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5 Easy On-The-Go Breakfast Ideas for Back to School

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The new school year is finally beginning! This means hectic school mornings full of teens rushing around to get ready. Sometimes getting breakfast on the table just isn't a priority when you have to change clothes and pack up quickly. But don't worry, here are some quick and easy nutritious breakfasts that anyone can make on a busy morning!

1. Avocado Toast

Avocado toast is a great, nutritious breakfast option due to the many health benefits it provides. It is a great source of fiber and is full of healthy, unsaturated fats. This recipe is great for vegetarians and vegans as well, because it contains no meat or dairy.

Prep time: 3 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 of an avocado

  • 1/2 of a lemon

  • 1/8 tsp of Kosher salt

  • 1/8 tsp of grounded black pepper

  • 1 slice of whole-wheat bread (or any bread of your choice)

  • Crushed red pepper flakes

Instructions

  1. In a bowl, combine the avocado, lemon, salt, and pepper into a bowl. Mash it with the back of the fork until the consistency is smooth.

  2. Toast the bread of your choice for 3 minutes or until the desired texture is achieved.

  3. Evenly spread the avocado mixture onto the bread.

  4. Sprinkle crushed red pepper flakes or any other toppings on top of the toast.

  5. Enjoy!

2. Acai Bowl

Acai bowls are a great breakfast option, especially on a hot day! This breakfast includes a variety of fruits and is loaded with rich antioxidants. With this recipe, you'll get loads of potassium, dietary fiber, and vitamin C.

Prep time: 8-10 minutes

Equipment

  • Blender with tamper

Ingredients

  • 1 banana (sliced and frozen)

  • 1/2 cup blueberries (frozen)

  • 1/2 cup strawberries (frozen)

  • 3/4 cup milk of your choice or juice of your choice

  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt

  • 2 packets (200 g) of frozen acai puree

  • Assorted toppings of your choice (nuts, seeds, granola, fresh fruit, etc.)

Instructions

  1. Add the frozen fruit, milk, frozen acai puree, and yogurt into the bowl of a high-speed blender.

  2. Blend the mix at low speed, using the tamper to push down the frozen fruit until the consistency is smooth.

  3. Pour the smoothie mixture into a bowl and top it with your favorite toppings.

  4. Enjoy!

3. Yogurt Parfait

Yogurt parfaits are one of the easiest breakfasts to make. There is no toasting or blending involved like in the previous two recipes shown. All you gotta do is mix some ingredients together and you're done! This recipe is also vegetarian and gluten-free, which is another perk.

Prep time: 3-5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup peanut butter granola, homemade granola, or purchased granola of your choice

  • 1 cup of Greek yogurt or plain yogurt

  • 1 tbsp and 1 tsp of maple syrup

  • 1 tsp of vanilla

  • 1 cup of frozen or fresh strawberries

  • 1 cup of mixed berries (blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, etc)

  • 1/8 tsp of cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Mix the yogurt with 1 tbsp maple syrup, and vanilla.

  2. Defrost the strawberries if they are frozen, and stir them together with the fresh berries, the remaining 1 tsp of maple syrup, and cinnamon.

  3. In a glass cup, layer 1/2 cup of the yogurt, some berries and granola, 1/2 cup of yogurt, and some more berries and granola.

  4. Enjoy!

4. Blueberry Oatmeal

Sometimes when you wake up, you want something a little bit sweet for breakfast. Most people would just grab a donut or muffin. However, those breakfast items aren't as healthy as blueberry oatmeal. This meal brings both sweetness and nutrition into one meal!

Prep time: 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 1/3 cup of water

  • 1/8 tsp of salt

  • 1/4 tsp of cinnamon

  • 2 tsp of mild honey

  • 2/3 cup rolled oats or oatmeal

  • 1/3 cup blueberries

  • 1/2 tsp grated orange zest

  • 1/2 cup milk of your choice

Instructions

  1. Boil the water in a medium-sized saucepan.

  2. Add the salt, cinnamon, honey, and oatmeal to the water.

  3. Reduce the heat and simmer the consistency till most of the water has been absorbed.

  4. Add the blueberries, orange zest, and milk.

  5. Simmer for 5 more minutes until the oatmeal is thick and creamy and the blueberries have begun to pop.

  6. Cover it and let it sit for 5 minutes.

  7. Enjoy!

5. Keto Chocolate Smoothie

A keto chocolate smoothie is a low-carb smoothie recipe that is both vegan and vegetarian. This smoothie has no banana, which contains a lot of natural sugar that is not included in a keto diet.

Prep time: 5 minutes

Equipment

  • Blender

Ingredients

  • 1/2 ripe avocado

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk

  • 1 1/2 tbsp of unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 2-3 tbsp Erythritol

  • 1 tsp chia seeds

  • 2/3 cup ice cubes

  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Add all the ingredients to a blender.

  2. Blend the ingredients at a high speed for 45 seconds to 1 minute. Stop occasionally to taste the smoothie.

  3. Add extra ingredients to make the taste of the smoothie of your desire.

  4. Blend until smooth.

  5. Enjoy!

Why these recipes?

The recipes in this article are all full of nutrients and vitamins that are not found in breakfasts like donuts, muffins, and sugary cereals that teens usually have on a normal school morning. All of these recipes contain a variety of fruits that have essential vitamins and minerals. These recipes are also easy to make if you are busy or in a rush; the longest one takes fifteen minutes! If you have a late lunchtime at school, don't worry. These recipes also leave you full for a very long time!

With all the stress related to homework, classes, and exams in the coming days, I hope these easy, on-the-go recipes can start you on a happy note for the day!

Claire Guo

Claire is a high school sophomore from Virginia. She is passionate about writing, math, neurobiology, and poetry. In her free time, you can find her drawing digital art, reading a good book, or watching Netflix.