Breakfast is the king of meals. The benefits of breakfast are sung from the mountaintops, but you don’t even need to read a bunch of studies to know that eating a healthy breakfast is one of the best things you can do for yourself. All you have to do is try it for yourself. Any lifelong breakfast-skipper who starts eating a healthy meal the first thing in the morning becomes an instant breakfast convert.
Sadly, we don’t always have the time to make an elaborate, balanced breakfast right when we get up. Luckily, you still have some great options if you’re in a bind for time but want energy and nutrition. This is the list of top 10 breakfasts that take five minutes or less to make.
- Avocado on whole grain toast with strawberries: Two servings of fruit, healthy fat, protein, and carbs: this sweet, creamy, crispy, option has everything you need to get going in the morning.
- Greek Yogurt, Granola, and Berries: Plain greek yogurt has skyrocketed in popularity over the past decade and it is no mystery why. It has protein and fat to get you going, and it can be mixed with granola for even more energy. Berries add antioxidants and sweetness. Try and make your own granola on the weekend to save money and assure it is as healthy and delicious as it can possibly be.
- Berry Smoothie Bowl: Fruit smoothies are an excellent way to get your daily recommendation of fruits, but not everyone is a fan of drinking their meals. That’s where the smoothie bowl comes in. It’s like a smoothie, but in a bowl, with whole fruits and granola piled on top. Yum!
- Leftovers + Eggs: Have some leftover potatoes from last night’s dinner? What about mushrooms, squash, or ground Turkey? That’s great news because you can throw them into your own protein scramble. Microwave the leftovers and scramble some eggs in a skillet. Toss the leftovers into the skillet as the egg starts to clump up. Put in a bowl and serve.
- Overnight Oats: The best part about this recipe is that the five minutes of prep are done the night before, which means you can just roll out of bed and have a healthy breakfast all ready to go. Combine milk, oats, fruit, honey in a container and leave it overnight. If you prefer it hot you can microwave.
- PBB&C: The peanut butter sandwich can be a powerful protein starter for your day. Use whole grain bread, natural peanut butter, a banana, and nutrient-dense chia seeds. If you need additional fiber in your diet, add some flax seeds to the sandwich.
- Green Smoothie: Fruit and vegetables done right, customized your way. There are endless varieties of the green smoothie, but our favorite has spinach and kiwis. Add coconut oil if you want to up the calories.
- Muesli: This nutritious breakfast cereal is rich in antioxidants, fiber, and probiotics. Better yet, a batch can last up to two months in your cupboard. Once you’ve got a batch of muesli on hand, you can mix it with milk or yogurt and top it off with fresh fruit.
- Egg and Spinach Omelet: Heat up eggs in a large pan. As they form together add a clump of spinach. It should wilt in about a minute. Serve with a side of whole grain wheat toast.
- 5-Minute Multigrain Cereal: This is a sure bet to help you last you to lunch, and it includes healthy grains and delicious fruit.