There are those people who come to work in the morning looking like they stepped out of a salon and casually mentioned how they read the paper over a long and leisurely breakfast. Then there are those who would gladly sport a ponytail everyday and skip breakfast completely if it means they can get an extra seven minutes of sleep.
4 Fast Breakfast Alternatives to Dry Cereal
1. OVERNIGHT OATS
If you haven’t already, it’s time to revisit this new classic. Mix oatmeal with plain yogurt and a drizzle of honey, then refrigerate overnight in a Mason jar or container. It’s an ideal on-the-go option because it’s pre-packaged, not messy and good for you.
2. MICROWAVE EGGS
Crack two eggs into a small mason jar with a splash of milk and a sprinkle of salt and drop it in your bag. When you get to work, remove the lid and pop it into the office microwave for 30-second intervals until the whites are firm but the yolks are little runny. Stir together to create warm, creamy scrambled eggs.
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3. COTTAGE CHEESE
Yogurt is the go-to dairy staple for mornings, but like cereal, plain yogurt gets dull and the fruit-on-the-bottom kind is full of added sugars. Instead, cottage cheese is packed with protein and no added sweeteners and is the perfect foundation for banana slices, berries and a little granola.
4. LAST NIGHT’S LEFTOVERS
I’m a big fan of having dinner for breakfast. Lean chicken or pork is fantastic served with half an avocado the next day. Bean soups or rich stews often only need a fried egg put on the top to make it morning worthy. But my all-time favorite, easy breakfast is leftover Indian or Chinese food. If you haven’t slurped up day-old channa masala or chow mein at your desk with a cup of coffee, you don’t know what you’re missing.
Originally published January 2018, updated September 2023
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