Many people understand that breakfast is an important meal, but for many people, there is not enough time in the morning to get a nutritious breakfast in. We all have those mornings where you have less than two minutes grab a bite to eat and hit the door. Breakfast is a meal that you do not want to skip out on – but how do you get a nutritious breakfast in without spending too much time in the morning?
One of the keys to getting a healthy breakfast when you are rushed is to prepare it the night before, or make a large batch of something on a day that you have a little more time. Preparing food the night before you have a rush morning, can take 10 minutes, but make a world of difference in how you feel that day and your over-all health. The other strategy, which is making a large amount of some kind of breakfast food, and having it ready to go in the fridge, works great as well! For example, making a big pot of oats and having them in portioned containers in the fridge works well for rushed mornings.
Here are some ideas for quick breakfasts:
Note: Many of these suggestions do require a little prep time the night before, but having a healthy lifestyle does take a little bit of time and commitment!
1. Pre-cook oats or any type of breakfast cereal and store in a mason jar in the fridge over night. Zap in the microwave before you head out, or when you get to your destination. Pair with dried fruit or frozen fruit and nuts.
2. Cook steel cut oats in a crockpot on low. Just remember to add a little extra water or you will get a dry mess in the morning.
3. Put plain yogurt, sliced fruit, 1/4 cup of oats, and a handful nuts in a container or jar overnight to grab and go in a minute’s time.
4. Make a smoothie the night before, or have all ingredients ready to go, so all you have to do it throw them in the blender before its time to leave.
5. Make whole-grain waffles on the weekend, and freeze extras for rushed mornings. Pop in the toaster and enjoy!
6. Make a whole grain peanut butter and honey sandwich the night before, and have it ready to go!
7. Have boiled eggs ready to go in the fridge to have an easy source of protein first thing in the morning.
Don’t enjoy typical breakfast foods?
Not a problem, pack away leftovers from dinner the night before and enjoy when you wake up in the morning. Breakfast or a meal first thing in the morning does not need to be oats, toast, cereal, bagels, eggs, or pancakes. The important thing about having a meal when you wake up is that there is some protein and that you are consuming some type of food.
Need a good breakfast recipe that can be made in advance and stored in the fridge for a few days? Check out our muesli recipe here.
Comment below and let us know if you have any secrets or ideas for rushed mornings!