When you’re short on time and low on energy, the answer doesn’t have to be your local drive-through or corner mart. These quick and healthy breakfast recipes guarantee an all-star meal in just a few minutes flat. And before you say you’re out of X, Y and Z, get this: Each of these a.m. creations requires just four ingredients apiece. From nutritious green smoothies to fiber-packed frittatas, there’s something for every craving in the infographic below. Want something sweet? How about a breakfast banana split? More the savory type? Whip up a turkey bacon egg bake. When the alarm sounds, you’ll feel good about hitting the kitchen — and making home-cooked breakfasts your new healthy habit. So pull out that blender, plug in that toaster or heat up the griddle. The choice is yours!
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Toaster-made breakfasts mean less mess and more melted goodness. Plus, if you go the open-faced route, you can opt for a single slice of bread instead of two. Once the above recipes run their course, check out these open-faced sandwiches for ideas. Or, skip the bread all together in favor of these ingenious sweet potato toast recipes.
Grain bowl breakfast recipes take rolled oats, quinoa or brown rice, and make them into a savory good time. And remember that oatmeal doesn’t have to be served up warm. Overnight oats are a perfect choice for hot days — plus they’ll save you precious morning prep time.
Egg-based breakfasts are crowd-pleasers for a reason. They pack plenty of protein and pair well with every veggie under the sun. Exhausted the egg dishes above? Allow us to egg you on with these quick and easy egg recipes.
Fruit-filled breakfast recipes won’t just make your tastebuds happy. They’re antioxidant-rich and eye pleasing, too. Remember to balance your meal with a hit of protein (like cottage cheese, nut butter or Greek yogurt). And Instagrammers, feast your eyes on these fruit flowers to jazz up any dish.
Yogurt-based breakfasts round out our list of quick and healthy morning meals. Be sure to check the label for options low in sugar (we’re partial to plain or vanilla low-fat Greek yogurt). Bored of your usual combos? These yogurt parfaits are almost too pretty to eat.
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Want more delicious recipes to start your day? Take your pick from these 15 Inventive Waffle Iron Recipes or get your omega-3 fix from these 10 Delicious Chia Seed Puddings. Rather sip and go? You can count on our list of 13 Quick and Easy Protein Shake Recipes. Better yet: Here are 25 3-Ingredient Smoothie Recipes so you’ll never get bored. Bye-bye, drive-though breakfasts!
Originally posted January 27, 2014. Updated August 2017.
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