By Team Best Life
We know how tough it can be to find the time for a healthy breakfast when you’re trying to get out the door in the morning. But a recent survey from the NPD Group, a market research company, suggests that people have found a solution: More and more Americans are opting for grab-and-go breakfasts.
That’s a smart strategy since the benefits of breakfast have been well proven—people who start their day with a healthy meal are generally slimmer and healthier than those who skip it. Not only can a morning meal help keep your appetite in check, but it can also give you a boost of energy.
Check out the grab-and-go breakfast ideas below, all of which can help you power through your day:
- Muffins. Make a batch of over the weekend, and enjoy them all week long. (Handy tip: You can freeze them and microwave them for just a few seconds to soften them up right before eating.) Pair with a skim latte and fruit for a balanced breakfast. We love these Pumpkin Spice Muffins. Don’t have time for homemade? It’s fine to go for store-bought—just look for one with 160 to 200 calories and at least 5 g fiber.
- Cereal. Mix a few of your favorite healthy, high-fiber cereals (aim for about 175 calories) in a zip-top bag and munch on it during your commute or take a few minutes to eat it at your desk while checking emails. Want to get a little more creative? Try mixing in some nuts or dried fruit to make your own breakfast trail mix.
- Smoothies. What’s not to love? They’re a cinch to make, you can sip them on the go, and the sky’s the limit when it comes to ingredients: fruit (fresh or frozen), vegetables, yogurt, milk, chocolate, nuts, spices—whatever you’re in the mood for. Looking for a classic recipe? Try this mixed berry smoothie.
- Fruit. Portable, easy to eat, and healthy, fruit is the perfect choice to round out any breakfast. You can opt for standard breakfast favorites including bananas (delicious added to your cereal), berries (mixed into smoothies or yogurt) or grapefruit (great as a side to breakfast) or be a little more adventurous with pomegranates, kiwi or passionfruit.
What’s your favorite on-the-go breakfast?
February 25th, 2014