This post is for my fellow snooze button addicts.
I would love to be one of those people who immediately pops out of bed when the alarm goes off, enjoys a leisurely morning, and freshly cooked breakfast. But I’ve come to accept that instead, I’m one of those people who will set their alarm for five more minutes of sleep six times before actually getting out the bed, scrambling to put myself together and shoveling in a quick breakfast before running out the door.
While I may skip styling my hair, as a dietitian, one thing I won’t skip is starting my day with an energizing breakfast. Even if I feel like I don’t have enough time, I know that skipping breakfast means I’ll feel too cranky, tired and ravenously hungry to function by 10 am.
To make sure I’m prepared with something nourishing and tasty to eat while I run out the door, I try to set aside a little time over the weekend to prep a grab and go breakfast. Or, I make sure I have no-cook options on hand that I can quickly throw together to make a balanced breakfast. Here’s 7 of my favorite grab-and-go breakfasts:
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Sunday mornings, when I actually do have time to cook a leisurely breakfast, I love to whip up a veggie packed frittata and enjoy the leftovers during the week. Sometimes I’ll eat the frittata cold, or sandwiched between two slices of bread to make a breakfast sandwich. Try this smoked salmon and goat cheese frittata.
Meal Prep a Breakfast Board
A breakfast board is like a cheese board, but with breakfast foods, like yogurt cups, smoked salmon, sliced fresh fruit, nuts, energy bites, or hard boiled eggs. Pack the ingredients in a bento box or lidded glass container with sections, and use this post for inspiration on what to include.
Baking muffins is a fun weekend activity that preps me with a breakfast or snack food during the week. Recipes using whole grain flour are a bit more satisfying, as the fiber in whole grains keeps you fuller longer. Enjoy leftover muffins paired with peanut or almond butter and fruit during the week for an easy grab-and-go breakfast. Try these honey pear muffins, which are lightly sweetened with honey and made with whole grains.
Meal prep freezer smoothie bags on the weekend so you can have a weekday smoothie in less than a minute. Simply freeze fruit and your favorite smoothie mix-ins in a zip-top bag, then add to a blender with milk or juice and blend when you’re ready to enjoy. Try this berry maca chocolate smoothie, which is packed with antioxidants.
Enjoy “freshly” cooked oatmeal in a minute by cooking your favorite oatmeal recipe, and freezing in a muffin tin before storing in a zip top bag. When you’re ready to eat, heat it up in the microwave with a couple tablespoons of water or milk. Try this recipe for freezer pumpkin steel cut oatmeal.
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