Breakfast Ideas for the Time-Crunched

by | Updated: December 3rd, 2016 | Read time: 2 minutes

Heigh ho, heigh ho, it’s off to work you go — with no time for breakfast. If that’s your tune each morning, it’s time to do something nice for your body and mind: Eat that first meal of the day before you leave the house. Eating breakfast (and we’re talking about something more substantial than a cup of coffee laden with cream and sugar) gives you energy to kick-start your day. It’s also a great habit to start the New Year on the right foot!

Skip the donut and shop these healthy breakfast options instead!


A good bet is Enjoy Life Perky’s Crunchy Flax Cereal. This crunchy cereal contains six grams of fiber and seven grams of protein to keep you full all morning long. In addition, the omega-3s provide you with essential fats. Flavored with honey, this gluten-free cereal tastes fabulous with vanilla almond milk.

And then there are days where sitting down and eating a bowl of cereal isn’t on the agenda. Your “no excuses” solution: A ready-to-drink protein shake! Go for a high protein, low carb, smooth, creamy Frosty Chocolate Worldwide Sports Nutrition Ultra Pure Protein Shake. Your body will enjoy the satisfying, long-lasting protein power (an impressive 35 grams!), your waistline will appreciate the fact that it has less than 200 calories and your taste buds will say “ooh lala!” to the rich chocolate taste.

Smitten with smoothies instead? Try these 3 energizing smoothies to start your day. Just toss a few ingredients in the blender, hit the button and you’re done.

What if cereal reminds you of elementary school, and liquid meals don’t appeal? Then practice your British accent and feel like royalty by toasting an Ener-G English Muffin. These gluten-free muffins are just sweet enough, thanks to natural sweetening in the form of pear juice and apple sauce. After you’ve toasted one lightly, spread with a tablespoon of  Justin’s Natural Maple Almond Butter for a breakfast that can easily become a healthy addiction.

When the weather outside is frightful, a bowl of hot cereal tastes delightful! And when you have no time to make it, Vitacost has your solution with Vigilant Eats Organic Superfood Oat-Based Cereal in Goji-Cacao. Just add hot water, stir and dig into this protein-pumped (11 grams), iron-rich (25% DV) energizing cereal.

And there are those days where you only have time to grab that cup of coffee to drink on the way to work. Solution: Take breakfast with you! Recommended: Atkins Day Break Chocolate Hazelnut Bars. With just 1 gram of sugar, 6 grams of protein and 180 calories, these bars are ideal combined with a banana or apple and that precious cup of coffee.