Quick, On-the-go, Real Food Breakfast

Each year my life gets busier – which is a good thing professionally (and personally since I love what I do)! But, it also means I am relying a lot more on prepping ahead and when I don’t have time to make my own energy bars from scratch, I’m finding minimally processed, whole food based convenience foods. I already have a post on some great convenience snacks, but here I want to talk about convenience for my favorite meal: BREAKFAST.
Breakfast is an extremely important meal and one of the easiest to skip if it isn’t a habit for you and if you aren’t getting enough sleep. Research shows that missing breakfast may increase calorie consumption later in the day, and may hinder your metabolism early on. Plus we know people are not able to use their brains as effectively without this AM meal. That means poor attention span, reduced retention and memory as well as decreased productivity. This all translates into worse grades for kids (or adults) in school, and a sub-par job at work! Here are some of my favorite quick breakfast ideas for the workweek. This post highlights my go to convenience foods for breakfast as well as easy prep-ahead breakfast items that will be ready when you’re running out the door.

Convenience Items & Use


Go to convenience item: Food for Life brand English muffins or Bread
Why: Food for Life’s Ezekiel products use a variety of grains rather than just wheat to make bread. In addition, the grains are sprouted, which enhances the nutrient content and availability to the body, and they are not refined like flours in typical store bought breads. Due to the lack of processing and organic harvesting of the grains, many people who typically react to wheat or grains in a negative way end up with no negative side effects. Whole food convenience at its best!
-7 sprouted grains English muffin topped with organic peanut butter, sliced banana, hemp seeds
-Cinnamon raisin English muffin topped with raw almond butter, hemp hearts, blueberries

-English muffin with cashew butter, banana, cacao nibs

Allergic to nuts and/or peanuts? Try sunflower seed butter on toast!

Go to convenience item: RxBars
Why: Their slogan is “no BS”. I love that! So many bars look healthy and have tons of claims but then there’s added sugar and ingredients you can’t pronounce. With RxBars, ingredients always include egg whites, dates, nuts, and spices/seasonings. That’s it! You’ll get 12 grams of protein, a serving of fruit, and healthy fat. Even though I prefer you eat the yolk when you eat eggs, this is a good way to sneak protein in on-the-go.

-Pair with a piece of fruit such as a large apple to get a close to 300 calorie breakfast. I don’t recommend this every day but, it’s great “emergency food” to keep around.
-Post workout on the go? Traveling? Pair with some roasted edamame and raisins. It’s easy to keep in your gym bag or travel bag!

Go to convenience item: Nancy’s organic cultured dairy or soy yogurt (or other plain yogurt)
Why: It’s the first soy yogurt I’ve had that tastes great, even plain. The fact that all of their varieties are organic is a plus. It means no hormones for the cow’s milk yogurt and no GMO’s for either. Why no added sugar? Cause you’re sweet enough already! But seriously, you don’t need an extra 3-4 teaspoons in 6 ounces of yogurt!
-As you can see below I added a teeny bit of sweetness by mixing in another convenience item, Justin’s nut butter. 
-Add strawberries, hemp seeds and cacao nibs.

-You can also pair w/ 2 tbsp chia, flax or pumpkin seeds and 1/2 cup fresh or frozen berries
Go to convenience prepped foods: Buckwheat Oat Pancakes or Waffles
Why: If you prep my fave breakfast recipe ahead of time {just like many of my clients do}, they’re ready to be heated up from the freezer or thawed in the fridge to have cold if you’re really in a rush. The buckwheat is much more filling than white or refined flours due to its fiber and protein. It’s also rich in iron and magnesium, both important for energy metabolism.
-With hemp seeds, banana, coconut and crunchy PB. They’ll taste just as good even if they don’t look as pretty as this one:

  • Spread some PB on top of one and roll a small banana inside to make a wrap
  • Top with blueberries and almond butter – delicious!

Go to convenience prepped food: Frittata or frittata muffins
Why: Why not have a serving of veggies in the morning with your protein? It helps you get a nutrient boost and stay full longer. As mentioned above, eat the yolk!
And yes, those eggs w/ veggies in a muffin tin that you see all over Pinterest are fine heated up. You can even put them in the freezer!
-Pair w/ a piece of fruit and serving of flackers 
-Paired with a pre-baked potato, sweet potato, purple potato… any colored potato. 
Go to convenience prepped food: Hard boiled eggs
Why: An even easier way than the above to get protein and essential nutrients in the morning! This is an especially good option if you’re on the go after a morning workout.
Hard boil on the stove, in a muffin tin, or even in this counter top egg boiler that someone at the NAC at my food prep class just told me about!
-Paired with hummus and a piece of fruit 
-Paired with an Ezekiel English muffin and apple
-On the side with whole grain cereal
-Paired with a pre-baked sweet potato
You can feel free to use any of the above combos for a light lunch or dinner too! Brinner is always a good idea when you’ve had a long day!
What are your favorite breakfast and convenience foods?

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