15 Grab-and-Go Post-Workout Breakfasts
We cram a lot into our days, and there's no more hectic time than morning. Between hitting snooze, working out, getting ourselves (and kids) ready for work (and school), and all other sorts of random responsibilities — it's no wonder an estimated 31 million Americans skip breakfast each day. By now, I'm sure most of us have heard that omitting the morning meal can make weight control difficult, along with a host of issues, like increased risk of heart disease.
If you fall into the skippers category, there's no better time to change than today. I've combed the Internet to find the 15 fastest, most portable breakfasts that are perfect post-workout or just as fuel for your busy day. (See also: Cheap, Quick Homemade Breakfasts)
1. Fruit and Yogurt Parfait
This Packable Fruit and Yogurt Parfait is as gorgeous as it is healthy. Just rinse out a Mason jar and fill it with your favorite seasonal fruits, granola, and lowfat Greek yogurt for added protein (17 grams per cup), and you'll be set for the day.
2. Overnight Oats
If you'd prefer to fix and forget your breakfast, try this Skinny Overnight Oats in a Jar recipe. You can use any milk you prefer (I like almond) and don't forget those chia seeds. They're a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, beating even flax, and help keep you full.
3. Mini Quiches
Eggs are always an excellent choice post-workout because they're inexpensive and good for you. Try making a batch of these Crustless Mini Quiches to enjoy several days of grab-and-go breakfast. They can be eaten hot or cold.
4. Western Omelets
Another genius muffin tin recipe, these Western Omelets are suitable for those of you on the Paleo diet. Plus, who doesn't love a good wrap of bacon?
5. Eggs in a Mug
If you think ahead, you can stock a few eggs, sprinkle of cheese, etc. in the fridge at the office and pop them in your coffee mug (make sure it's clean!) to have a piping hot breakfast at your desk. Yup — it's that simple with Eggs in a Mug.
6. Breakfast Egg Rolls
I'm smitten with this idea to make Breakfast Egg Rolls. If you're unfamiliar, egg roll wrappers can be found in the refrigerated produce section of most grocery stores.
7. Make-Ahead Smoothies
Set up your blender and pop in one of these Make-Ahead Smoothie Mixes before heading out the door. Without having to fumble around in your fridge, you can make a satisfying beverage in just minutes. (And it costs much less than the store-bought version of this same concept.)
8. Banana Dog
I don't know why I didn't think of this one! Banana dogs: Use leftover hot dog buns (whole wheat is best), slap a banana inside with some peanut butter and a squeeze of jam. I could also see making a delicious loaded version with other fresh fruit, chia and flax, and almond butter.
9. PBJ Rollup
This next one — the PBJ Rollup — is labeled as a school lunch. However, I think we can all agree that peanut butter, jelly, banana, and granola sounds just as delicious for a quick and easy breakfast on the go.
10. Mason Jar Pancakes
Use your favorite pancake mix (a whole grain version will keep you fuller, longer), and try out these Mason Jar Pancakes. The recipe says to serve with syrup — but if you want to avoid a sugar crash, use fruit and nut butter instead.
11. Microwave Muffins
If you'd rather craft something more homemade, try Microwave Muffins. They are customizable, so you can go fancy or simple on the spectrum. If you'd like to make them on the regular, consider mixing up the dry ingredients ahead of time and storing in an airtight container.
12. Freezer Breakfast Sandwiches
You can buy all sorts of prepared foods, but making your own is way healthier. Take these Freezer Breakfast Sandwiches, for example. They have all the flavor of their store-bought counterparts with much more wholesome goodness.
13. Freezer Breakfast Burritos
Same concept applies with these Freezer Breakfast Burritos. You can use eggs, cheese, and meat — whatever you have. I'd love to try making them with a mix of beans, rice, and veggies for a vegan twist.
14. Retooled Muffins
If you're looking for energy, it's best to avoid breakfasts that are high in sugar. Unfortunately, many muffins fall into this category. However, these Quinoa Breakfast Muffins are a great, savory alternative.
15. Energy Bars
Paired with fruit and even yogurt, an energy bar can make a solid, quick breakfast. We have you covered with 20 tasty energy bar recipes that won't break the bank. There's something for everyone, and I love making foods in bulk for easy grabbing!
What's your favorite healthy breakfast on the go? Please share in comments!