We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. However, that doesn’t mean we all want to spend a lot of our precious morning hours cooking breakfast. In fact, if you’re anything like me, you’d rather not spend any time at all preparing the first meal of the day. This is even more true during camping trips—especially those busy ones that have us constantly going.
Unfortunately, skipping breakfast just isn’t a good idea. Hitting the trail, heading to a local attraction, or spending time at the pool on an empty stomach is never fun, and leads to some pretty grumpy people. We simply must find ways to fill up and fuel up before we begin our camping activities.
While we do sometimes spend the extra time whipping up eggs and bacon, there are many days when we need to find something quick and easy. This is where these nutritious, delicious, filling, and super-duper-easy breakfast ideas come into play.
1. Instant oatmeal muffin in a mug
Everyone loves muffins, but most traditional muffins are far from filling. Besides, having muffins on hand in the morning requires baking them beforehand, and let’s be honest, most of us don’t have the time or energy for that during busy camping trips.
Fortunately, this Instant Oatmeal Mug Muffin recipe is incredibly easy to make, much more filling and protein-packed than traditional muffins, and best of all, it’s delicious!
The recipe allows diners to pick and choose their own flavors and mix-ins, and because you mix it, microwave it, and eat it all in the same mug, cleanup is a breeze!
2. Protein-packed waffles
Waffles are another breakfast food everyone adores, and a beloved staple in our home. Of course, I do not want to be stuck dragging the waffle iron out and mixing up a messy batter first thing in the morning. For this reason, I turn to frozen waffles.
Now, the problem with frozen waffles for breakfast is the fact that they tend to include some pretty unhealthy ingredients. Additionally, because they don’t have much in the way of protein, regular frozen waffles will leave you needing to cook some eggs or sausage to go alongside them.
This is where protein-rich frozen waffles come into play.
My family particularly enjoys the Kodiak Cakes brand of frozen waffles. These come in a variety of flavors, and two waffles give you a whopping 12 grams of protein. Best of all, the ingredients in these yummy breakfast sweets are all healthy whole foods you’re sure to approve of. You can find their frozen waffles available on their website and at most Target stores.
3. Egg muffins
Want something you can make ahead of your trip and just pop in the microwave? Egg muffins are the perfect option for this.
Because they are essentially mini-omelets in a muffin shape, they provide tons of protein and can be eaten on the go. Kids love that they are customizable, and grownups love that they are easy to make, store, and reheat.
We recommend making your egg muffins with spinach, cheese, and ham. However, many people opt for a three-meat version, a vegetarian version, or even plain and simple egg-and-cheese muffins.
4. Well-balanced smoothies
Smoothies are a delicious breakfast, especially on hot summer days. You can toss in any fruit you might have on hand along with some spinach, Greek yogurt, and protein powder, and have a perfectly balanced meal in a cup!
These are ideal for taking on hikes or outings because they are easy to transport and can be consumed in the car or as you walk. Additionally, because they include protein powder, they are surprisingly filling. We also love that they help you stay hydrated and cool even when hiking the hottest of trails.
5. Pre-made breakfast burritos
Besides egg muffins, another great breakfast you can make before your trip is breakfast burritos. Burritos freeze quite well and can be packed with foods that’ll give you energy for hours after eating.
To make, simply roll up some eggs, cheese, and meats or veggies in a tortilla, wrap the tortilla in wax paper, plastic wrap, or foil, and store in the freezer until it’s time to heat and eat.
6. Overnight oats
This particular option is very filling and healthy, but perhaps not quite as simple as the other foods on this list because it does require you to think ahead the night before. Still, overnight oats can be an excellent breakfast choice if you don’t mind a little bit of prep work, and because all the work is done the night before, you won’t be rushed to get food on the table the next day.
These oats can be topped with berries, nuts, sugar, syrup, or even peanut butter for a tasty and completely customizable meal that everyone in the family can enjoy.