The 10 Best Breakfasts to Buy in the Freezer Aisle, According to Nutritionists
While we all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, there’s often a laundry list of reasons why it’s also the most difficult to get right on a regular basis. (I’m a registered dietitian, so trust me, I’ve heard them all.) But I have some news that you might be happy to hear: A great, filling, and delicious breakfast does not require a ton of time and effort — it can be as easy as pressing the “start” button on your microwave. Yes, really!
The next time you’re at the grocery store, I suggest you take a walk down the freezer aisle to pick up breakfast for the week. I recently asked nine other registered dietitians (who are experts on quick, easy, and tasty food) for their thoughts on the best breakfasts in the frozen aisle. Whether you need something portable while juggling coffee and getting kids ready for school, or something that’ll be ready in seconds before your first Zoom meeting of the day, these frozen options can make sure that you never have to skip breakfast again.
1. Amy’s Tofu Scramble Breakfast Wrap
These portable wraps are filled with organic tofu scrambled with veggies, and hash browns, and make for an excellent savory plant-based breakfast. Beth Stark, RDN, LDN likes to pair one of these with either yogurt, cottage cheese, fruit, or nuts.
Buy: Amy’s Tofu Scramble Breakfast Wrap, $2.99 for 5.5 ounces at Target
2. Kashi Go Protein Wild Blueberry Waffles
For a quick and easy breakfast, you can never go wrong with frozen waffles. Stark loves Kashi Go Protein Wild Blueberry Waffles spread with nut butter and fresh berries or sliced bananas. “It’s a tasty and delicious way to start the day.”
Buy: Kashi GO Protein Wild Blueberry Waffles, $4.38 for 10.7 ounces at Walmart
3. Eggland’s Best Three Cheese Omelet
“I love Eggland’s Best Three Cheese Omelet for a protein-packed breakfast that is ready in minutes,” says Lauren Manaker MS, RDN, LD. “One serving is an excellent source of vitamins D, E, and B12, so I know I am loading my body up with important nutrients first thing in the morning. It’s also nice to have an omelet option that doesn’t require messing up my pan on busy mornings,” she says.
Buy: Eggland’s Best Three Cheese Omelet, $5.79 for two at Instacart
4. Alexia Organic Hashed Browns
Alexia Organic Hashed Browns, made with Yukon potato shreds seasoned with sea salt, onion, garlic, and white pepper, are the perfect combination of convenience and deliciousness. “With no need to peel or shred the potatoes, you save yourself so much prep time. And forget a long baking time. These shreds are ready to eat after just 12 to 16 minutes on the stovetop. I like to serve these as a side dish with a veggie-packed omelet, or roll them up along with scrambled eggs and make them into a breakfast wrap,” says Karen Buch, RDN, LDN.
Buy: Alexia Organic Hashed Browns, $4.19 for 16 ounces
5. Good Food Made Simple Unsweetened Organic Oats
“Take the fuss out of making your own oatmeal in the morning by opting for these frozen steel-cut oatmeal packets that are ready to go,” says Mackenzie Burgess, RDN, and recipe developer at Cheerful Choices. “All you have to do is pop them out of the freezer and microwave them. In a matter of minutes you have a hot breakfast on the table. I like to pump up the protein and flavor by adding over a dollop of Greek yogurt, nut butter, or chia seed jam.”
Buy: Good Food Made Simple Unsweetened Organic Oats, $4.09 for 16 ounces at Instacart
6. Sweet Earth Protein Lover’s Vegetarian Frozen Breakfast Burrito
“These frozen burritos make for a quick, satisfying meal that’s perfect for those mornings on the go,” says Justine Chan, RD, CDE. “Not only do they freeze well but they also reheat easily.”
Buy: Sweet Earth Protein Lover’s Vegetarian Frozen Breakfast Burrito, $2.78 at Walmart
7. Kellogg’s Special K Flatbread Breakfast Sandwich
The Kellogg’s Special K Flatbread Breakfast Sandwich is a favorite of Diana Mesa, RD, LDN , the owner of En La Mesa Nutrition in Miami, FL. “This sandwich is made with whole grains, eggs, spinach, and cheese, providing an excellent balance of macronutrients and high quality protein.”
Buy: Kellogg’s Special K Flatbread Breakfast Sandwich, $5.69 for four at Instacart
8. Dole Frozen Fruit and Smoothie Blends
Dole’s Frozen Fruit and Smoothie Blends are a great option if you prefer to enjoy your breakfast in smoothie form. Brittany Crump, MPH, RD, LD, founder of Savor Nutrition, likes to blend these pre-prepped bags of frozen goodness “with Greek yogurt and some water for a quick, nutritious breakfast on busy mornings.”
Buy: Dole’s Frozen Fruit and Veggie Blends, $9.19 for 32 ounces at Instacart
9. KIND Frozen Almond Triple Acai Smoothie Bowl
Amy Gorin, MS, RDN, a plant-based registered dietitian and the owner of Plant-Based Eats in Stamford, CT, recommends this smoothie bowl that’s ready to eat right out of the freezer. “I love that it has a base of fruit (banana, acai, raspberry, blueberry, and blackberry) and is packed with 7 grams of protein. The topping is a combo of nuts and granola for a dose of filling fat and fiber, too”
Buy: KIND Frozen Almond Triple Acai Smoothie Bowl, $4.87 for 6 ounces at Target
10. Veggies Made Great Double Chocolate Muffins
To make her mornings stress-free, Mariana Dineen, MS, RD from Pretty Nutritious loves Veggies Made Great Double Chocolate Muffins. “You would never believe that the first two ingredients are zucchini and carrots! These veggie-filled muffins taste just like lava cake out of the microwave. Even the pickiest eaters love them. Simply pop these guys in the microwave for 35 seconds and enjoy.”
Buy: Veggies Made Great Double Chocolate Muffins, $4.99 for 12 ounces at Target
Do you have a frozen breakfast find that helps you start off the day? Tell us in the comments below!