I have every right to preach about not skipping breakfast because I used to do it all the time. There was no time to make breakfast, I only liked breakfast out at restaurants, or I just wasn’t hungry. I swore I’d grab something later and by the time lunch came around, I was so hungry I would eat whatever was fast, available and filling. When I changed all my eating habits, I forced myself to eat breakfast and found that I felt satisfied until lunch time and didn’t have urges to grab snacks. Lighter dinners satisfied me as well so I was actually hungry in the mornings. Now breakfast is my favorite meal of the day and I love adding veggies to every breakfast. Sometimes there really is no time to stop and eat breakfast at home. That doesn’t mean you should skip breakfast, however. With a bit of advance planning, you can make these delicious and healthy breakfasts that you can take with you and eat on –the-go.
1. Breakfast You Can Drink
The easiest way to have a healthy breakfast on-the-go is to drink your meal. Putting your fruits and veggies into a juice or smoothie is a great way to get a ton of nutrients into just one glass. Even if you have a high-speed blender, it still takes some time and prep work to make the juice or smoothie. A good idea is to prep the ingredients for your juices and smoothies ahead of time so in the morning, all you have to do is press the button. Read How to Make Smoothie Prep Jars to Save Time for tips and recipes. Then just put your juice or smoothie in a travel mug and go.
If you’re new to smoothies and juices, don’t worry. We have you covered with great advice. For smoothies, see How to Make a Basic, Beginner Green Smoothie that Rocks, The Best Order of Ingredients to Make a Superfood Smoothie, 10 Ingredients That Make a Super Smoothie, The Anatomy of a Filling, Healthy Green Smoothie: What to Use and What to Skip, and How to Make a Smoothie Without Using Bananas.
For juices, read The Ultimate Green Juice Cheat Sheet and The Best Flavor Combos of Green Juice to Try for Your Sweet Tooth. Once you’ve read all the tips and tricks, use them to make Green Mojito Juice, Organic Bursts Smoothies, Banana Bread Smoothie with Pecans, Nutmeg and Carob Syrup, and any of these 11 Awesome Green Monster Smoothies.
2. Stow Your Oats
Oats are a healthy way to start the day. They help with things like our cholesterol and blood sugar and can protect against heart disease. Read all about The Health Benefits of Oats and Why Every Athlete Needs Oats. Not only are oats healthy and delicious, they are extremely versatile. You can add just about any flavors to make oats your favorite way. Did you know you can prepare the oats in your sleep? That’s right. Why make oatmeal the old-fashioned way when you can let them soak overnight in water or non-dairy milk. Just put whatever fruits and flavors you want in your oats with the liquid in a portable jar, put them in the fridge and in the morning, breakfast is ready to grab and go. Read 5 Reasons Raw, Soaked Oats are a Must-Try and then you must try these Overnight Oats With Raspberries and Tahini, Pumpkin Pie Overnight Oats, and this Maple Spice Oatmeal Bowl of Goodness.
3. Morning Muffins
Muffins are an easy way to take breakfast with you. Muffins are portable, small and you can put whatever fillings you want in them. They can be sweet or savory, packed with veggies or fruit. Make the muffins in advance and just throw a few in a plastic storage bag or paper bag to take along. No utensils necessary. I love making muffins that have breakfast flavors like peanut butter or banana plus added veggies.
To make my Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Squash Muffins: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Oil 1 ½ muffin tins. Mix 1 Tbs. flax with 3 Tbs. warm water in a mug or small bowl. Stir and let sit for 10 minutes until it forms a gel. Grate 2 or 3 yellow squash (unpeeled) and squeeze it dry. Let it drain while you prepare the rest of the ingredients. Mix 2 tsp. apple cider vinegar into 1 cup non-dairy milk to make buttermilk. It will curdle. Let it sit for 5 minutes. In a bowl, combine the buttermilk (milk/vinegar) mixture, flax gel, 3 Tbs. maple syrup, 1 tsp. vanilla and 3 Tbs. peanut butter. Mix until smooth. In a large bowl, combine 2 cups gluten-free flour blend, ¼ cup brown sugar, ¼ cup cane sugar, 1 Tbs. baking powder, 1 tsp. baking soda, 1 tsp. guar gum and 1 tsp. salt. Add the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir until just combined. Fold in the squash. Spoon the batter into the oiled muffin tins. Fill them ¾ of the way full. Bake for about 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let the muffins cool in the tins for 5-10 minutes. Then transfer the muffins to a wire cooling rack until completely cool. Also, try these Peanut Butter Banana Breakfast Muffins, Quinoa, Apricot and Oat Cluster Muffins, and Pancake Mix Muffins.
You can also use your muffin tin to make other types of muffin-like meals that you can take along with you. See Using a Muffin Tin Just for Muffins? Here are 10 Savory Dishes You Can Make in It and make portable breakfasts like Spinach and Artichoke Tofu Mini-Frittatas, Blueberry Buckwheat Pancake Muffins, Spinach, Tomato and Cheddar Mini-Quiches with Lemon Cashew Cream, and Breakfast Mini Muffins With Kale and Sundried Tomatoes.
4. Burritos and Wraps
Breakfast burritos and wraps are all the rage now. They are fun and easy to eat. What could be better than delicious breakfast food all wrapped up in a yummy tortilla? You can even make gluten-free and grain free wraps and tortillas. All you have to do to eat on-the-go is wrap some parchment paper around the bottom half of the wrap where you hold it.
Check out 10 Ideas for Creating Delicious Veggie Fillings for Your Homemade Burritos and get the recipes for my Mexican Breakfast Burrito and Italian Omelet Breakfast Burrito. You can also learn How to Make the Perfectly Layered Chipotle-Style Vegan Burrito at home. Then make these Vegan Breakfast Burritos and these Vegan Cajun Breakfast Burritos. Who wouldn’t want to start the day with this Spinach and Almond Feta Breakfast Wrap or this Kale-Avocado Wrap with Spicy Miso-Dipped Tempeh? Yes, please!
5. Bars, Bites and Balls
A fun way to eat breakfast on-the-go is to make healthy bars, bites and balls that are easily transported. What are bars, bites and balls, you ask? They are simple, make-in-advance foods that you can have for breakfast or any time of the day. You can make them however you like them with your favorite ingredients. Bars, bites and balls are packed with nutrients to give you energy all day. They are also easy to make and in the morning, you just grab a few and go. Get tips in Granola Bar Bonanza! Tips, Tricks and Creative Add-In’s.
Try making these Raw Vegan Amazing Ginger Energy Bites, Apricot Energy Balls, Superfood Granola Bars, High-Protein Green Buzz Balls, Banana Breakfast Bites and Healthy Oats Squares with Coconut and Dates. For even more recipes, check out The Yummiest Vegan Bars, Bites and Balls.
You can make all of these breakfasts ahead of time and grab them on your way out in the morning. Not only won’t you skip breakfast but you’ll know that you’re starting the day with a healthy meal. After that, you can accomplish anything.
Lead image source: Breakfast Mini Muffins With Kale and Sundried Tomatoes