Post # 1
Hi Bees! I need some new (healthy) breakfast ideas. I am not a morning person, so breakfast for me is something I can make quickly (or the night before) and throw in my backpack to eat in my office a few hours later.
For example, I currently toast a bagel thin and slice a hard-boiled egg onto it to make an egg sandwich. When it is warmer out, I just do a slim-fast shake.
What do you guys do? I am desperate for something new, but still “quick, easy, and healthy”!
Post # 3
Trader Joe’s Oatmeal! They’re delicious and light, without leaving you hungry. I guess any brand oatmeal would do. Do you have a microwave at work?
Crackers and Laughing Cow cheese wedge are great too. They’re small and compact, and calorie-friendly.
Post # 4
@Rock Hugger: I love apple slices and cheese cubes!
Post # 5
i eat luna bars when i need something on the go. they’re very filling because of the protein and fiber, but i read somewhere you should avoid the chocolate or nut varieties due to higher calories/fat.
Post # 6
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VitaMuffin Vitatops! Google it and go get some today – delicious, low cal and totally filling with a piece of fruit!
Post # 7
I make frittatas in a muffin pan, so they’re travel size. I use this recipe: http://rhodeygirltests.com/2009/10/12/egg-white-veggie-frittata-muffins/ but without the bread. I think the bread makes them soggy so they don’t last as long. I make 5 on Sunday night, and they last me the entire week. I use the big muffin tin that makes 6 big muffins, not the 12-size muffin tin.
Post # 8
I make smoothies: 1 banana, 1 c. mixed berries, 1 c. unsweetened almond milk (Trader Joe’s brand, which seems to be lower in calories), and a bit of vanilla extract. Blend, put in a big travel cup, and go! My DH likes to make the same smoothie substituting about a T of peanut butter instead of the berries, btw.
And this is kind of insouciant, but I buy Trader Joe’s turkey kielbasa, which is precooked, cut it into single servings and store them in a plastic bag like that so they’re ready to go. When I’m really in a rush, I’ll heat up a frozen low-fat, low-cal waffle/french toast, zap the kielbasa in the microwave, and wrap it inside sort of like a breakfast hot dog. Not the healthiest of breakfasts by far, but fast and better than nothing.
Oh and I love the VitaTops–chocolate with a bit of peanut butter on top? Yum!
Boston Bee, those fritattas are a BRILLIANT idea!
Post # 9
I know what I should be eating, and when and how and why. But I deeply struggle with being on-the-go all the time, forgetting to eat, etc.
I NEVER ate breakfast. But I realized that this was one of the main reasons I was fat. Now, I still struggle with eating throughout the day (I just forget!), but I eat breakfast every day! This is the one meal I have mastered as far as quick, easy, healthy, well-rounded, proper diet.
I essentially do various combinations of on-the-go fruit, fat free yogurt or reduced fat string cheese, and kashi or fiber one bar. Doing two of the three for breakfast (and the third for a mid-morning snack) will cover your dairy, protein, whole grain, and healthy fats…all for under about 350 calories.
1. kashi bar and banana for breakfast, with string cheese as a mid-morning snack
2. fiber one bar and fat free yoplait for breakfast, with a box of raisins for a mid-morning snack
Fruits that travel well unrefrigerated and are quick & easy to grab in the morning:
1. I always keep a 6-pack of single-serving raisins at my desk
2. They sell raspberries in small packages…and blueberries and blackberries in slightly larger packages — they are quick to grab and go. But all of the berries tend to disintegrate by the end of the day, so I would either plan on either snacking on them throughout the day to finish off the whole box by the end of the day, or remembering to refrigerate them throughout the day, or just assuming that you’re gonna have to throw some out.
3. bananas travel great and don’t get your hands sticky. I find apples, pears, and peaches to be messy and sticky, and thus not easy to carry. However, apples do travel well and are less messy than the other two, but you have to be aware of bruising. They also sell pre-sliced apples that you can grab and go, but these die faster.
4. They sell pre-sliced mango in small packages. These are great for grab&go because they keep well unrefrigerated for a long time, so you can just sit them at your desk and snack on them all day.
Post # 10
I like a banana and a pretzel (I live in Germany this is standard breakfast food) for a breakfast at my desk. Alternatively, I keep cereal (Special K red berries or museli) in my desk and then buy milk at the begining of the week so I can just have breakfast once I get to the office. Sometimes I’ll do whole wheat cracker/bread with cream cheese and jelly (stored in the office fridge).
I learned that it is important to eat something solid for breakfast in order to hold me until lunch. Today I had a banana and a kiwi and I was starving by lunch time.
Good post, I’m always interested in new on the go breakfast ideas.
Post # 11
These all can be made several days ahead: Hard boiled eggs, preportioned steel cut oats with some apple in it, pumpkin oatmeal topped with some pumpkin pie spiced greek yogurt, plain greek yogurt with some frozen berries, apple with a string cheese, whole wheat toast with some peanut butter (not too much!), an orange and 20 raw almonds, pumpkin pancakes (made with whole wheat flour (you dont need to much in the recipe I use), egg salad sandwich made with greek yogurt instead of mayo, egg burritos with eggs, salsa, canned black beans, hot sauce or whatever you like in a low carb small tortilla
Also, think outside the box… what about left over dinner? I do salads all the time for breakfast, chicken salads (made with greek yogurt not mayo), soups, casseroles etc
As you can see I am a fan of non-processed, low sugar everything as best as possible. A lot of the prepackaged oatmeals and flavored yogurts are really high in sugar and other chemcals
Post # 12
Boston Bee–I love the frittata idea! They look really tasty! Thanks!
Post # 13
I have two go-to breakfasts that I alternate.
1)Oatmeal, peanut butter, berries/fruit. I keep oatmeal packets at my desk, pour hot water over. Add in a spoonful of peanut butter for protein and flavor and mix in berries, or dried fruit, or half a banana.
2)Yogurt, honey, cereal, fruit. I start with plain, full fat yogurt. Add a little honey for a touch of sweetness, half a serving of a high protein cereal like kashi, and some berries or other fruits.
Post # 14
Thanks guys! These are some awesome ideas!
Post # 15
I Love english muffins (110 cal multi-grain) with some light butter, also some Eggo Whole Grain waffles with sugar free syrup…so yummy and easy!
Post # 16
i love fruit trays, you know the ones that you get with a little selection?melon/grapes/mango/ pineapple… they’re so good:)
i also like bananas, yogurt, healthy muffins etc:)