In a hurry? Here, eat this!

If your idea of breakfast is a piece of gum on the way to your favorite latte shop, it may be time to cook up some new ideas. Try these recipes made for grabbing and going, and feel much better all morning!

Individual Breakfast Quiches
Whip up this recipe on a Sunday night, and you’ll have a filling breakfast ready for each morning of the week. If these ingredients don’t suit your taste buds, try it with your favorite fillings—diced bell peppers and ham, for example, or just tomatoes and cheese.

6 eggs, whisked (use only egg whites for a healthier option)
1 cup of frozen spinach, thawed and drained
2/3 cups of feta cheese (or cheese of your choice)
¼ cup red bell pepper, diced
Salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, combine eggs, spinach, cheese and pepper, and mix thoroughly. Spray a muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray, then pour the egg mixture in each muffin tin. Fill each cup only halfway—the egg mixture will rise during baking. Bake for 20 minutes, let cool, then wrap in plastic wrap or individual baggies so you can easily bring them with you on your way or nuke in the microwave for 20 seconds before you leave.

Oatmeal Berry Breakfast Cookies
These cookies are more like dense, sweet scones, but their texture definitely brings oatmeal cookies to mind. Plus, you get the added benefit of protein and fruit. Put these together in 20 minutes from start to finish the night before, and there you have it. Breakfast ready to go!

1 ½ cups old fashioned oats
1 ½ cups whole wheat flour
1/3 cup butter, softened
¾ cup brown sugar (or ½ cup of honey or agave nectar)
2 eggs
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
1 cup dried, no-sugar-added berries

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In medium bowl, mix butter and sugar. Beat in eggs. In a second bowl, mix together flour, oatmeal, baking soda, and salt. Add the butter and sugar mixture to the dry ingredients a little at a time, stirring to combine before adding more. Fold in the berries. Spoon the batter onto a large cookie sheet one spoonful at a time, and bake for 10 minutes. Grab on your way out the door.

Breakfast Trail Mix
Get out a big bowl and dump a whole bag of your favorite cereal into it. Mix in your favorite nuts and dried fruit—almonds, dried cranberries, and dried banana chips, for example. Then separate them into breakfast-sized portions in plastic baggies so you can grab them as you head out the door. Alternatively, if you’d rather avoid all the plastic bag waste, store your trail mix in one big plastic container, and dip a smaller plastic container into it for a portion each morning before you leave. It’ll take ten seconds, and it’s easy to reach into on the ride to work or at your desk.

Other ideas
For other things you can make the night before, why not make a batch of your favorite pancakes or waffles? Put a few pancakes (or one waffle) in plastic baggies, heat for 30 seconds in the microwave, and go. If you want something quick and filling the same morning you’re rushing around, find a bowl with a relatively flat bottom, spray with some nonstick cooking spray, crack an egg into it with a few drops of water, pierce the yolk, then microwave the egg for 60 seconds. Slide it from the bowl into a pita pocket, and if you want, add a sprinkle of shredded cheese. That’s less than two minutes for something filling and full of protein!

What do you eat for a satisfying breakfast even when you’re in a hurry?

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