Times Savers to Reach a Healthy Breakfast Goal

Yogurt with berries and granola

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but some days, you just don't have the time you need to sit down and eat something healthy. When you're pressed for time, you might feel tempted to reach for a box of cereal and call it a day, or you might even swing through the drive through. Once you check out a few time saver ideas, you'll find that you always have time to make something fast that tastes good and is good for you.

One of the easiest ideas for the first meal of the day is a simple burrito. Scramble a few eggs, or egg whites if you want to cut cholesterol, add a few chopped fresh veggies, any seasonings that you want and top it off with a slice of low-fat cheese. It only takes a few minutes to scramble the eggs, and a real time saver involves chopping up your veggies the night before.

If you're really pressed for time, grab a carton of Greek yogurt. Greek yogurt has more protein than normal yogurt, and it has a thicker consistency, too. A small carton is good for a snack, but when it comes to breakfast, you want to add some more heft to it. Toss a handful of almonds or granola on top and drizzle honey over the yogurt for a sweet and yummy morning treat. You can also add a few of your favorite fresh or frozen berries instead of the almonds.

Fresh fruit tastes great and is healthy, but you don't always have time to sit down and chop fruit in the morning. Save time by sitting down the night before and cutting up your fruit. You can use apples, berries, peaches, pears, pineapple...or whatever is fresh and in season. The best thing about fruit salad is that it keeps for several days. You might even whip up a larger batch and portion it out for snacks throughout the week.

For those picky eaters in your family, try a peanut butter and jelly roll-up. All you need to do is spread a layer of peanut butter and a layer of low-sugar jelly or jam onto a tortilla. Roll the tortilla up, slice it into rounds and serve. Make this dish a real time saver by making it the night before and storing it in the refrigerator. With these fun and healthy breakfast ideas, everyone in your family can start their day off on the right foot.