Most of us lead busy lives. And many think this means there is no time to eat the right foods for a healthy lifestyle.
However, eating does not have to be sitting around a table and dining for hours. If you are strapped for time, of course, you have to eat, but why not do so while in traffic on your way to work or elsewhere? With a little planning and creative thinking, you can make eating a healthy breakfast a priority and a possibility…and here are some tips on how to make this happen.
1. Plan Ahead
Be sure to plan your breakfast, but more importantly give yourself at least 15 minutes to fix your meal prior to leaving the house. Planning means that you should decide exactly what you are going to eat.
Planning your breakfast the night before can also be quite helpful. You could also save yourself some time by putting the items on the kitchen counter or in the fridge in a bag the night before.
2. Pack Healthy
Pack a bag with healthy foods and this will help you to stay far away from the donuts and vending machines at the office. In fact, you could put the foods in portion containers and label the containers for each day of the week. Most dietitians would recommend quick foods like:
- One ripe banana
- Small carrots
- Cherry tomatoes
- Dried fruit
- Whole grain crackers and cheese (make sure the cheese is low fat)
- Greek yogurt
- Kiwi fruit
For additional fiber, don’t peel your fruit. Instead, eat fruits like apples with their skin.
3. Don’t Look for a Fast Fix
Breakfast for many people is a fast fix while trying to get to the car. Some people even skip this very important meal, which is not a good idea. It is not recommended to use packaged foods because of the heavy dose of sugar and saturated fats.
Why not bake some muffins on the weekend so you can use your own healthy ingredients such as nuts, fruits and whole-wheat flour? And then you have an easy to grab breakfast for the whole week.
4. Making Options
Another quick and healthy breakfast foodis instant oatmeal, adding nuts and/or berries. Most are sold in small packets, which make it easy to take with you on the go.
Make a smoothie with fruits and/or veggies. Put in your favorite covered cup and sip while waiting in traffic. You can make it the night before so you are out the door in time the next morning.
Make a quick tuna sandwich and take with you to eat in your car or at your desk. Other portable items that you should consider are granola or whole grain breakfast bars.
Take time to eat a healthy breakfast, even on the go! It will help you start your day the best way possible.
Greatist, Healthy Fast Breakfast Recipes
BuzzFeed Life, 28 Easy And Healthy Breakfasts You Can Eat On The Go, Deena Shanka, June 1, 2014
Cooking Light2 Smart Ideas for Breakfast On the Go, Nicci Micco