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Healthy and Sustainable Breakfast Ideas for the Office

I’ve never been a breakfast person. Setting aside time in the morning to sit down for a meal when that precious time could be used for sleep or a workout has just never been a priority for me. But on days when you have to go into the office, skipping breakfast can make lunch feel like an eternity away. That’s why I’m compiling a list of healthy and sustainable breakfast ideas for the office. These ideas are perfect for you to take on the go in the morning or to provide a nutritious meal for a work meeting.  

Now, I have the benefit of working in the food industry, which means having a lot of equipment to make a hearty breakfast at work. But I’ve also worked in places that have a half-working toaster and a microwave. There’s enough variety in the list to meet every equipment need. I’ve divided the post up into hot breakfasts, cold breakfasts, ideas for toast, and some options for if you’re really in a pinch. All of these breakfast ideas are healthy, vegetarian, and minimal effort that can accommodate a variety of dietary restrictions. 

Change your morning routine by incorporating some of these healthy and sustainable breakfast ideas for the office. There’s sure find something that you’ll enjoy as your first meal. In this list, I’m sharing a list of vegetarian options that you can put together quickly on busy mornings with minimal effort. There’s no need to make the most important meal of the day boring. Here are some great breakfast ideas for the office or on the go.

lunch boxes behind notebooks on table is an idea of breakfast on the go for the office

No Heat Healthy Breakfast Ideas:

These healthy breakfast ideas are designed to be made the night before, or within just a few minutes before you head out the door. They require no heating, but are healthy, delicious, and easy to prepare. If you’re feeding for a crowd, they are easy to make ahead of time. 

Yogurt and granola

Found at almost every continental breakfast, yogurt and granola is a menu staple. It’s quick, and versatile, and easy to take on the go. To reduce plastic waste, I typically like to buy a large container or yogurt, as opposed to individual packs. Then when i’m ready to take them on the go, I pour them into a reusable container and store my granola separate. This prevents it from getting soggy. 

If you’re looking for a high protein yogurt, you can use greek yogurt. Or if you’re feeling fancy, you can make yogurt parfaits with fruit compote and granola. If you’re plant based, you can use plant based yogurt. And if you prefer, you can make your own granola!

Fruit bowls

A fruit bowl is about as easy as it sounds to make. Take a bunch of fruit, and cut it up into bite size pieces. You can pair it with chia seeds, hemp seeds, or granola for an added element of texture. 

I prefer to cut the fruit myself, but if you want to make it easier, most grocery stores sell pre-cut fruit for a premium. However, this often comes in plastic, so have a plan to reuse it afterwards!

Overnight Oats

I really enjoy making overnight oats in a big batch as part of my meal prep plan to start the week. The key to making overnight oats for me  I’ve got a great recipe that I’ve been meaning to post on the blog, but let me know in the comments if you’re interested!

smooties with berries

Smoothie with protein powder

If don’t have time to sit for a meal, a smoothie is a great way to take nutrition on the go with you. Blend your favorite fruits, vegetables, yogurt, or protein powder together to make a delicious smoothie. One way to ensure optimal nutritional absorption is to add nuts or seeds to your smoothie. The reason for this is chewing helps activate your salivary glands and digestive system. Many people also like to add supplements to their smoothies, so if that’s something you’re interested in, check out the raw botanicals site.

Chia Pudding

Chia pudding is good breakfast option to take to the office. Similar to overnight oats, you can make a big batch ahead of time, and eat it throughout the week. Chia seed pudding ranges from simple to complex, but the key ingredients are chia seeds, your favorite kind of milk (I really like soy milk!), a pinch of salt, and vanilla. You can add fresh or dried fruits and cinnamon  or cocoa powder to add a bit more flavor. 

vegan pumpkin bread is a healthy and sustainable breakfast idea

Pastries

One of my husband’s favorite ways to treat himself is to buy a bunch of pastries at the beginning of the week. He’ll take one with him to go to the office. You can look for pastries made with whole grains for a healthier option. 

A healthy pastry option is something like whole grain english muffins. You can top them with healthy fats like almond butter, peanut butter, or jam for a tasty treat. This is also a great way to feed a large crowd if you have in office meetings. 

You can also check out our recipes that you can bake on a Sunday and enjoy throughout the week:

Cereal and Almond Milk 

I once worked with a woman who kept a box of cereal in her desk. She would keep her bowl and spoon close by and leave her milk in the refrigerator in the break room. It was a brilliant idea that took little effort on her part! You can choose a healthy option like bran cereal or a while grain cereal. If you’re a cereal lover, this is one of the easiest healthy breakfast ideas you can implement easily. I like to cut up some fruit like a banana and put it in my cereal to add a little extra nutrition and filling!

blueberry bowl breakfast cereal is a great healthy breakfast idea to have at the office

Heated Healthy Breakfast ideas for the Office

These breakfast ideas might require a bit more preparation to make compared to the no heat breakfast ideas, but you’ll be able to enjoy a warm meal to start your day. Made with healthy ingredients, these warm breakfast ideas can be prepped ahead of time in batches or the morning of in under a few minutes. 

Oatmeal

Instant oatmeal is a great option for a quick breakfast. You can make it on the stove top in under five minutes, or you can use instant oatmeal to cook it in under a few minutes in the microwave. This is a perfect option for breakfast if you’re vegan or gluten free since gluten-free oatmeal is easy to come by. If you’re looking for some healthy inspiration, check out our recipe for Blueberry and Flaxseed Oatmeal.

If you’re feeding a crowd, an oatmeal bar is a great breakfast option that meets many nutritional needs. All you need is cooked oatmeal, some dried fruits, maple syrup, brown sugar, and spices.

Breakfast burritos  

A breakfast burrito or breakfast taco is one of the most portable to go breakfasts. Many people like to make these ahead of time and freeze them. Then you can heat them up in the oven or the microwave. Some of my favorites to put into breakfast burritos are sweet potatoes, eggs, beans, cheese, spinach, and salsa. I also like to take refried beans and cheese burritos if you’re not a fan of eggs. If you’re vegan or allergic to eggs, you can also make tofu scramble. 

In Mexico, rancheros used to take their burritos, wrap them in foil, and place them on the hood of their dashboard so they stay warm by the time they eat them. This just proves how portable they are!

sliced egg on top of green salad with bread

Breakfast sandwich

A classic breakfast option is a breakfast sandwich. I’m from New Jersey, for for most this means a bagel with egg, cheese, and Taylor Ham. But there are so many different options you can have. Try having things like avocado, tomato, micro-greens, and onions around to have a light and healthy breakfast sandwich. 

You might find that having a variety of bagels with spreads like cream cheese, vegetable cream cheese, hummus, or tofu cream cheese make it an easy and healthy option to have on hand. It’s an exceptionally easy way to create your own breakfast sandwich. It’s an even better way to feed a large group of people at a the office. 

Elevate your Toast: Ricotta Toast or Avocado toast

Sometimes the simplest of ideas are the last to cross your mind. For busy mornings, toast is one of the easiest ways to make a healthy and delicious breakfast. Two Ideas we have for toast are Ricotta Toast and Avocado Toast. These take only a few ingredients and can be prepared in usually under five minutes. 

In a Pinch? Try these Quick Healthy Breakfast Ideas you can buy from the store

If you really don’t have time to prepare to make breakfast, you can set yourself up for success with these ideas. These are also great for office meetings if you’ve forgotten to grab breakfast for the team! Your team will surely be satisfied! 

  • Hard-Boiled Eggs
  • Store-bought granola bars
  • Pastries
  • Oranges & Bananas
  • Bagels 
  • English Muffins
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Final Thoughts on Healthy and Sustainable Breakfast Ideas for the Office

We hope these healthy breakfast ideas for the office are a great inspiration to you! From hot breakfasts, cold breakfasts, toasts, to the last minute purchases and some options for if you’re really in a pinch. All of these breakfast ideas are healthy, vegetarian, and minimal effort that can accommodate a variety of dietary restrictions. Hopefully these help you change your morning routine by incorporating some of these healthy and sustainable breakfast ideas for the office!

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