Yes, you've heard it before. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It's just plain good for you. It's gives you energy and jump starts your metabolism, and has been shown to improve concentration, lower cholesterol, and help in weight loss. But if you're anything like me, it takes every ounce of energy just to get to work on time in the morning, let alone feed yourself something healthy. I keep a stash of instant oatmeal at my desk, but here are some other ideas for quick and healthy breakfasts to eat on the go or at your desk.
- Drink it. No, not just coffee. I did that for years, and now I'm a 27-year-old with chronic heartburn. A low-fat yogurt smoothie is a great start to the morning; pick them up for around $1 each at the grocery store or make them the night before and grab it before you leave in the morning (try blending plain or flavored yogurt, frozen fruit, and soy milk). When shopping, keep an eye on the sugar content--you don't want to crash before lunch.
- Reheat it. Sure, an Eggo may seem boring, but how about with a smear of peanut butter instead of syrup? I like to heat up two frozen waffles and make a peanut butter sandwich. I also really like those frozen silver dollar pancakes. Get something in whole grain to make the meal stick, and avoid anything frosted.
- Make it (just not in the morning). Last year, we tried out Lifehacker's make-ahead breakfast burritos. Let me tell you--they're yum. Put your own twist on them for a quick breakfast that you can heat up in the break room. Eggs and meat give you some nice protein to start the day.
- Stay dry. I don't know about you, but I prefer my cereal milk-free. A box of Honey Bunches of Oats or Special K with red berries in my food drawer at work goes a long way, and also makes for a crunchy afternoon snack, too.
- Cooler than cool. Many foods are ready to eat out of the fridge, like yogurt or cottage cheese. If you have a fridge available at work, bring in a tub (usually cheaper than individual serving sizes) and scoop some out each morning. Sprinkle some dry cereal on top for crunch.
- A la carte. Can't help but stop by the coffee shop in the morning but don't want to fall prey to those sugary scones? Pick one small item (my favorite is biscotti) as a treat to supplement a healthier breakfast item like oatmeal or eggs.
- Fruit fix. If you like a sweet breakfast, keep a stash of bananas on hand. They're available just about year-round for pretty cheap, and are a great power food to start your day. Eat them alone or add them to your oatmeal or yogurt.
Do you eat breakfast in the mornings? What do you prepare and how long does it take?