10 On-The-Go Breakfasts. For Real.

Over the holidays, my sister and I were talking about breakfast (and haircuts and teeth whitening and a myriad of other things); but definitely breakfast. We were discussing how there are tons of great healthy “On the Go” breakfast ideas out there especially in the beginning of the year..but seriously, if I have to get out a chopping board, blender or a teaspoon (to measure the oil for my chopped vegetable omelet and chopped fruit smoothie) then that ain’t ON THE GO.

So we started discussing actual On The Go Breakfasts. The criteria were simple:
– Take 5 minutes or less
– Do not require more than 5 ingredients
– Do not require gadgets (see blender, teaspoons, waffle irons, etc).

So with this in mind, I present…..

10 On the Go Breakfasts. For Real.

Notes: You can speed up time even more with things like pre-portioned (or pre-sliced) almonds, nut butter, yogurt & cheese. More expensive than portioning at home; but you pay for convenience. A few items are noted as “LNL” meaning from Last Night’s Leftovers. A great way to use up dinner items in the am! You’ll see I like to use whole wheat pita here (ease of eating one-handed); but most of the other dishes can easily be carried or put into a Tupperware to be eaten at your desk.

Nuts, Cheese & Fruit

1 whole portable fruit (apple, orange, peach, plum, apricot, )
1 handful whole almonds (using the palm of your hand as a guide; not your football player roomie’s hand)
1 wedge of cheese (Laughing Cow or a wedge of your favorite cheese)
Pretty darn simple; but you hit all the nutritional high points (protein, fat and vitamins) and its delicious.

LNL: Chicken & Apricot Sandwich

1 leftover plain or seasoned chicken breast (or sliced deli chicken)
5 dried apricots
1/2 small whole wheat pita or small whole wheat tortilla
Honey or Honey mustard
Shred chicken breast (no chopping board!), add to pita along with  apricots. Drizzle on honey or honey mustard.

Dill Cottage Cheese & Crackers
1 scoop of Non-fat cottage cheese
Sprinkle each of Salt/Pepper/dried Dill Weed
8 whole wheat Melba Toasts for scooping
1 whole portable fruit
Season cottage cheese, scoop with crackers. Fruit on the side.

Egg Over SUPER Easy
Spritz of cooking spray
1 egg
1/2 small whole wheat pita or small whole wheat tortilla
1 wedge of cheese
1 whole fruit
Heat a small frying pan over medium heat. Spritz with cooking spray. Cook egg on one side until white is opaque (2 minutes). Flip over and cook another 20 seconds (yolk will be runny. Add to pita with cheese.
Fruit on the side.

Fluffy Eggs & Spinach
Spritz of cooking spray
2 eggs
handful baby spinach
1/2 small whole wheat pita or small whole wheat tortilla
1 whole fruit
Spritz a microwave-safe bowl with cooking spray. Add eggs, whisk briskly with a fork, season with salt and pepper.
Cook in the microwave for 2 minutes or until cooked through. Stuff spinach into pita add egg (the heat from the eggs will wilt the spinach).
Fruit on the side.

Old Faithful
Honestly, you can’t go wrong with any combination of oatmeal or whole-grain cereal, fruit and nut butter (and/or milk if that’s your thing). It’s a quick classic for a reason. 

Yogurt, Fruit & Flax Bowl
1 scoop of yogurt
small palmful of raisins or about 5 dried apricots
1 spoonful of Flaxmeal
drizzle of honey
Sprinkle yogurt with fruit, flax and honey.

LNL: Brown Rice Cereal

1 scoop leftover plain steamed brown rice
1 handful of whole almonds
1 dash cinnamon
Enough milk to almost cover rice
In a microwave bowl, mix rice, cinnamon and milk. Heat for 1.5 minutes until warmed through. Stir, add nuts.

NB & F
1/2 whole wheat pita
spoonful of nut butter
5 no-sugar-added apple or banana chips (or you can slice up fruit, but that violates the no-cutting board rule…)
sprinkle of cinnamon
I think you know how to put this one together

Fig & Ricotta Toasts
2 Whole Wheat or Rye Crackers (like Wasa)
2 spoonfuls non-fat ricotta
2 dried figs (or 4 dried apricots)
Drizzle of honey
Simply spread ricotta on crackers, add dried fruit and drizzle with honey (also great on whole wheat toast)


Now get moving, you’re late for work.


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