When a Sausage McBiscuit is not an option

16 Sep

As a college student with an early commute and no on-campus meal plan, I have to make two decisions every morning. Breakfast or no breakfast? And if yes, then WHAT?

I had early classes last semester, and whenever I was running late, I would grab another cup of coffee and pray lunch came soon. This semester, I decided I was going to be more proactive about eating the “most important meal of the day.”

I’m not dissing coffee at all. Ohhhhh no 🙂

The problem for most healthy breakfast foods is prep time. Usually I have next to none. Rather than eating Pop-Tarts and Frosted Flakes, which leave me hungry 20 minutes later, I’ve tried to eat healthier and more filling things. Here is a list of my favorite healthy and quick breakfasts.

Yogurt parfait: all you need is yogurt, some fruit and granola. To save time, I’ll cut and wash my fruit the night before.

Oatmeal: this might take me less time than normal, because we have this awesome instant hot water spout, but a microwave shouldn’t take that much longer. One great thing about oatmeal is that you won’t get hungry again for hours! I use unflavored instant oatmeal, then add blueberries and sprinkle it with brown sugar. Mmm…

Eat me!

Breakfast sandwich: I got my idea for breakfast sandwiches when english muffins were on sale at Kroger. I make my sandwich the night before, then stick it in the oven when I wake up. Grab and go! My favorite combo so far has been the salami, fried egg and gouda sandwich.

Smoothie: you can go simple or get crazy with a smoothie. Yogurt is a great base, and then you can add fruit, sorbet, juice, spinach or anything else your heart desires. This breakfast might take some time, especially if you need to clean the blender before you leave, but again, a little prep the night before goes a long way!

Drink me!

Omelet: okay, don’t freak out! Omelets may seem like a lot of work, but you just can’t beat the variety, tastiness and filling ability of an omelet. Make this if you have a little more time than normal. You can also save time by cutting up onions, peppers, mushrooms or whatever you are putting in your omelet the night before.

Eating breakfast consistently has made me more alert for those 8 a.m. classes, gotten my metabolism rolling for odd lunch breaks and given me more energy in the long run. What quick and healthy breakfast is your favorite?

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3 Responses to “When a Sausage McBiscuit is not an option”

  1. Gwyn Bergthold September 16, 2012 at 4:58 pm #

    My favorite breakfast is usually the one I see you eating. Feel free to make 2 of whatever it is & share it with me!

  2. Stronglikemycoffee September 16, 2012 at 6:35 pm #

    Love the list, and I usually go with the yogurt parfaits or oatmeals myself! Have you ever tried overnight oats? They are a cold, creamy oatmeal/yogurt mixture you can find the recipe for online but they are perfect for busy mornings before class 🙂

    • TravelingByTaste September 17, 2012 at 11:17 am #

      I’ve never heard of overnight oats, but after looking at them online, I will definitely try them! Thanks for the recommendation.

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