Everyone will tell you that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but so much more so for nurses who rarely get a chance to have a proper meal at any other time of the day, or night. It is so important for nurses to start the day right to fill the energy tank.

To their detriment, most nurses skip breakfast at home hoping to have time for it at work. But in reality, the chance to sit down for any meal once your shift begins is rare. For this reason, it is sensible to have breakfast before you head off to work. Even if your early morning routine is always hectic, don’t let it be an excuse to skip breakfast. Try these quick and healthy breakfast ideas for busy nurses.

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  1. Overnight Oats

“Berryful” from: www.katheats.com

This is dubbed as the ultimate lazy person’s breakfast.

Before you settle down for a good night’s rest, sort out your morning breakfast. All you need to do is to combine ½ cup of milk with 1/3 cup of rolled oats and leave the mixture overnight in the refrigerator. By morning, you will have a creamy and tasty oatmeal breakfast.

If your night is just as mad as your day has been, and you forget to prepare your oats overnight, you can get the instant no-cook variety.  Just add hot water and you’ll be good to go. A healthier option here, however, is to pour boiling water over your oats and let it stand while you get yourself ready. By the time you are dressed and ready, your oats will be too. Add milk, honey, and a sprinkle of cinnamon for the healthiest and most satisfying of breakfasts.

You can spice up this very easy and flexible dish with healthy options like sliced fruit, nuts, yogurt, or peanut butter. For chocolate lovers, you can add cocoa powder to your overnight oats. For a power boost, add chia or flax seeds. The possibilities are endless!

  1. Fruit Soup

“Strawberry Soup” from nytimes.com

This cool breakfast meal also works great as an on-the-go snack at work.

  1. Muffin Mug

Heaven knows, nurses do not have time to bake in the morning when the patients are waiting. Fortunately for those of you who love freshly-baked, there is a muffin recipe that cooks within a minute in a microwave!

Take an egg, a quarter cup of quick-cooking oats, and some berries. Add a bit of brown sugar or some raw honey to sweeten. You can also add a tablespoon of your choice of milk (like almond milk) if you want your muffin to be moist. Pop the mixture into the microwave for 1-2 minutes and keep an eye on it so it doesn’t overflow.

If the muffin top still looks too moist, microwave for a further 30 seconds.

You can change up this recipe by adding complementary ingredients like fruits, nuts, chocolate chips, pumpkin, and even cheese if you prefer a savory muffin.

  1. Quinoa Fruit Salad

“Quinoa Fruit Salad” from the cravegallery.com

Ideally, a healthy breakfast for nurses should contain protein to boost energy levels at work. Believe it or not, Quinoa is a great option because it is high in protein and other essential amino acids.

For a bowl of quinoa fruit salad, simply cook quinoa according to package instructions. You can add your choice of milk like almond milk, cow’s milk or soy milk. Once cooked, add slices of your favorite fresh fruits or berries and spice it up with cinnamon or nutmeg spice.

  1. Microwaved Egg with Vegetables

If you are more for the savory things in life, scrambled eggs with vegetables will satisfy your cravings and set you for your marathon day. Even better, this recipe can be microwaved in just about a minute, depending on the power of your microwave.

Just mix two well-beaten eggs and sliced vegetables like cabbage, zucchini or tomatoes in a microwave-safe container. Add cheese for extra flavor.

Microwave the mixture for 30 seconds and stir afterward. After stirring, microwave it for another 30 seconds. Within three to five minutes of preparation and cooking, you will have a tasty and savory breakfast meal packed with protein and goodness.

6. Banana and Peanut Butter Smoothie

“Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie” from chocolatecoveredkatie.com

This is one that you can eat on the way to work. A banana and peanut butter smoothie is ideal because it is packed with energy-boosting vitamins and minerals and it is deceptively satisfying.

To make this smoothie, toss a frozen banana, 2 tablespoons of peanut butter, a cup of almond milk or soy milk and some ice cubes in a blender. Once blended, pour it into a mason jar or a non-spill container, and drink on the way to work.

  1. Packed Leftovers

“Leftovers, Recomposed (Couscous with Zucchini, a Fried Egg, and Truffle Oil)” from herbivoracious.com

Probably your quickest option if you have left-overs from the previous night’s dinner. Place a cup of leftover veggies or meat in a microwave-safe container and top with a cracked egg. Microwave it for 30 to 60 seconds until the egg hardens. Add some freshly grated cheese on top before eating.

  1. Homemade Granola

“Homemade Granola” from myrecipes.com

Granola is a multi-grain snack packed with fiber, protein, vitamins, and minerals. It’s an easy meal you can prepare for breakfast if you are needing a quick energy boost.

It is obviously best to prepare your own home-made granola since the store-bought variety is packed with preservatives and too much sugar. It takes thirty minutes to create a homemade granola, but you can prepare it once a week and divide the mixture into batches ready to serve as breakfasts or snacks every day.

  1. Peanut Butter Strawberry Wrap

“Peanut Butter- Strawberry Wrap” from womenshealthmag.com

This meal requires a bit of planning, but it is ready to eat within ten minutes. You will need tortillas, peanut butter and some sliced fruit like bananas or strawberries.

Spread peanut butter generously on the tortilla wrapper and top it with your fruit of choice. Roll it up and it is ready to eat.

  1. Chia Breakfast Pudding

“Coconut Chia Pudding” from popsugar.com

Chia is rich in fiber, protein, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals essential for boosting energy levels. The seeds soak up water up to ten times their weight, so they are great as a filling and hydrating meal. It will also keep you satisfied for longer.

Like overnight oats, you will need to soak chia seeds in a bowl of milk and leave the mixture overnight in the refrigerator. By morning, add your choice of fruits, nuts, and spices like nutmeg or cinnamon for a rich and tasty breakfast meal.

Having a healthy breakfast for nurses is as important as having dinner after a busy shift in the hospital. There are loads of other options which are quick, easy and healthy, so there is no need to skip breakfast.

Remember that you should take care of yourself well, so you will have the energy to take care of other people too.

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