Quick, healthy breakfasts for the woman on the go

Don’t kick off your day by running on empty. With an empty belly after a night of sleep, you need to give yourself some fuel to function effectively. Here are some ideas for quick breakfasts on the go.

Woman drinking smoothie

There’s so much going on in the morning — getting dressed, getting the kids up, fed and out the door, shovelling snow from the overnight snowfall, packing lunches, etc., etc. — that eating breakfast often falls by the wayside. But you can hardly expect your body to function optimally if all you’ve managed to do is gulp down some coffee. You’ll arrive at the office lethargic and less than alert, and the day hasn’t even officially begun. Fix this by trying one of these fantastic quick breakfast ideas.

Whip up a smoothie

Packed with nutrients, quick to make and easy to consume on the go — what more can you ask for? Just be careful not to overload it with sugar (so watch how much juice you add) and try to include some protein in your smoothie as well, so you have a greater sense of satiety. To save even more time, throw your solid ingredients into the blender the night before, so in the morning, all you need to do is add your liquid ingredients and give it a whirr. Try some of these 5 To-die-for smoothie recipes.

Have dinner leftovers in the morning

Another super-fast breakfast idea? Warm up leftovers from dinner. One great option? The whole grain pasta or lasagna lurking in your fridge. It’s loaded with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants and will definitely prepare you for your day better than that doughnut you usually grab at the coffee shop. Or, if you’ve got chicken or a roast, that will serve you well, too. A protein-rich breakfast will keep you feeling full longer than, say, a muffin, and will help you curb cravings later on in your busy day.

Cook oatmeal in your crockpot

Breakfast will be good to go the moment you wake up if you cook something in the crockpot overnight. Try healthy, whole grain steel cut oats, for one, such as this recipe for slow cooker vanilla almond steel cut oats. If you don’t have time to sit down and enjoy a bowl, put a serving in a Thermos and tote it with you to the office so you can have it when you get to your desk, Just grab a banana or some other fruit to munch on the road, so your growling stomach doesn’t wake up the other commuters!

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