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Hello! I’m Anjali. I’m a board certified health coach, wife, mom and food lover from the SF Bay area (now living in Ann Arbor, MI!); with a passion for delicious food and a desire to make healthy eating easy, tasty and fun! Learn more about me here and stay for a while!

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8 Quick and Easy Breakfast Recipes

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Breakfast.
It’s the most important meal of the day, and can also be the most delicious meal of the day, but oftentimes it’s overlooked, eaten on the fly, or replaced with a can of Diet Coke.
I always eat breakfast but I’m definitely a creature of habit – oatmeal being my go-to breakfast of choice. And while I do eat breakfast every day, I also love sleep. So on those days where eating breakfast conflicts with getting more sleep, it’s a hard choice to make!
When I was in college, breakfast would spill over into lunch and everything would sort of blend together. When I was working in consulting and traveling all the time, a healthy breakfast was hard to come by because I didn’t have a kitchen at my disposal (hotel rooms usually don’t). And so I came up with these eight quick and easy breakfast recipes, all of which don’t require a kitchen – only a mini fridge, microwave and maybe a single serve blender.
These options have made breakfast interesting, inventive and even gourmet, without taking more than 5-10 minutes to make in the morning. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do! And for those of you who don’t like a sweet(ish) breakfast, there are savory options here for you too.
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Breakfast Option #1: 0% Plain Greek yogurt topped with walnuts, a handful of berries (or sliced banana) and a light drizzle of agave nectar or honey (1 tsp)
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I like using Stonyfield Organic’s Greek Yogurt for this dish, not just because I love everything about the taste and texture of their yogurt, but also because I love the mission and vision for their company. Stonyfield has just become a certified B Corporation, joining a host of other companies in their commitment to social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. What is a B Corporation? B Corps are for-profit companies certified by the nonprofit B Lab to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. These companies are better for workers, communities and the environment.
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To celebrate joining B Corps, Stonyfield wanted to spread the good word about some of the other companies who are members (Preserve, Pukka, Purely Elizabeth, Method, Pete & Gerry’s Organics, King Arthur), and help me create this yummy breakfast!
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Breakfast Option #2: Steel cut or rolled oats oatmeal (made in the microwave with 1.5 times the amount of water to oats ratio), with 2 tablespoons of dried apricots (or if you have fresh fruit, use ½ cup fresh blueberries), 2 tablespoons of slivered almonds or walnuts and a splash of organic 1% milk or unsweetened almond or soy milk.
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Breakfast Option #3: Make a chocolate shake with bananas, frozen berries, cocoa powder and honey. Mix all in a single serve blender and drink!

 

Breakfast Option #4: 1 serving of low fat cottage cheese (about 100 calories) with either 1/2 cup blueberries or (for those who like something savory) with pepper and a side of sliced tomato.

Breakfast Option #5: Whole grain or sprouted grain toast topped with 2 sliced up hardboiled eggs served with a sliced apple or grapefruit

Breakfast Option #6: Whole wheat pita filled with hummus, 1 Tbsp fat free feta, arugula, sliced tomato, sliced red onion, and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil; serve with a side of grapes

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Breakfast Option #7: 1 slice of whole wheat or sprouted grain bread with 1 Tbsp almond or sunflower butter + ½ sliced banana and 1 Tbsp honey drizzled on top
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Breakfast Option #8: 1 cup of whole grain cereal like Original Puffins, Kashi Heart to Heart or Fiber One with 1 cup 1% milk or 1 cup unsweetened almond milk or 1 cup unsweetened soy milk. Top with bananas and/or blueberries.
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77 responses to “8 Quick and Easy Breakfast Recipes”

  1. Yum. These all (except the cottage cheese) look great. I usually do Greek yogurt or a Mix One protein drink because I’m running out the door, but occasionally I do an egg white omelette, and I love it. You’re making me very hungry. Good thing dinner is almost finished.

    • Glad you liked them! I agree, cottage cheese isn’t for everyone – I didn’t always enjoy it but over time it has grown on me tremendously 🙂 Egg white omelettes are awesome too – I love putting veggies in them and eating them with a slice of sprouted wheat toast!

    • Breakfast is my favorite part of the day too! I end up eating breakfast for dinner often because I love it so much 🙂 So glad you liked these recipes!

  2. Ooh, I love these! I don’t usually vary my breakfast much because I am always under the gun for time. These should come in handy as a change of pace that I can do quickly. #6 also looks like a good lunch to me.

    • Thanks! I’m totally with you – I often find myself making the same thing every morning because that way I don’t have to think about it when I’m already pressed for time. But when I use these recipes and plan things out a tiny bit in advance, I end up with a really varied breakfast menu for the week which is awesome! I’ve actually eaten #5, #6 and #7 for lunch or dinner at times – I love how they’re so flexible!

    • Thank you! And haha yes, I totally agree – it takes a bit of effort for me to break out of the “traditional” oatmeal/fruit/yogurt/whole grain cereal rut as well. I like having #5 and #6 especially to mix things up!

  3. These are all wonderful quick and healthy breakfast ideas. My favorite things in the mornings are oatmeal and shakes too, so you and I would make great breakfast buddies. 🙂

    • Thanks – so glad you like them! And you are right – we would be great breakfast buddies 🙂 If you are ever in the Bay Area we should do breakfast in person sometime!

    • Thanks so much! And no problem at all – so glad you like my recipes. Looking forward to connecting with you more – so nice to meet you!

    • Thanks so much!! So glad you like them 🙂 I agree – sunflower butter is delicious! I recently discovered it and I am in love. Great point too – it is very allergy friendly!

    • Thanks for the tip! Totally agree that high fiber cereals, fruit and protein (from milk) make an excellent well rounded breakfast.

  4. Thanks for the great post. You highlight an interesting points & also incredible amount of work, focus and energy that people have put into finding ways to not have to work so hard to stay healthy!

    • No problem! Great job on always eating breakfast – it’s a very good habit to have! 🙂 Love the idea of adding cinnamon to Greek Yogurt with berries – I’ll have to try that next time!

  5. Breakfast option #8 looks like a fabulous breakfast!!! You really can’t go wrong with light fruits for breakfast.

    In fact we’re going to be adding breakfast items to the 365 day experiment of, Fast Food Experiment at http://www.FastFoodExperiment.com

    Basically it’s an experiment of food items from Fast Food places to see if it will actually spoil. Since there are so many chemicals in fast food, we’re going to see if they actually spoil.

    • Wow what an interesting experiment! Let me know if the food actually does end up spoiling (and how long it takes!)

  6. I definitely think this post is extremely helpful to a college student who has very little time to make breakfast before class! More quick and easys!

  7. I have a protein shake and egg whites almost every single morning. (Am I boring or what?) I usually don’t have enough time in the morning to think up a better idea, so I just go with the usual. I really like your ideas, though, and I think #6 looks especially tasty! I wonder if I can find low-carb pitas anywhere.

    • A protein shake and egg whites is a great breakfast! I bet that keeps you full for a long time. Let me know if you end up mixing it up with any of these recipes! As for low-carb pitas, I think Joseph’s Bakery (online) makes them!

  8. Thank you for these! For the breakfast shake, do you add milk? And if so, how much? How much cocoa powder do you recommend also? thank you!

    • No problem! So glad you like them. For the breakfast shake, you can totally add milk (or even soy/almond milk) if you want. Depending on how creamy you like your shakes, I’d start with 1/4-1/3 cup of milk and then add more if you want it to be creamier. Also – I’d do 1 banana, 1 cup berries, 1 tsp cocoa powder, and a drizzle of honey (adding more if needed to taste). This will probably make two servings, depending on how big you want your smoothie to be. Hope that helps!

  9. This was very helpful to me! Thanks for the ideas, they are just great! I cant wait to try them! Keep them coming, I cant wait to see more!! 🙂

    • Oh great!! I’m so glad – I’m sure you’ll love these yummy breakfast ideas! I’ll be posting some healthy valentine’s day dessert options soon, so stay tuned! 🙂

  10. the hard boiled egg on toast is such a good idea for someone with no time but wants something well rounded. maybe add a peice of fruit too! im gonna go home and boil up some eggs for the next few mornings 😀

    • Adding fruit would be perfect for the egg-on-toast breakfast! And you are right, it doesn’t take any time at all to make but is super good for you 🙂 Enjoy your breakfasts for the next few days!

  11. Your blog post is well interesting and informative. I never knew such things could be done as I often replace my breakfast with a can of something like you said.
    All your photos looks very appealing and motivates readers to actually try it all out!
    Thank you for your efforts. You encourage people in eating healthy which is not always the case, I shall say, the situation is critical. I will definitely subscribe to your blog 🙂
    Roxanne

  12. Great options especially 6 & 8 the combination of of foods also have a great taste together as the recipe has them! I like the natural energy that comes from a nice healthy breakfast seems to last longer also. Not so much emphasis placed on lunch (especially a large one) when start out the day on a healthy note. Never knew healthy could be so good. I had a fresh Strawberry so Sliced it up and put it with #4 tasted great! Also it was the perfect Red, White and Blue so I named it – “The America Breakfast” Keep posting the recipes I like them.

    • Thanks so much Robert!! And I love your “Red White and Blue” breakfast – what a great name! 🙂 So glad you like my recipes, thanks again!

  13. Howdy! Would you mind if I share your blog with my zynga group? There’s a lot of folks that I think would really appreciate your content. Please let me know. Thanks

  14. Omg this is amazing i never have time to eat breakfast because of school. and now i have fun easy and tasty breakfast everyday!!!!!!!!!!!!!! this is the best!!!!!!!!

    • Yayyy!! I’m so glad this post was helpful to you Bella!! Here’s to healthy and easy breakfasts! 🙂

    • Thanks Sweta! You can make the oatmeal in the microwave easily — it only takes a few minutes. The full directions are here. Hope that helps!

  15. I’m loving your blog! All the recipes sound so wonderful! Made the Skinny Broccoli soup last night and it was a hit! I’m dealing with a husband who was just diagnosed with colon cancer so I’m looking for good healthy meals for him. We’ve been on that road for some time, but now there is even more reason to make sure he’s getting good food, as close to natural as possible and no artificial anything. Thanks for the love you put into all of the things you’ve shared. Congratulations on your beautiful baby girl!

    • Awww thank you so much Rosemary! I’m so glad you’re enjoying my blog and recipes. So sorry to hear about your husband’s diagnosis — I hope his treatment goes well and he has an easy recovery!! Keeping you both in my thoughts!

  16. Everything looks great to me, but my teenage son is so picky…no eggs, bread, milk…it’s hard to get him ready for school when nothing appeals to him in the morning. I know he will get hungry later and I am just lost about what to give him. Any suggestions? Thank You!

    • Hi Nancy! Are there certain foods your son does like? Does he like fruit or yogurt or cereal? Those could be some good healthy options, or does he like more savory dishes like stews, casseroles, etc? In that case, it’s perfectly fine to have dinner leftovers for breakfast if that’s what he prefers! Happy to brainstorm more ideas with you – feel free to email me at pickyeats@gmail.com and we can chat about this more!

  17. These look like very yummy breakfast recipes! And quite easy to do. I love eggs and it’s part of my keto diet. I reserve my fruit consumption for summer time. I would occasionally make coconut milk with honey and cinnamon and nuts for a creamy, good fat loaded breakfast.

    • Thanks John! Coconut milk with honey and cinnamon sounds delicious! Just make sure you get some protein along with that drink since coconut milk has no protein, and that you don’t use more than 1 tsp honey for 1 cup of coconut milk to keep the sugar down 🙂 Thanks again!

  18. I really love your ideas. The pics are phenomenal and the information on health and dieting is incredible! Thanks so much!

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