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Healthy On-the-Go Breakfast Ideas

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Eating breakfast everyday is one of the secrets of people who are able to maintain a healthy weight over their lifetime.  If you skip breakfast, you’re more likely to overeat later in the day and will probably end up eating more calories overall.  This makes it very hard to lose weight and keep it off, so if you don’t already eat something within an hour or so of waking up, it’s time to start now.

Since many of us don’t have time to sit down and have a real meal in the morning, here are some ideas for healthy breakfasts you can quickly grab and eat as you’re running out the door….

  • Corazonas Oatmeal Square + a peach
  • Baggie of 1 cup whole grain cereal (try Kashi Heart-to-Heart or Barbara’s Cinnamon Puffins) + 6oz container of yogurt (here’s how to pick out a healthy yogurt)
  • 5oz container 0% Greek yogurt (try Chobani) w/ 1/4 cup dried cranberries & chopped walnuts
  • 1 hard boiled egg + 1 piece whole grain toast (try Milton’s 100% whole wheat or Food for Life Ezekial bread)
  • Kashi TLC Crunchy Granola Bar + cup of coffee with 2% milk
  • Corazonas Oatmeal Square + a peach
  • 16 whole grain crackers + 2 wedges Laughing Cow Light cheese
  • 1 cup sliced strawberries + 1 string cheese
  • 2 pieces smoked salmon + 1 Tbsp light cream cheese on a piece of whole wheat toast
  • 2 individual containers applesauce + 10 walnut halves
  • Apple slices dipped in 1 individual container Kozy Shack chocolate pudding
  • 1 Luna Bar (try Nutz Over Chocolate or Chocolate Raspberry) + 3 apricots
  • 1/2 Avocado with dollop of salsa
  • PB+J on whole wheat (eat half for breakfast, half for mid-morning snack)
  • Glass of low-fat chocolate milk + 15 almonds
  • 1 cup Lifeway Kefir with 1/4 cup granola sprinkled on top
  • 2 Kashi GoLean frozen waffles, toasted
  • Breakfast burrito made with 1 steamed egg (scramble an egg in a mug and microwave 45-60 seconds or until fluffy), 2 Tbsp shredded cheddar, 2 Tbsp salsa
  • Quesadilla made with 2 corn tortillas and 1/4 cup shredded reduced-fat cheese, toasted in toaster oven then pressed together
  • Spread 1 dollop peanut butter on a whole wheat tortilla, layer with sliced apples or bananas, and roll into a burrito

If you’re looking for something at a coffee shop on your way somewhere, here are some ideas……

  • Starbucks spinach-tomato-egg wrap + Tall coffee with low-fat milk
  • Dunkin Donuts Egg white-veggie flatbread + small coffee w/ low-fat milk
  • Coffee Bean Small Vanilla or Mocha Ice Blended
  • Coffee Bean Small Tea Latte
  • McDonald’s Egg McMuffin w/ no butter + small coffee
  • Starbuck’s Tall Nonfat Latte + 1 eight-grain roll or half a whole wheat bagel
  • Jamba Juice 12oz Sunrise Strawberry yogurt blend (ask for 3 scoops ice if you want it thick like a regular Jamba smoothie)
  • Jamba Juice oatmeal with fruit topping
  • Panera Strawberry Granola Parfait

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