I have partnered with the National Honey Board to bring you this blog post and the delicious recipes included. All opinions are my own.
It’s no surprise that breakfast is my favorite meal of the day. I LOVE breakfast because there are so many healthy and equally delicious options. From eggs to nut butter, toast to smoothies, there are so many choices and you really can’t go wrong. A healthy breakfast is incredibly important for properly fueling your body for the day, and I love that breakfast can be totally customized to your preferences.
One of the most common requests from my nutrition clients is for on-the-go breakfasts. A lot of them eat breakfast on the way to work or at their desks. They simply don’t have time to make a labor-intensive breakfast and clean up on top of it all before rushing out the door for the day. As their coach, I wanted to find realistic options for morning meals– a balanced combination of protein, carbs, and fat to jump start their metabolism and prevent a serious case of mid-morning munchies.
Here are four breakfast ideas that can be made ahead of time (meal prep is a lifesaver!) for an easy grab-and-go meal or one that can be made in a matter of minutes. So, no matter how little time you have, you know that your breakfast will keep you going until lunchtime!
Savory Honey Muffins on the Move
If your mornings are hectic, these muffins are calling your name! Prepare a batch ahead of time, store in an airtight container, and simply grab-and-go in the morning. Breakfast doesn’t get easier than that! And, my gosh, these muffins are delicious. The combination of honey, chives, and Gruyere cheese will excite your taste buds on so many levels! The sweet flavor of honey is the perfect complement to the tangy chives and aged cheese. You might even want these muffins for an afternoon snack, too!
- 3/4 cup low-fat milk
- 4 T butter, melted
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 2 tsp. chopped chives
- 3/4 cup shredded Gruyere cheese + 1/4 cup for sprinkling on top of muffins
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Whisk together the milk, butter, eggs, and honey in a large mixing bowl. Stir in the flour, baking powder, salt, chives, and cheese, setting aside 1/4 cup of Gruyere for sprinkling on top of muffins. Line 8 cups of a muffin tin with paper liners (or coat with non-stick cooking spray). Divide batter evenly between cups. Bake muffins for 20 to 25 minutes and remove from oven and then sprinkle remaining Gruyere cheese over tops. Turn oven to broil and broil muffins for another 2-3 minutes until cheese is melted and lightly browned.
Honey, Stay-in-Bread Pudding
You guys probably remember this recipe from my Day In The Life post, but it’s just so amazing I had to share it again! Made with an all-star cast of both nutritious and delicious ingredients, this breakfast is just as satisfying as it is delicious. Honey is the perfect complement to creamy vanilla yogurt, protein powder, and cinnamon for a tasty twist on traditional bread pudding. I love mixing up a few batches at the beginning of the week for a quick and easy dessert-like breakfast! And if you have kids at home, I have a feeling they’ll love this recipe, too!
- 1 large slice whole grain bread
- 1/4 cup nonfat vanilla Greek yogurt
- 1/4 cup low-fat milk
- 1/2 T honey + 1/2 T for drizzling on top
- 2 T unsweetened vanilla protein powder
- 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
Cut bread into 16 small squares and then add to a Mason jar or container with a lid. In a small food processor or blender, combine Greek yogurt, milk, honey, protein powder, and cinnamon. Pour over bread, allowing it to fully soak in. Cover and refrigerate overnight. In the morning, drizzle remaining honey on top, grab a spoon, and dig in!
Smooth as Honey White Bean Spread
This Smooth as Honey White Bean Spread is my new favorite – the texture is absolutely incredible and is just bursting with flavor. Mixing white beans, almond butter, honey, and cinnamon together might sound a little strange to you, but I promise it’s a winning combination! It reminds me of my favorite flavored nut butter, but with additional nutrients from the beans. The honey sweetens up the spread, so you don’t taste the beans at all! Prepare this recipe ahead of time and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week. In the morning, just spread on toast, an English muffin, or pancakes. You can also mix this into oatmeal or a smoothie for a quick and seriously satisfying addition to breakfast.
- 1/3 cup canned white beans, drained and rinsed
- 3 T creamy almond butter
- 2 T honey
- 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
Directions: Combine ingredients in a food processor or blender until smooth. Use a spatula to transfer spread to a glass container with a lid. Store in the refrigerator for up to a week. Spread on toast, rice cakes, or fresh fruit.
Banana Honey Toast
If you only have a few minutes to make breakfast, here’s an easy on-the-go recipe for you. In a small bowl, just mash a ripe banana with honey and cinnamon and spread on toast (or English muffin or bagel). Easy as that! There’s no excuse to skip breakfast!
- 2 pieces of whole grain bread
- 1 ripe banana
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Directions: Toast bread. While it cooks, mash banana with honey and cinnamon. Spread mixture on toast and enjoy!
Question of the Day
What’s your favorite fast and easy breakfast?