We've heard it ad nauseam: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Yet thanks to our increasingly chaotic schedules, 31 million Americans choose to skip it despite advice from health experts that a simple, nutritious meal can boost your metabolism and even increase productivity at work.
If you can rarely find time to brush your teeth let alone prepare a nutritionist-approved meal in the morning, we've got the solution. These recipes are quick to prepare (some can even be done the night before) and will give you fuel to power through the workday. The best bit? They're the handiwork of some of our favorite foodies and are proof that flavorful food doesn't have to equal hours spent in the kitchen. Go on, hit snooze. You don't need to wake up early to make these surprisingly simple breakfasts.
The Upshot: A fuss-free no-cook recipe that takes minutes to throw together.
The Recipe: It doesn't get simpler than this yogurt parfait. Alice of Mitzy at Home says this is her go-to for busy mornings because it requires zero cooking. Her version features "a little bit of everything," including chopped pears and apples, Greek yogurt, jam, and cinnamon roasted almonds.
"The great thing about these parfaits is that you can make them ahead," she says. "I simply cover each glass with plastic wrap and they can wait in the fridge till the next day. It's a perfect way to have a great breakfast without all the work."
The Shortcut: "Before you start prepping your meal, lay out all the ingredients on the counter, along with empty jars and anything else needed," she advises. "This always saves time." She also recommends swapping out the cinnamon roasted almonds for raw almonds with a dash of cinnamon when you're in a hurry.
The Upshot: A genius way to take scrambled eggs on the go.
The Recipe: Can't find time to sit at the table for breakfast? This egg and avocado breakfast taco recipe by I Am a Food Blog is about to become your new busy weekday go-to. Simply scoop scrambled eggs into a tortilla and top with avocado and jalapeño. Done.
The Shortcut: This recipe hardly needs one, but if you're particularly pressed for time, skip heating the tortillas up, and let the warm scrambled eggs provide the heat.
The Upshot: A fancy-looking dish for cereal lovers who are happy to put in a little more effort. Bonus: You can make it while you sleep.
The Recipe: "This recipe is great for busy mornings because it can be made quickly with ingredients you most likely have in your pantry," says Tieghan Gerard, the foodie behind Half Baked Harvest. Her banana oatmeal with ricotta, honey, orange, and toasted buckwheat offers a new flavor spin on a standard oat dish, thanks to toasted buckwheat, which takes 10 minutes.
The Shortcut: You can make this meal while you sleep if you put a "batch of oatmeal in a crockpot on low, and add a cup of water to the mix," says Gerard. Alternatively, you could pre-make the oats and heat them in the microwave.
The Upshot: A gourmet-tasting breakfast (thanks to pesto) you can make in advance.
"The thing I love about it is that it is hearty but not heavy, with a lovely nurturing vibe that will get you out the door feeling fabulous," says Sarah Tuck, the mastermind behind the recipe. Plus, "it is so simple to make!"
The Shortcut: Make a big batch of pesto on the weekend and add it to pasta or spread it on toast with avocado. "The pesto can be made a few days before, and it only takes one minute to make. Just stick the ingredients in blender and whiz. Job done."