It can be extremely difficult to find time for a healthy and satisfying breakfast during the weekday morning rush.. As we all know though, breakfast is the most important meal of the day and the benefits of fitting this crucial meal into your morning routine are endless. Eating breakfast helps wake up the metabolism, keep the body and mind charged until lunch, and can even assist in weight loss by preventing you from unnecessary munching later in the day. A healthy breakfast will also set a healthy tone for your daily eating habits. They key is preparing breakfast the night before, so all you have to do in the morning is wake up, grab your pre-made delicious and healthy breakfast, and run out the door! Here are our top five picks for a quick and healthy breakfast-on-the-go.
Protein smoothies are our go-to at Exubrancy. Eating protein early in the morning will keep you going strong late into the afternoon. The beauty of a protein smoothie is that you can put whatever you want in it. Fruit, veggies, nuts, seeds, juice, coconut water, milk, milk alternatives, you name it. If it will blend, it’s a smoothie. Not only is protein great for you skin, nails, muscles, and brain development, but also it boosts your metabolism and helps you burn fat. Preparation tip: Pick out your ingredients the night before. Put all ingredients in a zip-lock freezer bag overnight. In the morning, dump the ingredients in the blender, add the necessary seeds/protein powder/liquid, blend and pour in a take-away cup! This will take you at most 5 minutes in the morning and you will be left with a glorious (and free) smoothie that would have cost at least $10 at your local juice shop.
Note: You can find vegan/vegetarian and animal based proteins, but make sure the protein you buy is organic, and clean- as in, not filled with additional additives, flavors, gluten or preservatives. Also, if you are choosing an animal based protein, always stick with grass-fed, hormone-free products.
No Bread Bacon and Egg muffins:
As a Sarah Wilson devotee, I had to include her bacon and egg cupcakes. These are super easy to make- they literally take 15 minutes to make for a whole week. They are a fantastic protein hit for your early mornings,on-the-go option, and most of all, they are delicious! You can find the Recipe here.
Note: Make a week's worth on Sunday or Monday and store in the fridge. If you prefer them warm, take them to work and heat in the microwave for 30 seconds.
Overnight Oats stored in mason jars are one of the trendiest Instagram posts out there, and for a perfectly good reason. Not only are they delicious and nutritious, they are super easy to prepare the night before and grab on the go the next morning. . One of our favorite Overnight Oats recipes is Dana’s from the Minimalist Baker. These oats contains 5 ingredients, take 5 minutes to prep, and are naturally sweet, vegan and gluten-free. Plus, they contain 15 grams of protein per serving! Bonus! You can find the recipe here.
Apple sandwiches filled with nut butter and granola are not only a fantastic on-the-go breakfast option, but they are also great afternoon snacks. These healthy sandwich alternative take almost no time to prepare, are jam-packed with protein and are filled with delicious and healthy nutrients - perfect for a quick and healthy breakfast!
- Nut Butter (almond, peanut, cashew- make sure they are actually nut butters and not the fake, processed, chemical ones)
- Your favorite granola
- Cut apple into slices
- Spread a generous amount of nut butter across slice
- Sprinkle granola on top of nut butter
- Cap off the top with another apple slice.
Make as many as you need for breakfast, and maybe a few extra for your afternoon snack!
Another favorite recipe for an on-the-go breakfast is the Omelette Wrap by 101 Cookbooks. The wrap is actually made of egg only, instead of wheat. You can fill it with whatever ingredients your heart desires (e.g. bacon, goat cheese, chives, mushrooms, spinach). Just wrap it up with some aluminum foil for your commute and voila, you have yourself a healthy, protein-rich, delicious wrap which can be enjoyed either on your commute, or at the office. You can find the exact recipe here.