5 Breakfast Ideas for the On-The-Go Gal

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Alright, so if there’s two things in the world that I’m absolutely insistent upon it’s that high heels were meant to be cherished and eating breakfast every morning is a necessity. I live a pretty busy lifestyle, and I’m sure many of you can relate to running around like madwoman from time to time. From our jobs to our relationships to our side gigs and our social life, hitting the gym and prepping our meals can easily make its way to the bottom of our list. And did I forget to mention making the time to catch the latest HBO documentary in time to discuss by Monday morning at the coffee station?

I don’t know about you, but sometimes it feels like there simply are not enough hours in the day!

So it goes without saying that my love of breakfast and my busy lifestyle make for a pair at odds. Because I insist upon having a meal before 9am (my growling stomach wouldn’t allow me otherwise!), I’ve discovered a few lifesaving recipes over the years. Today I’m sharing my 5 breakfast go-tos that make running from my closet to the car simple and stress-free. (That is, as long as you don’t spill your breakfast smoothie on your new J Crew trench coat… Note to self: always travel with a lid!)

1. Oatmeal

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My very favorite breakfast is my beloved oatmeal. I know it’s not anything new or sparkly, but sometimes a good old fashioned bowl of sweet, cinnamon perfection is just what we need in the morning ya know? I like oatmeal because it’s super easy to heat up in the break room, and I even add my own high-maintenance twist to it, because what’s a good breakfast without filling the bowl to the very brim with all the good stuff? Here’s how I take mine:

  • 1 packet of whatever oatmeal flavor you want (I like maple and brown sugar & apples and cinnamon)

  • Sprinkle of cinnamon

  • 1 tbsp. of magic seeds (mix of chia, flax, and hemp)

  • 1 tbsp. of peanut butter

  • Blueberries and raspberries

2. Breakfast Smoothie

I loooove smoothies. Like really love them. Last year, I even went through a phase where I ate Acai bowls for dinner like 3 nights a week. Anyways, smoothies are wonderful for breakfast because if you can manage to prep it on Sunday night then it’s a grab and go situation the rest of the week. My very favorite smoothie recipe is actually stolen from the Bread Garden cafe in Iowa City. It’s called the Green Monster but it tastes more like a fruity fresh garden of pure perfection.

The Green Monster:

  • Frozen Strawberries

  • Frozen Blueberries

  • Frozen Peaches

  • Fresh Spinach

  • Soy Milk

  • Plain Greek Yogurt

You could throw in some of those magic seeds or a scoop of collagen peptides for an extra boost, too!

3. Yogurt Bowls

I just added this one to my list, and so far I am loving. Super fresh, sweet, and so easy. I usually prep this in the morning, but if you’re really crunched for time this could easily be prepped the night before. Here’s my typical recipe:

  • 1 cup of plain greek yogurt

  • 1 tbsp. of magic seeds (mix of chia, flax, and hemp)

  • Blueberries

  • Raspberries

  • Drizzle of honey

You could substitute any fruits that are in season, nuts, or granola. Here’s a list of some more fabulous greek yogurt bowl ideas from Modern Honey.

4. Energy Beauty Bites

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Okay, these little babes are the cutest to grab and go annnnd they’re pretty simple to make. These definitely take some prep though, so make sure to block off some time on your Sunday afternoon to make them. There are a million different recipes for “energy bites” or “oat balls” on Pinterest so you could peruse a few before finding one you like. I used this recipe from Chef Savy and added a few things of my own. Here’s what’s in them:

  • ⅔ cup creamy peanut butter

  • ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

  • 1 cup old fashioned oats

  • ½ cup ground flax seeds (I added chia + hemp)

  • 2 tablespoons honey

  • I also added 1 scoop of collagen peptides (for the *beauty* part, of course)


  1. Combine all 5 ingredients in a medium bowl. Stir to combine. Place in the refrigerator for 15-30 minutes so they are easier to roll.

  2. Roll into 12 bites and store in the fridge for up to a week

5. Clean the Fridge Scramble

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And lastly, this is a super easy one if you’re in-between grocery store trips. This is what I’ll most likely do this week as I’m traveling for work and don’t want to go and buy a bunch of things at the store. For some reason, I always have eggs on hand... I don’t eat them that often, but it’s just good to have them for when I get the urge to bake or am reeeally craving eggs and bacon on a Saturday.

Anyways, for the clean-the-fridge scramble, I’ll literally just use up any produce on hand that is about to go bad or cut up some stuff that I’m not using for other meals and then, you guessed it: scramble some eggs. You can easily make this the night before and keep it in the fridge and then heat it up in the microwave once you get to work. Here’s an example of one I made last week:

  • 2 Eggs

  • Italian sausage

  • Black beans

  • Cherry tomatoes

  • Jalapeno

  • Hot sauce

All you do is throw everything in the pan and sauté it. Seriously, it’s that easy. I always top mine with hot sauce too for a little added kick! You could throw in other veggies like onion, spinach, or a sweet potato. You could add in leftover chicken, bacon, or cut up steak too!

What are some of your go-to easy breakfasts?! Pleaseeee share your ideas with me because if there’s anything I’m always on the lookout for it’s simple recipes! Well and a great sale on shoes, but you get the point.

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