20 Healthy, On-the-Go Breakfasts

Fuel your day right and get off to a great start with these healthy, on-the-go breakfast ideas!

Hi friends! How’s the day going? Your comments this morning were cracking me up. SO many good ones! I’m also glad I’m not alone with totally mishearing song lyrics. “Starbucks lovers” was a debate between the Pilot and myself before we finally googled it. I was just excited because we met at Starbucks. 😉

The day started off with eggs, berries, an awesome BODYPUMP class, and this glorious smoothie while watching Liv do gymnastics. I’ve had this recipe pinned forever, and finally remembered to make it this morning!

Ashley’s oatmeal cookie smoothie:

Oatmeal cookie smoothie

It tasted like a cookie dessert and was perfect after teaching. I ended up forgetting the banana, and added lots of cinnamon and a pinch of nutmeg. It tasted like pureed cookie dough. I think it needs to happen again tomorrow. 

Mornings around here are often rushed, so quick and easy breakfasts rule. Even better if it’s a healthy breakfast on-the-go, so I can just take it with me as we drive around. I thought a lot of you might be in the same boat, so I put together this list of 20 healthy on-the-go breakfasts to help you get your mornings off to a good start.

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Breakfast is usually eaten in two parts: an egg burrito or egg scramble before teaching, and a smoothie, chia pudding, or breakfast cookie creation afterwards. I’m used to packing up breakfast on the go, as it’s something I did in college (though my choices then were usually plain oatmeal, or some weird Atkins bar and a latte), when I interned at the hospital, when I worked full-time in retail management, and when I was doing the super-early personal training sessions. 

Healthy On-the-Go Breakfast Ideas

Here are some of my all-time favorite quick, easy, and healthy breakfast ideas:

(Many of these can be made the night before)

Breakfast cookie. The classic never dies. 

Grain-free chocolate chip muffins. Make a batch to last a few days and store in the freezer. Enjoy with a couple of steamed eggs.

Perfect protein pancakes for the week. Heat, slather with some nut butter, top with berries, and eat!

Protein French toast. Make a huge batch and freeze.

Deli wrap. This sounds so weird, but I LOVE sandwiches for breakfast. You’ll get an awesome mix of satisfying carbs, fat, and protein; plus, it’s a fun way to switch it up.

Peanut butter toast with sliced banana and cinnamon.

No-bake breakfast bars.

Quinoa muffins. SO good.

Overnight oats.

Or overnight oats in the slow cooker.


Perfect microwave banana oatmeal.

Breakfast cookie dough cereal. Mix the dry ingredients the night before, top with berries, then pour your milk just before eating.

Green chile breakfast casserole. Even better wrapped up in a brown rice tortilla with salsa. 

Green chile egg casserole

On-the-go power protein cookies.

Two steamed eggs with berries and a piece of toast.

Gluten-free orange chocolate chip muffins.

Anne has some great ideas here!

Baked sweet potato with almond butter and cinnamon. It sounds like a weird combo for breakfast, but is really satisfying!

Make-ahead breakfast burritos.

Banana split smoothie. For an even quicker breakfast, put the ingredients in the blender in the fridge. Blend in the morning, and go!

Banana split smoothie

Do you take breakfast with you to-go? What are some of your favorite portable options?

Hope you have a great night! I’m going to start planting our little spring garden (beefsteak tomatoes, strawberries, mint, basil, flowers), re-film some workout videos (you can hear dogs barking and skateboarding in the background. Fail), and get ready for spin. <3



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  1. Ashley @ A Lady Goes West on March 30, 2015 at 4:05 pm

    Hi Gina! I actually had a baked sweet potato with almond butter and cinnamon for breakfast yesterday! And today was overnight oats. Both of which are easy to take on-the-go. Great recipes! I just love breakfast. 🙂

  2. Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment on March 30, 2015 at 4:16 pm

    Overnight oats are my go-to when I need something fast. Or I will make a batch of protein pancakes ahead and eat them cold with almond butter. Thanks for all the ideas!

  3. Julia @ Lord Still Loves Me on March 30, 2015 at 4:43 pm

    As a college student, I am always go go go! On the go recipes that are quick and simple are exactly what I need. Thank you for such a nice round up, Gina. 🙂

  4. Soleina on March 30, 2015 at 5:03 pm

    Hey Gina, great ideas! The link for the french toast is down…do you have the recipe still?


    • Janice on March 31, 2015 at 3:23 am

      Agreed, I was sad to see the french toast link doesn’t work. Would love that recipe. All of these are great ideas.

      • Fitnessista on March 31, 2015 at 9:22 am

        i’m so sad it’s not up anymore. i’m going to see if i can track it down

        • Katie on March 31, 2015 at 7:36 pm

          Thank you!!!

  5. Sarah @ RunningChickago.com on March 30, 2015 at 5:10 pm

    oh my gosh!!! i thought it was Starbucks lovers too! thank goodness you told me otherwise i would be singing it wrong indefinitely!! hahaha

    my favorite on-the-run breakfast is toast/english muffin/waffle (some type of bread) with peanut butter and a banana. To get crazy, I switch up the bread type and switch up the peanut butter company. 😉

  6. Crystal on March 30, 2015 at 5:44 pm

    I tend to eat a lot of my breakfasts at work. Funny, I like a turkey sandwich for breakfast sometimes too lol. I’ve also been known to eat salad for breakfast…my coworkers are used to my food now haha. I guess I’m just backwards because I also love things like eggs and cereal for dinner. Whatevs!

  7. Kelsey Halena on March 30, 2015 at 5:55 pm

    I always take my breakfast to go, but mostly because I think it’s a mind game with myself – I feel like if I eat breakfast at work, even if it’s only 15 minutes later than if I had eaten it at home, I am convinced that my hunger holds out until lunchtime instead of, oh… 9:30…

  8. Jess on March 30, 2015 at 6:41 pm

    I need to bookmark this post! I struggle with quick and healthy breakfast ideas

  9. Katie on March 30, 2015 at 7:39 pm

    I love the baked sweet potato with nut butter! Your pancake & breakfast cookie recipe are a staple in our house! I also make the microwave banana oatmeal! Just wondering if you could fix the link for the protein french toast? It says it doesn’t exist when I try to look at it! Thanks!!! 🙂

  10. Julianna @ Julianna Bananna on March 30, 2015 at 9:53 pm

    thanks for all these ideas! i’ve been stuck in a rut of eggs, turkey sausage, and toast lately so i’m looking for some quick recipes to help mix it up!

  11. Sarah F on March 31, 2015 at 2:25 am

    I have saved this as a favourite- as I badly need to switch up my breakfast routine. I have a smoothie every single morning, and then snack on some fruit mid-morning. Occasionally I’ll switch it up and have a granola bar mid-afternoon instead (crazy, I know).

    Even my smoothie is pretty much the exact same every day: banana, avocado, spinach, protein powder, water and then the frozen fruit changes depending on what the grocery store had.

    It’s just so easy as I make it the night before, and then grab it on my way to work (and drink it while working). I am definitely going to make it my goal to branch out a bit over the next couple of weeks and try some of these ideas! Thanks for the inspiration.

  12. Runners Connect on March 31, 2015 at 3:52 am

    Great list! This is very helpful, especially for those people who would rather skip breakfast than worry about preparing something that takes any kind of time in the morning. Your morning runners may be interested in our research from a few months ago, but the same rules apply to other forms of exercise, so hopefully you find it helpful too http://runnersconnect.net/running-nutrition-articles/carbohydrate-intake-overnight-fast/

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  13. Maggie on March 31, 2015 at 5:56 am

    THANK YOU!! What an awesome post. Breakfast is always something that I struggle to get creative with… I just got a Vitamix and I am sooo excited to make that oatmeal smoothie!! 🙂

  14. Jill @ Champagne for Everyday on March 31, 2015 at 6:01 am

    All your on the go breakfast suggestions are great, and a few new ones I will try! I used to eat the SAME thing in college – how was I not up to speed on creativity in clean eating??! No instagram? haha. I’m currently a fan of my oatmeal muffin, which is basically a bowl of oatmeal compacted into a muffin with some berries, eggwhites, and stevia!

    Have a great day!

    xx Jill
    Latest post – Your Dream Come True: The Yoga Pant You Can Wear to the Office

  15. Erin @ Erin's Inside Job on March 31, 2015 at 6:58 am

    If I have breakfast on the go it is usually a protein bar of some sort. Lately I have been making a big batch of steel cut oats in my rice maker and heating them up every morning. It makes 4 days worth and I can mix up the toppings each time (although I don’t bc I am boring haha).

    Thanks for sharing!

  16. Tara | Treble in the Kitchen on March 31, 2015 at 7:43 am

    These all sound amazing! Breakfast is my fav meal of the day, so I’m always looking for yummy new ideas!!

  17. Alex @ True Femme on March 31, 2015 at 9:02 am

    What a great list! That oatmeal cookie smoothie looks amazing! Egg burritos always sound good to me but I have a hard time with eggs in the morning, especially if I’m up really early. I think I’ve eaten toast for most breakfasts over the last 10 years but I am making a sincere effort to mix it up. What can I say, it just always sounds so good to me and my stomach can handle it!

  18. joelle (on a pink typewriter) on March 31, 2015 at 10:26 am

    STEAMED eggs? I need to try that.

  19. Nicole on March 31, 2015 at 11:14 am

    Love to have some new breakfast ideas! I’m in such a breakfast rut. I almost always have Fage greek yogurt, GF granola (Purely Elizabeth is soooo good), and a banana. When I need an on-the-go breakfast, I throw a bunch of things in the blender (protein, chia seeds, fruit, spinach, almond butter) and top with GF granola.

  20. Jess on March 31, 2015 at 1:45 pm

    So glad I’m not the only one out there who does nut butter on a sweet potato for breakfast! Haha the first time I made in in the office microwave, I’m pretty sure my co-workers thought I was crazy.

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