Whether you’re always in a hurry or don’t like spending more than 15 minutes preparing your breakfast in the morning, we’ve compiled these quick and easy breakfast ideas that will fuel and energize you. Stay on track with your slim down goals by whipping up these meals as well as avoiding these 37 Unhealthiest Breakfast Habits for Your Waistline.
Icelandic Yogurt With Granola & Fresh Berries
One of the simplest breakfasts to throw together is a good-old yogurt and granola. We recommend a yogurt like siggi’s Icelandic skyr, which has between 15 and 17 grams of protein per 5.3-ounce container. Simply top with a handful of fresh berries of your choice, sprinkle on some low-sugar, whole-grain, nutty granola and you’re ready to go!
Whole Wheat Bread and Lox
For your anti-inflammatory dose of omega-3 fatty acids, serve up some smoked salmon for your morning meal. Smear toasted whole-grain bread with whipped cream cheese or goat cheese and top with smoked salmon, sliced tomato, sliced red onion, and capers.
Peanut Butter and Jelly Waffle
Pop two high-quality waffles in the toaster—we recommend either a high-protein brand like Buttermilk & Vanilla Power Waffles from Kodiak Cakes or a high-fiber serving such as Kashi’s 7-Grain Waffles. Top one side with our favorite no-sugar-added peanut butter, like Maranatha Creamy, the other with either jelly or fresh berries, and breakfast is served.
Herb Scrambled Eggs on Toast
If you’re looking for a warm breakfast with at least 12 grams of protein and whole grains, scrambled eggs on toast is a sure-fire way to get it. If you’re feeling fancy, add some calcium-rich cheddar or goat cheese.
Triple Berry Smoothie
In a blender, combine half a cup of vanilla Icelandic yogurt (skyr), three-quarters cup of frozen berries, half a cup of spinach, a tablespoon of chia seeds, and one cup of unsweetened almond milk. Blend and enjoy.
Fig & Goat Cheese Toast
Toast up some bread, slab on some goat cheese, sprinkle some cinnamon, layer with sliced figs, and top it all off with spiced honey.
Ham, Egg, and Cheese Sandwich
Pop an English muffin in the toaster. Fry an egg in a pan alongside a couple slices of Canadian bacon. Top with shredded cheddar cheese. Place under the broiler until the cheese melts and bubbles.
Spinach and Mushroom Omelet
For a veggie-filled breakfast, scramble two eggs in a bowl and season with salt and pepper. In a non-stick pan, add a pat of butter and saute mushrooms until lightly browned. Add spinach and cook until wilted, about 1 minute. Pour in the scrambled eggs, top with feta or goat cheese, and cook until your preferred doneness.
Quinoa with Raisins and Walnuts
Combine cooked quinoa in a pan with a half cup of milk, golden raisins, a touch of brown sugar, and toasted walnuts. Heat until hot and creamy.
Mango Banana Smoothie
For a tropical treat, blend together half a cup of coconut water, half a cup of unsweetened almond milk, half a cup of Icelandic or Greek yogurt, half a banana, half a cup of frozen mango cubes, and a sprinkle of cinnamon.
Waffle with Honeyed Yogurt and Bananas
Toast a whole-grain, high-protein waffle until crispy. (We like KNOW Better Waffles that come with a whopping 18 grams of protein per serving.) Top with honeyed yogurt, sliced bananas, and slivered almonds.
Hash Brown Avocado Toast
Grab a bag of frozen hash browns—we like Alexia Organic Hashed Browns—and fry them up. Top with freshly cubed avocado and an over-easy fried egg. To up the greens, you can even grate some fresh zucchini and mix together with the potatoes before frying.
Stir a spoonful of peanut butter into a bowl of plain instant oatmeal. Top with diced apples, crushed walnuts, and cinnamon.
Breakfast tacos! Scramble eggs with spinach and hunks of chorizo sausage or mushrooms. Serve in warm tortillas topped with black beans, sliced avocado, cheese, and salsa.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie
If you’re a chocoholic, you’ll love this smoothie. It has all of the smooth and delicious flavors of a chocolate peanut butter cup, without all of the fat and sugar. Blend together chocolate protein powder, a cup of almond milk, a tablespoon of peanut butter, a frozen banana, a small handful of walnuts, and a dash of cinnamon.
Ricotta Toast and Berries
Have some leftover ricotta from that lasagna or baked ziti you made the other night? Smear some on some whole grain toast, top with berries and chia seeds, and you’re good to go.
Omelet with Leftover Broccoli, Ham, and Cheddar Cheese
When you have leftover broccoli from last night’s dinner, you might as well throw it into an omelet with cheddar cheese and cubed Canadian bacon.
A classic quick breakfast. Spread a toasted whole-wheat slice of bread with peanut or almond butter. Top with sliced bananas, a drizzle of honey, and chia seeds.
Granola with Berries
When in doubt, just throw some low-sugar granola in a bowl with a high-protein milk like dairy or pea protein milk. Looking for a healthy milk alternative? Try the 12-gram per serving pea protein milk from Bolthouse Farms, which made our list of the 100 Healthiest New Foods of 2017.
Egg and Avocado BLT
Instead of saving that Sunday bacon for Monday’s lunch, why not doubling down and having it for breakfast again? But on a BLEAT. (That’s an acronym for bacon, lettuce, egg, avocado, and tomato.)
Instant Oats with Protein Powder
For a high-protein take on typically carb-centric oatmeal, throw a scoop of your favorite flavored protein powder in with your oats, milk, and then top with your favorite fruit and flax seeds for some extra fiber. For more ways to increase your protein intake, don’t miss these 25 Ways to Increase Your Protein Intake.