8 Quick and Easy Breakfast Recipes

by Anjali @ The Picky Eater on January 15, 2012

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Breakfast.
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It’s the most important meal of the day, and can also be the most delicious meal of the day, but oftentimes it’s overlooked, eaten on the fly, or replaced with a can of Diet Coke.
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I always eat breakfast but I’m definitely a creature of habit – oatmeal being my go-to breakfast of choice. And while I do eat breakfast every day, I also love sleep. So on those days where eating breakfast conflicts with getting more sleep, it’s a hard choice to make!
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When I was in college, breakfast would spill over into lunch and everything would sort of blend together. When I was working in consulting and traveling all the time, a healthy breakfast was hard to come by because I didn’t have a kitchen at my disposal (hotel rooms usually don’t). And so I came up with these eight quick and easy breakfast recipes, all of which don’t require a kitchen – only a mini fridge, microwave and maybe a single serve blender.
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These options have made breakfast interesting, inventive and even gourmet, without taking more than 5-10 minutes to make in the morning. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do! And for those of you who don’t like a sweet(ish) breakfast, there are savory options here for you too.
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Breakfast Option #1: 0% Plain Greek yogurt topped with walnuts, a handful of berries (or sliced banana) and a light drizzle of agave nectar or honey (1 tsp)
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Breakfast Option #2: Steel cut or rolled oats oatmeal (made in the microwave with 1.5 times the amount of water to oats ratio), with 2 tablespoons of dried apricots (or if you have fresh fruit, use ½ cup fresh blueberries), 2 tablespoons of slivered almonds or walnuts and a splash of organic 1% milk or unsweetened almond or soy milk.
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Breakfast Option #3: Make a chocolate shake with bananas, frozen berries, cocoa powder and honey. Mix all in a single serve blender and drink!

 

Breakfast Option #4: 1 serving of low fat cottage cheese (about 100 calories) with either 1/2 cup blueberries or (for those who like something savory) with pepper and a side of sliced tomato.

Breakfast Option #5: Whole grain or sprouted grain toast topped with 2 sliced up hardboiled eggs served with a sliced apple or grapefruit

Breakfast Option #6: Whole wheat pita filled with hummus, 1 Tbsp fat free feta, arugula, sliced tomato, sliced red onion, and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil; serve with a side of grapes

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Breakfast Option #7: 1 slice of whole wheat or sprouted grain bread with 1 Tbsp almond or sunflower butter + ½ sliced banana and 1 Tbsp honey drizzled on top
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Breakfast Option #8: 1 cup of whole grain cereal like Original Puffins, Kashi Heart to Heart or Fiber One with 1 cup 1% milk or 1 cup unsweetened almond milk or 1 cup unsweetened soy milk. Top with bananas and/or blueberries.
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{ 63 comments… read them below or add one }

jenn aka the picky girl January 15, 2012 at 6:39 pm

Yum. These all (except the cottage cheese) look great. I usually do Greek yogurt or a Mix One protein drink because I’m running out the door, but occasionally I do an egg white omelette, and I love it. You’re making me very hungry. Good thing dinner is almost finished.

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater January 17, 2012 at 12:44 pm

Glad you liked them! I agree, cottage cheese isn’t for everyone – I didn’t always enjoy it but over time it has grown on me tremendously 🙂 Egg white omelettes are awesome too – I love putting veggies in them and eating them with a slice of sprouted wheat toast!

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Jeralyn January 15, 2012 at 7:43 pm

Breakfast is my favorite part of the day…so many good choices to choose from. Thanks.

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater January 17, 2012 at 12:44 pm

Breakfast is my favorite part of the day too! I end up eating breakfast for dinner often because I love it so much 🙂 So glad you liked these recipes!

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Sue Kauffman January 16, 2012 at 7:58 am

Ooh, I love these! I don’t usually vary my breakfast much because I am always under the gun for time. These should come in handy as a change of pace that I can do quickly. #6 also looks like a good lunch to me.

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater January 17, 2012 at 12:46 pm

Thanks! I’m totally with you – I often find myself making the same thing every morning because that way I don’t have to think about it when I’m already pressed for time. But when I use these recipes and plan things out a tiny bit in advance, I end up with a really varied breakfast menu for the week which is awesome! I’ve actually eaten #5, #6 and #7 for lunch or dinner at times – I love how they’re so flexible!

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Jesse January 16, 2012 at 2:59 pm

Great Article

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater January 17, 2012 at 12:46 pm

Thank you!

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mona January 16, 2012 at 9:43 pm

Thank you so much for these ideas!!!! 🙂

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater January 17, 2012 at 12:47 pm

No problem!! Let me know which one ends up being your favorite! 🙂

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jenn January 17, 2012 at 8:44 am

Love these! I often find I fall into a breakfast rut. Alternating between bowls of fruit and yogurt or oatmeal can get a little boring.

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater January 17, 2012 at 12:48 pm

Thank you! And haha yes, I totally agree – it takes a bit of effort for me to break out of the “traditional” oatmeal/fruit/yogurt/whole grain cereal rut as well. I like having #5 and #6 especially to mix things up!

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Maggie January 17, 2012 at 9:04 am

These are all wonderful quick and healthy breakfast ideas. My favorite things in the mornings are oatmeal and shakes too, so you and I would make great breakfast buddies. 🙂

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater January 17, 2012 at 12:49 pm

Thanks – so glad you like them! And you are right – we would be great breakfast buddies 🙂 If you are ever in the Bay Area we should do breakfast in person sometime!

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Kimberly January 17, 2012 at 10:53 am

Yum! This is a great post. I love all the recipes and how easy they are. Thank you for sharing. 🙂 Looking forward to checking out more of your posts. 🙂

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater January 17, 2012 at 12:50 pm

Thanks so much! And no problem at all – so glad you like my recipes. Looking forward to connecting with you more – so nice to meet you!

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Missy Chase Lapine January 18, 2012 at 8:24 am

Great ideas! My kids are huge fans of sunflower butter too… it’s delicious and peanut allergy-friendly.

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater January 18, 2012 at 9:58 pm

Thanks so much!! So glad you like them 🙂 I agree – sunflower butter is delicious! I recently discovered it and I am in love. Great point too – it is very allergy friendly!

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Kati Mora, MS, RD, Kellogg's FiberPlus(R) Wellness Advocate January 18, 2012 at 8:40 am

I love breakfast! By far my favorite meal of the day. And quick and easy meal options make it all the better. I’m a huge fan of Kellogg’s FiberPlus(R) cereals. Add in a few slices of fresh fruit, a little milk, and you have one fabulous dish to start your day.

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater January 18, 2012 at 9:58 pm

Thanks for the tip! Totally agree that high fiber cereals, fruit and protein (from milk) make an excellent well rounded breakfast.

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Defense Soap January 20, 2012 at 10:47 pm

Thanks for the great post. You highlight an interesting points & also incredible amount of work, focus and energy that people have put into finding ways to not have to work so hard to stay healthy!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater January 21, 2012 at 12:32 am

Thank you! Eating healthy doesn’t have to be difficult! 🙂

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Beth Michelle January 21, 2012 at 1:25 am

I too overlook breakfast every now and then. Great ideas for a quick morning starter!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater January 22, 2012 at 11:07 pm

Thank you so much! Hope you enjoy these when you make them!

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Anita Johnson January 22, 2012 at 10:27 am

Thanks for the easy receipes. I always eat breakfast now and I love the Greek Yougart with blueberries — I always drizzles some honey and cinnamon on it!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater January 22, 2012 at 11:00 pm

No problem! Great job on always eating breakfast – it’s a very good habit to have! 🙂 Love the idea of adding cinnamon to Greek Yogurt with berries – I’ll have to try that next time!

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Jason Clifton January 23, 2012 at 2:00 pm

Breakfast option #8 looks like a fabulous breakfast!!! You really can’t go wrong with light fruits for breakfast.

In fact we’re going to be adding breakfast items to the 365 day experiment of, Fast Food Experiment at http://www.FastFoodExperiment.com

Basically it’s an experiment of food items from Fast Food places to see if it will actually spoil. Since there are so many chemicals in fast food, we’re going to see if they actually spoil.

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater January 23, 2012 at 7:10 pm

Wow what an interesting experiment! Let me know if the food actually does end up spoiling (and how long it takes!)

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Ryan January 24, 2012 at 6:55 am

I definitely think this post is extremely helpful to a college student who has very little time to make breakfast before class! More quick and easys!

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Kati Mora, MS, RD, Kellogg's FiberPlus(R) Wellness Advocate January 24, 2012 at 10:10 am

Quick and easy breakfasts are a must when you are a busy college student. We have a bunch of great nutritious yet simple meal and snack ideas on our website. Enjoy! http://www.kelloggsfiberplus.com/Finding-Fiber.aspx

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater January 24, 2012 at 10:01 pm

Oh that’s so great! I’m so glad it’s helpful for you 🙂 Stay tuned for more quick and easy posts (there are a lot more coming!) In the meantime, this post for my top 10 healthy snacks might be helpful to you: http://74.220.215.66/~pickyeat/2010/07/22/my-top-10-healthy-snacks/; and this guide to 25 healthy food swaps might also be useful: http://74.220.215.66/~pickyeat/2012/01/12/be-a-picky-eater-make-healthy-food-swaps/. Hope that helps, and thanks for following The Picky Eater!

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Miss Meghan @ scratch-made wife January 25, 2012 at 9:11 am

I have a protein shake and egg whites almost every single morning. (Am I boring or what?) I usually don’t have enough time in the morning to think up a better idea, so I just go with the usual. I really like your ideas, though, and I think #6 looks especially tasty! I wonder if I can find low-carb pitas anywhere.

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater January 25, 2012 at 1:49 pm

A protein shake and egg whites is a great breakfast! I bet that keeps you full for a long time. Let me know if you end up mixing it up with any of these recipes! As for low-carb pitas, I think Joseph’s Bakery (online) makes them!

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Jo February 4, 2012 at 12:43 pm

Thank you for these! For the breakfast shake, do you add milk? And if so, how much? How much cocoa powder do you recommend also? thank you!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater February 5, 2012 at 11:30 am

No problem! So glad you like them. For the breakfast shake, you can totally add milk (or even soy/almond milk) if you want. Depending on how creamy you like your shakes, I’d start with 1/4-1/3 cup of milk and then add more if you want it to be creamier. Also – I’d do 1 banana, 1 cup berries, 1 tsp cocoa powder, and a drizzle of honey (adding more if needed to taste). This will probably make two servings, depending on how big you want your smoothie to be. Hope that helps!

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Amanda February 7, 2012 at 5:09 pm

This was very helpful to me! Thanks for the ideas, they are just great! I cant wait to try them! Keep them coming, I cant wait to see more!! 🙂

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater February 7, 2012 at 9:50 pm

Oh great!! I’m so glad – I’m sure you’ll love these yummy breakfast ideas! I’ll be posting some healthy valentine’s day dessert options soon, so stay tuned! 🙂

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Janie November 2, 2012 at 3:53 pm

the hard boiled egg on toast is such a good idea for someone with no time but wants something well rounded. maybe add a peice of fruit too! im gonna go home and boil up some eggs for the next few mornings 😀

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater November 4, 2012 at 12:35 am

Adding fruit would be perfect for the egg-on-toast breakfast! And you are right, it doesn’t take any time at all to make but is super good for you 🙂 Enjoy your breakfasts for the next few days!

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Head November 6, 2012 at 9:38 am

Bread and banana? Actually never heard of it, but sounds interesting. I will definitely give it a try. 😉

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater November 9, 2012 at 12:24 am

Hehe great! Let me know how you like your first nut butter and banana sandwich!

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caterersplus February 7, 2013 at 4:21 am

These are great breakfast options, thank you! I really like those without bread as there seems to be such a movement towards going gluten-free.

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater February 10, 2013 at 5:10 pm

Thanks! So glad you liked these options! 🙂

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Roxanne Lemasson May 22, 2013 at 4:41 am

Your blog post is well interesting and informative. I never knew such things could be done as I often replace my breakfast with a can of something like you said.
All your photos looks very appealing and motivates readers to actually try it all out!
Thank you for your efforts. You encourage people in eating healthy which is not always the case, I shall say, the situation is critical. I will definitely subscribe to your blog 🙂
Roxanne

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater May 24, 2013 at 10:41 am

Thank you Roxanne!! I’m so glad my blog has inspired you to eat healthier!

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Robert June 4, 2013 at 12:15 pm

Great options especially 6 & 8 the combination of of foods also have a great taste together as the recipe has them! I like the natural energy that comes from a nice healthy breakfast seems to last longer also. Not so much emphasis placed on lunch (especially a large one) when start out the day on a healthy note. Never knew healthy could be so good. I had a fresh Strawberry so Sliced it up and put it with #4 tasted great! Also it was the perfect Red, White and Blue so I named it – “The America Breakfast” Keep posting the recipes I like them.

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater June 6, 2013 at 1:53 pm

Thanks so much Robert!! And I love your “Red White and Blue” breakfast – what a great name! 🙂 So glad you like my recipes, thanks again!

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Carey June 24, 2013 at 5:07 am

Howdy! Would you mind if I share your blog with my zynga group? There’s a lot of folks that I think would really appreciate your content. Please let me know. Thanks

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater June 24, 2013 at 9:20 am

Sure! Go ahead and share my blog with your group – thanks for asking Carey!

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Bella August 17, 2013 at 6:40 pm

Omg this is amazing i never have time to eat breakfast because of school. and now i have fun easy and tasty breakfast everyday!!!!!!!!!!!!!! this is the best!!!!!!!!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater August 17, 2013 at 9:44 pm

Yayyy!! I’m so glad this post was helpful to you Bella!! Here’s to healthy and easy breakfasts! 🙂

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sweta sahay August 18, 2013 at 10:34 pm

I loved your chocolate brownie oatmeal recipe but I need to know how to bake
it and for how long

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater August 19, 2013 at 9:01 am

Thanks Sweta! You can make the oatmeal in the microwave easily — it only takes a few minutes. The full directions are here. Hope that helps!

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Joleen February 25, 2014 at 4:10 pm

These look so simple!
Here are some of the breakfast ideas I’ve tried since coming to college 🙂
http://bythesparklingsea.wordpress.com/2014/02/25/college-cooking-5-quick-and-healthy-breakfast-ideas/

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater February 25, 2014 at 10:44 pm

Thanks Joleen! Love your breakfast ideas too!

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Rosemary March 27, 2014 at 5:45 am

I’m loving your blog! All the recipes sound so wonderful! Made the Skinny Broccoli soup last night and it was a hit! I’m dealing with a husband who was just diagnosed with colon cancer so I’m looking for good healthy meals for him. We’ve been on that road for some time, but now there is even more reason to make sure he’s getting good food, as close to natural as possible and no artificial anything. Thanks for the love you put into all of the things you’ve shared. Congratulations on your beautiful baby girl!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater March 30, 2014 at 12:58 pm

Awww thank you so much Rosemary! I’m so glad you’re enjoying my blog and recipes. So sorry to hear about your husband’s diagnosis — I hope his treatment goes well and he has an easy recovery!! Keeping you both in my thoughts!

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Lan Tra September 10, 2015 at 7:41 pm

Thank Anjali, really great post and I love your pictures!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater September 16, 2015 at 5:12 am

Thanks so much!

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Nancy October 23, 2015 at 7:12 am

Everything looks great to me, but my teenage son is so picky…no eggs, bread, milk…it’s hard to get him ready for school when nothing appeals to him in the morning. I know he will get hungry later and I am just lost about what to give him. Any suggestions? Thank You!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater October 24, 2015 at 6:43 am

Hi Nancy! Are there certain foods your son does like? Does he like fruit or yogurt or cereal? Those could be some good healthy options, or does he like more savory dishes like stews, casseroles, etc? In that case, it’s perfectly fine to have dinner leftovers for breakfast if that’s what he prefers! Happy to brainstorm more ideas with you – feel free to email me at pickyeats@gmail.com and we can chat about this more!

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Christina November 5, 2015 at 1:17 pm

I never thought of having hummus for breakfast! Great idea 😀

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater November 6, 2015 at 9:41 am

Thanks Christina! Enjoy! 🙂

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