Eating a healthy breakfast is important. It’s so easy to fall into the trap of not eating, or spending your money at Tim Horton’s – but it can be super easy to have breakfasts ready for you in the morning! Just set aside 5-10 minutes in the morning and you can have a nutritious breakfast to start your day. Here are some ideas, and ways to execute them to make breakfast as speedy as possible!
1. Overnight Oats
Instant oatmeal is the normal go-to breakfast, but sometimes the assembly and microwave time can feel like too much. Enter overnight oats, a fun way to customize your oats and have them ready for you to bring with you out the door. The texture’s a little creamier and denser than normal oats, so it can feel like a real treat. Here’s a basic recipe that tells you everything you need to know about overnight oats. If you’re not into cold food in the morning, no sweat – just warm them up for 1 min in the microwave, it’ll still be faster than normal oatmeal.
2. Baked Oatmeal Cups
Another way to eat your oats is making them into portable oatmeal cups! You can do this by baking an oatmeal mixture into muffin tins. These little cups will last you a week in the fridge, which is perfect for your mornings! Here’s a recipe for apple-cinnamon baked oatmeal cups.
3. Homemade Yogurt Parfaits
Alright this one’s for someone with at least a few minutes to spare for breakfast. Making your own granola is so easy and honestly so delicious. You can definitely buy it as well, but you don’t have to shell out money for something you might have ingredients for anyway. Then use that granola to make yogurt parfaits – a spoon of yogurt, frozen or fresh fruit and a handful of granola and you’ve got a breakfast that is super healthy and delicious!
You can prep smoothies ahead of time. Who could’ve guessed? There are a couple of ways to do it actually, one being to prep individual freezer bags of your smoothie ingredients so all you have to do is pop them in the blender with some liquid and go!
You can also freeze smoothies you’ve made by pouring them into ice cube trays and letting them thaw for an hour in your smoothie vessel (commuting would give you the perfect time). If you don’t want to wait, you can throw those smoothie cubes in the blender with some liquid too. You can also freeze them in mason jars, but this would take a couple hours to thaw (which is great if you’re a person who doesn’t like to eat right away).
If you want to take all the work out of it, brands like Evive give you pre made packs that you just throw in water, juice or whatever you’d like and let it melt for 20 mins.
5. Baked Goods
If you’re a fan of baking, making muffins and scones to stock up in your freezer is a great idea. Blueberry oatmeal muffins, banana muffins, morning glory muffins, pumpkin muffins – there are so many to choose from! Scones are great if you like something a little more savory – you can make bacon cheddar chive scones, spinach feta or a sundried tomato basil scone. You can make breakfast fun for yourself by creating incredible combinations and freezing them so all you have to do is pop it in the microwave and go.
6. Frozen Breakfast Burritos
If you’re someone with a bigger appetite, breakfast burritos are a great choice. They’re really easy to make and freeze. You can use whatever ingredients you want to create the flavor you like! Then just let them thaw overnight in the fridge and pop them in the microwave in the morning. Here’s a basic recipe to follow, but you are welcome to do whatever you want!
7. Muffin Tin Frittatas
Another one for those who love savory foods, making mini frittatas is a fun way to get lots of protein. They essentially become little egg muffins that you can flavor however you want. The recipes in this link include spinach tomato & mozzarella, bacon & cheddar and garlic, mushroom & peppers. But again, let your creativity go free! You can either make them and keep them in the fridge for 4 days, or freeze them for up to 2 months.
Making sure you get adequate nutrition in the morning can improve your energy levels, concentrate better and improve weight management. Getting those essential vitamins and nutrients first thing in the morning will mean you are more likely to meet your daily requirements. If you aren’t hungry at all in the morning, don’t force it – maybe just eat an apple or something to help your body. But if you’re someone who is hungry but starves themselves until lunch, you don’t have to! These ideas are super easy to follow and take just a bit of work, it’ll be worth it.