5-minute Healthy Breakfast Ideas

The week before last I worked from home – yay!  On Thursday morning, I made and ate breakfast immediately after I woke up.  I was so proud, I took a pic of my breakfast and posted it on Twitter 🙂  This got me thinking, “I’m going to commit to eating breakfast within 30 minutes of waking up for the next 5 days.  Not only that, I’m going to take a picture of my meal and post it on Twitter for accountability.”  Well, turns out that what our parents say is TRUE, breakfast IS the most important meal of the day.  Studies show making breakfast a daily habit can help you lose weight – and keep it off.  Personally, I felt the following changes/benefits that week:

  • I wasn’t starving at lunch which helped me make better food choices
  • My digestion was more “regular” 😉
  • My energy level was higher during the day, especial during my workouts
  • I felt lighter and leaner

Based on my fitness experience and nutrition knowledge, I have created a formula for what I consider to be a complete “GRITTY” breakfast:

GRITTY Breakfast = complex carb (whole grains and/or fruit) + protein + KICK  

FYI – a “KICK” is little bit of caffeine to get my body going full speed. Remember all the benefits of Coffee that we learned about earlier?

Below, are pics of all of  my breakfast meals that week.  All were prepared in less than 5 minutes, making them excellent options for those of you rushing to work in the morning.  Try out the breakfast challenge for yourself.  You may just take on a new healthy habit!


Greek yogurt + mixed berries + 1 crumbled crunchy granola bar + hot green tea


Quaker instant oatmeal + 1 large orange + black coffee


1 Van’s whole wheat waffle (comes frozen, just put in toaster) + peanut butter + strawberries + hot green tea


2 crunchy granola bars topped w/peanut butter + 1 apple + hot green tea

Monday (up in the air, breakfast at the airport before a 6am flight…the life of a consultant)

2 small apples + 1 small bag of almonds (not pictured) + black coffee

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  1. LOVE it! Great ideas to combine the complex carbs + protein + fruit! Quick, satisfying and healthy all in one. Cute Big Red mug too haha. Awesome post!

  2. Hey girl,
    It’s Sue! So, was talking to my mom (aka soon to be new a.m. workout buddie) and she reminded me of her knee issues. She prefers to workout outdoors on the track, and only if the weather is bad she’ll workout indoors…so my question to you is, any advice/routines for low knee impact and high calorie burning indoors and outdoors? Tx!

  3. Thanks for the breakfast post! Question – if you do a morning workout within 15 minutes of getting up, is it ok to eat directly after? Asking because your general reccomendation is to eat within 30 minutes of waking up…thanks for the help!

    1. Hey Alpha! Yes that’s actually an excellent eating practice. Just make sure you eat breakfast within 30 minutes post your morning workout!

      – Brittani