Just because you’re rushing to get out the door in the morning, doesn’t mean that your nutrition has to suffer. Think on your feet and use these simple tips to keep away from high-fat, fast food breakfasts, or skipping breakfast all together. Check out our make-ahead tips and last-minute timesavers to get you on your way on time, and well nourished.
Tip: Spend a few minutes over the weekend or on your day off and plan your meals ahead of time. You’ll save money, calories, and your morning sanity!
3 make-ahead timesavers:
Frozen breakfast burritos
Prepare breakfast burritos ahead of time using lean turkey bacon, scrambled eggs, light cheese, and hot sauce. Wrap in a whole wheat wrap and seal with a paper towel and aluminum foil then place in a freezer bag and then in the freezer. In the morning, take one out of the freezer, remove the aluminum foil, and heat in the microwave for 1-2 minutes. Try Sammie’s Breakfast Burritos.
Peanut butter and banana sandwich
Whole grain bread, natural peanut butter, and sliced banana make a protein-rich breakfast that will keep you energized. Make sandwiches the night before and place in sealed sandwich bags. Keep refrigerated and eat cold or heat up in the toaster oven in the morning.
In a reusable container, layer whole grain cereal or low-fat granola with your favorite yogurt and fresh berries. Make a few of these on Sunday to grab and go on the mornings that you’re running late.
Tip: Even if you aren’t make-ahead savvy, you can still plan for healthy, easy breakfasts. Single-serving items and ready-to-eat fruits will be your breakfast lifesavers.
3 last-minute timesavers:
String cheese, apple, and roasted nuts:
A single serving of string cheese provides protein and calcium. Add the nutrients of a fresh apple and the cholesterol-fighting powers of nuts, and you’ve got a wholesome breakfast on the go.
Cottage cheese and whole wheat crackers
Filled with protein and low in calories, cottage cheese is an excellent way to fuel yourself for the day ahead. Add the crunch of whole wheat crackers, or try plain melba toast with low-sugar jam for added sweetness.
Combine a packet of instant breakfast powder and low-fat or soy milk for a quick shake on the go. Add flavor by tossing in a handful of frozen berries for an antioxidant boost and added sweetness.