If you're always in a hurry in the morning, focus on breakfast foods that you can make the night before.
Mornings are always the busiest time of the day. You have to get up out of bed, tend to the kids or pets, and get ready yourself. Do you press the snooze button for five more minutes of sleep, or do you get up and make yourself something to eat? Decisions, decisions. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but there's rarely enough time to feed yourself a luxurious breakfast when you need to be out the door.
If you're super busy, the least you can do is grab some fruit -- go for a banana, an orange, or a few strawberries. Bananas are rich in potassium (467 milligrams per banana), can protect the stomach from ulcers, and contain an amino acid that may boost levels of serotonin, which regulates mood. As long as you get something in your system you should be good to conquer the morning, but there are tons of satisfying breakfast recipes that require no time at all to make.
Take the same three fruits, for instance, and make a banana, orange, and strawberry smoothie. Or up your breakfast game and whip up something simple the night before so you won't have to worry about cooking in the morning. While you're making dinner, sauté some potatoes and onions in a pan with seasoning -- voila, you have hash browns for the a.m. Just take them to work in a Tupperware and warm them up in the staff microwave. You'll even be able to press the snooze button one more time.
According to the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, "Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Breakfast provides you with the energy and nutrients that lead to increased concentration [at work]." Even if you're busy, breakfast should be a priority. Make a quick breakfast burrito, yogurt parfait, or a bagel sandwich. Want more quick and easy breakfast ideas? Read on.
Almond Breakfast Squares with Yogurt and Berries
Make a batch of these almond breakfast squares on Sunday night so you have something to eat before you head off to work the next morning. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so enjoy it even if you're in a rush. For the Almond Breakfast Squares with Yogurt and Berries recipe, click here.
Chef Jason Roberts, author of Good Fast Food, has this to say about his recipe: "A breakfast parfait or sundae is a great way to include a little bit of everything on your fork or spoon in the morning. You can make this parfait a day ahead, making it a perfect grab-and-go breakfast. Breakfast parfaits are pretty simple to put together, and the only limit to the flavors and textures in the parfait is your own imagination. To simplify this recipe, you could use muesli instead of the quinoa, almonds, and chia seeds." For the Breakfast Parfait recipe, click here.
Chorizo, Potato, and Kale Hash
Julia Mueller, author of Let Them Eat Kale, says: "While breakfast hashes are typically chock-full of greasy bacon or sausage and potatoes, I love making hashes using leaner chorizos, such as ground turkey or chicken chorizo. Replacing russet potatoes with yams or sweet potatoes and adding kale makes this breakfast a healthier alternative to your typical hash. You can also use this hash to make breakfast burritos and tacos, or an omelette." Make this hash the night before and throw it in a Tupperware to take to work. For the Chorizo, Potato, and Kale Hash recipe, click here.
Joy Bauer's Apple Cinnamon Quinoa Parfait
Enjoy this parfait to fuel up for a long day of work. This Joy Bauer recipe is only 300 calories, but there's no compromise on taste. It takes about as long to make as a wait in the line at Starbucks -- skip the coffee and enjoy a healthy and filling breakfast. For the Joy Bauer's Apple Cinnamon Quinoa Parfait recipe, click here.
Milagros Cruz, The Daily Meal