Breakfast

We’re always told that breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

And unless you make a concerted effort to wake up timeously – enabling you to cook breakfast, eat said breakfast and get to work on time, chances are you are just too busy to think about food until lunch-time rolls around, by which point you are stark raving ravenous!

Here are 12 quick and simple breakfasts that you can make ahead of time and take to work.

Avocado Toast

There’s a benefit to starting your day with creamy avocado toast: The fruit is loaded with fiber and cholesterol-lowering monounsaturated fats.

Plus, the whole thing is ready in just three simple steps: Mash the avocado onto toasted bread, drizzle with olive oil and lemon juice, and then sprinkle with salt and red pepper flakes.

Peanut Butter Waffle

Instead of dousing a whole-grain or bran toaster waffle in syrup, cut the sugar and boost the protein and fiber by spreading it with 2 tablespoons of peanut butter.

You can also sprinkle it with 1 tablespoon of raisins, sesame seeds, or extra peanuts for even more fiber, which helps deliver nutrients slowly and steadily.

Egg Breakfast Muffins

Finally, a muffin without all’ll the sugar. These guys are simple to make ahead of time, and last all week.

Blend or whisk eggs with spinach, bacon, and cheese, then pour the mixture into muffin tins. Bake for 15-20 minutes before serving or storing in the refrigerator for later.

Roasted bacon and apple wedges

Here is another Bunting-friendly option. The protein in the meat and the fiber in the apple keep you full for the duration of the morning.

These are easy to carry in a small Tupperware and won’t mess.

Nut Butter, Banana, and Chia Seed Toast

Try this superfood twist on classic PB and toast with 1/2 a banana (sliced) and a sprinkle of chia, which is packed with vitamins and minerals (like six times more calcium than milk!).

Berry and Yogurt Smoothie

Here’s a simple and delicious smoothie for the morning rush. Blend frozen fruit (banana and berries work well) with Greek yogurt and a liquid of your choice (milk, juice, coconut water—whatever you like).

Freeze overnight and thaw throughout the day to enjoy in the afternoon or blend up in the morning.

Vegan Blueberry Flax Breakfast Muffins

These hearty, wholesome muffins make for the perfect portable breakfast. Flax lends a healthy dose of fiber and omega-3 fatty acids.

Mashed bananas (one of our favorite healthy baking substitutions) allow for a slight reduction in the added fat and sugar too.

Banana Zucchini Oatmeal Cups

Take a classic baked loaf and make it into adorable oatmeal cups with this recipe! Adding shredded zucchini l is a great way to fit in an extra serving of veggies.

Make these baked oatmeal cups in advance, save them in the fridge, and snack on them later (or make them at night to grab for breakfast on your way out the door!).

Morning Glory Muffins

This oat-based muffin is packed with healthy carrots and zucchini and lightly sweetened with raisins and a pinch of sugar.

Use a mini muffin tin for smaller portions, and eliminate or cut back on the brown sugar (you can also choose a healthier substitute).

Spinach and Cheddar Microwave Quiche

Yes, it’s possible (and easy) to make a quiche in the microwave! Cover half a cup of spinach with water in a mug, and microwave for a minute.

Drain water and add an egg, milk, cheese, and a crumbled slice of bacon. Mix thoroughly, then microwave for three more minutes. Throw a top on the container to eat later or enjoy right away.

Healthy 5-Ingredient Granola Bars

Oatmeal is a great option for a hearty snack or breakfast, but what’s the best way to make it into a more convenient and portable snack? Bake it into squares!

These tasty, easy granola bars will remind you of your morning oatmeal, but you can eat them anywhere you like.

Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies

Cookies for breakfast? Yes, please. While Oreos or Chips Ahoy may not make a balanced breakfast, a cookie made of banana, peanut butter, protein powder, and oats is a top-notch choice.

Plus, you can pick and choose what you like to mix—go for almond butter and raisins in one batch and peanut butter chocolate chip in another.