If you’re one of the rare students who actually eat breakfast, chances are you’re rushed for time and short on ideas. And if you’re one of the many students who skip breakfast, chances are you’re hungry for most of the day.
Eating breakfast—even during your crazy-busy school years—is, as your mom told you, highly important. That little morning meal can help you focus, maintain your energy, prevent you from overeating throughout the day, and generally help kick-start your day. So what kinds of things can you eat that won’t break the bank—or your waistline?
Overnight oats are a great alternative to cereal in the mornings. The prep time is basically the same, you just have to do it at night instead of in the morning. It’s also a perfect blank canvas for whatever flavors you or your kids enjoy, so everyone will be happy.
All you need to get started is regular rolled oats, some type of milk and something to sweeten it like mashed banana, honey or maple syrup. From there you can add nut butters, berries, seeds, vanilla extract, cinnamon, really anything that you have on hand.
Life is just easier when you have a bowl of hard boiled eggs sitting in the fridge. Cook up a batch on Sunday and keep them in the fridge for quick breakfasts, school lunches and amped up dinner salads. Just remember not to peel them until you’ll be eating them.
For breakfast all you need to add is some fruit and a piece of toast and you will leave the house fueled for the day ahead.
Toast With Creative Toppings
One of the best things in life is bread with butter, but have you tried avocado toast or stuffed french toast? It’s up there, too. There are so many options for easy, but delicious toast in the morning that you should step away from the butter and try something new.
Start with a hearty whole grain bread and add combinations like avocado and tomato, peanut butter and banana, cream cheese and berries, apples and cheddar and so many more. You can go savory or sweet and it’s one of the fastest breakfasts around.
These baked egg cups are very simple, but they taste like you spent a lot of time on breakfast. All you need to do is whisk together some eggs and the fillings of your choice and then pour the mixture into the cups of a muffin pan. Bake and you’ve got small, crustless quiches that can be stored in the fridge and pulled out for a delicious breakfast (or lunch) at the drop of a hat.
Fillings could include cheese, bell pepper, green onion, bacon (veggie or regular), mushrooms, or whatever your family enjoys. Here’s a recipe to get you started.
Smoothies are a great option for getting out the door quickly and you can use whatever you have on hand. As long as there is some type of milk or yogurt in the house, you can make smoothies. Add frozen or fresh fruit, vegetables like spinach, broccoli or kale and nut butters, spices or honey to make them extra special. I’ve found that half a banana can cover the flavor of any leafy green if you prefer that your smoothie not taste like vegetables, but still want to get the added health benefits.
If you’re taking your smoothies with you, you can actually blend them using a mason jar and then pop the lid on for easy travel.
Yogurt parfaits are a classic breakfast for a reason. They are simple, delicious and fully customizable.
You can make your own yogurt bowls at home. Just set out yogurt, fruit, granola, nuts or any other toppings you have and build your own. It’s quick and you’ll be happy to create your own masterpiece.
College students can also make these layered parfaits in a mason jar for breakfast on the go.
A basic breakfast taco really only needs a warm tortilla, eggs and cheese, but you can add or sub any fillings that you can dream up. Breakfast tacos are a great way to reuse leftovers from dinners like cooked potatoes, sautéed veggies, beans and meats or tofu. Add tomatoes, avocado or salsa for a delicious early morning meal.