much. Then, turn on high. Serve with a maple syrup on top.
Oven-baked Sweet Potato Toast
If you can’t tolerate wheat well, as many people have found, you can slice fresh sweet potatoes for a gluten-free breakfast snack that won’t trigger your allergies. And they’re more nutritious than plain white bread. Filled with fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and a host of minerals, sweet potatoes are also pretty delicious.
Slice your sweet potatoes about 1/2-inch thick. Then you can either put them in the toaster (really) or cook them in the oven. To make sweet potato toast in your toaster, you’ll have to put them in several times to cook them all the way through. You'll need to be careful because sometimes the edges will burn before the potato cooks all the way through. It can also take a long time, and if you have several people in your household who want a slice or two, it can feel like it takes forever. Not much fun when you’re trying to get out the door.
Instead, you can also cook them in the oven, which we think is much easier and quicker. Plus, you aren’t limited to the number of slots on your toaster. You can also make plenty of cooked slices for the week ahead and then pop them in the toaster to reheat when you’re ready to enjoy them.
Heat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Then line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Slice your sweet potato about 1/2-inch thick and lay the slices out on the baking sheet. Bake about 20 minutes, or until the slices are tender. You should be able to pierce them easily with a form.
Remove them from oven and then top with peanut or almond butter. Or try a little maple syrup. Whipped cream cheese or ricotta cheese with a little honey is also delicious.
To store for later, place into a sealed container between slices of parchment paper for easy separating. Store in the refrigerator until ready to east. Then, just pop them in the toaster on medium to reheat.
Get A Health Start On The Day With These Breakfast Ideas
Some people love waking up to a big meal, and others need some time to work up an appetite. Some people prefer a small breakfast snack, rather than a meal, and a quick bite to eat before heading out will keep your stomach from growling at 10 o’clock. Whatever kind of breakfast eater you are, you don’t have to resort to processed cold cereals or chemical-laden breakfast rolls from the vending machine just because you’re schedule is packed. Make up some high-protein egg cups for the week. Or set up your Crock-Pot for a big batch of high-fiber oatmeal for cold mornings.
What are your favorite quick, healthy breakfast ideas? Share your suggestions in the comments below.