Breakfast is the most important meal of the day according to many health experts. The best breakfast in today’s busy world calls for a minimum of prep time. Since we live in an on-the-go world, portability is a plus. Nutritionally, breakfast should be a balance of protein, complex carbohydrates, fruit, and dairy. Eggs, cheese, peanut butter, soy products, and lean meats are excellent sources of protein. Oatmeal is an exceptionally good complex carbohydrate full of good fiber and overnight oat recipes have become popular.

Smoothies and shakes can be concocted with protein powder and fruits. And sandwiches, while non-traditional, can make a great breakfast option. Hard-boiled eggs are an easy take-along and easily made ahead.

Weekend and holiday breakfasts and brunches offer a more leisurely pace. Omelets, breakfast casseroles, sweet rolls, hot cereals, waffles, or pancakes make for great family gatherings.