Breakfast is an important meal and skipping it could leave you napping on your desk before lunch. The next time you’re thinking about bypassing it, try these easy options for a breakfast of champions.


 

1. Oatmeal

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Individual packets of instant oatmeal are convenient, and you can save money by buying them in bulk. Throw some dry oats into a plastic cup and pour in hot water, or pop it into the microwave, and you’ll have a filling breakfast that will tide you over until lunch. Add fruit and chopped nuts for extra nutrition.

2. Protein Bar

 

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We don’t suggest settling for a protein bar for breakfast every day, but if you’re in a rush, it’s great to have something you can grab and go. Look for brands with the fewest ingredients—and make sure they weren’t cooked up in a test tube. DinnerWithJulia.com has an incredible recipe for protein and granola bars.

3. Smoothie

 

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Make a big smoothie batch at the beginning of the week, pour into individual cups and keep them in the freezer. When you need a quick breakfast, simply grab a cup and let it defrost, then enjoy your ready-made breakfast.

4. Hard-boiled Eggs

 

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Another breakfast that you can make ahead of time, hard-boiled eggs will last up to a week in the fridge. Boil a couple and keep on hand for an easy breakfast that’s full of protein.

5. Cheese and Crackers

 

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Who says  you have to eat breakfast food for breakfast? A handful of crackers and some low-fat cheese in the morning will keep you full and give you a valuable calcium boost as well.

6. Yogurt

 

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Stock up on individual cartons of yogurt for a quick, easy protein blast before work (or any time of day). Add a piece of fruit or some granola for a real power breakfast.

7. Peanut Butter Sandwich

 

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Easy to eat on the go, a peanut butter sandwich offers the taste of morning toast with protein and easy eating to boot. It’s quick to make, and you probably have the fixings on hand, especially if you pack lunch for the kids (or yourself).

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