I am not what you call a morning person. Even though I dream of waking up at 6 a.m. and doing yoga before making myself a healthy breakfast from scratch, it is not in the cards right now. I like staying up late. So, breakfast is always a problem for me. And hey, even if you're not like me and do happen to wake up before the sun rises, there are other things to get done — lunch boxes to be made for kids and piles of laundry to do. Maybe you also struggle with breakfast.
Instead of skipping it entirely or eating something that might make you feel sluggish the rest of the day (hello, bagels), I've found a few small splurges that make things a little easier in the morning. They're also mostly healthy (if you care about that sort of thing). Here are the on-the-go picks I rely on when the morning struggle gets too real.
1. Daily Harvest's Smoothies
Daily Harvest makes a few different on-the-go frozen products, but their smoothies are my favorite. Basically, you take one of their frozen smoothies out of the freezer, dump it into your blender, add your desired liquid (I'm an almond or oat girl myself), blend it up, and then pour it back into the cup it came from before heading out the door. My favorite smoothie flavor (and the most hearty, I think) is the mint cacao smoothie. It tastes like your favorite ice cream, but in smoothie form.
Prices vary based on the amount of smoothies you buy (and you have to get at least six), but expect to pay between $7 and $8 per smoothie cup.
Learn more: Daily Harvest Smoothies
2. PANATEA's Instant Matcha Latte
Most mornings I make my own tea to bring to work, but when I'm running late or am traveling, I love this in a pinch. The ingredient list is great — including oat milk powder, matcha, biotin, and a little cane sugar for sweetness (but it's not overly sweet, you know?). It doesn't taste like you're drinking the "instant" stuff. You can buy a pack of 30 instant matcha latte packets for $43 on the PANATEA site right now.
Buy Now: Glow Instant Matcha Latte 30-Pack, $43
3. Sambazon's Açai Packets
I always have a packet of açai in my freezer. If I can throw together a simple smoothie in the morning with the help of these packets, then I feel like I've done something good for myself. Sambazon has a bunch of different açai packets to choose from, but my favorite is probably just the plain, unsweetened pack (I like to add my own sweetener, if necessary). Prices vary, but you can expect to pay around $8 for four smoothie packs.
Learn more: Sambazon
4. Purely Elizabeth's Vibrant Oats Cups
Purely Elizabeth is known for their delicious granola, so I was excited when they recently launched this new line of oat cups. There are three flavors to choose from: Blueberry Lemon, Coconut Turmeric, and Raspberry Pitaya. Each cup comes with a little bit of granola to top the oatmeal, which is so smart and adds great texture. Prices vary, but you can currently buy one cup of their oats for about $3.
Buy Now: Vibrant Oats Single Serve Cup, 12 cups for $41
5. White Mustache's Yogurt
This yogurt tastes so delicious that you'll think it's dessert. I've been a huge fan of this brand for years now, and when I want something super special for breakfast, this is where I turn. They have the most amazing flavors — including dates, sour cherry, and savory shallot (yes, really, and it's great with fried eggs). It's the creamiest yogurt you'll ever have. Prices vary, but expect to pay around $6 for a small jar.
Learn more: White Mustache