Think fast, but hearty
“During the week, I’m usually rushing and like to have quick and easy-to-prepare light breakfast stuff at the ready. Some favorites: Plain yogurt with fresh fruit (have the tough stuff prepped ahead). This time of year, I’m loving pomegranates and pineapple. Cast a few nuts or flaxseed on top. Whole grain toast with peanut butter or a fast avocado mash with lemon, olive oil, garlic and red pepper flakes are really wholesome and both fill you up fast. And hardly anything beats one or two eggs scrambled and finished with grated cheese and scallions. Weekends are another story — I tend to bring out the bacon and the big guns then.” — Holly Herrick, cookbook author and food writer
Aim for a balanced mix
“When it comes to pulling together a healthy breakfast, I always aim for plenty of protein, whole grains and healthy fats. Fruit is a great way to sweeten the meal and add some fiber, too! Some of my favorite go-to options when I’m in a hurry are thick protein shakes that I can eat with a spoon (often topped with granola, nuts, berries, seeds and/or whole grain cereal):
Greek yogurt topped with homemade granola and fruit:
Or wholegrain toast, waffles or English muffins topped with peanut butter and banana and drizzled with honey or maple syrup. A Greek yogurt or an egg on the side adds calcium, protein and staying power!” — Blair Lonergan, blogger, writer and recipe developer at The Seasoned Mom
Try freeze-ahead food
“One breakfast tip that I use as a busy mom: I take about 10 minutes to make a variety of smoothies with frozen fruit and protein, and place them in plastic food containers that are freezer-safe (e.g. Tupperware).
I place these individual containers into the freezer and at night before I go to bed I place a smoothie in the refrigerator. When I get up in the morning to get ready for work, I have a yummy smoothie to eat while I am rushing out the door. — Sharee, food blogger/author of Savory Spicerack
Prep prior to the morning rush
This one can all be prepped days in advance and just requires assembly and a fried egg the next day:
Freeze fruits the night before to make a quick smoothie bowl in the AM:
— Whitney English, healthy living blogger/author of To Live & Diet in L.A.
Have fun with it
“No. 1, make sure you actually eat it! Sometimes in the chaos of the morning, I’ll make my own food and leave it sitting somewhere instead of taking five minutes to actually eat it. No. 2, prepare! Make sure to dedicate time on Sunday to get your breakfast in order. There’s nothing worse than running around trying to find food when you are rushing to get out the door. And last but not least, don’t make it complicated — it’s breakfast! A bagel with goat cheese, tomato toast or a hard boiled egg or two always help me to keep on moving along.” — Sheree Thompson, food blogger/author of Eat Good Supper
Remember, quick can still be flavorful
While I love my quinoa with just salt, pepper and lime juice, I do make an amazing stir-fried quinoa with boiled potatoes and peanuts. This stir-fried quinoa recipe is my go-to dish for boring weekday mornings. Not only is the recipe easy, but it is also packed with protein, fiber, minerals and lots of flavor. Prep your quinoa the night before and the dish actually comes together within minutes!” — Smruti Shah, food blogger/author of Herbivore Cucina
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