Staff picks: Quick and easy breakfast ideas


Katie Matthews

Tyler Hotz eats a banana every morning for breakfast, and he wants everybody to know it.

With winter break and the recent snow break sending students back to school after some time off, everyone has to fall back into their routine. Instead of going back to the same old bowl of cereal in the morning, start a new breakfast routine with one of these quick and easy breakfast ideas.

While I am ridiculed constantly for this decision, I have no regrets to say that my quick breakfast food is the banana. First off, this is not an idea for a quick breakfast food; it is the solution. I try to eat a banana for breakfast every morning, and rarely have I swayed from this routine. Even if I am running behind, I can just grab a banana off the counter and eat it at school. The banana not only tastes amazing, but it is also unbelievably transportable. In addition, while some call it sad, I take pride in saying that some of my most memorable moments over the past year have been because of bananas. At Governor’s School this summer, every participant got a superlative and I happened to get the one that was “the one most likely to hoard bananas in his room.” Bananas are just the all-around super fruit and breakfast juggernaut, so if you do not at least try one, you are simply missing out on life itself. [Tyler Hotz]

While some people are abnormally and irrationally obsessed with bananas, I don’t think that just a piece of fruit counts as a breakfast. I’m not really one to judge since I usually don’t eat breakfast, but when I do it’s definitely more tasty than a plain banana. One of my favorite quick and easy breakfasts is actually not a “breakfast” food at all because who said that breakfast had to be “breakfast” food? I love making a quick grilled cheese in the morning. Take two pieces of bread and some cheese and put it in the toaster oven or microwave. When the cheese is melty, take the bread out and top with veggies like tomato and avocado (my favorite combination) and you have a fast and easy meal. This takes about five minutes to make and can work for breakfast or lunch. [Katie Matthews]

Though it is the “most important meal of the day”, I rarely give breakfast the pomp and circumstance it deserves. Quick and easy is optimal for a school morning, so I usually go for a bagel and orange juice. But every bagel needs a worthy spread, so for a tasty and cheap alternative to Panera’s honey walnut spread, mix cream cheese with honey, cinnamon, and crushed walnuts. Delicious and easy, you can make enough for several days and have a satisfying five-minute breakfast choice for every day. [Madison Chan]

Anyone that knows me knows that I love baguettes. The best breakfast for me is a section of baguette and some raspberry jam, maybe some herbal tea if I have the time. Simple, easy, good enough. [Allie Gruszkiewicz]

I’ve been eating latkes since preschool; therefore, I’ve developed a serious appreciation for the crispy little potato pancakes. Imagine my excitement when Trader Joe’s began advertising frozen latkes. All I have to do every morning is pop a few into the microwave and bam – a super quick and delicious breakfast. [Maggie Kimber]

I have been on a health kick recently, so if you are looking for a nutritious option, this will definitely help. To begin this simple but filling breakfast, I boil two eggs, which is incredibly easy. Then, I saute spinach in coconut oil and add some salt and pepper. If you’re worried about the coconut oil, I will tell you from a lifetime of experience that coconut oil is not sweet; it takes in the flavor of what you cook it with. After cooking the spinach, just add olive oil to the two boiled eggs and enjoy. I love this breakfast because you already get one vegetable knocked out in the morning, plus with the added protein of the eggs it is great for ebbing hunger throughout the day. [Kira Suerth]

Although I am not a big breakfast person, when I do eat it, I totally want protein. I make two pieces of sourdough toast. I also make some sausage patties and some eggs. Put it all together and BAM! two open faced breakfast sandwiches. [Cassidy Bailey]

I am a Nutella addict, so my mornings usually start off with Nutella and waffles. I take two Nutri-Grain waffles and cover each one with Nutella and put the two together to make a waffle sandwich. I know that Nutella is really unhealthy, but in my brain, the two Nutri-Grain waffles cancel out all those calories in between. Nutella is by far my favorite spread, and I truly believe that you could put it on anything and it would taste heavenly. Breakfast is definitely important, and you should treat yourself to some chocolate-hazelnut goodness to start off your day. [Madison Tenney]

“Senioritis” has made it very difficult to get dressed early enough to make a decent breakfast without having to rush to school, so I tend to go without breakfast almost every morning. However, whenever my mom and I go to Newk’s Express Cafe during the weekend, we definitely help ourselves to the Round Table, and the breadsticks tend to be my go-to breakfast. Those crunchy little things are conveniently packaged and easy to eat either walking into the building or while driving if times are desperate. [Danielle Fannon]

The quick option is definitely to just eat cereal, but a less bland option is to grab an orange. It’s healthier and faster than cereal, and plus, go Vols. [Wyeth Wilson]