Too Busy For Breakfast? These 12 Grab-and-Go Meals Are For You

Healthy and slimming breakfasts on the go

Sure, you want to eat a healthy breakfast… but what you really want is to stay in bed until the absolute last possible minute. So which to choose: a couple more taps of the snooze button, or plopping your groggy self down at the table for a morning meal?

We have a better idea. Get that extra shut-eye… and then pack up breakfast to eat it on the go. You have multitasking skills--so you might as well put them to work at breakfast time!

We’ve rounded up a dozen quick and easy portable breakfasts. Some of them require a bit of prepping ahead of time, but they can be assembled in less time than it takes to pull through your favorite fast-food joint (which isn’t exactly a great weight-loss option anyway). Plus, knowing you have a mouthwatering breakfast waiting for you might be a little extra motivation to crawl out of that comfy, cozy bed.

12 Quick Breakfasts to Get You Out the Door

1. Overnight No-Cook Refrigerator Oatmeal

Refrigerated oats made of a delicious on the go breakfast.

Overnight refrigerator oats are perfect for healthy on the go breakfasts. Copyright Monica with

Get the Recipe: Overnight No-Cook Refrigerator Oatmeal

These genius little oatmeal bombs are perfect on days when you literally need to grab and go. Prep them the night before, refrigerate overnight, and pull it out of the fridge on the way out the door. Don’t forget your spoon!

2. Black Bean and Avocado Breakfast Burritos

Egg burritos get a fiber boost from beans and avocado

This breakfast burrito is full of slimming foods like bell pepper, black beans, and avocado. Credit: Ali with

Get the Recipe: Black Bean and Avocado Breakfast Burritos

The black beans are the weight-loss powerhouse in this delicious breakfast burrito. Don’t let the time they take to cook dissuade you from making this meal. If you’re in too much of a hurry, just use canned beans. Choose whole wheat tortillas for a more weight loss friendly meal.

3. Toast with Refried Beans and Avocado

This breakfast toast sandwich is full of fiber

Refried beans and avocado toast - perfect for on the go mornings. Credit: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt with

Get the Recipe: Toast with Refried Beans and Avocado

Toast lovers, rejoice! There’s a new and clever way to give in to your craving without feeling guilty. The fiber in the beans will help you feel full with just one piece of toast, and the healthy fat in the avocado adds a nice creamy texture. Healthy, delicious, and on the go.

4. Quinoa Porridge

Get the Recipe: Quinoa Porridge

This two-minute breakfast is high in protein and fiber. Just cook an extra batch of quinoa during the week to have it ready to use in this quick meal. On a busy morning, mix the quinoa with fruit and milk, microwave for 30 seconds, and run out the door.

5. Apple Peanut Butter Sandwich

A fun way to serve apples and peanut butter without bread

Peanut butter and apple - a healthy on the go treat for your morning commute. Credit: Jerry James Stone with

Get the Recipe: Apple Peanut Butter Sandwich

Just because bread isn’t weight-loss friendly doesn’t mean you have to give up on your morning peanut butter fix. This genius sandwich replaces the bread with fresh apple slices. A simple and delicious way to add more fiber to your meal. You can slice your apple, and carry the peanut butter in a small container for a more portable version.

6. Peanut Butter Fruit Wraps

Peanut Butter and Jelly Wrap

The peanut butter fruit wrap is much easier to eat on the go than peanut butter fruit sandwich.

Get the Recipe: Peanut Butter Fruit Wraps

This kid-friendly breakfast wrap is perfect for your little ones as well as the young-at-heart peanut butter lover. Want to make it even more slimming? Try using PB2, a lower calorie, protein-packed, low-fat powdered peanut butter alternative, instead.

7. Peanut Butter Banana Skinny Green Smoothie

Get the Recipe: Peanut Butter Banana Skinny Green Smoothie

Here’s a delicious way to get your fresh greens out of the way early in the morning--hide them in a peanut butter banana smoothie! Pour it in your favorite straw cup, and off you go.

8. Oatmeal Squares with Fruit

Oatmeal squares are portable and perfect for busy mornings

Oatmeal squares and fruit are easy to grab on the way out the door in the morning. Credit: Katie with

Get the Recipe: Oatmeal Squares with Fruit

Here’s a way to enjoy oatmeal on the go. Cook a batch of oatmeal squares in the evening and cut it into 16 portions. In the morning grab two squares and a cup of your favorite fruit, and head off to work.

9. Very Berry Chia Pudding

Pudding for breakfast? Yes please.

This slimming chia pudding can be eaten en route to work. Simply delicious breakfast via

Get the Recipe: Very Berry Chia Pudding

Who says you can’t have dessert for breakfast? This yummy berry pudding is a perfect solution if your sweet tooth gets an early craving. And the recipe makes two servings--which means you can enjoy it two mornings in a row!

10. Pomegranate Blueberry Parfait

Get the Recipe: Pomegranate Blueberry Parfait

High in antioxidants and tasty to boot, this gluten-free parfait can be assembled in 30 seconds. It’s hard to beat that when you’re in a rush.

11. Fruit and Quinoa Parfait

The quinoa adds a nice dose of protein to this delicious breakfast.

This fruit and quinoa parfait is a great way to add more protein to your portable breakfast. Credit: Angela with

Get the Recipe: Fruit and Quinoa Parfait

Quinoa lends a nice nutty taste to this breakfast, without packing on the calories and fat that granola would.

12. Quinoa Breakfast Jars

Get the Recipe: Quinoa Breakfast Jars

If you’re a fan of hearty breakfasts, give this quinoa and egg breakfast jar a try. Packed with superfoods, including quinoa and kale, it provides plenty of fiber and protein to keep you full until lunchtime. The recipe makes four servings, which you can share with family members, or use for meals throughout the week.

Breakfast in a Rush

While most portable breakfasts are pretty much glorified candy bars, these Full Plate approved breakfasts are high in fiber foods--such as veggies, beans, fruit and cooked whole grains--giving your body a good mixture of nutrients and priming it for weight loss for the rest of the day. The fiber will help you stay full longer, so you can skip the mid-morning snack--which makes it that much easier to shed unwanted pounds.

With just a little bit of planning, you can have slimming food ready to grab as you rush out the door in the morning. So pick a favorite recipe, and try it this week.


Michelle Jones

Michelle Jones is head copywriter, recipe curator, makeup artist, and occasional stage hand at Full Plate Living by day, and a ridiculously happy mother of a toddler at night. You can keep up with her random musings on Twitter.