Lets face it. I’m constantly on the go and if you’re at all like me (driven, extremely organized and ridiculously busy) you don’t have a lot of time to spare. So why waste an hour every morning making breakfast when you could put that hour to use in some other way, such as sleeping, preparing for the day ahead or putting the final touches on a presentation or assignment? But spending less time on your breakfast doesn’t mean being unhealthy. Leave the pop tarts at home and skip your daily pit stop at Starbucks. Instead, opt for one of these 10 healthy and portable breakfast options that you can make in less than ten minutes!
1. The Classic: Strawberry-Banana Smoothie
There are a million different smoothie concoctions you can make, but in my opinion, you can never go wrong with Strawberry-Banana. Not only is it mouthwatering delicious, it is also extremely healthy, packed with tons of potassium, vitamin C and antioxidants.
2. Fruit and Yogurt Parfait
One of the simplest, tastiest and most healthy breakfast out there is the delicious fruit and yogurt parfait. And the best part? It can be made with any flavor yogurt and any toppings you like. Try to choose fat-free yogurts, free of aspartame and Sucralose to keep it as healthy as possible! And for the best flavor, choose fresh fruits that are in season, such as peaches in summer and apples in fall.
3. Zucchini Banana Bread
Zucchini makes everything moister and more tasty, especially banana bread. So make a batch in the evening while you’re watching your favorite TV show and slice some up in the morning when you’re ready to go. Can’t get much simpler than that. And at less than 200 calories a slice, this Zucchini Banana Bread will soon become your favorite breakfast item.
4. Whole Wheat Blueberry Banana Flax Muffins
At 200 calories each, these hearty, wholesome muffins make for the perfect portable breakfast. Flax lends a healthy dose of fiber and omega-3 fatty acids, while mashed bananas allow for a slight reduction in the added fat and sugar in this recipe, too.
5. Fresh Fruit Salad
On your way home from work, stop by the local framers market or fruit truck and pick up some delicious seasonal fruits. When you wake up, spend about 10 minutes slicing up a blend of fruits that will taste amazing together. Quick and healthy, a fruit salad will give you the sweetness and flavor you desire in a breakfast meal. One of my favorite combinations includes strawberries, bananas, kiwi and nectarine.
6. Toast with Egg
Sometimes, simple is just better. Lightly toast two slices of whole-grain bread and sprinkle with a dash of salt and pepper to taste. Top them with two sunny-side up eggs for a healthy does of protein, or cook the yolks more to make the whole thing a sandwich, and you’ve got a well rounded breakfast. And if you want to get a little crazy, follow this recipe for to add some avocado!
7. Breakfast Burritos
I’m not normally a burrito person in the morning, but these Black Bean Breakfast Burritos are absolutely delicious. The protein from the eggs and black beans will help keep you fuller longer and the spicy salsa keeps things interesting. And if you’re feeling ambitious, make a bunch, wrap them in foil and keep them in the freezer, for an easy microwave-and-go breakfast.
8. Oatmeal Squares
Oatmeal is a great option for a healthy breakfast, but who’s got the time to cook it, wait for it to cool down a bit and then eat it? So in order to make your favorite oatmeal more convenient and portable, bake it into squares! You’ll get a delicious breakfast, with all the health benefits that a bowl of oatmeal offers, without the extra time!
9. Peanut Butter Waffle
Take a whole wheat toaster waffle and spread it with peanut butter instead of syrup. You’ll cut the sugar and boost the protein and fiber. Also, add some raisins, sesame seeds or peanuts for an even more delicious and fiber-packed breakfast.
10. Peanut Butter, Strawberry and Banana Quesadillas
It’s like having dinner for breakfast with this delicious recipe. Make sure to use whole wheat tortillas, as the grains will offer tons of fiber and help keep you fuller longer. And using fresh strawberries and bananas will make this an absolute treat.
So next time you’re stuck with only a few minutes to spare in the morning, don’t reach for that Pop Tart or pick up a donut at the nearby coffee shop, try one of these quick and healthy breakfast ideas instead!