Summer is almost over and your schedule is about to get a lot busier. Essentially, that means it’s time to say goodbye to sleeping in and hello to frantically waking up after you hit the snooze button 10 times. It might take you a while to get back into the swing of things, but running around in the morning shouldn’t take a toll on your healthy eating habits. There are plenty of simple, yet nutrient-rich breakfast choices that make eating well on the go as simple as can be.
Here are four nutritious and quick breakfast recipes you can create on a time crunch:
1. Mustard, Avocado and Dill on a Whole Wheat Muffin with Boiled Egg
Who doesn’t love avocado? It has an incredible flavor, rich consistency and it’s a healthy fat that’s loaded with nutrients. Add a soft-boiled egg and a whole-wheat English muffin and you’ve got a quick and delicious balanced breakfast. Try this recipe from Real Simple magazine. You’ll need:
- 2 100-percent whole-wheat English muffins, split and toasted
- 1 small avocado, sliced
- 1 soft-boiled egg
- Fresh dill for garnish
Simply top each English muffin half evenly with mustard, avocado and dill. Serve with the egg, and voila – you’ve got an incredible breakfast that’ll only cost you 338 calories!
2. Almond Butter, Yogurt and Fruit Parfait
Parfaits make excellent healthy breakfast options and they’re so convenient for the days you have to eat on the go. The combination of honey, fresh fruit, yogurt and almond butter creates a sweet, guilt-free treat that you’ll end up eating multiple times a week. To create this simple meal, you’ll need:
- 3/4 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt
- 2 tablespoons almond butter
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1/4 cup grapes, cut in half
- 3 strawberries, cut into quarters
- 2 tablespoons chopped almonds
Just whisk the yogurt, almond butter and honey in a medium bowl until smooth. Place grapes at the bottom of a serving glass, and top with a layer of yogurt. Add strawberries and almonds for the finishing touch.
3. Overnight oatmeal
Searching for a recipe you can prepare overnight? Look no further – overnight oats make a scrumptious breakfast, and you won’t have to worry about saving cooking time for the morning! Plus, steel-cut oats are an incredible whole grain that’ll give you that energy you need to get through the day. This recipe from Good Housekeeping magazine is simple. You’ll need:
- A small slow cooker
- 1 cup whole milk
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup steel-cut oats
- 4 cups water
- 2 apples, sliced
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
First, prepare your slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray. Then, add the oats, milk, sugar, vanilla, salt, water, apples and butter. Cover and cook until the apples and oats are tender – low and slow for eight hours is suggested – which is also, coincidentally, the recommended amount of sleep you should get per night.
In the morning, remove the oats from the slow cooker. Add more milk if desired, then sprinkle almonds on top for crunch.