Have you ever woken up just to be immediately exhausted thinking of everything you have to do for the day? Between getting ready for work, school, carpools and packing lunches, there is often little time to prepare a healthy breakfast. With limited time and so much to do, it’s no wonder last night’s cheesecake looks like the best on-the-go option. That’s why easy, pre-made breakfasts are ideal. Try one of these quick and delicious recipes next time you need extra help before a hectic morning.
This quick, fun twist on classic oatmeal is especially refreshing during the muggier months of the year, as the oats are chilled instead of heated. The oats soak overnight in a jar, resulting in a creamy, pudding-like breakfast that tastes like dessert. For a healthier option, the sweetener can be left out. The best part is that this meal is meant to sit overnight. You can even make a big batch for the week as these little jars of oats can last for a few days. All you have to do in the morning is pop open the lid and grab a spoon to enjoy this versatile, healthy and filling breakfast option.
–A mason jar or any sealable glass jar
–1/3 cup quick, rolled oats
–1/3 cup Greek yogurt
–2/3 cup milk
–1 tbsp. chia seeds
–½ tsp. vanilla extract
–Dash of salt
–½ banana, sliced or mashed
–1 to 2 tbsp. of maple syrup
–Handful of frozen berries
- Put all of the ingredients into a bowl and stir.
- Pour bowl contents into a jar, seal and store in the refridgerator overnight.
- In the morning, go crazy with toppings. Fresh fruit, granola, and nut butters are all options, but the possibilities are endless.
Fruit & Yogurt Smoothie
A bowl of fruit and yogurt is undeniably tasty, but it can get boring. Pour those contents into a blender and enjoy an energizing and refreshing smoothie full of essential vitamins, minerals and protein. Fruit is a great source of fiber, which most people don’t get enough of. A smoothie is an easy way to meet your daily fruit needs while making sure your fruit doesn’t go to waste.
-½ cup Greek yogurt
-½ ripe banana
-Handful of blueberries
-Handful of blackberries
-5 large strawberries
- Add all ingredients to a blender and blend to desired consistency.
- Pour into a glass and refrigerate overnight. The smoothie might need a little stir in the morning as it thickens in the refrigerator.
Mini Breakfast Quiches
Eggs are a versatile breakfast staple, made even more scrumptious when in the form of mini-quiches. Plus, the combination of protein and fiber will keep you satisfied and ready to face your to-do list. This is a one-bowl recipe that only requires some preparation the night before. Once cooked, they can be refrigerated and heated up as you go.
–Salt and pepper
–¼ cup milk
–1 cup egg whites or 6 eggs
–3 oz. finely chopped cooked ham
–2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
–6 oz. mushrooms, sliced and sautéed
–8 oz. spinach, cooked and sliced
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees, and spray a 12-cup muffin pan with cooking spray.
- Heat olive oil in two separate pans, add mushrooms to one pan and spinach to the other, sprinkle both with salt and pepper, and sautée until cooked.
- In a large bowl, add egg whites, ham, milk, cheese, salt and pepper, and mix. Then, stir in spinach and mushrooms, and ladle mixture equally into muffin cups.
- Bake for 25 minutes, remove from oven, and let muffins cool. Then, enjoy!