Why does everyone always talk about how important it is to eat breakfast? Is it really such a big deal?
The short answer? Yes, very.
And experts have a laundry list of reasons why — everything from kick-starting your metabolism, to helping you consume fewer calories during the day, to improving your productivity, even keeping your mood lifted.
Diet-to-Go offers both a 5- and 7-day meal plan that includes breakfast, lunch and dinner, but what if you choose the lunch-dinner only plan, need weekend breakfasts, or just want some ideas for breakfasts that are healthy and delicious?
We rounded up our 14 favorites from around the web — 7 sweet and 7 savory — the kinds of things you can grab and go during the morning rush, but will still keep you full and powering through until lunch.
(Pro Tip: Spend a couple of hours on Sunday making your breakfasts for the week so they’re ready and waiting for you to reheat on your way out the door!)
Avocado (fondly referred to as nature’s butter) is a known superfood, packed with potassium, fiber and healthy fats. Slap some slices on a piece of whole wheat toast with some ricotta cheese spread on it, and you’ve got yourself the perfect quick-and-easy breakfast.
Forget store-bought stuff. Make your own instant oatmeal instead. (It’s actually really easy). Toss the whole-rolled oats, cinnamon, raisins and nuts into a Ziploc baggie. Add some water and heat when you get to the office.
Recipe courtesy of Taylor Made Homestead
Eggs are one of the best things to eat in the morning, but they’re not typically something you can grab when you’re in a hurry. Huevos Rancheros, however, makes that possible. Cook the egg the night before and wrap it in a whole wheat tortilla with a piece of Canadian bacon or sliced ham. Then all you have to do is pop it in the microwave the next morning. Quick and easy!
Recipe courtesy of Real Simple
Speaking of easy ways to take eggs with you, these ultimate egg sandwiches are the bees-knees. The night before, make egg patties and put them between the slices of an English muffin, along with some cheese and turkey bacon or lean ham. Wrap them in tin foil and put them in the freezer. For breakfast the next morning, remove them from the tin foil and microwave on high for about 1-2 minutes.
Recipe courtesy of The Kitchn
This one takes a bit of preparation, but well worth the effort. It combines ham, cheese and green onions into small bite-size biscuits that are seriously out of this world.
Quiche doesn’t have to be an hour-plus-long commitment. Even better, you can make it pretty easily in a good old-fashioned coffee mug. All you need to do is microwave 1 teaspoon of butter in the mug for 20 seconds, whisk 2 eggs and 3 tablespoons milk, then add a bit of chives, cheese, chopped deli ham, halved cherry tomatoes and some torn pieces of bread on top. Wrap the mug in cling film and nuke it in the microwave for 1.5-2 minutes. Give it 30 seconds to cool down and you’re done!
Recipe courtesy of Not Quite Nigella
These filling morning yums are the kinds of things you’ll probably find yourself making every week once you try them once. They hold up well in the fridge for morning reheating and aren’t too tough to make. After preheating the oven to 400 degrees, grease 18 muffin cups, roll out some pre-made breakfast dough on a lightly floured surface and press them into the muffin cups so they’re open. Brown about 8 ounces of sausage (be sure to drain the fat) and put them in the opened muffin cups. Then, whisk 7 eggs with a bit of milk and salt and pour that mixture over the sausage in the dough. Top with some cheese and bake for 15 to 18 minutes. Painless and packed with protein!
Recipe courtesy of All Recipes
Almond butter? Apples? Granola? Sign us up! To make these tasty morsels, remove the apple core, slice the apples, spread on some almond butter and sprinkle with granola. Then put them together for a tasty, fun and delicious “sandwich” you can eat in the car.
Yogurt is another superfood, capable of doing a host of healthy things for your body. But it’s one of those foods that’s a bit tougher to eat on-the-go — until now. Pick your favorite 6-ounce container of fruit yogurt, open it up to drain the excess liquid, put the lid back on and cut a slit for the craft stick. Put it in the freezer for 5+ hours and now you have a yogurt popsicle. (You can even add some granola or fruit into the cup before freezing it).
Fruit smoothies are great for breakfast, but this one goes the extra step by adding protein-packed peanut butter to the mix. Freeze some bananas the night before, then chop them up and add peanut butter, soy milk, yogurt, honey and a few ice cubes to your blender. Mix it all up and you’ll be in smoothie heaven.
Recipe courtesy of Chubby Vegetarian
Who doesn’t love a good parfait? And these ones are so easy to make. Layer Greek yogurt and your favorite fruits in a jar. Put them in the fridge the night before so they’re easy to grab in the morning.
Chocolate and bananas in the morning...AND they’re actually healthy? Yep, with these little delights they are. You can whip them up using just one bowl, and they don’t take long to make (although you will have to bake them in advance). They’re the kind of grab-and-go recipe that last all week, too.
Chia seeds are so, so good for you. They’re whole grain and loaded with fiber, protein and Omega-3 fatty acids. And with this recipe, you can actually eat them in a breakfast pudding. To make it combine ¼ cup of chia seeds with coconut milk and a ½ tablespoon of a sweetener (agave, honey, Splenda, sugar, etc.). Leave the mixture in a jar in the fridge overnight, and you’ll wake up the next day with something really special waiting for you.
Easy Breakfast Smoothie Pops
Who says you can’t have a smoothie for breakfast? For these little babies, blend ⅓ cup quick oats until finely chopped. Then add ¾ cup grape juice, 2 ¼ cup frozen blueberries, 1 cup Greek yogurt, ½ cup almond milk and 3 tablespoons honey. Pour into 12 (⅓ cup) ice molds and freeze overnight. The next morning, you’ll have a seriously tasty treat waiting for you to start your day off right.
Recipe courtesy of Welch’s
Author: Caitlin Hendee
Diet-to-Go Community Manager
Caitlin is the Diet-to-Go community manager and an avid runner. She is passionate about engaging with others online and maintaining a healthy, active lifestyle. She believes moderation is key, and people will have the most weight loss success if they engage in common-sense healthy eating and fitness.