The Fastest Breakfasts for Busy Mornings by Toby Amidor in Back to School, September 13, 2012
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If you’ve got a hectic household like me, you know the CRAZINESS that ensues every morning. Three kids to dress and feed, dealing with last-minute dilemmas plus I need to be in tip-top shape for work. Here are nutrition-packed, quick go-to breakfast options for any sort of time crunch.
If you have 15 Minutes:
There’s just enough time to quickly cook some warmer breakfast fare.
Scrambled eggs wrapped in a whole-wheat or flour tortilla with salsa or cheese. What could be better?
If you’re cooking during your morning rush, choose quick-cooking oats. You can also cook the oatmeal the night before, store in the fridge, and microwave quickly in the morning.
Smoked salmon, cream cheese and sliced veggies make Ellie’s New York Breakfast a delicious and quick option.
If you have 10 Minutes:
Easy to prep and quick to eat—that’s the trick when you’ve only got 10 minutes.
Cereal and Milk
Stock up on healthy whole-grain cereal—here’s how popular brands fared in our taste test. Serve with nonfat (skim) or low-fat milk and check serving size on package to keep portions in check. To save time, set the table the night before.
Peanut Butter on Whole-Grain Bread
A combo of protein and fiber can help keep you full until your mid-morning snack rolls around. Choose natural peanut butter with nothing more than “peanuts and salt” listed under ingredients. Get creative by adding some apples and honey . Check out our tips for choosing whole grain breads.
To save even more time, toss ingredient in the blender jar, cover, and store in the fridge overnight. In the morning, blend and serve. Here are delicious smoothies for fewer than 250 calories per serving include:
- Bobby Flay’s Coconut Water, Mango, Strawberry and Banana Smoothie (above)
- Sunrise Smoothie
- Citrus Cream Smoothie
- Mama’s Berry Smoothie
- Melon Smoothies
If you have 5 Minutes:
This is the time you need to move fast, grab and head out the door. If you’re usually super time crunched, leave all food on the kitchen counter or within reach in the fridge so you don’t need to waste time finding anything.
Yogurt and Fruit
Whether it’s traditional or Greek yogurt, make it a low or nonfat variety. Since there’s no time to slice fruit for topping, grab a whole, fresh one like banana, apple, pear or grapes.
Breakfast Bar and Milk
Compliment a breakfast bar with a glass of milk or stock up on single-serve milk boxes and keep chilled in the fridge.
Check out our tips on finding a healthy breakfast bar.
Bake and freeze a batch or two of muffins. Defrost small batches so they’re ready to grab on the go. Check out our favorite muffin recipes for fewer than 250 calories per servings:
- Food Network Kitchen’s Healthy Carrot Muffins
- Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins
- Food Network Kitchen’s Multigrain Muffins
- Gluten-Free Blueberry Muffins
- Apple Muffins
TELL US: What’s your go-to quick and healthy breakfast?