Breakfast to Go
No time for breakfast? Think stopping at a coffee shop is quicker? By the time you drive, park, order, pay and wait for your breakfast you could have made any one of the ideas below. Not only will it save you time and money, it will also be better for you.
Breakfast is considered the most important meal of the day and yet according to the latest Tracking Nutrition Trends report, almost 40% of Canadians skip it.
Eating a healthy breakfast has been associated with:
- Healthy body weights
- Improved appetite control
- Better intake of nutrients including calcium, vitamin D, potassium and fibre.
Time is a big barrier to breakfast eating; most breakfasts are made in 5 minutes or less. Breakfasts should always include a source of protein such as egg, nut butters or Greek yogurt and a fruit or vegetable. If they contain grains they should be whole grain. Here are some simple make-ahead ideas, quick weekday breakfasts and grab n’ go options.
1. Make Ahead
- Bake and freeze muffins, pancakes or mini frittatas to reheat and enjoy during the week.
- Consider getting breakfast going the night before. Cut up the fruit, set up the coffee maker and put out the breakfast dishes.
- Make hot cereal the night before and reheat it in the morning. Top it with dried fruit and nuts and some milk or soymilk.
- Make extra French toast or waffles on the weekend and freeze for a quick weekday breakfast. Top it with fresh fruit and yogurt.
2. Quick Weekday Breakfast
- Make a breakfast sandwich on a whole wheat English muffin with scrambled egg, avocado slice, spinach and tomato.
- Nut butter, banana and trail mix in a whole grain tortilla
- Blend a smoothie with banana, frozen berries, touch of milk and Greek yogurt
3. Grab’n Go!
- Take a hard-boiled egg, cheese string
and fruit for a breakfast to go
- Bring a Kind bar, yogurt and a fruit to eat in transit
Note: With an average of 5 grams of sugar, KIND bars contain less than one quarter of the amount of sugar of competing nutrition bars and less than one fifth of the sugar in chocolate bars. They are made with all natural ingredients and are a source of 6-7 grams of both protein and fibre.
There are so many options right in your kitchen, so drive by the drive thru and enjoy a quick breakfast from home.