How hard is it for you to stick to a healthy breakfast choice each morning, especially when you’re on the go and heading to the office? For those with busy schedules it can be a real struggle. If you head to work very early or in a rush, you probably don’t feel like preparing a healthy breakfast before you leave the house. That doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice healthy choices though.
For example, hot cereals, such as oatmeal and muesli, offer the perfect dose of fiber, while lowering cholesterol levels. Instant options make it possible to take packets to the office and heat up in the microwave, ready to eat in only a few minutes.
Typically, the workplace is a danger-zone for people trying to eat healthy. How can we forget about glazed donuts, sugar-packed muffins and other goodies that magically find their way into the office area? Sometimes, those high carbohydrate foods seem to call my name. Then, I stop and remind myself about the additives, white flour and sugar, and other unnecessary ingredients, which abound in pastry-type breakfasts. Surely, these nutrient-lacking foods do not help us with maintaining energy and focus at work. On the contrary, these foods zap energy, leaving a lethargic feeling behind.
However, if you want to sustain energy, particularly brain power, while at work—or anywhere—then give the following breakfast schedule a try:
- Monday—Munch on Greek yogurt with a handful of raw oatmeal or granola. Personally, I recommend Chobani brand yogurt since they incorporate fruit well on the bottom. This type of yogurt is packed with protein and good bacteria for the body. The oatmeal or granola will give you much needed fiber and low cholesterol. Eat a banana or other piece of fruit before or after the yogurt.
- Tuesday—Bring a toasted whole wheat English muffin or thin bagel with almond or peanut butter smeared on top. Slice a banana or strawberry on top for added flavor and nutrients.
- Wednesday—Pack some natural oatmeal with chopped walnuts to top it off for protein and an apple to munch on for a mid-morning snack.
- Thursday—Buy a pack of Van’s natural breakfast waffles to take to the office. Top with Greek Yogurt and fruit of your choice or raw honey.
- Friday—Try either a whole wheat tortilla or bread with almond or peanut butter and your choice of fruit, such as bananas, strawberries, blueberries or blackberries, drizzled with raw honey and cinnamon on top. This is a quick meal that is great for a power snack or light lunch also.
You may notice that eggs and meat were not included in the sample schedule. There is a bit more preparation involved when cooking eggs and including meats in a breakfast meal. Yet, you can always make those servings ahead of time and freeze them, in order to heat up and eat on the go.
As you can see, eating healthy on the go or at the office is quite feasible. Once you get into the habit of eating healthy breakfasts each day, you will notice that it is much easier to make good eating choices for the rest of the day. Remember, starting the day off on the right foot is half the battle.
by Crystal Gettings