5 Quick Nutritious On the Go Breakfasts for Back to School
Having a breakfast that floods your body with nutrients is important to keep your energy levels stable and will even help you to better handle stress throughout the day. One of the main reasons people skip breakfast is because they are rushed and pressed for time in the morning. These 5 nutritious on the go breakfasts for back to school are the perfect antidote for even the busiest of schedules because they require zero to minimal prep time and don’t require mandatory refrigeration throughout the day.
- Quinoa Breakfast Bowls
Since quinoa is versatile with its fluffy texture and nutty taste, it makes a great high protein ingredient for an energizing breakfast full of vitamins and minerals. Quinoa breakfast bowls can be customized to suit your taste buds by adding bananas, almond butter, berries, nuts, seeds, and almond milk. Once the quinoa is cooked, it only takes mere seconds to throw a few toppings in with the quinoa and store refrigerated in a glass container. In the morning, add a few splashes of almond milk and you’re ready to go.
- Chia Seed Parfaits
Chia seeds are another excellent breakfast ingredient for their fiber and healthy fat content. Chia seed parfaits do need to be prepared the night before because they require overnight soaking to gelatinize and form a “pudding-like” texture. The good news? Chia seed parfaits can be made in under sixty seconds. Method: Place 3 tbsp of chia seeds into a glass container and coat with an unsweetened nut milk of your choice. Add a few drops of pure vanilla extract, coconut sugar and your favourite superfoods such as berries, shredded coconut and cacao powder. In the morning, all you need to do is take your chia seed parfait out of the fridge- just don’t forget to bring a spoon with you if you’re on the go!
- Quest Bars
Quest Bars have become an extraordinarily popular breakfast on-the-go option because of their heavenly, dessert-like flavors, unlike any other protein bar. Quest Bars are nutritionist approved as they contain no refined sugar and two forms of bioavailable whey protein that promotes stable blood sugar levels. With 20-21 grams of protein per serving, you are more likely to be satiated until lunch time. This is the one instance where you can have s’mores, apple pie and cookies n’ cream for breakfast without feeling guilty.
- Overnight Oats
Overnight oats are for both the minimalist or the maximalist (if there were such a thing), as there are only three key ingredients needed for this recipe- the rest is up to you! Method: Place 1 cup of raw oats, 1 banana sliced and 1 cup of almond milk in a glass container. Allow to sit overnight, or for at least 6 hours. In the morning, you can eat the oats just as they are, or add cinnamon, shredded coconut, organic dark chocolate chips, nut butter, nuts, and seeds or extra nut milk. The oats can be heated or eaten cold- you choose.
- Homemade Breakfast Cookies
Breakfast cookies are often forgotten because we associate the word “cookie” with unhealthy. However, with whole food ingredients such as organic eggs, spelt flour, almond butter, oats, banana and hemp hearts, you can make a pretty mean nutrient dense cookie to start your mornings off right.