For the longest time I’ve avoided breakfast. I even deemed myself as a non breakfast eater for much of my twenties + even the start of my 30s. The issue wasn’t as simple as not being hungry in the mornings. My issue was I never knew what to make AND the things I would think to make seem to have an ingredients list a mile long. So like many people I just loaded up on ice coffee or beverages and thugged it out till lunchtime. This of course left me STARVING by lunch, which was a domino effect of bad food decisions for the rest of the day 🤦🏾♀️.
What I did notice is on the weekends, when I had more time I actually ate much better. On the weekends I get up and make a pretty solid breakfast without the feeling of “rush” that I normally feel during the weekdays. Because I was able to feed myself early on during the day I wasn’t making a whole lot of hangry (hungry +angry) food decisions for the rest of the day.
With the start of school for my little one on top of my own teacher training, coming up with quick breakfasts ideas during the week was necessary. Here are my top go to breakfast ideas that take little to no time during those busy week day mornings.
Quick Breakfast Ideas
1. Overnight Oats: Dress em’ up or dress them down, overnight Oats can be savory or sweet. What I love most is the ingredients are basic + I usually always have them on hand. Base Ingredients: Rolled Oats, Almond Milk Optional Adds: Mashed Bananas , Chia Seeds, Cacao Nibs, maple syrup and the list goes on. How to do it: Add Oats and milk to mason jar and place in fridge overnight. In the morning mix and top with fresh fruit, maple syrup or other optional adds.
2. Avocado Toast: Classic savory yet filling breakfast item with very few ingredients. Base Ingredients: Toast (bread), Avocado, lemon juice, hemp seeds OR Trader Joes “Everything but the bagel” seasoning.
Don’t like Avocado? Ditch it and add peanut butter! Optional add-ins: Banana with cinnamon and honey
3. PB & J smoothie: Smoothies can be made with just about anything! Lots of ingredients or very few, this a great way to get lots of nutrition in at any part of your day. Base Ingredients: Frozen berries, peanut butter, almond milk Optional Adds: Banana, vanilla/berry yogurt How to: Toss frozen berries and almond milk in blender to mix. Add Peanut Butter and berry yogurt, blend again.
4. Yogurt Bowl: Sweet and nutritious, can be made the morning of or even the night before. Base Ingredients: Favorite Yogurt, fruit of choice Optional Adds: Granola, Chia Seeds, Almond Butter, or honey How to: Toss frozen fruit and yogurt in blender. Mix and then top with optional adds.
5. Apple Sauce: Yep you read it right! Can be enjoyed either cold or warm, alone or even paired. Base Ingredients: Apples, Water, Cinnamon Optional Adds: sugar, granola, walnuts (for crunch) How to: Peel and cut apples (3-4 small) into bite sized pieces place in sauce pan with 3/4 cups of water adds cinnamon. Allow to cook down stirring occasionally for 15-20 min until soft. Add to blender to breakdown to the consistency that you like and top with optional adds.
What a difference Breakfast Has Made
Over the last few weeks since school started back I have rotated between these 5 quick breakfast items and it has made a world of difference. I’m not starving by the time I get to lunch. I even stop having that midday crash from only drinking coffee in the morning. As the season starts to change for fall I’m sure I’ll be rotating these out for more fall friendly ideas. What are some of your go-to breakfast ideas for busy mornings?
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