16 Best Office Breakfast Ideas for Your Team

May 12

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Some mornings prove to be more difficult than others. Commutes and weather sometimes add to the challenge. It sure would be nice to have something to look forward to when you park your car or get off the bus to walk those last steps into the office.

How about a delicious office morning meal? Johns Hopkins agrees that a nutritious breakfast isn’t just essential for giving us daily fuel. It enables our brains to function better and helps regulate our metabolism throughout the day. 

Let us help you out with some team breakfast ideas to fortify you and your employees and spur everyone into a smoother, more contented workday. Indulge your team with complimentary breakfast, and you’ll have a happy office all day long.

1. Breakfast tacos 🌮

At around $12 per person, you’ll be able to offer up tortillas and fixings, sure to please any morning palate. With scrambled eggs and a variety of meats, like chorizo or chicken for an early protein boost, you can’t go wrong with this breakfast idea for your workgroup. 

Toss in some coffee for added energy and orange juice with vitamin C to bolster the immune system, and you have an ideal, healthy breakfast for your office workers.

Go to the Thriver marketplace to find a taco bar catering provider, for your next company breakfast.

2. Morning bagels 🥯

Bagels are one of the most popular breakfast ideas for office staff, especially among people who often don’t have time to eat before work. Who wouldn’t love walking into the office to find an assortment of bagels waiting for them, with tubs of every kind of schmear? 

The carbohydrates that bagels provide give you a boost of sustained energy throughout the morning. People who opt for a whole-grain option will be met with the added benefit of iron, magnesium, and B vitamins.

From an asiago bagel with a scallion cream cheese spread to a toasted blueberry bagel with peanut butter – even a plain, no-frills bagel smeared with melted butter – there’s a bagel and spread combo that will suit just about any taste. Many shops offer gluten-free options too. In most locations, you’ll be able to feed an entire office for around $2-$3 per person ($4-$6 if there are any leftovers available for seconds). 

Find a bagel breakfast provider on Thriver to take the searching and the work out of finding the next breakfast idea for your employees.

3. Yogurt bar with all the fixin’s 🍶 🍓

Need a breakfast idea for your work group? Set out the parfait cups, spoons, napkins, and loads of mix-ins. Throw in several tubs of yogurt – a variety or just plain – and have your gang dig in. Toss some fruit into the mix, and you have one of the healthiest breakfasts available – bananas, blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries will give you all the vitamin C, fiber, potassium, zinc, and antioxidants a body will need for the day.

Depending on your location and where you shop, you can set up a delightful yogurt bar for around $15 per eater. That cost will go up or down based on what fixings you choose to provide.

Search on the Thriver marketplace, and get a yogurt bar delivered to your office, and start everyone’s morning off right.

4. Breakfast sandwiches 🥪 

Many cafes, coffee shops, and bagel shops offer these as a terrific breakfast idea for your staff. Typical fare includes a toasted bagel or muffin, stacked with egg and a choice of meat – usually sausage, ham, or bacon. 

Not only do breakfast sandwiches satisfy a morning belly, but they’re also packed with protein and other nutrients to help you get through the morning. Many come with a hashbrown or some other tasty accompaniment. At around $5-$10 per person, the cost will vary, depending on location and where you order. 

See the Thriver marketplace for providers to deliver tasty breakfast sandwiches to your office.

5. Dinner for breakfast, because why not? 🍽️

Breakfast for dinner is wildly popular. People often get excited when someone suggests it as an option.

Why not turn this concept on its head and give our teams dinner for breakfast? People often eat cold pizza for breakfast, so why not serve burgers and fries, hotdogs and chips, or simple sandwiches first thing in the morning? If dinner for breakfast is a bit too adventurous for your group, offer it as a brunch later in the morning.

The cost and nutritional value will vary, depending on what you decide to go with. If you choose whole-wheat options for your sandwich bread or buns, you’ll be giving your crew iron and other essential minerals, and meats will provide protein. Opt for some animal-friendly fare for your vegetarian and vegan work friends to round out the selection.

Search our marketplace for dinner ideas to present to your crew at breakfast time.

6. Give your team a continental breakfast 🥖 🥐 🍇

How about continental-style as a breakfast idea? Do up your morning the way they do in France or the Mediterranean – a light buffet of toast, pastries, fruit, juice, and coffee. 

With fruits like bananas, strawberries, blueberries, and pineapple, your breakfast will be jam-packed with fiber and nutrients to help your morning along. A slice or two of whole-wheat toast will give you a shot of iron and other essential minerals, plus more fiber.

Many catering providers and restaurants offer such breakfast catering, from $15-$25 per plate. 

Find caterers for your next continental breakfast on Thriver, delivered by thoroughly vetted providers. 

7. A waffle bar will make you lots of friends 🧇

Why not host a waffle bar? Of all the breakfast ideas for the office, this one’s a favorite for a lot of people. Get them served up and let your work friends feast on those honeycombed icons of golden splendor. Can’t you just smell them now?

Offer up toppings and side bits, like fruit, a variety of syrups, peanut butter, and jam. With whole wheat as a batter base and all the fruit, this is a breakfast rich in vitamins, minerals, and fiber. 

Caterers and restaurants all over offer a waffle bar option for breakfast, and at around $5-$10 per person, you will have made many people happy. 

Search breakfast caterers for your location on Thriver marketplace. Many are happy to accommodate special requests like a waffle bar.

8. Have breakfast catered your way 💁‍♂️

A multitude of restaurants and foodservice providers offer catered breakfasts that will deliver whatever style of breakfast you desire, from an omelet bar to a good, old-fashioned, sit-down morning meal. 

Why not save yourself the time and energy of shopping around? Visit the Thriver marketplace to find an array of breakfast menu and catering ideas for your company. Not finding what you’re looking for? Contact a Thriver Culture Expert for assistance finding the right provider to get you your breakfast just the way you want it.

9. Spread out an oatmeal bar 🥣

Oatmeal is a terrific vehicle for delivering flavor. You can add just about anything to it to give it deliciousness, making the oatmeal bar a splendid idea for breakfast in the office.

Oatmeal is high in fiber and antioxidants, plus it helps sustain healthy bacteria in the gut. The berries and other fruit provide a rich array of vitamins and an additional boost of fiber. 

At around $12 per person, the oatmeal bar makes it effortless to accommodate vegan and vegetarian work friends. 

Take a look at oatmeal bar options on Thriver, and give your team a healthy breakfast. 

10. Bring in breakfast pizza 🍕

Many restaurants are making breakfast pizza. If you’re not familiar, it’s a pizza crust with breakfast fixings baked in. Typically they contain eggs, chunks of delicious breakfast meat, and veggies like onions and bell pepper. Many restaurants have a vast array of breakfast pizza options. Most can accommodate vegan and other dietary restrictions, making morning pizza an ideal corporate breakfast idea.

Depending on the toppings you choose, the pizza’s nutrient composition will vary. One large pizza (at two slices per person) feeds four people on average and usually runs between $7 and $25 per pizza. The price range is broad because the cost will vary by restaurant, and prices differ from city to city.

11. Order up an omelet bar 🍳

Omelets are a people pleaser. Packed with protein and many essential minerals, it’s the perfect way to start out your day. 

Some popular omelet meats include (but are not limited to) ham, bacon, breakfast sausage, turkey sausage, and chicken. For veggies, consider diced peppers, onions, and mushrooms. With many vegan-friendly egg and meat substitutes, you’ll be prepared to meet everyone’s tastes, and throwing in the vegetables will give your team a healthy boost of assorted vitamins and fiber.

12. Bring everyone together for crepes 🥞

Imagine delightfully thin shrouds of crepe-y-ness enveloping your favorite fixings – sweet or savory – and topped with the perfect sauce or whipped cream. Now imagine how happy everyone would be if they came in one morning and there you were, passing out foldable filling holders to everyone who walked by. 

This is an opportunity to pass out a flavor canvas while your teammates paint it with the things they like.

For sweet fillings, sliced banana, berries, and pre-cooked, softened apples are popular additions.

Savory fillings might include ricotta and Italian seasonings or cream cheese infused with smoked salmon, spinach, or even bacon. 

The nutritional value will vary from person to person, based on what kind of crepe they choose. The cost will vary from about $1-$5 per person, depending on what choices you offer and the food cost in your area. Whatever the monetary cost, you will have earned a bunch of points from your crew for setting up a delightful morning meal.

13. Avocado toast bar 🥑

The popularity of this vegetarian delight is rising day-by-day across North America – simple and light, yet packing enough nutritional fuel to get you through even the most challenging of mornings. At roughly $12 per person, you’ve got a breakfast that’s rich in monounsaturated fat – the beneficial, heart-healthy fat – along with 20 essential vitamins and minerals.

14. Smoothie bar, anyone? 🍹

What’s not to love about a smoothie? They are a cool, tasty treat – packed with so much nutritional value, it’s almost too good to be true.

There are countless possible ingredients – strawberries, bananas, avocados, peanut butter, even machia. You may want to add carrots or celery for fiber or a touch of hot pepper juice for spice. The possibilities are endless. 

For about $10 per person, you’ll give your crew a nutritional powerhouse to drive their day. 

15. On-the-go breakfast wraps 🌯

This option requires little to no effort on your part. Supermarkets everywhere have a wide variety of flatbreads created specifically for making wraps. Count how many people you want to feed, and get enough wrap makers to have at least one for each of your crew. 

Lay out a variety of deli meats and cheeses, and let your gang go to town. Your options don’t have to be limited to meats and cheeses. Try peanut butter, Nutella, sweet cream cheese spreads, or anything you’d put on a crepe – it’ll be just as good.

Nutritional value differs widely, depending on the ingredient options, and the cost will run about $5 per wrap.

Once you lay out the spread, everyone assembles their own wrap how they like it. Wraps are an excellent option for bringing to the desk and eating while you work.

Or browse for a breakfast caterer on Thriver to bring your wraps to you and the gang.

16. Get everyone involved with a potluck breakfast 🙃

Not all ideas for your employee breakfast have to come from a local restaurant or caterer. Potlucks are a favored meal tradition in offices everywhere. Unlike most breakfast options, the most important tasks are picking a date and passing out the sign-up sheet. Most people will use a shared spreadsheet these days. 

Decide ahead of time which items the potluck needs. Anyone who wants to join the potluck selects the item or items they wish to make. Everyone brings in their breakfast food on the chosen day, and the gang digs in – usually buffet style.

You may want to choose to do a free-form sign-up. Each person just decides what they’re going to bring. Be forewarned – there will likely be a few duplicate entries.

Potlucks often spark conversation and strengthen unity among coworkers as they share a common experience.

Thriver is dedicated to shaping every workspace into the ideal place to be. Undoubtedly, offering your employees a delicious, healthy breakfast will bring joy to their day and get your organization closer to being that model place to work. 

Contact Thriver Culture Experts to help you find the best providers to meet your company’s specific breakfast-catering needs. Thriver has joined forces with top caterers throughout New York City, Los Angeles, Toronto, San Francisco, and many other locations throughout North America to deliver your office the best catering experience.

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