Posted by The Editorial Desk / Monday, September 19th, 2011
I don’t know about you but breakfast is always a challenge for me. I never give myself enough time to eat a “well-balanced” meal and when I do have time for a quick bite, the only options available seem to be covered in sugar or drowning in bacon.
Not that there’s anything wrong with that. Sometimes.
You always hear that old adage: “breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” But why?
A study at California State University suggests that eating breakfast gives your brain the fuel it needs to function at a higher level. Eating breakfast gives you energy, can help you concentrate and can reduce your likelihood of overeating later in the day. So don’t give up on breakfast just yet- there are easy solutions to healthy eating in the morning!
I’m always on the lookout for new breakfast ideas that are fast, easy and healthy but that involve more than just peeling a banana. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, either…
Don’t give up yet- here are some ideas for all you breakfast-lazy people, like me!
Greek yogurt- easy, fast and it’ll stick to your ribs a little better than regular old yogurt. Eat it plain or sprinkle with some low-fat granola for an extra energy boost.
Frozen breakfast sandwiches- there are lots of great low-fat options nowadays and most are high in protein and whole grains. I love the Jimmy Dean D-Lites sausage and egg white sandwich and it’s less than 300 calories.
Oatmeal- buy the quick oats and it takes only a few minutes to cook in the microwave. Yes, the steel-cut oats have more fiber, but in hurry, there’s nothing wrong with the quick-cooking kind. The best part about oatmeal is getting to doctor it up your own way! I love putting peanut butter, honey and dried cranberries in mine. After cooking, put it in a travel coffee mug for easy transportation and to keep it warm.
Waffle sandwich- toast up a couple of whole grain waffles and smear (shmear?) with your favorite spread! Low-fat cream cheese and jelly, peanut butter, or throw a slice of smoked turkey or ham in the middle. Eat one-handed.
Luna Bars- while they are marketed towards women, I think it’s a great option for both sexes. They come in lots of different flavors and are chock full of whole grains and organic ingredients. However, guys, they are made by CLIF Bar & Company so if you’re feeling too girly buying them, go for the original.
Hard boiled eggs- if cooking eggs in the morning is too time-consuming just do what I do: hard boil a bunch the night before and then have them all week, ready to go! Eat an egg or two on your way out the door with some OJ or an apple and you’ll be good until lunch.
20 Healthy “blobs” – make the night before. Mix 1/2 cup peanut butter, 1/4 cup nonfat dry milk, 3 cups crushed flake cereal, and 2 tablespoons honey. Form into “blobs” (should make 10). Wrap each blob in plastic wrap and refrigerate. Grab a couple on your way out the door with a travel cup of skim milk and go! (From Nutritionist Alana Unger)
Breakfast burrito- Here’s an easy and healthy version of a “burrito” that takes no time at all! Throw a whole wheat pita in the microwave with a piece of smoked turkey or ham, sprinkle some low-fat mozzarella cheese and nuke for about 20 seconds. Bam!
Cheese toast- my mom used to make this for me in the mornings before school. Just lay a few slices of jack cheese (or any cheese you like) onto a piece of whole wheat toast and toast in the oven for about 10 minutes until the cheese melts. Mom used to sprinkle ours with some Mexican seasoning for an extra kick. It sounds a little weird, but trust me, its good!
– You can also do the same thing with a little margarine and cinnamon sugar instead for quick cinnamon toast!
On the weekends, when I have a little more time in the mornings, I love waking up late and going out for a leisurely breakfast. I grab the paper, a cup of coffee and just veg out. Check out this of places to get a great bite to eat in the morning that have lots of healthy options as well.
Amphora’s Diner Deluxe -1151 Elden Street, Herndon - (703)925.0900
Since 1997, Amphora’s Diner Deluxe has been offering freshly prepared International-American fare in a casual, relaxed and fun atmosphere.
Bentley’s -6654ArlingtonBlvd.FallsChurch – (703)532.4100
What began as a small town breakfast dinner consisting of a counter and 7 booths has with the times grown to a 150 seat full service restaurant, serving you for almost 40 years!
Eggspectation – Chantilly/Gainesville/Leesburg locations. Check website for location nearest you!
Features 160 creative and delicious breakfast items which are available all day long.
Einstein Bros Bagels – Check website for locations near you!
If you think it’s just bagels, think again!
First Watch -9600 Main St # S,Fairfax - (703)978.3421
Fresh is best! That’s why their Breakfast, Brunch and Lunch creations are made using the finest ingredients around.
The Original Pancake House -7395 MLee Highway,Falls Church – (703)698.6292
This unique and original menu which has gained national acclaim- come find out why!
The Royal Restaurant -734 N. Asaph St.,Alexandria – (703)548.1616
For over 100 years, the Royal has been the most popular restaurant inOldTown,Alexandria. It’s authentic Greek and Italian fare with hospitable service!
Tropical Smoothie Cafe - Check website for locations near you!
Smoothies and more! Tropical Smoothie Café’s menu boasts bold, flavorful food and smoothies with a healthy appeal.
– Jennie Whistler