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We need to talk about breakfast. 

According to a study from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, nearly one-quarter of Americans skip breakfast daily. It’s understandable! It’s easy to forget or skip it when you’re rushing to work or to drive the kids to school. 

But eating breakfast is critical to your health—it’s the meal that kickstarts your metabolism and provides energy for the better half of the day. That’s why we have compiled a list of breakfast items as nutritional and delicious as they are quick. Prepare these the night before you go to bed, and in the morning, all you have to do is grab and go! 

Triple Berry Overnight Oats

Making a nutritionally valuable breakfast spread in the heat of a busy morning seems more like a luxury than a reality. But, this recipe from Jar of Lemons is the perfect on-the-go breakfast for those with a lingering sweet tooth! Filled with fresh fruit, almond milk, and cinnamon, you will leave your home in the morning feeling fresh and ready to take on the world! The recipe provides two yogurt cups that have 260 calories each. Plus, it’s a vegan, low-calorie, and gluten-free breakfast that takes only five minutes to prepare, leaving you no excuses not to start your day off well! 

Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Breakfast Bars

Nothing is better than getting ready for your day knowing that you have a delicious piece of food waiting for you in the fridge. These peanut butter banana oatmeal bars from Well Plated are the perfect breakfast to make the night before and share with the whole family! Because they’re made with cinnamon, apple sauce, honey, and fresh bananas in only 10 minutes, these breakfast bars are ideal for making in bulk. If you do, they can be frozen and ready to eat for four months. Not only are they incredibly filling, but they only have 210 calories with seven grams of protein. 

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Night-Before Mediterranean Frittata

This is the breakfast of champions. If made the night before and refrigerated, this dish from Simply Recipes is ready to eat after only two minutes in the microwave. Filled to the brim with protein-filled and low-carb ingredients, this meal will leave you feeling full and fresh for the day to come. The feta combines with tomatoes, spinach, scallops, and parsley in a beautiful, 234-calorie flavor symphony. The recipe provides nine squares and is good for two weeks when refrigerated—leaving you with almost a week and a half of nutritious breakfasts for your busy week!

Healthy Night-Before Breakfast Bowls

If you enjoy the breakfasts that swing towards the savory side, this 30-minute breakfast bowl is the perfect match. This recipe blends arugula, pumpkin seeds, sriracha, and eggs together to make a deliciously satisfying morning meal. The recipe from Feasting at Home is vegetarian and leaves suggestions to customize your bowl the way you like it with anything from cinnamon to nutmeg to coconut milk. The bowl is 373 calories and has 12.6 grams of protein—an ideal energy boost for the day to come.

Make-Ahead Fruit Yogurt Parfait

Parfaits are classic (and delicious!) but can sometimes be time-consuming. However, with this fresh fruit recipe from Iowa Girl Eats, you can enjoy the perfect parfait any morning that your heart desires! This recipe calls for a 10 minute preparation time. If that is hard to squeeze into your busy morning to-do list, making them the night before is the perfect way to have your cake and eat it too. With low-fat yogurt and chia seeds, this vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free breakfast could become vital to your morning routine. The recipe’s creator recommends making these 250-calories treats in Mason Jars for travel and refrigerating purposes.

No matter what a regular morning looks like to you, there are always ways to ensure your health is a priority by eating breakfast. Try any of these tasty recipes to give yourself an energy boost that will keep you going all day long.