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16 Healthy Breakfasts for Busy Schedules

by Marissa on April 24, 2014

healthy breakfasts


Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day, because it’s just so full of possibilities. I’ve posted some breakfast ideas in the past, but a few of you wanted even more! So here’s a curated list of healthy breakfasts (thanks to the help of my intern, Samara) for those of you who need an arsenal of quick ideas. I don’t have to tell you how important it is not to skip breakfast. We’ve covered that before.

But I’ll remind you that preparation is always key. Have the ingredients for your favorite breakfasts on-hand and don’t be afraid to make some things ahead so you can grab and go when you need to.

Green Smoothie
Source: Oh She Glows

Smoothies are always a good option especially if you don’t have an appetite for solid food in the a.m. They deliver gobs of easily digestible nutrients and lots of fiber. This is a great recipe for a basic green smoothie. For variety change up the greens and the type of fruit you use.

Homemade Granola
Source: The Gluten Free Vegan 

Granola-lovers can skip the packed stuff and make their own. A big batch on Sunday will take you through the week paired with nut milk, fruit, or a dollop of yogurt. Great to fuel before a workout!

5-Minute Power Breakfast
Source: She Knows

This might be the fastest breakfast you can make. It’s great for super busy days, and also before a workout. Full of whole grains and good fats, it’ll keep you full and energized. For this recipe, my favorite bread is ezekiel sprouted whole grain bread.

Spinach Quinoa Scramble
Source: Fit Sugar

If you have leftover grains and leafy greens, make this protein-rich brekkie scramble.

Quinoa Breakfast Porridge
Source: Whole Living

Porridge is another perfect option for using leftover grains. Just add some nut milk or water and reheat over low heat on the stove while you get dressed. Bring to a simmer and add fruit, nuts and a natural sweetener of your choice.  Or you can cook the grains from scratch if you have a little extra time.

Tofu Scramble
Source: Integrative Nutrition

I always encourage my clients to eat veggies at least three times a day, so why not start with breakfast? If you want to clean out your fridge of leftover vegetables, this is your recipe. And it has more than 20 grams of protein. This is one you can make once and eat two or three times. Just re-heat the leftovers!

Blueberry Hemp Protein Shake
Source: Whole Living

A high-protein post-workout fix is as easy as this vegan protein shake. I throw the ingredients in my Ninja blender bottle the night before and refrigerate. When I’m ready for my shake, toss in the ice and blend. It takes less than a minute!

Breakfast Oatmeal Muffins
Source: Where I Need to Be

Make a batch of these on a Sunday, pop the leftovers in the freezer and  you’ll have a quick grab and go breakfast whenever you need one. Best using purely elizabeth oatmeal!

Avocado Toast
Source: The Kitchn

This is another two minute recipe that super satisfying and tasty. Avocado, or “nature’s butter,” is an amazing source of good fats and is great for your skin too. This recipe is sure to keep you energized throughout the day and requires very few ingredients. This takes buttered toast to a whole new level!

Blueberry Overnight Oats

If you love oatmeal but want a warm-weather breakfast, you can mix a few ingredients together, refrigerate overnight and wake up to a cold oatmeal treat.

Chia Pudding Mash
Source: Barry’s Bootcamp’s The Intel via Where I Need to Be

Another one of my personal favorites, I love this as a post-workout treat. All it takes is a shake of a few ingredients in a jar the night before and in the morning you’ll have a good-for-you pudding. Get creative and pile on your favorite toppings and you’re good to go.

PB and Banana Breakfast Bake
Source: Butter versus Burpees

I’ll often make these hearty, single-serve oatmeal pots the night before I have an early-morning flight. Once they cool, I pop them out of their ramekins and throw them in a plastic bag. They travel well and are satisfying until I can get a healthy lunch.

Hot Oat and Quinoa Cereal
Source: Bon Appetit

A cross between quinoa porridge and overnight oats, this is fast as lightening. Literally boil the oats and grains, then turn off the heat and cover. Let the mixture sit on the stovetop overnight and you’ve got porridge the next day. Reheat in the morning with your favorite toppings (my favorite is dark chocolate chips and almond butter, let it get all melty).

Gluten and Grain-free 555 Blender Muffins
Source: Mon on a Mission

Sometimes you have sweet tooth for breakfast, which could be a problem, but not when you have Mom on a Mission’s blender muffins. These are really easy to make and once again, you can make a large batch and be set for a few days.

Paleo-friendly Egg Muffins
Source: My Little Jar of Spices

This is the best way I’ve found for eating eggs on the go and also sneaking those leafy greens in. Make a batch to grab and go in the morning.

Last Night’s Leftovers
Source: Your Kitchen

Who says you can’t have soup, salad, fish or veggies for breakfast?

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