Maybe yours is the kind of family that just can’t get on board with a meal that doesn’t involve meat. Or maybe you can’t get going without a hot morning bite. Or maybe anything but coffee settles in your stomach like a lead brick. Whatever your breakfast dilemma, one of these make-ahead meals is sure to be perfect for you and your family. 

Quite often, I prepare the entire week’s (non-smoothie) breakfasts in advance, so there is always something on hand that can be popped in the microwave. 

For mornings when time is even tighter, keep some hard-boiled eggs, organic string cheese and bananas on hand. That way, if you find yourself in a more serious time crunch, there is always something healthy to grab and go!
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Omelet on a Bun (makes 1)
  • 1 whole-wheat English muffin
  • 2 egg whites, beaten
  • ¼ cup chopped onions 
  • ¼ cup chopped broccoli
  • 1 slice mozzarella or provolone cheese
  • 1 slice cooked crumbled bacon
  • Cooking spray
Spray pan with cooking spray. Sautee chopped onions and broccoli until tender, about 3 minutes. Add egg whites and cook until firm. Spread egg mixture onto English muffin, top with cheese slice and crumbled bacon. Store in the refrigerator until ready to eat. When ready eat: Put sandwich in microwave for 1 minute or until hot.

This recipe is a great way to get your bacon fix without clogging your arteries. Crumbling the bacon means you get a little crunchy taste in every bite!

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Breakfast Burrito (makes 1)
  • 1 small whole-wheat tortilla
  • 3 egg whites
  • ¼ cup canned black beans
  • 2 Tbsp. shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 2 Tbsp. salsa
  • ¼ cup chopped onions
  • ¼ cup chopped red pepper
Scramble egg whites, black beans, salsa, onion, pepper and cheese together and spoon into tortilla. Wrap, place in fridge. In the morning, microwave for 45 seconds on each side. 

If you have time to spare, this burrito is even more delicious when heated in a pan until hot all the way through.

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Simply Fruit 

If you just can’t stomach a heavy breakfast, then fruit for breakfast might be perfect for you. There are people out there, specifically Skinny Bitch authors Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin, who contend that fruit and fruit alone is the perfect breakfast. The magic number? Three delicious, vitamin- and fiber- filled servings. 

Grapes, bananas, apples, raspberries and blueberries are all super-easy, no-prep fruits that can be eaten anywhere, anytime. Or slice kiwi, oranges, strawberries, pineapple, watermelon or cantaloupe into portable containers and store in the refrigerator. Toss into your bag, and you’ve got breakfast on the go. It’s as if Mother Nature knows how busy you are!

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02/19/2011 11:33pm

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