If you’re extra pressed for time in the mornings, you are like most people. However, while it’s fine to cut your shower short or make the kids’ lunches the night before to save time, you never want to skip breakfast. Without a proper breakfast in the morning, your body doesn’t get the running start it needs in order for you to be your best.
Thankfully, breakfast doesn’t have to require a lot of prep time in order to be nutritious, delicious, and nourishing. The following are just a few ideas that will take you a mere five minutes or less from start to finish in the morning. No need to prep anything the night before or plan ahead! Which one will you be trying first?
1. High Protein Breakfast Sandwich
If there’s one food pretty much everyone loves first thing in the morning, it’s a delicious egg breakfast sandwich. Don’t give in to the temptation and hit the drive-thru on your way to work in the interests of time, though. You can make an amazing alternative sandwich right in your own kitchen in just five minutes. You’ll need:
- An English muffin
- ¼ cup of canned beans
- Avocado slices
- An egg
- Grated cheddar cheese
- Seasonings of your choice
Far too many people overlook beans as a protein-rich breakfast staple, and they really shouldn’t. They’re delicious, nutritious, and packed with fiber. Plus, they’re perfect if you’re trying to cut back on meat or going vegetarian. Simply drain, rinse, and mash with a fork. Season with salt and pepper to get them sandwich-ready.
Also, season your egg and microwave it in just 60-70 seconds. Toast your muffin, slather on the beans, add your egg, avocado and other fixings, and you’re ready to walk out the door! Enjoy it on the way to work, on the way to the gym for your morning cardio workout, or anytime you need a tasty protein fix.
2. Mug Frittata
Is there anything as delicious, nutritious, and satisfying in the morning as a frittata? There’s a reason why most of us only think of making them only on the weekend, though. Even a basic standard frittata can take up at least 20 minutes of your time. This easy mug version, on the other hand, will take you less than five minutes on even the busiest morning, so go ahead and get cracking! You’ll need:
- 2 eggs
- 2 tablespoons of low-fat cottage cheese
- Grated cheese of your choice
- Salt and pepper
- Chopped onions, peppers, mushrooms, or other veggies of your choice.
Start by spraying the inside of your favorite coffee mug with cooking spray. Grab a small bowl and use it to whisk your eggs, seasonings, cheeses, and veggies together. Pour it into your mug and microwave for 30 seconds. Stir gently and microwave for another 30 seconds. Stir one last time and microwave for 40-60 seconds (or until eggs are set). Enjoy!
3. Banana Protein Smoothie Bowl
For mornings when you’re not in the mood for eggs or anything else savory, there’s really nothing like a delicious smoothie bowl. This simple, easy, and delicious idea lets you tap into this popular breakfast trend without having to get up early or spend too much time in the kitchen. Enjoy it in the morning or use as a delicious post-strength-training pick-me-up. You’ll need:
- 1 banana
- ½ of your favorite almond milk
- 1 scoop of protein powder
- 1 packet of instant coffee
- A couple of ice cubes
- Toppings of your choice. We personally love carob chips, sliced fruit, granola, or chia seeds, but what you go with is entirely up to you.
Add all of your ingredients (minus the toppings) to your blender and blend until the entire mixture is smooth and creamy. If you need to, add an extra splash of almond milk and/or additional ice cubes until you’re happy with the consistency. Just keep in mind that you’ll be eating it with a spoon. Add mixture to a bowl and top as desired. Enjoy!
All of the above recipes are super flexible, so don’t be afraid to swap out the beans in the breakfast sandwich for a couple of slices of lean turkey or experiment with different veggies in your mug frittata if you prefer. You can add even more nutritional value by making superfood additions like spinach or kale. Try it today!