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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.
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!
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.
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.
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)
I like using Stonyfield Organic’s Greek Yogurt for this dish, not just because I love everything about the taste and texture of their yogurt, but also because I love the mission and vision for their company. Stonyfield has just become a certified B Corporation, joining a host of other companies in their commitment to social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. What is a B Corporation? B Corps™ are for-profit companies certified by the nonprofit B Lab to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. These companies are better for workers, communities and the environment.
To celebrate joining B Corps™, Stonyfield wanted to spread the good word about some of the other companies who are members (Preserve, Pukka, Purely Elizabeth, Method, Pete & Gerry’s Organics, King Arthur), and help me create this yummy breakfast!
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.
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
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
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.