Monday, June 6, 2011

Smart Briefcase Breakfast Ideas

Nutrition experts say that there's no meal more important than the first meal of the day. But what if you have  class, an early meeting, or you're just plain lazy to cook? Ditch that Sausage McMuffin 'cause WebMd gives us some healthy and satisfying breakfast ideas for those of us who are constantly on the go:

Apples and Bananas

Fruits are convenient and healthy breakfast options cause you can simply grab one and eat it on your way to work or school. Those who use their ovens for storage won't have to worry about getting up early and preparing a healthy breakfast, as apples and bananas require no utensils, preparation, or cooking skills. Bananas can easily give you about 110 calories, plus 1 gram of protein, and 16% of your daily fiber requirement. But if you add an apple to your potassium-rich banana, you're up to 190 calories and 36% of your daily fiber. Yum!

Bar Food

After spending the night before drinking beer with your buddies or sipping cocktails with your girlfriends at your local dive, cure your hangover and sink your teeth in different kind of bar. Energy bars, protein bars, cereal bars are healthy, delicious, and handy. Like bananas and apples, bars can be easily eaten on the go or stashed inside your purse or briefcase. But don't visit the grocery and hoard these nutrition bars just yet, make sure you read the labels and watch out for those that contain too much fat or sugar. Choose those that are high in fiber, low in saturated fat, with no trans fat and hydrgenated oils and moderate sugar content (about 18 grams or less). My favorite treat? Gnu Foods Flavor & Fiber Cinnamon Raisin! I can enjoy it like my Granny's oatmeal cookie without the guilt. It has 130 calories, four grams of protein, and 12 grams of fiber, enough to keep you full until lunchtime rolls around.

Other Smart Briefcase Breakfast Ideas

 If you're someone who thinks that 8AM is too early to eat breakfast, think of splitting your first meal in two and eat again a few hours before lunchtime. You can chug a glass of non-fat milk before leaving the house and eat fruit or a lean turkey sandwich for brunch. Having healthy snacks on hand such as pistachio nuts, unbuttered popcorn, or carrot sticks can also curb the hunger pangs before lunchtime.

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