We’ve all heard more than once that starting the day with a healthy breakfast is great for the brain and the belly. But with all that prework hustle and bustle, not everyone has time to whip up a hot stack of pancakes or bake a fancy frittata. Make your morning routine a breeze by preparing a few nutritious staples ahead of time, like hearty oatmeal cups, simple egg dishes and grab-and-go bars. Your alarm clock will thank you!
1. MAKE-AHEAD INSTANT OATMEAL JARS | MYFITNESSPAL’S ORIGINAL RECIPES
If you’re tired of relying on those packets of flavored oatmeal loaded with sugar and artificial ingredients, make these adorable jars the night before. By creating your own mix rather than purchasing packets, you’ll not only save money, but you’ll also cut calories and added sugar. Mason jars or plastic baggies will do the trick for the storage. Top with nuts or dried fruit of choice. Recipe makes 1 serving.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 229; Total Fat: 6g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Monounsaturated Fat: 2g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 152mg; Carbohydrate: 38g; Dietary Fiber: 5g; Sugar: 7g; Protein: 6g
2. BANANA ZUCCHINI OATMEAL CUPS | HUMMUSAPIEN
Imagine all the goodness of oatmeal (plus some hidden veggies, too) in portable muffin form. Voilà! These easy oatmeal cups can be baked ahead of time and frozen for a hearty, quick and downright delicious grab-and-go breakfast option. Simply pop one in the microwave for breakfast in seconds. Recipe makes 12 servings at 1 oatmeal cup each.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 134; Total Fat: 5g; Saturated Fat: 0g; Monounsaturated Fat: 2g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 705mg; Carbohydrate: 21g; Dietary Fiber: 4g; Sugar: 6g; Protein:4g
3. MAKE-AHEAD MINI FRITTATAS | CLEAN EATING
When time doesn’t allow you to enjoy a leisurely morning omelet with all the fixings, this recipe is the next best thing. These tasty Italian-style frittatas are packed with juicy tomatoes, lean chicken sausage, mozzarella and fresh basil, then baked in a muffin tin for portability. Recipe makes 6 servings at 2 frittatas each.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 291; Total Fat: 16g; Saturated Fat: 6g; Monounsaturated Fat: 6g; Cholesterol: 297mg; Sodium:489 mg; Carbohydrate: 15.5g; Dietary Fiber: 2g; Sugar: 4g; Protein: 21g
4. BANANA GRANOLA BARS | RUNNING WITH SPOONS
Rather than going for store-bought energy bars loaded with refined sugar and funky ingredients, try making your own at home! These granola bars are lightly sweetened with ripe bananas, honey and dates for a simple breakfast treat packed with nutrition. They’re perfect for those following a gluten-free diet, too. Recipe makes 10 servings at 1 granola bar each.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 130; Total Fat: g2; Saturated Fat: 0g; Monounsaturated Fat: 1g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 120mg; Carbohydrate: 27g; Dietary Fiber: 3g; Sugar: 14g; Protein: 3g
5. GLUTEN-FREE ALMOND BUTTER ZUCCHINI MUFFINS | EATING BIRD FOOD
If you wake up with a sweet tooth, this scrumptious muffin recipe is for you. These muffins are made with zucchini and almond butter rather than flour for a super-moist, nutrient-dense breakfast or snack option. At under 100 calories per muffin, you can indulge in more than one! Recipe makes 24 servings at 1 mini muffin each.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 87; Total Fat: 7g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Monounsaturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 18mg; Sodium: 58mg; Carbohydrate: 5g; Dietary Fiber: 1g; Sugar: 3g; Protein: 3g
6. BAKED GINGER AND PEAR OATMEAL | MAKING THYME FOR HEALTH
Make the most of fall flavors with this perfectly spiced baked oatmeal. This warm, comforting, healthy breakfast is completely vegan and gluten-free. Make it the night before, and bake it in the morning for a tasty treat that the whole family will adore! Drizzle with pure maple syrup and a sprinkle of cinnamon if desired. Recipe makes 6 servings.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 223; Total Fat: 4g; Saturated Fat: 0g; Monounsaturated Fat: 1g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 246mg; Carbohydrate: 43g; Dietary Fiber: 6g; Sugar: 18g; Protein: 6g
7. BLUEBERRY ALMOND OATMEAL PARFAITS | THE WHEATLESS KITCHEN
This no-fuss, energizing parfait adds a playful twist to classic oatmeal. Layers of oatmeal and yogurt are studded with crunchy almonds and fresh blueberries for a high fiber, gluten-free breakfast. Make it your own by adding your favorite fruit and nuts! Recipe makes 2 servings.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 296; Total Fat: 10g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Monounsaturated Fat: 5g; Cholesterol: 6mg; Sodium: 69mg; Carbohydrate: 44g; Dietary Fiber: 6g; Sugar: 20g; Protein: 11g
8. WHOLE-FOOD BREAKFAST BURRITOS | SIMPLY SISSOM
Skip the Starbucks line, and make your own healthy breakfast burritos to grab on the way to work on hectic mornings. Turkey sausage, fluffy eggs, crisp veggies and seasoned breakfast potatoes combine for an easy morning meal that’s delicious and freezer-friendly. Prepare and cook the turkey sausage and potatoes ahead of time for extra-easy assembly. Add a handful of fresh spinach for an added nutrient punch! Recipe makes 16 servings.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 297; Total Fat: 12g; Saturated Fat: 4g; Monounsaturated Fat: 3g; Cholesterol: 181mg; Sodium: 719mg; Carbohydrate: 37g; Dietary Fiber: 9g; Sugar: 6g; Protein: 16g
9. OATMEAL CHOCOLATE CHIP BREAKFAST | SKINNYTASTE
Yes, you heard right — cookies for breakfast are a thing! Skip all artificial junk, and whip up a batch of chewy chocolate chip cookies with just three ingredients: bananas, oats and chocolate chips! Make a batch the night before, and watch them get gobbled up in no time at the breakfast table. Feel free to use walnuts, coconut or raisins instead of chocolate chips. Recipe makes 8 servings at 2 cookies each.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 96; Total Fat: 3g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Monounsaturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 0mg; Carbohydrate: 18g; Dietary Fiber: 2g; Sugar: 8g; Protein: 2g
10. PUMPKIN PIE OVERNIGHT OATMEAL | KIM’S CRAVINGS
This seasonal pumpkin delight requires no cooking and minimal prep, leaving you with no excuse not to eat breakfast! Make a double batch, and store leftovers in a Mason jar for the next day. Top with pumpkin seeds and a drizzle of pure maple syrup for a real treat. Recipe makes 1 serving.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 291; Total Fat: 9g; Saturated Fat: 3g; Monounsaturated Fat: 1g; Cholesterol: 15mg; Sodium: 102mg; Carbohydrate: 42g; Dietary Fiber: 9g; Sugar: 15g; Protein: 10g