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Healthy Breakfast Options for Busy Mornings

1.22.20

Today I’m sharing some of my favorite healthy breakfast recipes to eat on- the- go. Mornings can be crazy! Whether you have a long commute, you’re trying to get yourself and your kids ready and out the door, you have to feed and walk the dog, or you’re trying to fit a quick workout in, mornings can sometimes be the busiest part of the day! When you’re juggling multiple things at once, eating a healthy breakfast can be a bit of a challenge. When I first started working in the ICU my commute was almost an hour to the hospital. I devoted some time to meal prep on the weekends so that I would have healthy breakfasts to fuel me up for mornings before work. I would either eat in the car on the way to work or while I was looking up my patients at the nurses station. 

Listed below are several make ahead breakfast options that are easy to take with you on-the-go. They’re well balanced with protein, carbs, and healthy fats to help keep you full all morning long!

Berry Power Protein Smoothie– I’ve shared this recipe in a blog post before, but I didn’t mention that it can be easily meal prepped for busy mornings! One thing I hate about making smoothies is grabbing all of the ingredients out of the cabinet and refrigerator and measuring them out. On busy mornings it’s a little time consuming to do this while getting ready for work. Instead, you can meal prep your smoothies at the beginning of the week. On Sunday nights, I usually freeze all of the fruit and greens for one smoothie together in a bag. I also measure out all of the dry ingredients for single recipe use and put them in containers or bags in my pantry. The only thing left to add to the blender in the morning is the liquid and nut butter. 

Berry Power Protein Smoothie

Banana Bread Overnight Oats My Banana Bread Overnight Oats is my favorite recipe to make for busy mornings. It keeps me full all morning long. I usually prep a few days worth at the beginning of the week then store the oats in the fridge. Sometimes I even measure and set aside the toppings I want to use so that I don’t have to waste time doing that in the morning. You can change up this recipe if you want too! Feel free to substitute mashed berries for banana, strawberry yogurt for vanilla yogurt, and vanilla protein for cinnamon protein. 

Banana Bread Overnight Oatmeal

Fruit and Yogurt Parfaits – Fruit and yogurt parfaits are so yummy and easy to whip up to take on busy mornings! You can make several parfaits at a time that will last all week in the refrigerator. I usually make my parfaits in mason jars and start by adding granola and berries to the bottom of the jar. Next, layer vanilla Greek yogurt on top of the fruit and berries in the jar. Why choose Greek yogurt? It’s higher in protein and will help keep you full throughout the morning. After the greek yogurt, its time to add another layer of granola and berries, followed by more yogurt until you reach the top of the mason jar. Then set it in the fridge and grab in the morning. I usually add a tablespoon of nut butter on top in the morning to add some healthy fats to the parfait. Feel free to change up the fruit- some of my other favorites include banana, apple, mango, and peaches! You can also add frozen fruit if you don’t have any fresh fruit on hand.

You can use a different yogurt flavor in this recipe too and if you can’t tolerate dairy, Siggi’s just released their plant- based yogurt that’s high in protein as well!

Along with nut butter, I usually add a sprinkle of granola on top of the parfait for some crunch. Purely Elizabeth is my all time favorite!

Blueberry Pie Protein Waffles One of my favorite recipes to meal prep is my blueberry pie protein waffles. They’re made with Kodiak Cakes Buttermilk Flapjack mix.  Sometimes I prep them on Sundays to have for breakfast all week long. They’re so easy to make and come together in no time.  They can be stored in the refrigerator for a few days or can even be stored in the freezer for a few weeks. Back in the fall I helped one of my girlfriends meal prep before the delivery of her baby. We made waffles for her to store in the freezer to have when she came home from the hospital with her new baby boy. I think we made at least 15 waffles for her. She was so thankful to have 2 weeks worth of waffles meal prepped!

Once the waffles are prepped, just take them out of the fridge or freezer in the morning before work and place them in the microwave or toaster to heat up. Then add your toppings! 

For this recipe, you can also prep the blueberry chia jam ahead of time and store it in a jar in the fridge for up to a few days. If you don’t feel like making jam, that’s ok too! Just add some berries on top of your waffle in the morning. 

 

Blueberry Pie Protein Waffle

Egg Muffins- Egg muffins are another breakfast that are easy take on- the- go in the morning. I don’t have a go- to recipe for these BUT Pinterest is filled with them. Most recipes just call for eggs, egg whites, spices, veggies, and that’s it! They’re healthy and protein packed! 

I hope my healthy breakfast roundup has given you some ideas for breakfasts to take with you on-the-go! Which recipe are you going to try first?!