Breakfast can be a tricky meal because, well, mornings. Yet, getting that fuel can make for a happier, more productive day with more physical and mental stamina and fewer cravings. That’s why having healthy breakfast shortcuts on hand is so important.
Here are 8 dietitian-recommend breakfast shortcuts you can (and should!) pick up at Costco.
“As a dietitian and mom, I almost always make my own pancakes versus buying a mix,” says Kelly Jones MS, RD, CSSD, dietitian and founder of Student Athlete Nutrition.“My exception is Birchbenders Paleo Pancake Mix. All you need to add is water and it’s rich in satisfying protein, which many people miss in the morning.”
The next best thing to making frittatas? These ready made ones, which Jones highly recommends. They make getting protein and veggies easier in the morning, will keep you full until lunchtime, and give your brain a boost. Win!
Natalie Rizzo, MS, RD, founder of Greenletes loves another pancake (and flapjack and waffle) mix you can scoop up at Costco. Kodiak Cakes. “They have more protein and whole grains than traditional mixes and only require water for preparation,” she says.
Pro tip: Make a big batch on the weekend and freeze. You can reheat and have waffles or pancakes whenever the craving strikes.
We love that these single-use cups can be stored anywhere — at home, at the office, in your purse. All you need to do is add hot water. “In addition to oats, these cups contain flax and chia seeds, making it packed with fiber, which promotes satiety and regularity,” Rizzo adds.
“These super-light, no-carb wraps are a terrific breakfast vessel for your favorite fillings,” says Lauren Harris-Pincus, MS, RDN, and author of The Protein-Packed Breakfast Club. Stuff with scrambled eggs and veggies, beans and cheese, or go sweet with chia jam with ricotta or cottage cheese.
You might not think about burgers for breakfast, but these black bean burgers are a plant-based protein and fiber packed addition to any morning. Enjoy on a bun as a brekkie sandwich, crumble it up and fold into scrambled eggs, or stuff it in a wrap (see above) with any leftover veggies.
These organic pre-boiled, pre-peeled eggs make getting a protein-packed breakfast a breeze. “Grab two antioxidant-rich, hard-boiled on your way out the door with a piece of fruit for a light breakfast on-the-go or slice them up to top avocado toast,” says Lyssie Lakatos, RDN, CDN, CFT.
Fresh mangoes can be tricky to peel and prep. With these frozen mangos, you can “add to breakfast smoothies, smoothie bowls and more, without having to worry about the fuss of preparing them or going bad waiting to be eaten,” says Lakatos.