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Quick and Easy Breakfast for People On-the-Go

If your life is such that the morning seems not to afford you the time to enjoy a good meal, you may be like the tens of thousands of Americans who skip breakfast each day. We all learned from the time we were little that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It provides you with the energy you need to get a jump-start on all your planned work and activities and is especially essential for children who are facing a long school day.

Breakfast needn’t be a complicated ordeal, experts note. A quick and easy breakfast is far better than none at all and is certainly preferable to downing a hasty cup of coffee simply to take advantage of the caffeine it provides. And those fast-food restaurant offerings are generally loaded with fat, though many of those eateries are now offering healthier options. Nevertheless, preparing a quick breakfast at home is still the most desirable option. Here are some suggestions.

Eggs – You don’t need to pull out a frying pan to make an egg or two. They can be cooked easily in the microwave. Break a few eggs inside a small microwavable bowl and cook them for about a minute on high. If you want them to be scrambled, whisk them before you put them in the microwave. If you prefer something akin to a poached or friend egg, just break the yoke (so it doesn’t explode and make a mess) but don’t scramble the yolk and white together. For a little extra pizzazz, add some cheese to the mix or even some chopped ham. Throw it on an English muffin or biscuit for a to-go sandwich.

Frozen waffles or French toast – While these can certainly be enjoyed as-is on a plate with some syrup, hurried folks on-the-go can make them into a sandwich. Put a few slices of cheese or some cream cheese between two French toast slices or spread a layer of jam or some peanut butter between two waffles to make an easy-to-handle sandwich.

Quesadillas – This Mexican favorite can be created in the microwave in about 60 seconds. Place a flour tortilla on a plate and sprinkle it with packaged shredded cheese. Fold it in half and nuke it for about a minute. Like eggs, you can add other items to your quesadilla to make it more interesting like salsa, ham, or pre-cooked sausage or bacon. (You can cook those the night before.)Have a sandwich! – Who says sandwiches are just for lunch? A quick breakfast sandwich is ideal and you can take it with you if you’re in a hurry. Anything you enjoy between two slices of bread is certainly acceptable, like ham and cheese or even turkey or chicken. Or use your leftovers from the night before!

Yogurt – Yogurt is an old breakfast staple but it can be quite boring and certainly isn’t very filling, so it may not sustain you until lunchtime. To add some bulk, simply add granola or fruit (or both) and make a quick parfait. If you’re using strawberries, you can slice them the night before. Other fruits, like bananas, won’t keep so you’ll need to take a few extra moments to slice them in the morning.

Smoothies – This popular fruit concoction can provide you with plenty of the nutrients you need to get your day off to a good start. Most can be made the night before and simply poured into a thermos-type container in the morning, if you need to drink it in the car or on the train. For some extra energy, pair your smoothie with a breakfast bar.