30 Healthy Breakfast Ideas for Mornings on the Run
Let’s face it; breakfast can be a really enjoyable meal, but having to make breakfast every day shortly after getting out of bed can be a real pain, and especially if you have more than one mouth to feed. Sure you can serve up some quick and easy instant cereal, but it is usually far from being the healthiest option, and besides, everybody appreciates a bit of variety.
Today I’m going to share 30 healthy breakfast ideas that can whip up in almost no time at all. That’s right, no matter how hectic your mornings are, you can enjoy something different virtually every day of the month. Okay, rather than wasting anymore words, let us get started:
1. Fresh Fruit and Yogurt Parfait
Fruit and yogurt parfait is a quick and easy breakfast that is packed full of nutritional goodness. Dice up some of your favorite types of fruit, place in bowls, and drench with delicious natural yogurt or any other healthy topping of your choice.
2. Leftovers with Egg and Cheese
Do you still have some dinner left over from the night before? Dish it into a microwave safe container or an oven proof dish; crack one or two eggs over the top of the food; sprinkle on a little bit of grated cheese (parmesan works well), and cook until egg whites are cooked through.
3. Toast with Avocado and Egg
This is a favorite in my family! Lightly toast some whole wheat bread or some rye bread; top with mashed and seasoned avocado, and then on top of that place either one or fried eggs or poached eggs, followed by a light sprinkling of salt and pepper. This meal literally only takes a few minutes to make, and it’s perfect for eating at the table or for a delicious breakfast on the run.
4. Fruit and Milk Soup
This is such a ridiculously easy breakfast idea, but it is packed full of healthy goodness, and it takes just a few minutes to make. Choose a few of your favorite fruits; dice them up and toss them into a bowl with some fresh cold skim milk, coconut milk or almond milk. Alternatively, you can warm the combined mixture up a bit on the stove or in your microwave.
5. Peanut Butter and Banana Dream
Put a few ice cubes in a blender; add one medium to large banana; two tablespoons of natural peanut butter and about 1 cup of almond milk. Blend on a low speed until the mixture resembles a smoothie. You can use regular milk as well, but the almond milk gives it a wonderful flavor while also super charging the nutritional value. Enjoy at home or take it with you and enjoy on your way to the office.
6. Muesli with Fruit and Yogurt
Pour some dry muesli in a bowl; add some diced fruit; add some fresh milk, and finally top with some natural yogurt. This is not always a big hit with kids, but if they like it they usually love it, and it is fantastically healthy.
7. Turbo Egg Muffins
This is one of my favorite healthy breakfast ideas, but only if I have time to make them on the weekend. Beat 10 eggs in a mixing bowl; add one or two finely chopped onions; a handful of chopped spinach; a finely shredded zucchini and about half a finely chopped bell pepper. Mix everything together thoroughly; pour into a muffin pan, and bake at 350 F for 20 to 25 minutes. Store in the fridge so that they are ready to be used during the week. Just warm in the microwave and you’re good to go.
8. Pumpkin; Granola and Yogurt Parfait
If you’ve never had pumpkin with Greek yogurt you are going to love this breakfast idea. Simply pour a healthy serving of Greek yogurt in a dish or a suitable container; add 1 small can of pureed pumpkin and then top with a handful of granola. If you want to add another interesting flavor, you can sprinkle a bit of cinnamon on top as well.
9. Microwave Berry and Oat Muffins
Place a quarter cup of quick oats in a suitable container and mix in one large egg. Stir in a handful of your favorite berries, and microwave on high for one minute. If the muffin hasn’t firmed up nicely, cook for an additional 30 seconds and repeat if necessary.
10. Refreshing Fruit Salad
11. Egg Sandwich
Place a healthy serving of lightly sautéed spinach on two whole wheat muffin halves lightly toasted. Add a fried egg and top with avacado and sprinkle with sale and pepper. Totally delicious and very healthy.
12. Ricotta Pizza on the Go
Simplicity is the order of the day here. Take two slices of lightly toasted crusty bread; apply a generous coating of ricotta cheese; top with a few slices of heirloom tomato or red cherry tomatoes, along with some salt and pepper to taste, and enjoy on the run.
13. Fruit and Cheese Dish
Dice up some of your favorite fruits and place in a suitable container or a zip-lock bag; add some mixed cheese cubes, along with one or two handfuls of hazelnuts. This takes virtually no time to prepare and you’re left with a wholesome breakfast.
14. Peanut Butter Waffles
Use readymade waffles or make your own and freeze until needed. Instead of smothering your waffles with syrup, coat them with a good quality peanut butter and then sprinkle on so whole nuts or coarsely crushed nuts.
15. Rye Egg Veg Sandwich
Who said sandwiches can’t be healthy? These don’t take long to make but if you can make them the night before if you want to. Use fresh rye bread; spread on a little bit of butter or low fat spread; add some fresh crispy lettuce; a few slices of tomato, and top with diced poached egg then season to taste.
16. Whole Wheat Savory Chicken Cranberry Wraps
You can use readymade store bought wraps or you can make your own which you can then store in your freezer so that you have a steady supply ready you need them. Roast or grill some chicken and shred or chop up once done. In a pan, combine the cooked chicken; some finely chopped onion; sliced up grapes; one chopped celery; a handful of dried cranberries and sprinkle in some walnuts. Mix it all together with a small amount of mayonnaise or greek yogurt. Use this for filling your wraps and enjoy on the run.
17. Thai Style Egg and Veg Fried Rice
This is a great way to use up any left over rice, and the possibilities are endless as far as variety is concerned. For a healthy option use brown rice, but white rice can also be used if that’s all you have. Pour a little bit of olive oil or canola oil in a pan or wok and heat over medium temperature. Add two to three cups of cooked rice; one cup of diced veggies or frozen veggies; about two tablespoons of soy sauce; mix everything together, stirring and turning continuously. Add one or two eggs; stir and turn until all the egg is cooked, and then remove from the heat. Spoon everything into your container and you are ready to go.
18. Spicy Thai Style Stir Fry
Who says you can’t have dinner for breakfast! Combine all of the following ingredients in a pan or wok: 1 cup of chicken with light olive oil and fry over high heat for about 3 to 4 minutes or until meat is cooked through. Add 1 tablespoon fish sauce; 2 tablespoons soy sauce; 3 tablespoons oyster sauce; 1 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper; a small pinch of salt; 1 or 2 thinly sliced chili peppers, 2 cloves of crush or minced garlic, and fresh veggies- bell peppers, snow peas, and carrots are a great choice. Add some finely sliced or chopped fresh basil leaves, and spoon onto a bed of brown rice or enjoy as is with crusty whole wheat bread.
19. On-the-Run Whole Wheat Toasties
Quickly brown some finely chopped onion and some lean meat in a frying pan and then season to taste. Cover 2 slices of whole wheat bread with the meat and onion mix; top with some cheddar cheese; add another slice of bread to form sandwiches, and place in an electric snackwich toaster until golden and crispy.
20. Wholesome Cottage Cheese Sandwiches
You can use any sort of healthy bread for these but rye bread is my favorite. Spread some butter or low fat margarine on all your slices; top with some cottage cheese some finely chopped chives or green onions. Season with a little bit salt and freshly ground black pepper, and sprinkle with a few flax seeds to give an extra nutritional boost, and then cover with the remaining slices of bread.
21. Make-Ahead Pizzas
Pizza dough is incredibly simple to make, and cooked pizzas freeze really well so you can make a big batch over the weekend and you’ll have a handy supply for whenever you need them. You can find plenty of pizza dough recipes on the internet, and you can use virtually anything you want as a topping. Once you’ve cooked them; allow them to cool and then wrap each one separately in some plastic wrap and place them in the freezer. Using your microwave, you can now make your delicious pizza breakfast in a matter of minutes.
22. Wholesome Samosas
Samosas are one of my favorite healthy breakfast ideas. They are extremely popular Indian snacks, but there are no hard and fast rules with regard to the sort of fillings you use. You can buy ready pastry at most grocery stores or you can make your own from scratch, and if you’ve never folded samosas before you can find many tutorials on YouTube. Once you get the hang of it, it’s really quick and easy.
Prepare any type of fillings you like, and make a batch of samosas for convenient on the-run breakfasts. Fry or bake in advance and then freeze until needed, or cook them quickly in the mornings before you leave for work.
23. South African Pancakes (Panekoek)
Making your pancake mix takes only a few minutes, and you can keep it in the refrigerator for a few days. To make the pancakes, grease a medium sized non-stick frying pan with some oil , butter or cooking spray; heat over medium heat and add just enough of your pancake to cover the bottom of the pan. You may have to move the pan around a bit to make sure the bottom of the pan is completely covered by a thin layer of the batter. Once the edges start browning, shake to pan to make sure the underside is cooked and free of the pan. Now you need to lift the pan and give it a flick to flip the pancake so you can cook the other side. Once cooked, remove from the pan; add some filling of your choice and then roll it up. Eat immediately or keep for later. If you’ve made the batter in advance, each pancake only takes about 3 minutes and they are perfect for sweet or savory fillings, and they taste great hot or cold.
24. Stuffed South African Vetkoek
Vetkoek is a favorite South African fast food made from deep fried dough which is very similar to bread dough. Yes it’s deep fried, but your choice of fillings can turn an otherwise unhealthy snack into a nutritional power house. You can also bake these delicious doughy delights. If you make your dough and your fillings in advance, these only take a few minutes to make, and they are perfect for an on-the-run breakfast. Check online for recipes and instructions.
25. Omelet and Rice
Make a super tasty Thai style omelet and eat with a serving of veggie brown rice. Make the omelet as you would a regular omelet, but add about one and a half spoons of soy sauce to the beaten egg before cooking. You can also be creative and add some other ingredients such as finely chopped onion, mushrooms and chives, and even some chili pepper. Enjoy with some seasoned brown rice.
26. Coconut Fruit Smoothie
Prepare your smoothie the same as you would for any other fruit smoothie. When you are just about done, add one or two tablespoons of coconut cream. Adjust the amount of coconut cream to suit your taste. These are quick and healthy, and the coconut cream gives them a delicious tropical slant.
27. Toasted Gremolata and Herb Scrambled Egg Sandwiches
Feel like a taste of Italy while you enjoy you morning espresso? Light toast some crusty whole wheat bread, and apply a decent layer of Italian gremolata butter while the toast is still warm. Now make some creamy scrambled egg to use as a filling for your sandwiches. Don’t forget to sprinkle some dried oregano; black pepper and salt on the egg before completing your sandwiches.
28. French Breakfast Soufflé
Adding some cheddar cheese; parmesan cheese and some mustard flour to your soufflé mixture is all it takes to end up with a traditional French breakfast soufflé which you can enjoy of the run along with some lightly toasted whole wheat bread. These are so delicious; don’t be surprised if you find yourself having them for dinner as well.
29. Reuben Brunch Cake
This is another one of my favorite healthy breakfast ideas. This dish needs to be prepared ahead of time in order to be suitable for breakfasts on the run.
In a large mixing bowl, combine 8 eggs; 1 can of sauerkraut; 2 cups of shredded Swiss cheese; 2.5 ounces of corned beef cut into strips; a ½ cup green onions; a ½ cup milk; 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard; ¼ teaspoon salt, and ¼ black pepper. Once everything is mixed, pour into a greased baking dish and refrigerate overnight. Only take it out 30 minutes before baking. Now toast 3 or for slices of rye bread; chop the toasted bread into course pieces and toss in a bag with a ¼ cup of melted butter. Sprinkle the resultant crumbs over the contents in the baking dish, and then bake at 350 F for about 45 minutes. If you stick a knife in the center and it comes out clean, your brunch cake is ready.
Allow the cake to cool completely, and then cut into desired sizes and pack individually for super tasty breakfasts on the run.
30. Sweet or Savory Crepes
Let’s face it; crepes are always a big hit, and the good thing is, you can make a stack of them ahead of time, or you can make them in the morning before leaving for work because they are ready in minutes. Prepare your batter in advance and keep in the fridge if you want to save even more time. Crepes can be used to wrap up almost any type of filling, so just experiment and enjoy a different style of crepe every time.