Whenever I’m in a rush, one of the things that makes me late is breakfast. I may not always eat it at home (I rarely ever do), but I always make it a point to eat SOMEthing. When I was in college, I had a 45-minute commute (one-way), and then classes from 845am-1215pm, with 15-minute breaks every hour. All in different buildings around campus. If I forgot to eat, I’d be steps away from eating the glue from the spine of my textbook around 10am. As a result, I’d overeat at lunch, feel awful…and let’s just say this behavior is what led to my first big weight gain—30 pounds (my version of the Freshman 15…I always was an overachiever).
If I have time, I love to make oatmeal on the stove top and add in different things, like fruit, nuts or even chocolate chips! I just recently tried Kath’s oats-in-a-jar concept (actually, I think Kath was the one who came up with it…not sure exactly), where you make oatmeal and pour it into a near-empty jar, be it peanut butter, almond butter, etc…I’ve even seen people use preserves jars. Whatever works! Regardless of the strange looks I may have gotten from people around me at work, it’s delicious, filling and portable.
I also recently started eating eggs, so one-egg omelets and egg sandwiches are always delicious. Especially if I have leftover peppers or onions (like on Saturday). Waffles are a favorite, too. Sometimes I’ll make a bunch on a Sunday and freeze what’s left and bam! A time-consuming breakfast gets a little less so!
I have a couple of go-to items when I’m in a hurry: packets of instant oatmeal, Larabars (usually paired with some fruit I’ve managed to salvage from the fridge at work), and instant grits (I try not to eat this one as much recently, but it used to be a staple breakfast for me). Or if I’m in between having not enough time and plenty of it, I’ll do what I did this morning: cereal.
I’m a bit of a carb addict, and at any given time, I probably have several boxes of cereal in my cabinet (I’m not counting granola…don’t get me started). Right now I have a box of Fiber One original, two boxes of Kashi Go Lean! cereal, four boxes of Quaker Oatmeal Squares and some Cheerios in my pantry. Today I went with Kashi and unsweetened Almond Breeze.
Now you might think that cereal isn’t an on-the-go food, but it can be if you have containers for it all. Enter the Fit and Fresh! I wanted one ever since I saw it on Meghann‘s blog. I tried to win her giveaway, but alas, I did not. (Additionally, when going back to link that to Meghann’s post February, I realized her blog title was almost the same as this one—I swear I didn’t realize!) Luckily I found one at a decent price at Ross.
There’s an ice ring to keep your milk (or yogurt) cold, space on the bottom for fruit, an even a spoon in the lid! It’s so super convenient. I want the sandwich/ lunch kit too…I’m a sucker things like this.
What’s your favorite breakfast food? Do you have time to make breakfast in the mornings?