Breakfast is the most important way to start your day. Not because it kick starts your metabolism or gives you energy to carpe that diem. I don’t know about you, but I wake up hangry and breakfast helps keep my bad attitude at bay. The only problem is that I have to be at work for 8am, which leaves little room to lounge in bed with pancakes like I see all over Instagram. I’m always on the hunt for healthy breakfast ideas that are easy for on the go. I broke down some of my favorite breakfast foods into two categories: easy for your commute and dishes best served at your desk.
Easy healthy breakfast foods that you can eat while you’re driving.
Steer clear of smoothies. You’re already running late and the last thing you want is to spill something all over you. Here are a few healthy breakfast recipes that require only one hand to eat and produce minimal crumbs.
I adore Larabars, but at a $1+ a pop, I only buy them for special occasions. Making your own is easy and affordable, once you get past the sticker shock of the nuts. Deep breaths, those almonds will last you a long time. Each recipe calls for 2-6 shelf stable ingredients, meaning you can make a batch or two every week without running to the grocery store. I’ve make several versions of these Larabar recipes, including chocolate chip cookie dough and blueberry muffin.
Banana chocolate chip muffins
Muffins? I know, we’re treading close to crumb territory, but I promise this healthy version won’t make a mess of your car. When you’re looking for a mess-free muffin, look closely at the ingredients. The mashed banana and Greek yogurt in this recipe don’t just pack a nutritional punch, they also make for a denser muffin. Dense = less cakey = less crumby.
Note: When you’re shopping for “skinny” banana chocolate chip muffin recipe, white whole wheat flour is much easier to find than whole wheat pastry flour (plus a lot more versatile!)
Healthy breakfast recipes that you can “cook” at your desk.
Fine, cook might be a stretch…more like assemble.
My number one favorite breakfast in the winter is oatmeal because it’s warm and I’m 80 years old at heart. I’m weaning myself off of the sugary store bought packets and making my own. For a base, all you need is ½ cup of quick cook or old fashioned oats and some hot water from the break room. Let it sit at your desk for a few minutes to “cook” then go nuts with your toppings. Below are some of my favorite mix-in combos, but here is how a professional food blogger makes her DIY oatmeal packets.
Please note that I’m not a chef, these are based on personal preference.
- Death by Chocolate
- Hot cocoa packet
- 1 tbs chocolate chips
- Apple Crisp
- 1 apple, sautéed in a little butter and cinnamon the night before
- Sprinkle of brown sugar
- Ginger Berry
- Sprinkle of ground ginger
- Packet of Stevia or sugar
- 1 cup thawed mixed berries
- Blueberries and Cream
- Sprinkle of coconut or brown sugar
- Splash of half and half
- 1 cup thawed blueberries
Peanut butter and banana toast
Getting your hands on a ripe banana is a lot easier (and affordable!) than finding an avocado ready to go. Not to mention screwing the lid on a jar of peanut butter is a lot easier than packing up half of an avocado while you’re stuck in a cubicle.
- Whole grain or sprouted sliced bread
- Peanut butter, or nut-free alternative
- China seeds
- Honey (optional)
Don’t have a toaster at work? Not a problem, this still tastes bomb on non-toasted bread. Just be sure to start with a solid base, aka something with a better nutritional and flavor profile than Wonder Bread. Your toast won’t just taste better, a few grams of fiber will also help keep you full until lunch. If you’re looking for an extra nutritional boost, sprinkle with teaspoon or two of chia seeds because they’re packed with even more fiber and Omega-3 fatty acids. Want to treat yourself this morning? Drizzle with a little honey to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Freezer breakfast sandwiches
When you’re meal prepping this weekend, consider how much less hectic your mornings would be if you didn’t spend time scrambling to find something to eat. While egg muffins are all over Pinterest, I prefer something a little heartier. Enter the freezer breakfast sandwiches. All you need are a few ramekins, eggs, English muffins, and cheese. The Suburban Soapbox’s recipe takes less than 15 minutes to make and you have freezer-friendly breakfast all week. To thaw, you just need 2 minutes in the microwave.
- Are you a breakfast believer or is eating in the morning not your cup of tea?
- Do you eat breakfast at your desk or do you try to sneak in your first meal before your shift starts?
- Yay or nay: Smoothies for breakfast in the winter?
Feature image by Benjamin Voros.