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Quick and Healthy Breakfast Ideas

Eat Right, Even When There's No Time


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  • KCP332
    I make up my own "instant" oatmeal packets in ziploc bags. I use 1/3 cup quick oats, 1/4 cup nonfat dry milk, a teaspoon of unpacked brown sugar, and a dash of cinnamon. In the morning, I can eat as is by just adding 2/3 cup of water and microwaving. Or I can throw in whatever fruits and/or nuts I feel like. The other day I premade packets with raisins and walnuts- SUPER easy to fix in the morning, hearty, delicious, and a lot less weird ingredients than other "instant" oatmeals.
  • I love lots of protein early in the day, it keeps me feeling full and energized. I don't understand how people get by on a bowl of cereal for breakfast and a green salad for lunch and then only have any protein at dinner. My favourite quickie breakfast ... 1 cup of 1% cottage cheese with fruit ie: a banana and/or peaches and/or plums, and/or kiwis. I also add a couple of tablespoons of homemade low sugar apple sauce and sprinkle of hemp hearts Yum. On weekends it's an omelet stuffed with stir fried veggies and a sprinkle of shredded cheese, add half a whole wheat english muffin and some yogurt and it's done.
    I have been reading all these Idea's.. and I have found....
    Breads, Fruits, and Oats starve me to death. Quickly.. they are what is
    making you hungry b/4 the next meal.. just my 2 cents I found out
    for myself..I now eat very low carb and am never hungry..
    have a super day
  • I always eat breakfast on the days that I work. I know I will be expending many more calories during those days than I do the days that I don't work. The most I work in one week is 4 days, so those are generally the only days I actually eat a breakfast.

    My favorite breakfast? Frozen whole wheat waffles topped with peanut butter and a piece of fruit.
    I'm also a huge fan of eggs, turkey sausage, rice, and sugar free maple syrup, all mixed together. That's my favorite morning Breakfast scramble.
  • well if I dont eat my eggs in the morning ( earlie morning, before 8 ) I will be starving by 10 or 10:30 am so what I do is, chop veggies and have them in containers in the fridge and in the morning after the gym I get home and put everything in the skillet and my eggs and it is quick. sometimes I boil eggs and just leave them in the fridge for when I need them.
  • Sometimes bananas start to "go" in my house before I'm ready to eat them. I pop them in the freezer and use them later for smoothies. It's quick and I don't have to add much ice.
  • I've found that even with eating an omelet with a side of fruit, that I sometimes get hungry before lunch and break out the grapes. As for finding time, a recent article on the Kennebunkport Bicycle Shop in an online magazine whose title escapes me right now, brings the not enough time argument to a grinding halt. GWBush uses the shop as his mountain biking base when in Maine, and Brandon the owner rides with the former POTUS, who according to Brandon is an excellent mt bike rider. Anyway, George once told Brandon that if he can find the time to ride anyone can.
  • I agree that eating a healthy breakfast is very important. But some of these ideas don't seem very "quick" (omelet with fresh vegetables?). And other ideas involve time-consuming activities the night before (casserole, muffins?). An extra problem for me is that I don't live in the US, so I can't buy any of the products mentioned that are healthy breakfast options (eg, breakfast cereal, quick cooking oatmeal, etc). I try things like hard-boiling eggs ahead of time, and eating one with a slice of whole-grain toast; making bran muffins -- but it gets very boring to have only a few options that are truly healthy AND quick.
  • When I eat grains for breakfast, I often end up sleepy. I would opt for more protein-rich options.
  • If I really feel like I'm going to be pressed for time, I make some kind of muffin. I've made muffins with a 30 oz. can of canned pumpkin, 4 eggs, and 6 scoops of protein powder, plus pie spices. Those are pretty tasty, so long as you bake them in lightly greased or non-stick sprayed muffin tins instead of in muffin papers. Or I make egg muffins with tons of veggies.

    But quite honestly, breakfast doesn't take that long to make. I find it's the quickest meal of the day. I agree with BurritaElita. It only takes me about five minutes to make some scrambled eggs with frozen veggies or a smoothie before I head out the door. Any excuse for not eating breakfast, other than simply not being hungry, is just that -- an excuse.
  • My two favorites are "Quick Breakfast to Go," in Eat for Health, vol. 2 by Joel Fuhrman, and "Chocolate Blueberry Smoothie" in Eat for Health, vol. 2. Both are excellent.

    I would add that if you don't have enough time for breakfast, reconsider. Your health (and happiness) may depend on getting up 15-30 min. earlier, a small change in your lifestyle with big pay-offs.
    Love everybodies breakfast ideas. Two of my favorites are: 1/2 cup old fashioned oatmeal cooked with 1/2 cup water and 1/2 skim milk. Add 1/2 cup blueberries, cinnamon, vanilla, whey low gold brown sugar and 1 tblsp sliced amonds. Add 1/4 cup skim milk if the oatmeal is too thick. Very filling and 325 calories. My other favorite is a homemade egg mcmuffin. 1 egg, sauted until the yellow is not runny, 1 or 2 slices of turkey bacon, 1 slice low fat cheddar cheese on 1 sandwich flat for a total of 250 calories. Add 1/2 cup blackberrries or strawberries and that takes me to lunch.
    I'm surprised the article didn't mention microwave oatmeal! I eat the OatRevolution brand (and add my own flaxseed meal). The pouch the oatmeal comes in measures the water and there are so many yummy, healthy flavors (even the OatAbundance which has several different whole grains in it) to choose from. Plus, eighty seconds gives me time to scramble an egg if I'm extra hungry that morning.
    For breakfast, I like to make what I call my half & half smoothie. In a blender, I put 1/2 cup of milk (or Greek yogurt, if you want it thicker), 1/2 cup of orange juice, 1/2 cup of cooked steel-cut oatmeal (I make mine at night with raisins or prunes and refrigerate it), 1/2 banana (usually frozen), and 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon. I whirl all of these ingredients together, pour into a pretty container and drink as I travel. I also bring along with me a handful of walnuts--yummy! On other days, I put into a blender a couple of chunks of watermelon, about 4-6 frozen strawberries, a big chunk of peeled cucumber and a fresh basil leaf or two. Whirl away, and you have a semi-sweet, good-for-your drink. Along with this smoothie, I will usually have a boiled egg or a bowl of cereal (or oatmeal or Malt-o-Meal) with milk and cinnamon and nuts sprinkled on top in order to get my protein and carbs!

    Bon appetit!!!
  • My grab-n-go, eat it in the car during the commute favorite is a small 100 calorie bagel with low-fat peanut butter and a banana. Yum. If I have 10 minutes I'll microwave 1/4 cup Egg Beaters or 1 egg. When cooked through I'll add 1 piece of 2% American cheese and let it melt. This and 1/2 c. low fat vanilla soy milk and I'm happy for about 3 hours. Mid-morning, a banana if I'm really hungry.

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