Fly-out-the-door breakfasts that make you feel good

Breakfast is supposedly the most important meal of the day. But who has time to flip granola wheat pancakes before work in addition to showering, 30-minutes of primp time minimum, and snorting coffee fumes in between it all to become a human being before the day begins?

Many of us in this post-college, pre-kids phase of life are trying to start being somewhat responsible for our health and life balance, especially because it’s oh-so hot right now, but we’re not quite ready to sacrifice much needed Zzz’s to make it happen.

I have finally found a few healthy breakfasts that can keep me going without disturbing my hectic morning routine:

Fast and Pre-Planned: Organic Yogurt Parfait
An old favorite, the yogurt parfait is no new concept to most of us. But this is no high-fructose corn syrup, high-fat, mushy fruit fast-food solution to your morning hunger. It’s fresh. It’s natural. It’s delicious. It keeps you full. And it can be made before bed at night for a grab-and-go, eat-at-work breakfast.

On-the-go breakfasts

  • Fill a lid-clad container about 1/3 with plain, nonfat organic yogurt.
  • Add 1/4 cup blueberries (or any berries) and 1/4 cup strawberries, organic and fresh for maximum nutrition!
  • Seal up and throw in the fridge.
  • In your sleepy morning daze, add some organic honey-oat granola to the top (I like Cascadian Farms) and head out the door.
    (This step unfortunately must be done in the AM due to mush-tendencies)
  • Don’t forget a spoon!
  • Super-efficient tip: Make 5 of these on Sunday night and spend the time you saved on your weeknights enjoying some wine instead.

Kinda Fast: Cinnamon Oat Cereal with Fruit
If you have 10 minutes to sit and have a quick bite before you race out the door, this is a simple but value-added breakfast. The cinnamon on the cereal boosts your immunity and keeps your blood sugar even, the oats lower your cholesterol and give you the whole-grain energy you need to keep going all day, and the fruit is of course full of vitamins and/or antioxidants depending on which you pick. Add some skim milk and you’re fortified for the day!

  • 1 cup of cinnamon oat cereal (Kashi has a good one in the fall. General Mills also makes a high-fiber cinnamon oat cereal that’s delicious.)
  • 1/3 cup of blueberries or banana slices
  • 1/2 cup organic skim milk (avoid the extra hormones, take in the added vitamins!)
  • Super-efficient tip: Cereal boxes can be a pain, and most of us keep them on top of the fridge almost out of reach — talk about a bad morning waiting to happen! Keep your cereal in a sealed ingredient jar on your counter like you would flour or coffee, with a handy 1-cup scoop, for easy access!

Supersonic: High-Fiber Granola Bar and a Banana

Banana
Ok, this one needs no explanation.

  • Grab some Kashi granola bars or your grocery store brand (Target has a  yummy apple streusel flavor! It’s not organic but it’s mostly natural, full of fiber to keep you full, and naturally delicious).
  • Grab a banana, the world’s easiest fruit to eat on the go (it also helps ease any workout cramps you might be having if you were really ambitious the day before)
  • Head out!
  • Super-efficient tip: Stash granola bars in your office drawer for those running-late mornings and mid-morning hunger fits!

Get healthy, stay full and get to work on time yuppies!

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About Chloe

I'm a writer, editor and constant student of living (and eating) better. I currently work as an HR communications specialist in downtown Minneapolis, MN, with my very non-writery husband and a gruff little Scottish Terrier named Ginny. View my professional portfolio at http://wordtastic.wordpress.com, or my linked in profile at http://www.linkedin.com/in/chloeaoneill/.

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