27 Strikingly Quick And Healthy Breakfast Ideas

Breakfast aficionados, rejoice! Hectic mornings will no longer keep you away from starting the day off on the right foot. Whether you have 5 minutes or 1 hour to spare for your first meal of the day, these simple yet tasty breakfast options have you covered. Just choose the category that suits you best based on your time-constraints and know you’ll no longer have to resort to a bowl of Special K eaten while standing up at the kitchen counter. Unless, of course, that’s what you want to eat! 

Quick breakfast ideas

Less Than 5 Minutes

Creamy avocado kale smoothie – Let’s start this list with an obvious choice for a quick, easy and grab-worthy option; none other than a smoothie! Smoothies are particularly interesting options as they can be consumed at home or on the go. What’s interesting about this particular one is it’s creaminess and unexpected ingredient mix. The avocados provide a nice dose of vitamins, minerals and heart-healthy fats, whereas the antioxidant-rich kale and polyphenol-rich cacao help keep your heart in top shape. Whip this recipe up in the matter of minutes or prepare it in advance in view of particularly hectic mornings.

Healthy Creamy Avocado Kale Smoothie
Photo: My Modern Cookery

Chunky monkey overnight oats – The beauty of overnight oats is that they’re definitely a grab-and-go option. All this recipe requires from you is to combine the ingredients the previous evening. The chia seeds and peanut butter provide you with a good dose of fibre, protein and healthy fat whereas the complex carbohydrates from the oats help prevent your blood sugar from spiking and keep your cholesterol in check. Customize your toppings and you’ll end up with a different version for each day of the week. Now we’re talking!

Banana & peanut butter roll-up – Crazy about your PB & J and up for trying a simple and tasty variation? Look no further. These peanut butter and banana roll-ups are not only incredibly simple to make, but also particularly easy to grab and eat on the go. Substituting the usual jam for banana will provide you with a good dose of potassium, manganese, as well as some vitamin B6 and C. And, unlike jam, the lower glycemic load in bananas will prevent your sugar levels from spiking and crashing by mid-morning!

Peanut butter and banana oatmeal smoothie – Prefer your PB and banana in smoothie form? Give this one a try! The dates and cinnamon give it a pleasant twist, whereas the addition of oats will keep you feeling full and energized for hours to come!

The perfect on-the-go parfait – Just like overnight oats, parfaits are not only incredibly simple to make but also portable. You could even call them the perfect breakfast choice…if it wasn’t for the soggy mess they turn into when not eaten within minutes of conception. Luckily, this is a non-issue with this recipe as it makes good use of layering based on water content! The recipe also features pomegranate seeds rich in antioxidants, vitamin C and pantothenic acid, the last of which can help are ward off muscle cramps and prevent insulin resistance. Have a big appetite? Opt for greek yoghurt to ramp up the protein content and you’re set to go!

Cardamom pistachio rose energy balls  – These energy balls definitely live up to their name and are a simple alternative to store-bought granola bars. Full of copper, manganese, calcium, potassium, iron, magnesium, zinc and selenium, pistachios can pack quite a punch when it comes to optimizing the quality of your diet. They’re also rich in vitamin E and healthy monounsaturated fats, which help keep your skin healthy and glowing. The unexpected mix of cardamon and rose water will have you wondering why you waited so long to give them a try! Store in your fridge for up to a week.

Less Than 10 Minutes

Red apple & onion grilled cheese – Those of you hoping for a heartier breakfast option are bound to love this one. Consider this variation including gouda cheese, red apple, onion and dijon mustard, served on pumpernickel bread this all-time classic meal’s distinguished cousin. Finger-licking good in the matter of minutes!

Quick breakfast grilled cheese
Photo: My Second Breakfast

Pancake in a jar – In love with pancakes but no so much with the prep time and post-prep cleanup? Then you’ll absolutely love this recipe. You can whip up the batter directly in a mason jar (meaning there’s basically no clean-up involved) and your baking time is a mere 90 seconds in the microwave. Talk about quick and effective! Get creative and customize this recipe by adding your favorite fruit and a sprinkle of nuts and cinnamon. Eat at home or grab and go.

Chocolate banana protein mug cake – This decadent, microwave-friendly mug cake is definitely not your typical breakfast recipe. And with only 5 ingredients, it sure earns its spot on this easy and tasty on-the-go breakfast recipe list. The cherry on top of the sundae? At only 210kcal, it packs 23g protein and only 0.5g of fat which means you can even have seconds! It will most likely have you feeling full and happy all the way to lunch.

Black bean & avocado toast – How about this for an egg-less option? Black beans are a great source of several nutrients including iron, magnesium, phosphorus and manganese and their fibre and protein content will be keep hunger at bay for hours! Make a sandwich out of two toasts and have a totally transportable egg-less breakfast to munch on on your way to work.

Buttermilk french toast – Here’s an interesting variation on the age-old french toast recipe. Buttermilk is a great source of probiotics which can provide you with a wide array of health benefits. Plus, there’s no disputing the fact that the tanginess of the buttermilk pairs beautifully well with the the sweetness of maple syrup. Although this recipe lends itself better to a sit-down breakfast, it’s limited prep time makes it fit well in this category.

Less Than 20 Minutes

Salted caramel apple crumble bars – This is the type of creative recipe that most people are unlikely to come up with on their own. The caramel is actually made out of applesauce. Talk about a health-conscious twist! Savor the caramel on its own (as a dessert) or mix it with the rest of the yummy ingredients to make up the bars. Eat warm, right out of the oven, or make in advance and refrigerate for sturdier easy to grab home-made bars.

Salted Caramel Apple Crumble Breakfast Bars
Photo: Love Me Feed Me

Sweet & savory corn cakes – Never tried corncakes? It’s never too late to jump on the bandwagon! Cornmeal is a great source of fibre and also contains iron, zinc, potassium, phosphorus and magnesium which will help you stay energized and focussed during the worst snooze-worthy meetings. Top these tasty cakes with a source of protein such as a dollop of greek yoghurt, a handful of nuts or some low-fat cheese, sprinkle some fruit on top and voilà; you’ve got yourself a tasty, well-balanced, out of the ordinary breakfast in under 20 minutes!

P.S. Take a look at the 5 veggies that boost female metabolism and burn off lower belly fat.

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6 Comments

  1. Alexis says:

    Thanks for including my peanut butter & banana roll ups in your Healthy Breakfast ideas round up! Can’t wait to try out some of the others!

  2. Thanks for including my Vegan Chickpea Omelettes recipe. Sharing!!

  3. MaryBeth Hoover says:

    I’d like to know how I can get the recipes to these deliciously healthy meals?

    • Alina Petre MSc RD says:

      Hi Mary Beth,

      To get to the recipes, simply click on their name. You’ll be redirected to the the original recipe locations. Enjoy!

  4. Thanks for including my Turkey Sausage & Egg Muffins recipe. Lots of other great recipes on the site – looking forward to checking some of them out!

  5. Paige says:

    Thanks for including my smoothie recipe. This is a fantastic round-up!

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