They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But if you're like the rest of us, you may find it hard to find the time to eat anything in the morning, much less create a well-balanced, protein-packed option. However, if you skip breakfast, you may find yourself exhausted – and cranky – long before lunchtime. And if you start the day with a trip to the gym, it's even more important that you fuel your body to get through the rest of the day.
Whether you're running late for school or trying to squeeze in a run before starting the day, try one of these four breakfast ideas ideas that don't involve cooking:
1. Almond butter and apple slices
Looking for a quick breakfast that you can snack on as you get dressed in the morning? Just slice up an apple, scoop a couple of tablespoons of almond butter onto a plate and dip the fruit into the butter for a simple – and delicious – meal. While it's a great way to start your morning, this easy meal is a great option any time during the day when you need a quick pick-me-up and don't want to pull out a bunch of ingredients.
Apples not your thing? Bananas also make a good complement to almond butter. If you need some extra carbs, start with a piece of whole wheat toast, slather on almond butter and lay thin slices of banana on top.
2. Overnight oats
Sometimes, the easiest way to simplify your morning is to do the prep work the night before. Shower before bed, set out your outfit and yes – make your breakfast. Overnight oats is a delicious way to start any morning. For a special treat, POPSUGAR recommended this Cookie Dough Overnight Oats recipe from Dashing Dish. For this breakfast, you just combine Greek yogurt, almond milk, oats, protein powder, maple syrup, chocolate chips, vanilla extract, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt in a jar and let the mixture sit overnight. The oats will absorb the liquid, creating a tasty – and protein-packed – start to your morning.
3. Yogurt parfait
The same breakfast day after day can get boring fast. So it's understandable that plain yogurt every single morning can seem far from ideal. But to reap the benefits of high-protein Greek yogurt, you just need to dress it up a little to keep things interesting. Transform your boring breakfast into a yogurt parfait. All you need it some granola, your favorite fruit and any other healthy toppings you like. Start with a scoop of the yogurt in a glass, add a layer of granola, more yogurt, a layer of fruit and then continue the pattern until your cup is full.
As an added bonus, your colorful yogurt parfait will look great on your Instagram feed.
4. Protein smoothie
Sometimes you just don't have time to eat before you leave the house in the morning. It's understandable. After all, by the time you pick out the perfect outfit, apply your favorite lipstick and gather everything you need, a quick glance at your Baby-G pink series watch will probably reveal that you're already running late. On those days, make a quick protein smoothie that you can enjoy on your commute. To make sure you have enough protein, use Greek yogurt as a base and then mix in your favorite fruit and milk or milk substitute. You can also add a few tablespoons of nut butter. If you really want a boost, consider adding a scoop or two of protein powder.