Healthy Breakfasts to Go
According to a study conducted by Kraft Foods into the morning eating habits of Irish people, an alarming 33% of us skip breakfast on a regular basis, preferring to spend longer in bed or on our appearance.
While sleep and looking good are both beneficial to our wellbeing, starting the day with a good breakfast helps us to get the day off to a positive start and gives us the energy to take on whatever life throws at us.
That said, time is often a key factor and can make the difference between whether we eat well or not at all. Those who skip breakfast are more likely to overeat later in the day which can lead to weight gain and health issues, which is why a healthy breakfast is important. Here are 5 ‘grab and go’ options you can take to work with you or eat on the go.
This is a wonderfully comforting, low-Gi food which is filling and high in fibre. Perfect for those cold winter mornings. The great thing about porridge is that it comes in single serving sachets, microwavable pots or family-sized packs to cater for your every need. Slip a sachet or micro-pot into your bag to take to work. Alternatively, measure out a serving of porridge into a container the night before, add a generous amount of milk and leave in the fridge. Hey, presto! You’ve got your own ‘instant’ porridge that only requires heating the next day. Add some honey, fruit or seeds for extra nutrition.
You might think there is a lot of cooking involved but with a little advance prep, you can have an eggy breakfast to go that will keep you feeling full until lunchtime. Ever tried making egg muffins? Take a cupcake/muffin tray, beat some eggs and distribute into each section of the tin (however many you intend to make, allow one egg per muffin). Add some chopped veggies, salt, pepper, and if liked, a little ham or cheese. Cook these in the oven for about 10-15 mins and allow to cool. Store in a container in the fridge and for the next morning. Can be enjoyed hot or cold.
An excellent source of calcium, yoghurt makes a quick and easy healthy breakfast. If you need a protein fix, choose Greek yoghurt. Add fruit, nuts or seeds for a delicious, nutritious breakfast.
If you prefer a liquid meal, smoothies are the perfect solution and can be consumed on the way to work just as you would a cup of coffee. Use your fruit of choice, yoghurt, a little milk, seeds, and for extra nutrition, a handful of spinach. I promise you won’t taste it!
Instead of high-sugar cereal bars, why not make a batch of healthy, high-fibre muffins to ‘grab and go’ during the week?
Using ingredients like bran, wholemeal flour and fruit to sweeten make homemade muffins a healthy option that are easy to eat on the run. Check out websites like Yummly or Bord Bia for recipes.