If you’re like many of us, you have too many things to do and not enough time. You need a breakfast that doesn’t come out of a box that also offers nutrients – and won’t have you starving within the hour. Ideally, these breakfasts can fit into a Fit & Fresh container that you can grab from the refrigerator, toss in your work bag and dash out the door with! Check out some breakfast ideas that fit the bill below:
Quinoa fruit parfait
Instead of eating a sugar-laden yogurt with a touch of real fruit juice, prep this fruit parfait the night before. Spoon several tablespoons of nonfat, unflavored yogurt into a container and add in 1/2 cup of your favorite fruits. Summertime guarantees juicy peaches, lush strawberries and bursting blackberries – so feel free to mix up the variety! Then add in cooked quinoa for an extra protein boost. Since this grain is a complete protein, you can feel good knowing you’ll also be getting essential nutrients to keep you feeling your best.
Mini egg ‘muffins’
Who says scrambled eggs have to wait until a lazy weekend morning? These “muffins” are baked eggs tossed with your favorite ingredients. This recipe from food blog Dinner at the Zoo used diced ham, spinach and cheddar cheese. Simply whisk six eggs together, sprinkle in your ingredients and bake them in muffin tins for 15-20 minutes at 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Vegetarians can experiment with sliced red peppers, mushrooms and havarti cheese. Nosh on these muffins when they’re fresh out of the oven or pop them in the toaster oven when you need them the next morning.
Breakfast-oat chocolate chip cookies
When the craving hits for chocolate, reach for these healthier cookies instead of a packaged variety. Amy’s Baking suggested mixing in dark chocolate chips and fresh cranberries for a healthy start to the day. Her recipe calls for oats as well as whole-wheat flour. However, if you need a gluten-free version, pour oats into a food processor to make your own oat flour. You will likely get a dense, chewy cookie as a result. Mix an egg, a dash of baking powder, some maple syrup and a few pats of butter, then fold in the flour. Add in your chocolate and berries, then spoon them onto a baking sheet. Bake them at 325 degrees Fahrenheit for 9 to 12 minutes – and then enjoy these cookies whenever you need a pick-me-up!
Granny Smith & PB waffle sandwich
Frozen, whole–grain waffles aren’t just for kids. You can toast these the night before or let them cook while you pour your coffee to-go. Once they’re done, you can slather on peanut butter (we also love almond butter) and top with sliced Granny Smith apples for a refreshing bite. Need to assemble your breakfast at the office? Pre-slice your apples the night before and keep a travel pack of peanut butter ready.
Breakfast no longer needs to be boring or a lengthy affair. Instead, you can try these recipes to keep you going until lunch – and be the envy of the entire office!