5 Easy Breakfasts for Busy Mornings Nov 2, 2017 by Sarah (Day Styles)

People are busier than ever, juggling a job (or two), family, and trying to maintain an active social life. Many of us feel like we don't have time to eat healthy, let alone prepare healthy food in the morning as we rush out the door! But eating a balanced breakfast doesn't need to take up that much time. Set yourself up for a long day with one of these quick and easy meals that can give you the energy you need in the morning. (Yes, including avocado toast.)

Overnight Oats

Overnight oats are a quick and easy breakfast because you prepare them the night before!

Grab some regular rolled oats, milk, chia seeds, peanut (or another nut) butter, and a natural sweetener (like honey or maple syrup). Take a 16 oz. (500ml) mason jar and add 1 cup of milk (or almond milk), ¾ tbsp chia seeds, 2 tbsp peanut butter, and 1 tbsp of sweetener. Stir it up vigorously and then add ½ cup of oats and stir again to cover the oats evenly.

You’re done! Pop the lid on the mason jar and put in the fridge overnight for at least six hours. The next morning, chop up some fresh fruit (bananas and berries are lovely with this recipe) and put on top with some extra chia seeds or flaxseed. When doing this, make sure you're eating the next day, as overnight oats won’t be good for more than a day.

Skinny Egg Omelet

Protein is an important component of every meal, but especially in the morning. Proteins leaves you feeling satiated and energized all morning and cuts down on unhealthy snacks.

This Skinny Egg Omelet is a quick recipe that provides you with great protein. All you need is two large eggs, cut vegetables of your choice (such as peppers, mushrooms, or tomatoes), leafy greens, and a jar of pesto.

Beat the eggs in a small bowl (until it's the same color throughout) and pour them into a large non-stick skillet. Swirl it around so they spread out thinly across the entire pan. Depending on the size of the pan, the eggs need only 15 seconds to about 1 minute before it's cooked (you can sprinkle with seasoning or chives as well if desired.) Slide the eggs out of the pan using a spatula onto the countertop or a large cutting board. Let cool briefly (just until it's warm) and now use it as a "wrap." Fill with some veggies, leafy greens, pesto, salt and pepper to taste, and wrap it up! This recipe is also low in carbohydrates if you’re interested in a low-carb diet.

Sweet Breakfast Quesadillas

Breakfast quesadillas are a fun way to change up your breakfast! These are quick and easy to make and are great for taking on the go if you're in a rush.

All you need is whole wheat tortillas, a nut butter, and fruit. Take two tortillas and spread 1 tbsp of nut butter on each. You can use any fruit you want, but we hear strawberries and bananas are the way to go. Spread the strawberries and bananas evenly across one tortilla and sprinkle with some cinnamon. Put the second tortilla on top (nut butter facing down) like a sandwich. Heat up a skillet and when it’s hot add the quesadilla. Flip once when the bottom is brown (about 2 minutes per side) and then when it's finished, cut into halves or quarters.

A breakfast quesadilla is healthier and easier to eat than a crepe but still sweet and delicious if you need an extra kick in the pants to eat in the morning.

Avocado Toast

This one might be familiar! Avocado toast is another hearty breakfast done in just a minute.

Put a couple pieces of whole-grain bread in the toaster and grab one or two ripe avocados (they should be firm and pliant but not squishy or super hard). The easiest way to peel an avocado is cutting it in half around the central seed and then taking each half in one hand and twisting it gently apart. Then you can scoop out the avocado with a spoon super easily. Take a small bowl and mash the avocado with a fork, leaving it chunky, then add a squeeze of lemon juice, olive oil, salt, and pepper to taste. Spread the avocado on your toast and you’re done! Avocados are surprisingly filling and contain a ton of vitamins, fiber, and potassium as well as a lot of the good types of fats proven to lower the risk of heart disease. If you need to double down on protein and have an extra 5 minutes, add a soft-boiled egg, making this easy meal even better.

Avocado toast might get a bad rap for being an expensive dish for some people, but it is definitely a fast and healthy way to grab a bite in the morning. 

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