How To Make Time For Breakfast: 10 Surprisingly Simple Ways To Eat Healthy On The Go

You already know that eating breakfast is crucial to a healthy lifestyle, but if you’re anything like us, you often struggle to fit it into your busy morning schedule. Here’s a wake-up call: just because you don’t have time to sit down for a meal, doesn’t mean you have to skip breakfast altogether. All it takes is a little bit of planning ahead, and we’ve assembled some tips and recipes that can help get you started. Try them out and let us know what’s working for you!

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  • Drink Your Breakfast -- And We Don't Mean Coffee

    Coffee may be one of the culprits explaining why so many people skip breakfast, since drinking it on an empty stomach may impede morning hunger. Try this <a href="" target="_hplink">Raspberry-Banana Yogurt Smoothie</a> instead, which you can drink as you go about your morning preparations or in the car. It's ready in just 5 minutes! <a href="" target="_hplink">Get the Raspberry-Banana Yogurt Smoothies recipe</a> Prep time: 5 min Total time: 5 min Servings: 2

  • Stock Your Pantry

    Half the battle is remembering to stock your kitchen with quick and easy breakfast options, so make a list before you go grocery shopping. For calcium-boosting dairy options, make sure to include low-fat milk, cheese sticks and yogurt. Protein is especially important at the start of the day, so don't forget peanut butter and eggs. And for your daily dose of whole grain, be sure to include cereal made with whole grain on your list.

  • Take A Few Minutes To Prep The Night Before

    Pull together what you'll need to make a quick morning meal the night before and leave your ingredients on the counter or in the front of the fridge for easy access. This <a href="" target="_hplink">Calcium-Rich Peach-Berry Smoothies recipe</a> is ready in 5 minutes -- less if you have all the ingredients already measured and ready to go when you wake up! <a href="" target="_hplink">Get the Calcium-Rich Berry-Peach Smoothies recipe</a> Prep time: 5 min Total time: 5 min Servings: 4

  • Seek Out No-Bake Options

    Banana Nut cereal and peanut butter stir up into an easy no-bake energy bar. Sunflower seeds or nuts provide vitamin E and unsaturated fats. Vitamin E acts as an antioxidant helping to protect cells. <a href="" target="_hplink">Get the Banana Nut Energy Bars recipe</a> Prep time: 20 min Total time: 50 min Servings: 24

  • Get Your Cereal In Bar Form

    Toss up this delicious <a href="" target="_hplink">Apple-Honey Cereal Bars recipe</a> on a Sunday night and you'll be set for the whole week. Peanut butter, dried apples and sunflower nuts pack energy into these ready-to-go morning treats. <a href="" target="_hplink">Get the Apple-Honey Cereal Bars recipe</a> Prep time: 20 min Total time: 1 Hr 20 min Servings: 16

  • Or, Get Your Cereal In Liquid Form

    This <a href="" target="_hplink">Honey-Nut Peach Smoothies recipe</a> offers a quick and easy way to get your morning cereal -- all whipped up in a creamy yogurt drink. For frostier smoothies, use 1 1/3 cups frozen sliced peaches, slightly thawed, instead of the canned peaches. What more could you ask of any breakfast food? <a href="" target="_hplink">Get the Honey Nut-Peach Smoothies recipe</a> Prep time: 5 min Total time: 5 min Servings: 4

  • Think Individual Serving Sizes

    Make individual servings of this <a href="" target="_hplink">Healthified Italian Sausage Egg Bake</a> using muffin tins so that you can grab and go with ease when you're on your way out the door. Note: This recipe was developed to be a make-ahead dish but you can also bake it right after assembling if you like. <a href="" target="_hplink">Get the Healthified Italian Sausage Egg Bake recipe</a> Prep time: 30 min Total time: 10 Hr Servings: 12

  • Have A Go-To Finger Food

    If you're in a real hurry or need to eat on the road, granola bars, <a href="" target="_hplink">trail mix bars</a>, or <a href="" target="_hplink">snack mix</a> are great options. Hard-boiled eggs, cheese sticks and peanut butter on whole grain bread are also highly portable and provide protein. If you prefer something fruity, apples, bananas, tangerines or a cluster of grapes are also easy to eat on the run as well.

  • Do-Ahead Cereal Bread

    This yummy bread is made with berries and whole grain cereal, making it a super source of calcium for strong bones and teeth. Blueberries contain antioxidants called anthocyanins that may help protect healthy body cells from oxygen damage. Tip: It's easy to crush cereal when it's poured into a 1-quart food storage plastic bag. Simply place the bag flat, seal, and evenly crush the cereal using your fingers. <a href="" target="_hplink">Get the Blueberry Breakfast Cereal Bread recipe</a> Prep time: 30 min Total time: 2 Hr 40 min Servings: 16

  • Bake. Freeze. Nuke.

    Here's a leaner twist on a delicious breakfast bake. Freeze this <a href="" target="_hplink">Heart Smart Cheddar and Potatoes Breakfast Bake recipe</a> ahead of time and then pop it in the microwave for a quick, healthy and homemade breakfast. Using turkey bacon and reduced-fat cheese helps keep the fat and calories low -- your family will never know the difference. <a href="" target="_hplink">Get the Heart Smart Cheddar and Potatoes Breakfast Bake recipe</a> Prep time: 10 min Total time: 55 min Servings: 12

How do you find the time to eat a healthy breakfast each morning? Share your time-saving tricks in the comments below!

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