5 easy breakfast ideas

by - Tuesday, August 07, 2018

It's officially August and time for many of y'all to go back to school! I wanted to share five easy breakfast ideas for busy mornings — whether you're heading off to school, work, or whatever your day holds. These are some of my favorites and you might notice that I'm a sweet-breakfast kind of person.

Below, I've listed my personal picks for simple breakfasts that are both inexpensive and convenient enough that I can sleep in a few extra minutes every morning! There are some options that you can make ahead and grab on the go and some that you can spend some time enjoying while you check your social media feeds before heading out.

Granola Bites


These granola bites are made by mixing chocolate chips, coconut flakes, oats, peanut butter, honey, and vanilla extract in a bowl, refrigerating the mix for 15 minutes, and then rolling the mix into bite-size spheres (or the shape of your choice!). My brother makes these granola bites often and they're so convenient to grab when I'm in a hurry. Keep them in the refrigerator and they last for days!

Peanut Butter & Banana Toast


This is my absolute favorite way to make toast and it's such a simple, luxe breakfast. When my toast comes out of the toaster, I layer it with peanut butter, a sliced banana, a drizzle of honey, and a sprinkle of cinnamon. I honestly love this breakfast so much, I have it for lunch sometimes {is that considered brunch?} and it's especially perfect for the fall.

Yogurt Parfait


Yogurt parfaits are SO simple and a great way to check off your serving of fresh fruit for the day. I topped my vanilla yogurt with strawberries, blueberries, and granola with chocolate chips. Not only are yogurt parfaits simple, they're also very inexpensive. You can get 2 lbs of yogurt for around $2 at stores like Aldi and fresh fruit can last for several days.

Smoothie Bowl


What would this list be if I didn't include a smoothie bowl? They're so trendy and all over Instagram these days, I was surprised by how simple it was to make one! It's definitely not the quickest breakfast on the list, but a smoothie bowl can be lots of fun if you have just a little extra time in the morning. Start by making your favorite smoothie as the base — be sure to make it extra thick for a bowl, though! — then top it with whatever fun snacks you have on hand: fresh fruit, chocolate, nuts, seeds, honey, etc. I even added marshmallows for fun and a dollop of Cool Whip for a strawberries & cream vibe.

Muffins


Muffins are definitely one of my favorite things ever. I'll take a muffin over a cupcake any day. Because of this, muffins are often my go-to breakfast. If we're being honest, I usually get a 4 pack of muffins from Walmart for less than $3 for a few days of the week, but you can definitely bake muffins on Sunday night to prep for your breakfast for the next few days! There are so many good types of muffins, you can have tons of variety each week: banana nut, blueberry, chocolate chip, and my personal favorite, pumpkin chocolate chip! 

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I think it's important to remember that you don't have to spend lots of time or money to create fun, "Insta-worthy" snacks. I totally DIY'd my smoothie bowl with a $2 bag of frozen strawberries, a $2 tub of yogurt, and things I already had in my house. I used 4th of July star marshmallows for some fun decoration and tiny blocks of chocolate from a Hershey's snack mix. And remember, you can use that same yogurt you used in your smoothie bowl to make a yogurt parfait the next day!

I love to get creative and use what I have, find my own short-cuts for things I've seen all over the Internet, and challenge myself to make ordinary things a little more fun and extra special. You deserve to have bananas and honey with your toast! Treat yo' self and let's make this new {school} year your best year yet!

What's your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?

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