Four Grab-and-Go Breakfast Options

Do you rush out the door in the morning and need a quick, nutritious breakfast? Don’t worry, you don’t have to pull out the waffle iron or omelet maker to have a decent breakfast. Here are four easy, quick, and healthful options that are just as delicious.

oatmeal in a bowlOatmeal: It’s the one thing I always have in my pantry. The perfect grab-and-go breakfast, it’s low in saturated fat and keeps me full for hours. Oatmeal wins in the fiber department. One cup of cooked oatmeal has 16 percent of daily recommended fiber. Oatmeal is also rich in iron, which helps transport oxygen to the blood and organs and supports cellular development. That’s not all: It has vitamin A to support eye health; B-6 for healthy hair, skin, and nails; and magnesium and calcium to support bone health. What’s great about oatmeal is how quickly it cooks. Pop some oatmeal in the microwave mixed with water or milk, cook for two minutes, brush your teeth, and it’s done! Add some fruit or some slivered almonds for a boost of healthy fats to round out the meal.

Cottage Cheese: Let’s not forget about this dairy option that sometimes get overshadowed by milk and yogurt. Cottage cheese makes for one tasty breakfast. It packs a protein punch as one cup offers more than 23 grams of protein. And because it’s in the dairy family, it also has calcium, which supports bone and muscle health. To lower saturated fat intake, consider the low- and non-fat options. Keep small containers of cottage cheese in the fridge so you can just grab it before going out the door. Add an apple or pear for some added fiber.

hard boiled eggsHard-Boiled Eggs: Hard-boiled eggs are easy to prepare. Throw some in boiling water and in 10 minutes they’re ready to eat. Eggs have many nutritional benefits. They have almost every letter in the vitamin alphabet (A, B, D, E, K), and a plethora of vitamins and minerals like choline, biotin, folic acid, iron, and calcium. Eggs even have some healthful fats like polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fat. These vitamins and minerals and nutrients come together to support immune health, the cardiovascular system, cell growth, and regulate the metabolism. If you’re having eggs for breakfast, round it out with some fruit or …

granolaGranola: Whether it’s packaged or homemade, granola is an easy grab-and-go breakfast. Granola can be customizable in hundreds of different ways: Coconut flakes, walnuts or your favorite nut, raisins or other dried fruit, honey, vanilla, and chocolate are just a few options. You name it and there’s some granola with your favorite ingredient. If you can't find the right granola, make your own! The main ingredient in granola is oatmeal. Add other ingredients for a myriad of nutritional benefits. Nuts add protein and heart healthy fats, while raisins and other dried fruits add fiber and antioxidants. Granola in the form of bars is another great option and easy just to leave on your counter to grab whenever. If you prefer the loose kind, just pre-portion it out in containers and grab when you’re ready to go. Granola is great with eggs, or even throw some in your yogurt.

So when you’re in a rush tomorrow morning, take only a few seconds to grab one of these options before heading out the door.