I’m sure you’ve heard before that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. However, between work, school and everyday life, it often seems like there just isn’t enough time for it. Finding a quick, enjoyable meal to eat before class is essential. Being well fed gives you the energy you need to make it through long days at school. These suggestions provide breakfast ideas that will take you 10 minutes or less and will have you out the door in no time.
1. Protein Shake
Protein shakes are super quick and convenient, but are also filling and nutritious. These are very versatile and can be made to fit almost any craving. I like to start out with a milk alternative. Some of my favorites are almond milk or oat milk. However, you can swap these out for regular milk or a fruit juice instead. Next, you add in protein powder. There are plenty options available for both plant-based protein and whey protein as well. They also come in all sorts of flavors. I tend to always buy vanilla because it goes with almost any ingredient. Next, you add in fruit or any other add ins you want. I love putting in bananas, strawberries and blueberries, or even peanut butter. You can also add veggies like spinach for more nutrients. Finally, you add ice and blend all the ingredients together. My favorite simple shake to make is almond milk, vanilla protein powder, banana, peanut butter and ice. (Photo from healthy-delicious.com)
This option seems like a no brainer, but I’m going to tell you how to spice up your average bowl of cereal. First, you pick your favorite milk and cereal and put them in a bowl. Then, I add toppings to make the meal more filling and substantial. I like to slice up bananas and put them on top of the cereal. I also often add cinnamon or honey to the top to add extra flavor. You can also add in peanut butter or nuts to mix in.
3. Yogurt Parfait
You start off by picking your favorite yogurt. There are so many to choose from. Regular yogurt, Greek yogurt and dairy-free yogurts all provide you with so many options. My favorite is the So Delicious coconut milk yogurt, which is available in tons of flavors. I start by putting yogurt into a glass or bowl. Then, I layer granola or cereal on top. Then, I add more yogurt. Next, I like to put fresh fruit on top of that. I keep layering until the dish is full. This is another of the easy and nutritious breakfast ideas that is always fun to make. (Photo from Eat Good 4 Life)
4. Avocado Toast
This is a great option for when you’re wanting something more savory. You start out by toasting two pieces of bread of your choice. Next, you cut open an avocado. I use the whole avocado, but you can use half if that is enough for you. I mash up the avocado with a fork in a separate bowl. Then, I apply it onto the bread. I then season it with salt and pepper and red chili flakes. This is one of the easiest breakfast ideas, but it will keep you full throughout your day. (Photo from lovingitvegan.com)
Waffles are a great choice when you’re in the mood for something sweet. I like to choose whole grain toaster waffles, which are a healthier option. I also don’t load them up with butter or syrup. To make the meal more nutritious, I top two waffles with peanut butter and sliced bananas. I also sometimes sprinkle cinnamon on top.
6. Overnight Oats
This meal is great when you know you won’t have a lot of time in the morning because all the preparations are made at night. You take a serving of regular rolled oats and put them in any container. Next, your pour any milk you like until it covers the oats. Then, you add in any toppings you want. You can add nuts, dried fruits, peanut butter, cinnamon, berries, raisins, coconut or more. The options are really endless. You can also add protein powder to make it more filling. Then, you cover the oats and refrigerate them until the morning. In the morning, you can eat as is or heat the oatmeal up. This is my favorite of the breakfast ideas because of how effortless it is in the mornings. I like to put the oats in a Tupperware container so I can eat it on the way to school or in class.
Homemade or store bought granola is another great breakfast idea, which is very versatile. I like to make my own at home, so I can control what goes in it. There are plenty of recipes online for easy to make granola. You can also make it in large batches so it will last you a while. However, store bought options can be great as well. I recommend the KIND brands options, which can be found at Target. Granola can be eaten alone with milk for a simple meal. It can also be used in yogurt parfaits or overnight oats. As a bonus, it can also be eaten alone as a snack in between classes throughout the day.
8. Scrambled Eggs
Eggs are a great source of protein and pretty easy to make. On mornings where I have a little extra time, I whisk up two eggs in a bowl. I spray a frying pan with non-stick oil. Then, I put the eggs in the pan on the stove. It takes about 5 minutes to cook the eggs, which isn’t bad. I will often pair the eggs with toast to make sure I’ll stay full throughout the day.