Put down that coffee shop doughnut! We understand that mornings can be chaotic, and more often than not those extra fifteen minutes of sleep trump food. By now we all know that breakfast does a body good. It replenishes your energy levels, kick starts you insulin response and even prevents heart disease.
Rushed unplanned mornings will inevitably lead to unwise choices like grabbing a nutritionally void sugar bomb, a greasy drive-thru breakfast, or (gasp) skipping breakfast altogether. Oh and if you think skipping breakfast saves calories it doesn't, research shows that people that skip breakfast tend to overeat at their next meal or graze the rest of the day to fight off hunger.
When you're in a rush, portable breakfasts make all the difference, and there are so many options that'll get your day off to the right start. Here are a few options to consider. Ranging from the stupid easy options, to a few that take a little prep time in the night before, but are worth all the effort. Enjoy!
- Greek Yogurt Parfait: Incredibly easy and totally customizable. Start off with plain Greek Yogurt (I use Fage 0%), sweeten with stevia or honey. Add chopped nuts, fruit, toasted seeds, nut butter. Or some organic granola with no added sugars.
- Instant oatmeal: To avoid the overly sugary processed brands prep up your own dried mixture. I’ve been loving bob’s redmill gluten free oats, that come in little cups. All you need to do is add a little something sweet, and some fruit and you’re good to go. For sweetness I like to add chocolate vegan protein powder and coconut flakes.
- Muffin Tin Eggs: This crazy high-powered egg hybrid thing that tastes like an omelette, looks like a muffin and is packed full of protein and delicious veggie nutrients. The best part it’s a nutritional powerhouse with 20grams of protein per serving and 260 cals. Have it with a piece of fruit for some extra fiber.
- Breakfast Cakes: Eating cake for breakfast is a surprisingly healthy way to start your day. I’ve been eyeing this recipe, and cannot wait to recreate it.
- Overnight oats: My personal favorite. You can whip it all up in under five minutes the night before, let it settle in the fridge, and you’ll wake up to a yummy healthy breakfast. Try out this Pumpkin Pie Protein Overnight Oatmeal.
- Shakes for breakfast: Shakes sound much more indulgent than smoothies no? They are wonderfully filling and so easy to make and consume. This recipe calls for the marriage of three wonderful flavors, banana, chocolate and peanut butter. You can sub the chocolate for chocolate protein powder and add a little greens to the mix.