I’m a Nutritionist and These Are the Ready-to-Eat Breakfast Options I’ve Been Buying on Repeat

published May 24, 2022
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As much as I love breakfast, the last thing I want to do in the morning is make something that requires a bunch of steps, time, and cleanup. I need something quick, easy, and energizing to start my day — preferably something I can grab on my way out the door or even pick up while I’m out running errands (some days start way earlier than others).

Luckily, I have a list of a bunch of somethings that I can grab. Whether I’m in the mood for dairy-free or dairy-forward, bite-sized or bar-shaped, or anything else, I’ve found several new and new-to-me breakfast options that are as flavorful as they are fast. These are my latest favorites.

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1. Chobani Zero Sugar Yogurt Cups, $1.25 for 5.3 ounces

Chobani has been one of my go-to brands for Greek yogurt for years now. Made with no artificial flavors, added sugar, or artificial sweeteners, the company’s new Zero Sugar yogurts are lactose-free, non-fat, and just fantastic. Vanilla is one of my regular picks and Milk and Cookies is my top choice; it tastes shockingly indulgent, with vanilla bean specks throughout! If you’re a fan of fruit flavors, strawberry, mixed berry, strawberry cheesecake, blueberry, toasted coconut vanilla, and key lime yogurts are also available.

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2. CORE Bars, $2.30 for 20 ounces

These probiotic oat bars from CORE Foods are packed with flavor, thanks to the organic, natural ingredients. Each bar is vegan, gluten-free, Non-GMO Project Verified, and USDA organic, and contains no added sugar (with the exception of the Peanut Butter Crunch bar, which has one gram added). The bars also come with the additional benefits of dairy-free probiotics and protein. Typically, I reach for the Blueberry Banana Almond bar. If you want some chocolate first thing, though, Peanut Butter Chocolate bar is a prime choice.

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3. Kind Healthy Grains Granola Bars, $4.50 for 15 (1.2-ounce) bars

Made with five super grains, these bars are full of fiber and real blueberries, and have six grams of added sugar, which come from non-GMO ingredients. They’re also some of the best-tasting granola bars I’ve had and are made with zero artificial ingredients. Beyond Vanilla Blueberry (clearly two of my favorite flavors), there’s an Oats & Honey with Toasted Coconut that is reminiscent of a classic cereal flavor many of us grew up with. You could grab either of these chewy, crunchy bars on your way out the door along with a banana or apple.

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4. Lifeway Kefir Cultured Lowfat Milk, $1.08 for 8 ounces

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve stopped into my local grocery store to grab one of these bottles, along with a piece of fruit while out running errands in the mornings. With a similar consistency to pourable yogurt, kefir is packed with 12 different probiotic strains (read: it’s gut-friendly), plus vitamins A and D. My favorite is the vanilla, although the strawberry banana is tasty too! And, at 8 ounces, these bottles are just the right amount for breakfast.

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5. MUSH Ready to Eat Oats, $2.49 for 1 (5-ounce) cup

Oats are a great source of fiber and full of antioxidants, so I recommend these to everyone, and especially to overnight oat fans who might want a shortcut every now and then. Made with minimal ingredients, MUSH oats are vegan and dairy-free, and contain no added sugar or artificial anything. And they require zero prep. You don’t even have to add water; just open the lid and dig in! You can find them in the refrigerated snacks/produce area of most grocery stores.

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6. Silk Almond Yogurt Alternative, $1.69 for 5.3 ounces

Finding a dairy-free yogurt that successfully replicates the texture and flavor of dairy-based yogurts was tough. But. But! Then I tried Silk. Made with almond milk, these dairy-free yogurt alternatives do not disappoint. (The company’s soy-based products are also a staple in my cart.) I’ve noticed shoppers in my area agree: Strawberry and Chocolate Coconut are the most popular flavors at my local grocery stores.

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7. Organic Valley Feta and Chives Egg Bites, $3.99 for 4.2 ounces 

Okay, these egg bites require just a little bit of prep before they’re ready to eat: 60 to 90 seconds in the microwave, to be exact (unless you like your bites on the cool side, in which case peel open the lid and have at ’em). They’re certified organic and have 14 grams of protein with zero added sugar.

What’s your favorite ready-to-eat breakfast find right now? Tell us in the comments below.