Quick and Easy Breakfast Ideas

Monday, July 19, 2010

Fruit BowlQuestion: I am a Mom of 2 children ages 5 and 7.  Mornings are busy in our house, as I am getting my children off to school or camp. Can you please provide me with some healthy and easy to prepare (or grab) breakfast choices for myself?  I do not have the time to cook everyday.

Answer: Studies show that breakfast is the most important meal of the day (yes, even for mom). There are quick and easy options available and with a little advanced planning, it’s all possible.


Here are five ideas to get you started:

#1: Oatmeal

Cook up a batch of oatmeal the night before and store in the refrigerator. The next morning, pop it in the microwave for 30 seconds. Don’t forget to top with fresh fruit or a handful of nuts.

#2: Eggs

Hard boil a dozen or so eggs and store in the fridge. The next morning grab two along with a fresh fruit or a slice of 100% whole wheat bread with a teaspoon of jam.

#3: Cereal

Whole grain cereal with low fat (1%) or skim milk is always my top choice when I’m in a rush. Don’t forget to top with fresh fruit or two tablespoons of raisins. Healthier whole grain cereal choices include:

  • Kashi’s Heart to Heart
  • Barbara’s Shredded Spoonfuls or Puffins
  • Cheerios (original or multigrain)
  • Fiber One (original)

#4: Breakfast Bar

In a real time crunch, grab a breakfast bar and pair it with a fresh fruit or yogurt. Healthier breakfast bars include:

  • Health Valley Organic Blueberry Cobbler Bar (140 calories)
  • Trader Joe’s Cereal Bars (120 calories)
  • Kashi TLC Baked Apple Spice Cereal Bar (100 calories)
  • Nature’s Choice Cereal Bar: Triple Berry (150 calories)

#5: Greek Yogurt

For a little extra protein kick, choose nonfat Greek yogurt (it has more protein per ounce than traditional yogurt) and top with 2 tablespoons of granola, nuts or fresh fruit.

TELL TOBY: What’s your go-to breakfast? Share with us in the comment area below.

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7 Comments on “Quick and Easy Breakfast Ideas

Kim Says:

Fruit smoothies! Yum.

Ivan Says:

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Have a nice day


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Laura Says:

Im a smoothie girl for bfst, but have to say that two boiled eggs and a piece of fruit is also a GREAT post workout (don’t have a lot of time) meal/snack. I boil my eggs each week too! This has saved me from the post workout bonk more than once!!! 🙂

Heather (Where's the Beach) Says:

I’m all about oatmeal. I prep mine the night before and reheat in the morning. I also chop up apples and add cinnamon, stevia & a tiny bit of lemon juice to them the night before and reheat and add to the oats. So good and so easy.

Christine @ Oatmeal in my bowl Says:

I just bought me a big bag of Coach’s Oats. And my husband likes them, too. Score! Great list, Toby.

TriGirl Says:

I love eggs for breakfast, with salsa and a carb. But, I have a little time in the morning, so the idea of hard-boiled eggs is great!

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