If you're not one to reach for something in the AM, you're not alone. It can be hard to stomach sitting down to a real meal, and if you don't like typical breakfast items, it can be even less appetizing.
Plus, if you're rushing out the door, it's hard to save enough time to pour a bowl of cereal or whip up a plate of eggs.
The good news? "Breakfast doesn't have to be a traditional meal by any means! For those who aren't keen on breakfast staples like cereal, yogurt or oats, don't fret," says Elizabeth Ann Shaw, MS, RDN, CLT, CPT. Here are four options for a hearty breakfast that can boost your metabolism and get your day going, without being too much of a hassle.
For the time-pressed: Keep peeled, hard-boiled eggs, whole grain bread, and pre-washed baby greens in the fridge, and you'll have a warm breakfast in under 3 minutes.
"Put the bread in the toaster. Meanwhile, slice the egg into rounds (or use an egg slicer). Pull out a handful of greens. Pop goes the toaster and you're ready to assemble. Toast, then greens, then egg, and maybe a drizzle of your favorite dressing. Cut or fold in half and walk out the door," says Maggie Moon, MS, RD and author of The MIND Diet.
"You'll get the brain-boosting benefits of whole grains, leafy greens, and olive oil, plus protein and a little extra brain boost from the choline and vitamin D in the egg yolk," she says.
A breakfast is easy to eat on the go, and it's a nod towards lunch or dinner, instead of signature breakfast foods. Try a turkey sandwich on whole grain bread for a good dose of protein and a savory feel. "Using a no added nitrates/nitrites turkey, toast two slices of whole grain bread and slice up some avocado! Add a few tomatoes and lettuce and you've got yourself ahead of the game on your veggie intake early in the wee hours," says Shaw.
You can even hold onto one half for mid-morning snack, if you're not super hungry right upon waking up.
That leftover pasta or cauliflower pizza? It could be tasty, unusual breakfast to hit the spot. "Yep, don't knock it until you try it! Did you have pulled chicken last night for dinner? Take it out, warm it up and top a tortilla with a little cheese and extra tomatoes and walk out the door," says Shaw.
What's more, it'll help limit food waste, so you can save money and get the most bang for your buck.
A Grain Bowl
"Did you meal prep a big ole batch of quinoa Sunday? Take a serving and top with a fried egg and a few of your roasted veggies. This is a protein powerhouse that will surely leave you full until lunch," says Shaw.
You can also go a sweeter route, if you prefer. Add fruit, such as peaches, berries, or bananas to a bowl of cold or hot grains, along with a serving of nuts, like slivered almonds or pistachios.