When you hate your alarm clock just as much as you hate being hungry.
Make Your Breakfast Portable
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Homemade breakfast bars are an easy way to make something delicious and healthy ahead of time—so when you press snooze one too many times, that corner bagel place doesn't tempt your empty stomach as you rush to work.
A little meal prep goes a long way here—try Gluten-Free Honey Oat Bars from registered dietitian Elizabeth Shaw for a sweet treat that "tastes just as good as a coffee cake sans all the added sugar." You can make them in a batch to refrigerate for the week and toss in your bag on the way out the door. If you want something a little more substantial, try these mason jar breakfasts that you can wolf down at your desk once you make it into the office...and you're on time. (Go you!)
Photo: Shaw's Simple Swaps
Hack Your Egg Recipes
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There are plenty of ways to make and save eggs, and a good frittata is one of them. "Make these simple frittatas over the weekend, so you can put one in a whole-wheat tortilla and be out the door in no time," says Shaw.
Photo: Abbey's Kitchen
Smoothie-Prep Before You Snooze
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"Make smoothie packs with greens and fruit, then stash in your freezer," says Jessica Cording, R.D. "When you're ready to make your smoothie, dump the contents of the bag into your blender, add some liquid, maybe some protein powder, and blend away." Even easier: Combine the protein and the milk steps into one by using Silk Protein Nut Milk, which packs 10 grams of protein per serving.
You can also blend your berries or fruit combos beforehand and freeze them, so your produce won't expire. Rather not wake the roommate or kids with the blender? Make a smoothie or yogurt pop instead so you can chow down one-handed. (These 8 slimming smoothie recipes are a great way to get started.)
Keep Hard-Boiled Eggs On Hand
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Did you know you can make hard-boiled eggs in the oven? Yep, just place them in a muffin pan for 30 minutes at 350°F, and you'll have go-to protein for the entire week. Slice them up on your avocado toast, eat them alone as a snack, or make a healthier egg salad. If you still want to make them the old-fashioned way in a pot of boiling water, here's a step-by-step guide to getting it right.
Go for the Yogurt
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"If I'm in a rush, I'll grab a 5-ounce container of plain Greek yogurt for protein and a 100-calorie pack of pistachios, which offer healthy fat, protein, and fiber to help keep me fuller for longer," says Amy Gorin, R.D. "I'll also bring along a piece of fruit, like a banana."
Don't Cook Your Oatmeal
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If waiting for your steel-cut oatmeal to cook feels like a time-suck, use muesli instead—it requires zero cooking. Add fresh or frozen berries, raisins, nuts, and a dash of cinnamon, just as you might with oatmeal. Still want the real thing? Try these time-saving oatmeal hacks that will completely change your morning.
Maximize Your Mug Game
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"Scrambled eggs are super-easy to make in the microwave," says Cording. Her strategy: Spritz a microwave-safe bowl or tall mug with cooking oil spray. Add beaten eggs or egg whites, cover with a plate, and microwave on high in 30-second increments—it will probably take between 3 and 5 zaps depending on your microwave's strength and the shape of the mug or bowl—until the eggs are cooked through.
Throw in your favorite veggies and you've got yourself a makeshift omelet. If you're more into sweet treats you can make everything from French toast to cinnamon rolls or a blueberry muffin in the microwave too.
Photo: Five Heart Home
Make Your Bacon In the Microwave, Too
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Yes, it can be done. Just turn a bowl upside down onto a plate and drape slices of bacon over the top. Microwave for one minute per slice, and voilà—crispy bacon with no greasy mess. (Use the leftovers to try one of these bacon recipes that won't ruin your diet.)
Learn How to Make Quick Waffles or Pancakes
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Make your usual recipe the night before (breakfast for dinner, anyone?), and freeze leftover pancakes or waffles that are sans-syrup or toppings. The next morning, simply pop them in the toaster for a fast breakfast feast. You can also choose to make the batter ahead of time and keep it in an old ketchup bottle in the fridge for easy access and perfect pan distribution. Keep it simple with gluten-free pancakes or Paleo pancakes that'll hit the spot with half the ingredients.
Related: Ways to Rethink Your Pancakes
Make Energy Bites Ahead of Time
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Pack protein balls to keep you alert and to make sure you never get to that "hangry" place. You'll find lots of recipe inspiration with these three easy-to-make protein ball recipes, which are so much better than those sugary, high-calorie protein bars.
Photo: Craving Something Healthy