I leave my house at 6:30 on most days, which in my opinion is too early for breakfast. First of all, I don’t want to eat that early because I’m not hungry. Second, because I’ll end up getting hungrier earlier which means lunch is earlier or extra snacks. So, I pack my breakfast and bring it with me. 99% of the time I pack my breakfast at night along with my lunch, so whatever I make has to be able to sit in the fridge till the next morning (aka no sogginess). Here are some of my favorites:
In the winter I love to eat warm food in the morning, it’s comforting, filling and delicious. Here are some of my favorite make ahead breakfast items to bring and heat/reheat.
Hot Portable Breakfast Foods
Overnight oats are rolled oats or steel cut oats left to soak overnight with any yummy add ins and flavorings you want. In the morning just heat for 60-90 seconds and enjoy, like an instant oatmeal pack but more nutritious and satisfying!
Whether its a leftover quiche dish from dinner, plain scrambled eggs, or my beloved Pumpkin Pie Breakfast Scramble. Eggs are quick to make the night before and easy to reheat in the morning.
Acorn Squash + Nut Butter
A new favorite of mine, very easy to prepare ahead of time and heat quickly (here are easy instructions.) The combination might seem a little weird to you but don’t knock it till you try it because it’s amazing!
Sweet Potato + Nut Butter
An old favorite of mine, especially with sun butter. Easy to microwave/boil/roast the night before and stick in the fridge.
Quinoa Breakfast Bars
Man I love quinoa, its a healthy whole grain alternative to bread or rice and its so versatile, you can literally eat it for any meal of the day. I especially love it for breakfast in these breakfast bars. Try my cinnamon-apple or pumpkin apple versions, they are great hot or cold.
Portable No-Heat/Cold Items
Greek Yogurt + Trail Mix/Granola
The high protein gives it the filling factor and the trail mix/granola gives it the satisfying factor. A definite win for sure. I either bring a pre packaged one, or make my own from plain non fat greek yogurt and I sweeten it myself with a little honey and fruit (less sugar than the prepackaged ones, more nutrients).
Nut/Seed (peanut, almond, sunflower seed etc.) Butter and Banana Sandwich on Cinnamon Raisin Bread (or whole grain bread)
I’ve long been a fan of PB and Bananas for breakfast, but ever since I discovered
Eziekel Cinnamon Raisin Bread this breakfast choice has been elevated to a whole new level in my eyes (click here for a yummy grilled sandwich recipe).
Easy Nut Butter Fruit Wrap
Similar to the Sandwich idea. Pick a healthy whole grain tortilla/wrap (my favorite are La Tortilla Factory or Eziekel Wraps) and spread nut butter, add fruit, wrap and go.
Quinoa Breakfast Bars
(Apple Cinnamon or Pumpkin Apple)- same as above because sometimes I like them cold too.
Chia Protein Pudding
Chia gels overnight to make a yummy pudding that is a nice change of pace from your typical breakfast options. Added protein powder gives a little extra staying power. See my chocolate and peach cobbler protein chia pudding recipes for ideas!)
Questions of the day:
What are some of your favorite portable breakfast items?
Do you prefer to eat at home or wait till you get to work?
How early is too early for breakfast?