Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Tips and Trends: 5 Healthy On-the-Go Breakfast Options for the Busy Working Girl



During the work week, finding time to eat a healthy breakfast can seem almost impossible. Mornings are stressful, and sometimes grabbing a donut or muffin is all you can manage! Despite the craziness, having a healthy first meal of the day should be a priority. Here are 5 breakfast options that take no time at all, and are full of the healthy nutrients you need to jump start your day.

1. Protein Shake 


Shakes are a great way to get healthy protein into your diet first thing in the morning. I love to pre-cut fruit into freezer bags that are all ready to pop in the blender with almond milk and protein powder. Slice and freeze your fruit ahead of time so all you have to do it toss it into the blender with your favorite smoothie base and protein powder. You can also make the shake ahead of time and just grab it on your way out the door. 

Chocolate Banana Protein Shake 


2. Greek Yogurt (or Dairy Free Greek Yogurt) 


Greek yogurt is an amazing breakfast option. With twice the protein of regular yogurt, greek yogurt is filled with probiotic cultures that keep you full longer, and keep your digestion system running strong. I love to top my yogurt with a tablespoon of chia seeds, and a tablespoon of hemp seeds, or top with dried fruit and nuts. I keep greek yogurt stocked in the fridge, and measured out seeds and nuts in small zip lock containers ahead of time. In the morning just grab a greek yogurt, toss in your toppings and head out the door with a plastic spoon to eat on your way to work.

Chobani Natural Greek Yogurt 

3. Oatmeal with Healthy Toppings 


Oatmeal is a rich source of soluble fiber, and has been proven to help reduce cholesterol. Quick oats take only 2 minutes to cook in the microwave - it does not get any easier than that! Cook your quick oats in a microwave safe bowl with water for about 2 minutes or until thickened. Next stir in some cinnamon, raisins, walnuts and brown sugar for a delicious and filling breakfast in less than 3 minutes. Oatmeal is perfect for cold winter months, and you can experiment to create your own delicious oatmeal combinations. 

Oatmeal with Bananas and Walnuts

4. Mini Egg Frittatas 


These mini frittatas are so adorable and delicious. Bake a batch ahead of time in a muffin tin, and then heat one up in the morning for a quick and healthy breakfast. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a bowl mix together 8 eggs (or egg whites) 1/3 cup low fat mozzarella cheese, 4 ounces of organic chicken, salt and pepper to taste, 1/3 cup chopped tomatoes, 1/3 cup spinach and 1 tablespoon Herbs de Provence. Pour mixture into muffin tin, and bake for 8-10 minutes or until mixture sets. You can also try the recipe below for Ham & Cheese Frittatas from Cooking Light. 

Ham & Cheese Frittata Recipe: Cooking Light

5. Protein Bar 


If you are really pressed for time in the morning, the fastest and easiest breakfast solution is to grab a protein bar on the way to work. I love Think Thin Bars. They are full of up to 20 grams of protein with very little sugar to keep your glycemic index low. They are also certified gluten free. Another great option is all natural Lara bars. Lara Bars are also gluten free and made with only 4 ingredients. Find any of these bars at your local grocery store and stock up for those busy mornings. 

Think Thin Chunky Peanut Butter

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