I have a math class at 8 am four days a week this quarter - thank God I'm a morning person! If you know me well enough, you know that one of the first things I think about when I wake up is breakfast. However, with only about 10-15 minutes to whip something up, finding a balanced meal can be a challenge sometimes. Typically, I crave sweet breakfasts ('cause, well, peanut butter), but occasionally I reach for eggs to bump up my protein intake.
If you find yourself in the same boat, then this should be helpful! I've collected some of the best recipes from around the web and some of my own to show you that eating a healthy breakfast - the most important thing in the morning - can be easy!
1. Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Baked Oatmeal by MyWholeFoodLife. If you love love love oatmeal - which you totally should because it's really yummy and good for you - then give these a try. Just bake them when you have time the day before, and then grab one on your way out the door! The almond butter and chocolate chips are such a tasty combination. Plus, you'll get a good amount of protein from the almonds, carbohydrates and fiber from the oats and bananas, and antioxidants from the chocolate chips! Yum!
2. Orange Overnight Oats by MindBodyGreen. Again with the oatmeal - I know. But have you ever heard of orange-flavored oats?! I sure haven't! Orange season is just about to wave good-bye, so grab a bunch and prep them for this vitamin-C-packed breakfast. All it takes is about 10 minutes of preparation the night before, and then you get to wake up to this jar full of flavor and nutrients to power your day.
3. Butternut Squash Protein Shake (GF, Vegetarian) by yours truly. I promise I'm not biased! I designed this recipe keeping in mind the fact that a busy college student like myself needs something quick, filling, and also delicious in the morning! All you need is a banana, some frozen butternut squash, protein powder, spinach and milk and a few common spices. Blend it up and drink it down!
4. Savory Breakfast Muffins by PaleoGrubs. Here's an example of something I'd make for mornings when I'm not craving a sweet breakfast. These cute muffins have broccoli, spinach, and mushrooms which are some of the best ingredients for an omelette or egg-scramble, and here they are in little muffins! With a little prep the night before (probably while you're doing homework) these are one of the easiest, most versatile quick breakfasts - I've made some with kale and peppers, and some people like to throw in sausage and cheese (to each his own). Pick your favorite veggies and get started!
5. Grilled PB&B on Ezekiel Bread (GF, Vegan) by yours truly. If you have about ten minutes in the morning, I highly recommend this! It's by far my favorite breakfast. Thick peanut butter, warm banana, crispy ezekiel bread - what more could you ask for? It's pretty similar to a grilled cheese, and you can easily whip it up and eat it on your way!
6. Healthy Homemade Granola Parfait byYummyHealthyEasy. I. Love. Greek yogurt. And I hope you do, too, because it's one of the best foods to feed your body in the morning (or at any time of day, for that matter)! It's packed with good-for-your-gut bacteria, protein, and carbohydrates to start your morning off right. This one is layered with homemade granola (a super easy recipe you can bake and then eat throughout the week), berries, and, um, dark chocolate! Forget the Greek yogurt - I'll eat dark chocolate for breakfast any day!