You’ve heard it a million times: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It turns out that may not actually be true, but most of us still feel better when we start the day with a good breakfast. If you’re someone who would normally opt to down a coffee and grab a granola bar just so you can hit the snooze button a couple extra times, listen up! A wholesome breakfast that’s heathy and delicious doesn’t have to be time-consuming. Here are eight of our favorite breakfast recipes, from quick low-prep meals to tasty grab-and-go options so you can start your day off right and sneak those few extra zzzs.
Packed with protein, a tofu scramble is a great way to jumpstart your day. A spicy garlic sauce marries vegetables and tofu in a savory, flavorful dish. Minimalist Baker Dana makes cooking easy by requiring 10 ingredients or less for each of her recipes and a half hour or less of prep time. A bonus: This recipe is vegan and gluten-free. Get the recipe from Minimalist Baker.
If you don’t consider a smoothie filling enough, this smoothie bowl might just be the morning repast you’ve been waiting for. Trading the cup and straw for a bowl and spoon enables you to top your smoothie with your favorite healthy add-ons, from nuts and seeds to slices of fruit. Get the recipe from Bakerita.
Transform this traditionally sweet breakfast staple into a satisfying dish savory breakfast lovers will gobble up. Chock full of vegetables and topped with a fried egg, this oatmeal goes against the grain in the best possible way, and comes together in just 10 minutes. Get the recipe from Healthy Nibbles & Bits.
Healthy pancakes? We know, it sounds like an oxymoron, but these pancakes are the real deal. With a batter made from only bananas and eggs, you can cook up a stack in a flash. The best part: They’re gluten- and dairy-free and have no added sugar. Get the recipe from Top With Cinnamon.
Popsicles — the ultimate grab-and-go snack. Loaded with Greek yogurt and granola, these popsicles are a whimsical yet healthy nod to the summers of your childhood. Simply mix the ingredients the night before, pour then into popsicle molds, and stick them in the freezer. These are also a guaranteed hit with even the pickiest of kids. Get the recipe from I Heart Naptime.
This breakfast bowl is a delightful union of textures and flavors, combining the crunch of toasted almonds with the tartness of raspberries and the crisp sweetness of peaches. All this deliciousness tops a soft bed of quinoa in cinnamon-infused almond milk. Versatility is the name of the game here — you can work with what you have in your fridge and pantry and adapt accordingly. Get the recipe from Love & Lemons.
Like avocados, chia seeds have been in the limelight of late because they’re nutrition powerhouses — they are packed with antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, protein and calcium. Simply mix the seeds with the milk of your choice and leave in the fridge overnight. The seeds will absorb the milk and transform into a pudding by morning. Try making it in a mason jar for grab-and-go goodness. Get the recipe from The Roasted Root.
These sugarless, flourless and oil-free muffins are sure to be a household hit. Bake a batch on Sunday night and make them your grab-and-go breakfast for the week. Healthy yet delicious, these muffins give you the energy you need to start your day while satisfying your sweet tooth. For an added burst of flavor, throw in your favorite fruits. Get the recipe from Bren Did.
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Amrita Krishnan is an editorial intern at Make It Better. A rising sophomore at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, Media, and Integrated Marketing Communications, Amrita is interested in pursuing journalism. In her free time, Amrita enjoys reading, running and painting.