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MEGAMOM134 Posts: 30
7/5/13 11:01 A

I love all the idea's, especially the oatmeal in a jar. Thanks everyone.

CHRISTY_DAWN_ SparkPoints: (233)
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7/5/13 10:56 A

Wow! Thanks everyone! So many options - everything from "grab a piece of fruit" to "prepare and freeze gourmet food". I think these message boards are a great idea. Sometimes it just takes another perspective. emoticon

7/5/13 10:45 A

I scramble 2 eggs and one wedge of Laughing Cow cheese (broken up) in an oversized soup cup, then microwave for about 1.5 minutes. The cheese gives it a creamier texture. For a little kick, I also add a little bit of Mrs. Dash Fiesta Lime seasoning, or green Tabasco sauce.

KELLYB92 Posts: 3
7/5/13 10:43 A

If I have time to eat at home, my favorite is Greek yogurt + fruit + a little bit of granola.

BUSYGRANNY5 SparkPoints: (517,517)
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7/5/13 9:46 A

Great breakfast options listed!!

KIRSTENCO SparkPoints: (11,539)
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7/5/13 7:38 A

Herbalife shake with soy milk is the ideal breakfast on the go - takes less than a minute to make!!!! And it's delicious!!!!! emoticon

JENNNIC1 SparkPoints: (7,432)
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7/5/13 4:21 A

Bagel thins n spray butter!

KINKAIDFAMILY4 SparkPoints: (0)
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7/4/13 8:01 P

I love to make a breakfast quesadilla it keeps me full for hours. 3 egg whites, 1 Jennie O lean sausage link chopped, 1/8c Sargento Reduced fat cheese, and a Mission Artisan Flaxseed and Blue Corn tortilla = 236 calories!

Breakfast of champions! Don't let the looks of this breakfast deceive you! It's only 300 calories! 2 Jennie O lean turkey sausage links, 4 egg whites, small slice of cheddar, 1/2 sourdough English muffin and 1/4 cup of blueberries. Finish off with coffee with 1tbls sugar free creamer.

Egg sandwiches:
Healthy version of the McGriddle! Cinnamon raisin English muffin, poached egg, .5 oz cheddar cheese, turkey or vegetarian sausage patty and 1tbls sugar free syrup = 355 calories, 12g fat, 34 carbs, 23g pro. The real McGriddle has 560 calories, 32 g fat, 48 carbs, and 20g pro!

Poached egg on sourdough English muffin with 2 slices Kumato tomato, 1/4 tsp basal mic glaze, garlic salt, 4 basil leaves and 1 tbls whipped cream cheese = 222 calories. Add 2 fresh apricots from my neighbors back yard = 256 calories total!

CHARLOTTE1947 SparkPoints: (44,675)
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7/4/13 1:11 P

Grab an Ensure High Protein shake when you're in need of a quick breakfast on the go.

MRSFITCH12 SparkPoints: (0)
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7/4/13 12:45 P

I love rice chex! One whole cup, 100 calories! Slice a banana on it, and you're good to go! :)

SPOONGIRLDEB SparkPoints: (67,777)
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7/4/13 12:20 P

I have two quick and easy breakfast "go tos". First one is steel cut oats - this website has the BEST and EASIEST way to make it!

Pop some in the microwave when you wake up, stir in fruit or honey or nuts (or eat plain - personally I add some almond milk and raw honey - YUM), and you are all set! I got the wide-mouthed jars, they fit perfectly in my cup holder in the car, and I have become adept at eating it while driving (what can I say, I don't like waking up early LOL).

Second one is scrambled eggs with veggies. I will saute up a bunch of finely diced onions, peppers, mushrooms, and zucchini (can use whatever veggies you want), then refrigerate/freeze in tupperware (the glass mason jars would work as well I suspect, although I'm not sure you can freeze in those). Then in the morning I pop one in the microwave for 30-60 sec (depending on if frozen or not), then add 1-2 eggs, stir well, and microwave until cooked (usually about 60-90 seconds - stir and check every 30 sec until done). I can also manage to eat this while driving :-).

GOLDTREEFROG87 SparkPoints: (12,895)
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7/4/13 11:29 A

Lately I can't get enough of Special K's flat bread breakfast sandwiches. They have a couple of flavors, one even meat-free, and they taste great! They microwave in about a minute and a half. So easy and so good. They're perfect for someone like me who is bad at planning.

NILLAPEPSI SparkPoints: (119,935)
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7/4/13 7:41 A

My go-to breakfast is plain greek yogurt with a bit of local honey, 1/8 a cup of pumpkin seeds & 1/4 cup of a high fiber cereal (this week it's multigrain cheerios). I'll have some blueberries or cantaloupe on the side.

CARRIENIGN SparkPoints: (99,686)
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7/3/13 6:26 P

I work 12s, too, so I understand! Some of the quick and easy go-to meals I like are bagel thins with reduced fat cream cheese or peanut butter (try Jif whips peanut butter--half the calories and tastes exactly like normal PB!), Greek yogurt, or if time gets super tight my last resort is a Slimfast or Special K protein shake, the kind that comes already prepared in a bottle. I also try to pre-make stuff like a lot of other people suggested so I can grab and go in the moment. It's amazing how much a little preparation can really help!

ANNEMARGO Posts: 450
7/3/13 5:50 P

I like to mix muesli, plain nonfat greek yogurt, and chopped fruit in a jelly jar and leave in the fridge overnight. Very tasty and pretty portable. Or some kind of nut butter and half a banana on whole wheat toast. (If you have time on the weekends, you could also make homemade healthy muffins--sweet or savory--wrap them, toss them in a big freezer bag, then just take them out and zap them quickly each day.)

Edited by: ANNEMARGO at: 7/3/2013 (18:21)
SWANATOPIA Posts: 1,049
7/3/13 2:50 P

On Sunday, before I go to bed, I prepare oatmeal with peanut butter in it. I pour them into muffin pan with liners and throw them in the fridge. Takes 5 minutes, if that. All through the week, I grab one or two and go, go, go!

7/3/13 2:21 P

I don't like cooked oatmeal. I do 1/3 cup of old-fashioned oats (rolled oats, not instant or steel-cut) in a mug with a tablespoon of almond butter. Stir into a sticky lump and enjoy.

NANLEYKW SparkPoints: (76,244)
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7/3/13 2:13 P

My breakfast mainstay is a whole wheat bagel, toasted, with peanut butter. Quick, easy, delicious, and filling! I have breakfast around 7:30, and I'm not hungry again until around noon. You could skip toasting it if that makes it less fast than you were hoping, but I like getting the peanut butter all melty. :)

Yogurt is also ridiculously quick and easy, and when you put some granola and fresh fruit in it, although that takes a little more effort/time, it's even better. It's probably more portable than the bagel.

Another fast, easy, super-portable idea is hard-boiled eggs. If you boil a dozen or so when you have time, you just have to grab one out of the fridge and go.

NICKYCRANE SparkPoints: (86,298)
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7/3/13 1:18 P

I usually have meals I can justnheat up. Quiche, better breakfast casserole, 5 ingredient soup. Now we have nice tomatoes, l have had a slice of bread and something, and eaten a tomato with it, like a fruit. I dont have a microwave, but these all heat up on griddle or frying pan while the coffee is brewing. I pour the soup over a cup of chopped lettuce to up the vegs.

JAMIRBLAZE Posts: 1,784
7/3/13 11:35 A

My days aren't quite as long, but I do as little as possible in the morning before work. I've been doing baked oatmeal lately. Precook 2 c. oatmeal, add egg whites equivalent to 6 eggs (18T), 40g of raisins, 40g of dried cranberries, 1/2c. fat free greek yogurt, a tablespoon of brown sugar, a little cinnamon, and a bit of vanilla and almond extracts. I pour it into a 9 in square pan prepped with cooking spray and bake at 350F for 30 minutes. I precut into 6 portions (and place in individual containers) for around 200 calories. The whole process takes maybe 15-20 minutes of active work. (Hint: I cook the oatmeal and throw in the fruit right as it finishes so that it softens. I then wait 10-15 minutes for it to cool before adding the other ingredients so that I don't scramble the eggs.) I grab a slice in the AM with some fruit and take it to work where I heat it for a minute in the microwave. You can feel free to add your own fruit, spices, etc. I've been thinking of trying a banana nut version with mashed bananas and a bit of toasted walnuts or a pumpkin nut version with canned pumpkin, pumpkin spice and toasted nuts.

I have also premade portions of egg whites and veggies to be microwaved in the morning with fruit. Or green smoothies that I have blended the night before.

BANDOMOM1 SparkPoints: (3,254)
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7/3/13 9:50 A

Oatmeal, with a handful of blueberries. Keeps me full for 4-to 5 hours...

UNCANNIE SparkPoints: (40,529)
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7/3/13 9:46 A

I bake eggs ahead of time in a pam sprayed jumbo muffin tin. Break the yolk and bake about 12 minutes at 350 degrees. You can add chopped fresh spinach, cheese, or Canadian bacon. They keep in the fridge, and nuke in about 30 secs. Eat on a toasted English muffin or pop into a soft pita. Add a slice of 2% cheese or Canadian bacon for more protein. Quick and yummy!

PINK4YOUTOO Posts: 508
7/3/13 8:23 A

Love English Muffins toasted and cook an egg in a Tupperware soup container with a lid for about 40-45 seconds. Top with piece of cheese or meat or both and walah!! Add some fruit and good to go!!

7/3/13 8:11 A

I like to make parfaits with some greek yogurt, berries, and a either store-bought or homemade granola. You could make it the night before and have it ready for the morning. You can also make omlets in muffin pans and reheat one or two each morning. They go well from the freezer or the refrigerator to the microwave!

7/3/13 7:23 A

Smoothies made with frozen fruit and milk in a mason jar and/or breakfast burritos. (make ahead and freeze) I keep cut up fruit in a baggie in my freezer so it's always ready to go. I fill a regular mouth pint size mason jar half full with milk, add the frozen fruit, screw on the blade from the blender, and whirrrrrrr!! Add a straw and your ready to go. You can also make the breakfast burritos ahead of time and freeze them. Microwave for minute, check, then another 30 seconds if needed.

BEFFI38 Posts: 7
7/3/13 12:09 A

Luckily, we have a microwave in the break room at work. I have oatmeal with a snack cup of applesauce added to it every morning. Yum!

Edited by: BEFFI38 at: 7/3/2013 (00:09)
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7/2/13 11:31 P

ALIHIKES Posts: 4,292
7/2/13 11:00 P

My usual quick breakfast in the car meals are:
peeled hard boiled egg and fruit
nuts and dried fruit
brown rice cake with peanut butter or almond butter; or sometime avocado

PEACEFULONE SparkPoints: (73,804)
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7/2/13 10:37 P

My favorite quick breakfast is 15 grain bread toasted with a tablespoon of natural peanut butter.

AZULVIOLETA6 SparkPoints: (0)
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7/2/13 10:31 P

I make oatmeal in the microwave. 1/2 C old-fashioned oatmeal (keep a scoop in the container for convenience) plus a few raisins or crasins (these keep it from boiling over) water (not sure exactly how much I use...maybe about 1/2 C) and then I zap it for 2:22.

Fruit and yogurt or cottage cheese is also quick.

I also love queso fresco with fresh fruit, but am often tempted to eat way too much cheese if I do this

SKABELS2 Posts: 77
7/2/13 10:25 P

I've been doing the overnight oatmeal too. 1/2 c. milk and 1/2 c. oats - stir, put in fridge. Add some fruit and nuts the next morning, and a tsp of maple syrup and eat on the go. No cooking. It's a little hard to eat in the car, but I've managed to make it work. ;)

Also, look at There are several options that I have saved which look quick and easy, such as eggs & oats, oatmeal smoothie, green smoothie, smoothies galore . . . .

In addition, I've been buying Wasa Sourdough crisps. Top 2 crackers with deli meat and cheese, grab a banana, and I'm out the door.

DJRIMER SparkPoints: (3,956)
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7/2/13 5:59 P

I don't do well with processed foods, gluten, or dairy. I order Flax Seed Granola from Columbia County Bread & Granola online and serve it with fresh blueberries and Rice Dream or Almond Milk for a quick and delicious breakfast during the week.

KNUCKLES145 Posts: 16,083
7/2/13 5:31 P

one cup greek style fat free yogurt with one cup berries (I prefer fresh, but frozen works) the greek yogurt has twice the protein so stays with you longer.

another favorite is peanut butter on whole grain toast. add in a glass of milk or a piece of fruit and you have a quick easy fairly filling breakfast

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7/2/13 5:00 P

When I'm running out the door late, I usually grab a hard boiled egg, a LF cheese stick and a cup of chopped fruit (prepared on the weekends).

Or I'll grab a cup of cereal (or 1/2 cup granola) (already measured and in reusable containers), with a container or yogurt and a fruit.

Oatmeal is another staple of mine:
1/2 cup oatmeal, 1 cup water, nuke for 2 minutes. Add 1Tbsp peanut butter and berries.

If I have time on the weekend, sometimes I will make mini crustless quiches (in muffin tins), then put into containers for a grab and go breakfast.

In a real pinch, I might just grab a premade protein shake or a luna protein bar, but I try to avoid those as regular breakfast items.

** In generally, any breakfast can be fast if you plan ahead and make it easy for when you don't have time to prepare/measure/etc.

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7/2/13 4:50 P

I love sandwiches for breakfast. PB&J, turkey, ect. They're easy to eat in the car and quick to slap together in the morning, or you could make it the night before.

Or a pre-hardboiled egg and a piece of fruit.

TRYJESUS2DAY SparkPoints: (12,948)
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7/2/13 4:06 P

1 cup of Kashi cereal with 1 cup of skim or 1% milk OR

I large boiled egg, 1 slice of 100% whole wheat toast with 1 tsp. apple butter and fresh fruit OR

2 medium scrambled eggs with 2 green onions and 1/4 cups mushrooms folded in with 1 slice of 100% whole wheat toast with apple butter

Edited by: TRYJESUS2DAY at: 7/2/2013 (16:09)
BAREFOOT-LISA Posts: 1,412
7/2/13 2:36 P

The easiest and fastest breakfast I make are crustless quiche cups.
Yes, you have have to make them on a weekend or something, but honestly, they take 35 minutes, total cooking time and prep.
Here is what I do:

Buy 1 small carton of egg beaters.
A handful of chopped green veggie of your choice (bell peppers, spinach, kale, broccoli etc)
A handful of chopped onion
A handful of meat (crumbled bacon, diced ham, shredded chicken, whatevers on hand)
A cup of shredded cheese (cheddar, swiss, feta, gouda.... whatever)
salt and pepper to taste

Preheat over to 425. Mix all ingredients and egg beaters together in large bowl. Spray a muffin pan. Scoop mixture, using a half cup measuring cup into the muffin spaces.
Bake for 30 minutes or until browned on top. Let cool and freeze.
Nuke in the morning for 1 minute. yum yum

BUNNYKICKS Posts: 2,433
7/2/13 2:35 P

Bagel and peanut butter - quick to assemble, packs well, super-filling.

Yogurt and fruit (and oats or granola) - very little prep, can be made the night before (i.e. this "overnight oatmeal" you will hear spoken of), easy to customize based on what kind of fruit you have handy. (Even if you have no fruit - just oats and raisins works in a pinch!).

I make a homemade egg mcmuffin in about 3 minutes flat (my son loves these). In the freezer I have english muffins and pre-cooked bacon; in the fridge i have eggs and cheese slices. Defrost the muffin for about 15 seconds (till you can split it in half) and toast it; while it's in the toaster, heat the bacon in a small frying pan, then set it aside and fry the egg. While the egg sets, unwrap the cheese slice and lay it on the muffin, which will be popping up right about now. lay on the bacon. By which point the egg is probably done and you can finish assembling the sandwich. You can eat this in the car on the go if you must (though it's nicer to spend 5 minutes eating it at the table).

CELIGIRL88 Posts: 1
7/2/13 2:25 P

I would try oatmeal or Clif bars. I have both at work and I love them. The oatmeal I can make quickly and eat it in a couple minutes if need be. The Clif bars are great because you can also eat them quickly but they fill you up. I'm usually good until lunch time if I eat one of those in the morning. I second the person that said getting the frozen breakfast sandwiches as well.

SUNDROP9 SparkPoints: (24,008)
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7/2/13 12:56 P

I bought an microwave egg cooker that cooks an egg like an Egg McMuffin. It takes 60 seconds! I got it at Target. I add a piece of cheese and a whole wheat english muffin.

SPARKLES1382 Posts: 611
7/2/13 12:08 P

Special K makes these awesome little breakfast sandwiches now that are over in the frozen food department of the grocery store. Smart Ones also has a line of frozen breakfast items that are low in fat and calories. They've got breakfast burritos, french toast, and some turkey sausage muffin sandwiches that are actually pretty good.

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7/2/13 11:40 A

There are some pretty neat recipes to make your own granola bars out there... (I use and Also, are you a fan of eggs? If I know I'm gonna have a busy week, I'll scramble up a whole bunch of eggs (and/or just egg whites if you want it to be more low-cal/fat), whatever veggies I like, perhaps some turkey sausage or bacon, a little cheese... 400ยบ in the oven in a muffin pan for about 20 minutes. Let 'em cool, then put them in the fridge. Zap one (or however many) in the microwave for a minute for a super quick meal. I've kept them for a week in the fridge without them going bad, but I'm feeding 6 and things don't tend to last that long.

EARTH-ANGEL Posts: 310
7/2/13 11:13 A

Salad! (yes! you can have it for breakfast) or a piece of fruit? both pretty quick options.

KAT321123 Posts: 203
7/2/13 10:21 A

I'm going to second the oatmeal suggestion. I do an overnight oatmeal that takes about 30 seconds to prepare and about 1 minute to cook. I know oatmeal might be tough during a commute but my guess is, with your work schedule, you're a pro at eating during your travel time!

Savory oatmeal: Take rolled oats and broth in a 1:2 ratio (or oats and water plus a pinch of bouillon) and put in the fridge overnight. Microwave for about one minute and add some quick-cooking veggies (I use baby spinach and frozen peas) and microwave for another 15 seconds or so.
Sweet oatmeal: Take rolled oats and milk/non-dairy milk in a 1:2 ratio and add some small fruit pieces (cut up peaches, frozen strawberries, whatever). Microwave for about one minute. Optionally add some maple syrup, honey, or sugar OR a few chocolate chips.

JENNILACEY SparkPoints: (81,972)
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7/2/13 10:20 A

Google overnight (or refrigerator) oatmeal :)

KDYLOSE Posts: 1,625
7/2/13 10:19 A

You could bake your own breakfast bars on a weekend, freeze, and just nuke one on the run. I practically live out of my freezer this way - everything's made from scratch in big batches, then portioned out into plastic sandwich baggies stored in gallon freezer bags.

WADINGMOOSE Posts: 1,048
7/2/13 10:19 A

I'm a huge fan of smoothies, especially if it's something you want to take on your commute with you. The one I made this morning was 1/2 a banana, 1 tbsp Peanut butter, 1 cup milk, 3/4 of a scoop of chocolate protein powder and a handful of ice. I've also added flaxseed or cooked (usually the night before and refrigerated) oatmeal to my smoothies.

I also like fruit and greek yogurt.

If you give yourself a couple of extra minutes at home, you can microwave an egg, throw it on a toaster waffle and top it with salsa.

COREY04 Posts: 80
7/2/13 10:14 A

I make my own oatmeal. It cooks for 5 minutes. 1/2 cup oats boil in 1 cup of water for 5 minutes.I use rolled oats. After 5 minutes, I might put 2 oz of milk, 1 tbsp of raw honey and 1/4 cup of blueberries.
I won't start my day without it.

DCC_85 Posts: 1,149
7/2/13 10:01 A

It's not a miracle breakfast, but when I am in a hurry I eat a hard boiled egg & maybe a slice of cheese. I boil 6 eggs at a time so they don't go bad. Today I ate one with some cheese (not much) I don't feel hungry at all.

CHRISTY_DAWN_ SparkPoints: (233)
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7/2/13 9:58 A

I work about 12+ hours a day and am always on-call. I have limited extra time to spend cooking and preparing meals, and my diet shows it! Because of the long hours, I try to sleep every extra minute possible in the mornings, and usually end up having to skip breakfast. I have tried cereal bars, granola bars etc... but my body does not respond well to a lot of preservatives (I have fibromyalgia and lots of preservatives cause major flare-ups). Does anyone have any suggestions for the miracle breakfast that is healthy, low fat, low preservatives, takes virtually no time to prepare and can be consumed easily during my mercifully short 5 minute commute?

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