In the Pantry: Eggless, No-Fuss Breakfast Bites

Scientific research continues to highlight the importance of eating breakfast. In recent studies, data has shown that regularly eating a healthy breakfast can help you lose weight and reduce the risk of heart disease. But when you're in a hurry to get the kids to school, beat traffic, grab a latte, and make your first meeting--all on time--you might be quick to just skip your breakfast eats. This week on "In the Pantry," Aida Mollenkamp shares easy, no-fuss breakfast options so you don't have to lose out on the benefits of your morning meal when you're on the go.

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Toast toppers. Forget your basic toast and jam. Glam up your bread, even when you're in a hurry, with delicious toppings that you probably already have in your refrigerator.

You can turn your basic toast in breakfast bruschetta with a simple topping of chopped tomatoes, a drizzle of olive oil, a sprinkle of balsamic vinegar, and a tiny bit of salt. You could also cover toast with smashed up avocado that's been mixed with tiny bit of citrus juice and salt. One of Mollenkamp's favorites is to cover a slice of toast with a spreadable cheese, like a ricotta or goat cheese, and then add a cured meat like prosciutto, or even Canadian bacon.

You can also blend a classic schmear that you're likely to find in a bagel joint. Pulse one 5-ounce package of cream cheese together with 1/2-cup of chopped fresh bell pepper, leftover pesto, capers, or some sundried tomatoes, or even strawberries, and use the spread on your toast. Finally, for a sweet toast topper, you can use diced fresh fruit and a drizzle of honey or teaspoon of marmalade.

Muesli. The breakfast cereal is similar to granola and usually is composed of a toasted whole grain, dried fruit, nuts, and a touch of seasoning. To make a homemade version, toast oats and walnuts in the oven, and then add dried cranberries and raisins. Mollenkamp recommends adding a superfood like chia, flax, or pumpkin seeds to the mix for an extra health boost. For flavor, sprinkle a dash of cinnamon over the mixture. Make a batch of muesli over the weekend and store it in a jar so you can use it all week. Serve the muesli with milk or with yogurt with fresh fruit as a breakfast parfait.

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Whole grain bowl. Fill a bowl with brown rice, barley, faro, or quinoa--or a mix of these grains. You can treat it like an oatmeal by heating it in the microwave and sprucing up the flavor with milk, dried or fresh fruit, and your superfoods. Or you can just eat it cold.

For more cooking tips and tricks, check out host Aida Mollenkamp's book, Keys to the Kitchen.

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