Fast Breakfast Ideas for People with No Time

Fast Breakfast Ideas for People with No Time

Whether it’s morning lectures or the 9-to-5 grind, many people find themselves neglecting the first meal of the day. However, many don’t realize that you can eat right and work hard with the right strategy! Try out these fast breakfast ideas for people with no time.

Now, I don’t want to sugar coat the not-so-glamorous reality of not having time to eat, and this isn’t a food blog. Although I call it ‘breakfast’, my portions are small for most people and the intention is to eat something instead of nothing. Baby steps!

The strategy

A good idea is to have a combination of ‘fast-to-make, fast-to-eat’ food. Obviously the more time you have, the more you can eat.

My breakfast-by-time menu

Breakfast items based on time
Food Group Item Time Needed (minutes)
Protein Sliced sandwich meat 2
Fried egg 5
Bacon 5
Dairy Cheese 0 (bring to-go)
Yogurt 0 (bring to-go)
Milk 2
Produce Banana 0 (bring to-go)
Tangerine 0 (bring to-go)
Trail mix granola bar 0 (bring to-go)
Juice 0 (bring to-go)
Berries 4
Grain Sliced bread or bagel 3
Cereal (paired with milk) 4
Oatmeal 5

This is a very simple plan on paper, but it’s important to actually have the food there when you need it, particularly when it comes to the emergency “bring to-go” food. I try to have at least one item from each food category ready.


Depending on how much time I have, I pick and choose what fits within my time budget. For instance, if I have 10 minutes to eat, I might pick the following:

sliced meat (2 minutes) + bagel (3 minutes) + fried egg (5 minutes) = (10 minutes)

If I’m still feeling hungry, maybe I’ll toss a yogurt and tangerine into my bag for later.

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