Putting the “fast” in breakfast

February 24, 2011 at 1:36 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Hey everyone! Amelia here, I hope your week is off to a much more relaxing start than mine so far. Because Wednesday is smack-dab in the middle of the week, it tends to be a hectic time for a lot of people. You’re either attempting to make deadlines, planning out your weekend, or a combination of the two. For this reason, I’ll be taking Wednesday’s to update you with helpful hints on how to stay healthy on the go. Posts could be anything from the easist low-maintenance snack options or eating from a vending machine, to  the best picks off of a menu or ordering fast food the right way.

I’m positive you’ve heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Unfortunately, it’s often one of the most inconvenient too. Let’s face it, you’re running out the door with your mind (and hands) packed full with the day ahead of you. You definitely don’t have time to mess with this:

Thankfully, there are some options that will get you out the door when you’re in a crunch. Below are a couple items that don’t need any prep time, and you can stock up on them from the grocery store

  • Bars are by far the easiest breakfast solution. You can find a wide variety that fit your individual nutritional needs (low calorie, high protein, etc). Prevention outlines what you should look for in a bar: less than 15 g sugar and at least 5 g of protein and fiber. One delicious bar that makes the cut and will keep you full? Cliff.

  • A piece of fruit. Whatever you prefer, whether it’s an apple, banana, pear or orange. If you’re low on funds stick with a banana, which are usually around 49 cents per pound. If you’d like to add some healthy fats, bring a travel size peanut or almond butter along.

If you prefer picking something up on the way out, some fast food chains surprisingly do a decent job with breakfast

  • The Starbucks Protein Artisan Snack Plate includes a hard-boiled egg, grapes, sliced apple, white cheddar and multigrain muesli bread with honey peanut butter on the side. With 13 g of protein, it’s a great option to start off your day. If 370 calories or 19 g of fat is too much for you, try using only half of the peanut butter and only eat the egg whites.

  • Fruit and Maple Oatmeal! That’s right, now at McDonalds and only $1.99. I actually tried this on my last road trip and I was pleasantly surprised. It tastes a lot like oatmeal you’d make at home, with fresh craisins and apple pieces. If you’re watching your sugar intake consider leaving out the brown sugar topping, but for 290 calories and only 4.5 g of fat this is a perfect option. Next time you find yourself at the golden arches, consider swapping your McGriddle for this nutritious treat. You’ll be doing your body a favor with the fresher ingredients and you’ll still be feeling full long afterward.

Well, there you have it. If you’re curious about more fast food options you can find additional info here. Feel free to comment if there’s something you’d really like to see, I’ll do my best to incorporate into a future post. Enjoy the weekend ahead of you! I know I’ll be taking the extra time to savor my morning treats.



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  1. I eat this at least three times a week.

  2. Another quick and healthy breakfast suggestion: yogurt! I’m obsessed with Dannon’s light and fit individual yogurts that I can grab on-the-go! With only 80 calories, 0% fat and several delicious flavors, I find myself relying on these when I’m in a hurry. I definitely recommend trying them!

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