You know the saying "breakfast is the most important meal of the day," but it is not always the easiest one when you are getting yourself and your family ready in the morning. Planning quick breakfast options ahead of time can help the mornings go a little smoother. And you will feel better knowing that you started the day doing something healthful for yourself and your family.
Smoothies are a quick breakfast option that can be taken anywhere. Just blend together yogurt, low-fat milk or 100-percent fruit juice, and fresh or frozen fruit. Keep the fruit frozen to make it thicker. Experiment with your favorite yogurt flavors and fruits. Try strawberry with banana, a mix of berries, mango and strawberry. Any combination will work.
Try these quick sandwich ideas: Toast an English muffin or tortilla with cheese and a slice of tomato for a quick "breakfast pizza." Spread peanut butter on whole-wheat toast, an English muffin, banana or pumpkin bread. Look for bread with at least 4 grams of fiber per serving. If you don't like peanut butter, try low-fat cream cheese. Add slices of your favorite fruit to add more flavor and fiber to your morning. Breakfast burritos with scrambled eggs, pinto beans and salsa are a great start to your day. Make extra crustless quiche for dinner and pop a serving in a tortilla with salsa for a quick breakfast burrito.
Cereal on the Go
Put cereal in baggies the night before for the mornings when you have no time. Try mixing different whole-grain cereals for a variety of flavor. Make parfaits of yogurt, fresh berries and granola the night before for a grab-and-go option. If you don’t like the granola soggy, leave it off until morning.
Fix muffins, breads and even breakfast burritos on the weekends and freeze. Take them out the night before to thaw and warm in the microwave or toaster oven before you run out the door. Smoothie ingredients can be combined in a container the night before and blended with a handheld blender in the morning. Make a quiche over the weekend and warm up pieces for breakfast during the week. If you don't have time to make your own breakfast, choose something healthy from a coffee shop or cafe. Skip the doughnut and opt for a bran muffin, whole-grain bagel with low-fat cream cheese or a fruit and yogurt parfait.