The Best Back-to-Work Breakfasts That Take 10 Minutes or Less
It doesn't matter how much I prepare the night before; my morning routine is always a rush before work. This often means I skip the most important meal of the day simply because I don't have time, but it's my New Year's resolution to change that—stat. So in line with my 2016 commitment, I scoured the web for some delicious and nutritious breakfast ideas that only take 10 minutes or less. Scroll down to see what I found.
Oatmeal tends to get a bad rap, but the gourmet versions available today are nothing like the poor-tasting, cold porridge of our childhood. This standard breakfast grain is probably one of the most underrated superfoods in every kitchen pantry. A study published in the journal BMC Medicine found that older adults who ate the most whole grains were 17% less likely to die from heart disease, cancer, and diabetes than those who consumed minimal whole grains. So start adding oats to your morning breakfast routine. This blueberry oatmeal recipe from The New York Times only takes about 10 minutes on the stove or five minutes in the microwave, so there really is no excuse to skip breakfast ever again.
If you're not a natural morning person, then fire it up with the berry-boosting power of açaí—our editors can't live without it. This antioxidant-packed Brazilian fruit is guaranteed to ramp up your energy and kick your brain into gear. Not only does it taste delicious, but it's super easy to make too. Just throw all the ingredients into a blender, put it in a bowl, and top with your favorite fruit, granola, and organic yogurt. Try this recipe from Wholehearted Eats. Warning: Açaí is highly addictive.
There are so many different ways to eat eggs, but scrambled is definitely one of our favorites. Not only does it taste good, but it's so simple to make; even the most amateur cook could prepare it with ease. All it takes is a quick whip with a fork, a few stirs in a nonstick pan, then straight onto a piece of toast it goes. Or if you're gluten-free, it's also great on its own with a sprinkle of fresh parsley and greens. Try this Paleo version from Glamorous Bite.
There's no need to really explain why you need to add this to your weekly breakfast menu. Avocado and dill cream cheese on a bagel really speaks for itself, and it's saying I'm delicious—eat me. This ridiculously easy recipe from Don't Feed After Midnight takes no time at all to prepare, and best of all, you can wrap it up and eat it on your way or when you arrive at the office. Yum.
Despite their miniature size, chia seeds pack a lot of nutritional punch; they're super hydrating (holding 10 times their weight), are packed with essential fatty acids (omega-3 and omega-6), and even slow down how fast our bodies convert carbohydrate calories into simple sugars. This scrumptious chia seed and granola pot is a genius breakfast idea. We suggest making the chia seed recipe the night before so it's ready for consumption first thing in the morning. If you are really time-poor in the morning, simply layer up the chia seeds with your favorite ingredients in a mason jar and eat it when you get to work. We love this recipe from My Relationship With Food.
One of my most treasured childhood memories is eating my mom's dippy eggs with toast soldiers. In fact, the novelty never wore off, and it remains one of my favorite breakfasts—I now enjoy it with my 7-year-old son. The eggs take six minutes to cook if you like them "googy" (the Aussie term for soft boiled) or eight minutes if you prefer hard boiled. This recipe by The Worktop features grilled cheese soldiers, which I am super excited to try. Try this protein-packed breakfast tomorrow to power through your work morning.
Just because it's winter doesn't mean you can't enjoy a fruit salad, and there's nothing quite like citrus to put that zest back in your step. There are so many delicious varieties in season right now too, from tangelos to clementines, and the vitamin C is something we all need daily to fight off those winter bugs. This winter salad recipe from Pure Ella has the magic combination of citrus and mint, with a touch of pomegranate to really wake you up each morning.
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