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
➡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!
➡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.
➡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.
➡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.
➡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.
➡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.
➡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.
➡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.
➡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!
➡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.
➡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.
➡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.