Grab-and-Go Quick Breakfast Recipes

Eating a smart breakfast leads to healthier choices all day long. Make any one of these quick breakfast recipes ahead, and that’s one less thing you have to do tomorrow morning.

Quick and Healthy Fig, Applesauce, and Almond Breakfast Loaf

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Fig, Applesauce, and Almond Breakfast Loaf

On busy mornings, the first thing to neglect shouldn't be breakfast. With these quick and healthy choices you won't think twice about skipping the most important meal of the day.

To start our list of on-the-go options we chose a hearty breakfast bread. This recipe takes a bit of time to prepare so we recommend making it on the weekend to have on hand during busy weekday mornings. It is packed with ingredients that will keep you from counting down the hours until lunch. Bonus: The recipe makes two loafs—enjoy one and freeze the other to bring out for the next busy week.

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Three Quick and Healthy Fruit Smoothies

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Frozen Banana Latte, Spicy Mango-Orange Slush, Triple Berry Freeze

Smoothies are a super-easy way to get all the nutrients you need for an action-packed morning on the go. Just blend up one of our choices, pour it into your favorite travel cup and you are on your way.

Latte meets smoothie in our Frozen Banana Latte—a decidedly different sipper.

A touch of ground red pepper gives the Spicy Mango-Orange Slush a vitalizing jolt of heat.

Raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries, which are all packed with health-boosting antioxidants, give our Triple Berry Freeze a rich flavor and a deep, enticing color.

Quick and Healthy Three-Grain Breakfast Cereal with Walnuts and Dried Fruit

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Three-Grain Breakfast Cereal with Walnuts and Dried Fruit

It's easy to add whole grains to your diet when you spoon into this sweet, crunchy breakfast cereal. The nuts add even more fiber as well as heart-healthy fat, and if you eat the cereal with low-fat milk, you'll get calcium as well. Pack it up in a zip-top bag and you are ready to go. Munch on it throughout the day, use it as a topping for Greek-style yogurt, or enjoy a bowlful with milk.

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Quick and Healthy Blueberry Power Muffins with Almond Streusel

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Blueberry Power Muffins with Almond Streusel

We call these "power" muffins because they're loaded with B vitamins from whole wheat flour, calcium from milk and yogurt, antioxidants from blueberries, and heart-friendly monounsaturated fat from almonds and canola oil. You can freeze the muffins for up to a month, then thaw them at room temperature, or microwave each muffin at HIGH 15 to 20 seconds—making them an ideal grab-and-go morning option.

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Quick and Healthy Ham and Cheese Breakfast Sandwich with Mango Chutney

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Ham and Cheese Breakfast Sandwich with Mango Chutney

This sandwich packs protein from egg and soy ham, calcium from cheese, and fiber and B vitamins from the whole-grain muffin. If you can't find soy ham, use Canadian bacon or ham. Wrap the sandwich up in parchment paper before you dash for the door.

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Quick and Healthy Breakfast Fig and Nut "Cookies"

Breakfast Fig and Nut "Cookies"

These oversized cookies are more like muffin tops, but calling them cookies makes them seem a bit more indulgent. They're chock-full of exercise-friendly ingredients like dried fruit and nuts. No time for breakfast after the gym? Grab one of these and you are out the door with the fuel your body craves after a workout.

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Quick and Healthy Greek Yogurt Parfaits

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Greek Yogurt Parfaits

Grano, which means "grain" in Italian, are the polished whole berries from durum semolina wheat. Look for them in health-food stores or Italian markets. If you can't find grano, try wheat berries, barley, or brown rice instead. If your mornings are time-crunched enough, pack this parfait in a plastic container the night before. Just don’t forget to grab it from the fridge as you head for the door.

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Quick and Healthy Orange-Cranberry Wheat Germ Muffins

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Orange-Cranberry Wheat Germ Muffins

These muffins are at their best warm, so reheat briefly right before you head out or once you reach your destination. Wheat germ is an excellent source of vitamin E. Worried you will get hungry too quickly? These super-healthy muffins will keep you satisfied throughout the morning. 

View Recipe: Orange-Cranberry Wheat Germ Muffins

Quick and Healthy Peach-Mango Smoothie

Peach-Mango Smoothie

This tropical-tasting smoothie is going to make you feel like you're on an island vacation soaking up the sun--even if you’re stuck in rush hour traffic on the interstate. This recipe calls for frozen fruit, making it a cinch to prepare in the morning.

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Quick and Healthy Homemade Granola

Homemade Granola

Prepare the granola up to two days ahead, and store in an airtight container. Serve with low-fat yogurt and fruit. If you like your granola super-crunchy, pack the yogurt and fruit in a plastic container and pack your granola in a zip-top bag. Mix when you are ready to dig in.

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Quick and Healthy Breakfast Burritos

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Quick Breakfast Burritos

"I created this recipe because I needed an easy, satisfying breakfast,” said reader Heather Demeritte. “Use as much ground red pepper as you want depending on how hot and spicy you like your food.”

We love how easy it is to take this breakfast on the road. A full breakfast wrapped up in a nice neat little package—and it tastes delicious too.

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Quick and Healthy Five-Grain Cereal with Apricots, Apples, and Bananas

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Five-Grain Cereal with Apricots, Apples, and Bananas

Store this dry cereal in a zip-top plastic bag in the freezer to keep it fresh. To make the cereal a batch at a time, add 1/2 cup dry cereal mix to 1-1/2 cups boiling water for each serving once you get to the office. Don’t be surprised when your co-workers stop by to see what smells so good.

View Recipe: Five-Grain Cereal with Apricots, Apples, and Bananas

Quick and Healthy Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins

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Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins

Tossing frozen blueberries with flour before adding them to the batter keeps them from turning the batter purple while they bake. If you use fresh blueberries, skip that step. Keep the muffins in a covered container and grab one in the morning before you head out the door for a super-delish and super-quick breakfast.

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Quick and Healthy Muesli

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Muesli

This recipe is packed with fiber-rich, super flavorful ingredients. Prepare this recipe the night before and it will be ready the next morning to help you take on the day.

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Quick and Healthy Honeyed Yogurt and Mixed Berries with Whole-Grain Waffles

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Honeyed Yogurt and Mixed Berries with Whole-Grain Waffles

As you enjoy this meal on the go, you also enjoy antioxidants, fiber, and vitamin C from the berries; protein and calcium from the yogurt; and protein, fiber, and B vitamins from the waffles. Prepare this sweet and satisfying breakfast before you leave the house and give a delicious start to your day—no matter where it will take you.

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Quick and Healthy Blueberry and Maple-Pecan Granola Parfaits

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Blueberry and Maple-Pecan Granola Parfaits

Another parfait option that everyone will love—kids included! Blueberries and maple-pecan granola make this a sweet morning treat. Whether enjoying at home, in the carpool line, or at the office, you won’t regret making time for our breakfast parfait.

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Mini Frittatas with Ham and Cheese Recipe

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Mini Frittatas with Ham and Cheese

Bake these bite-sized frittatas in a miniature muffin pan for a savory breakfast treat. They taste great hot or at room temperature, so you can make them in advance.

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