BREAKFAST ON THE GO
We know you’re busy, that’s why we we’re sharing six simple tips to make sure you always have an easy and healthy breakfast on the go. Keep reading to learn more!
1. Plan Ahead.
This may sound like a no-brainer, but thanks to our busy lifestyles and early mornings, it has become way too easy (and super common) to forget about breakfast altogether. Of course you might eventually remember, but usually only right when the hunger pains start to hit you on your AM commute. Once you’re out of the house and in the great big world of temptation, there are endless options for breakfast, but not always healthy ones.
Planning ahead isn’t a one-size fits all model — you may be the type of person that needs to think long-term and plan your breakfasts out on the weekend, or it may be easier for you to think more short-term and plan the next day’s breakfast every evening. Test each option out and see what works best for your schedule. Either way you cut it, when you plan out your breakfasts ahead of time you’re giving yourself a much better chance at choosing nutrient-dense foods that will keep you fueled and focused throughout your busy days. The best part? When you know you have breakfast taken care of, that’s one less thing you have to worry about before you head out the door. Less to do in the morning = more time for sleeping.
2. Keep it Simple.
Breakfast may seem intimidating because it holds the title for most important meal of the day, but it really shouldn’t be. There are so many benefits of breakfast, and just because your morning meal is important doesn’t mean it has to be extravagant. Nowadays, it’s even easier to get caught up in this idea with the rise of “Instagram-worthy” dishes, but remember that a pretty meal does not always equal a healthy one. When you rely on real ingredients for breakfast it doesn’t matter what your breakfast looks like, just that you’re eating it. Avocado toast, oatmeal, chia pudding, fresh fruit and plant-based yogurt are just some of the minimalistic dishes that taste great but also add up to a well-balanced breakfast.
3. Shop Smart.
Waking up and cooking isn’t everyone’s idea of a good time, and even if it is, most people don’t have time in their mornings to whip up a meal, even if it’s a simple one. The good thing is that being on-the-go doesn’t have to mean that you can’t eat a healthy breakfast. The trick is to shop for convenient, shelf-stable items, like our Oatmeal Fruit Squeeze snacks and gluten free Protein Cookies. Ready-to-eat items such as these let you focus on everything else that demands your attention in the morning, while still fueling your body with a sustained energy breakfast. Eat them on your commute, at your desk, or even on your morning conference call since they’re quick and require minimal effort: just open and enjoy! (Pro tip: Stock up and keep a stash in your desk. Making sure you have your phone, keys, and wallet when leaving the house is hard enough, we get it.)
4. Meal Prep.
Meal prepping is a mix of planning ahead and shopping smart. It’s a great solution for people who like to cook, but don’t have the time to do so every morning. For instance, you can make an easy breakfast smoothie in the mornings by freezing fruits like bananas or strawberries ahead of time, and then blending them with peanut butter planted-based yogurt, and almond milk. First, take some time on the weekend to plan out what you want to eat for breakfast. Writing your game plan down can help you organize exactly what you’ll be eating each day. Make sure to include the ingredients needed for each dish and bring this list to the store when you go grocery shopping (or have it nearby when ordering your groceries online).Now that you have everything you need on hand, you’re less likely to opt for an unhealthy breakfast, or no breakfast at all, because of a missing ingredient. Prepare your meals before your week starts, portion them out in reusable containers and store them in the fridge or freezer depending on how they’ll keep.
5. Drink Water.
And by water, we don’t mean coffee. Sorry! Drinking water first thing in the morning not only flushes out your system, but it also helps you feel full. A lot of times what you think is a hunger pain is actually your body signaling to you that it’s thirsty. Another bonus is that when you drink water with your morning meal you’re getting a head start on reaching the recommended eight glasses a day. Win-win!
6. Traveling? Do your research.
When traveling for work or pleasure, it’s a common time for people to stray from their usual healthy diet. Not having access to a kitchen, unfamiliar surroundings and changes to your morning routine are some of the reasons why this can happen, but the good news is that there are ways to get around it. Before you leave for your trip, first check what dining options are available where you’re staying. It’s convenient if breakfast is offered, but make sure to request a list of what’s actually being served. If there’s nothing that fits the bill of a well-balanced breakfast, find out if there’s a kitchen and/or fridge in your room so you can prepare your own meal. Do a quick Google search for nearby grocery stores so you know where to shop before settling in for the night. When none of these options are available, you can either pack non-perishable items from home like muffins and oats, or look online for a local healthy eatery and browse the menu to make sure there’s something that works for you. If you do plan on heading to a restaurant, just double check when they open in the morning so you’re not left on the road with an empty stomach.
No matter what route you choose to take when planning for a healthy breakfast on the go, you can be sure that following these useful tips will help you stay on top of your nutrition and ensure you start your morning in the best way!