Mornings are hard. Whether you have a tiny human or a not-so-tiny dog who wakes you up at 3:30 a.m. because it's time for breakfast, or you're just trying to get all your clothes buttoned right before you rush out the door to work, it can be difficult to find the time to feed yourself. But breakfast is important! Maybe it's not the most important meal of the day — that's up for debate — but eating something means you won't be ready to gnaw your own hand off by 11 a.m. Also, breakfast is delicious.
So, what should you eat if you're short on time? We threw this question out to our readers and here's what they had to say.
We weren't surprised to see that oatmeal is a go-to for many of our readers. It really is as good for you as your doctors say it is. Plus it's easy to make a big batch in advance, which is what Andrea Curry Brown does: "I dish it out and zap it in morning. It lasts all week in the refrigerator."
Eggs for breakfast is a no-brainer, but how do you do eggs when you're in a hurry? For Paullette Proper, the answer is quiche: "I make one on Sunday and it lasts all week. Easy to make, easy to pack, 90 seconds in the microwave, satisfying, and holds me for hours with lots of protein!"
Another way to get your eggs on the go? Egg bites, says reader Angela Merlo Herring. She makes hers with Monterey Jack cheese and "any kind of sautéed veggies," and divides them into portions using her muffin tin. Don't have a muffin tin, we use an 8x8-inch baking dish for this version with bacon and Gruyère cheese.
Need something with a bit more heft than just eggs? For Stacy Streuli, breakfast tacos or an egg sandwich are the answer. This freezer-friendly breakfast wrap is the best of both worlds, and you can make it ahead.
Muffins make great grab-and-go breakfasts, but your morning coffee shop habit can add up. It pays to make your own that you can stash in the freezer, like Kara Lucca does. "It's gotta be portable, not too messy, and eatable with one hand," she says. We agree 100 percent.
For Rochelle Gale Weber, it's all about granola and yogurt: "I love yogurt with granola pieces containing seeds, dried fruits, and cranberries. Sometimes I will make it with dates and walnuts or almonds. I put some banana or strawberry on top, too." We recommend this crunchy, clustery granola, which is made with almond butter, maple syrup, and coconut oil.
The simplest answer to breakfast in a hurry may be, well, the simplest answer. We're talking about toast, which is what Lauren Ikon turns to when she's in a hurry: "Sometimes just earth balance and nutritional yeast, sometimes with avocado, tomato, or cucumber and herbs." Simple, but delicious!
Reader Melissa Marie doesn't really feel like eating in the morning, but she says smoothies are totally fair game: "A smoothie with frozen banana, a spoon of PB, almond milk, spinach, and any other random fruit I have on hand is doable." This recipe calls for watermelon, which is great if you have it, but feel free to substitute whatever you have on hand.