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Rushed Breakfast On-the-Go Ideas?

In a moment of temporary insanity, I signed up for a bootcamp class that runs three days a week from 6:00 am to 7:00 am. I'm not exactly Miss Fitness. After I work out, I'll need to shower, blow-dry my hair, get dressed and drive to work. I'm guessing that will all take about forty-five or fifty minutes, leaving me with ten to fifteen minutes upon arrival at work to consume breakfast. I have NO idea what I'll do for breakfast. At work, I'll have access to a fridge, microwave and toaster. I could, theoretically, put things in the fridge the afternoon or evening before (I live fifty metres from work), but only on two of the three days.

So far, all I can think is packing an English muffin and spreading it with peanut butter or almond butter when I get to work. However, I'll get bored with that really quickly. Do you have any other ideas?

PS - I don't eat meat. But I do eat scrambled eggs, if there's some magical way to do scrambled eggs.

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  1. You can make a scrambled egg sandwich on untoasted bread. Have a little cooler in your car. If you do it the night before, you can make egg salad on bread. Or pack the egg salad in a container and toast your bread when you get to work. BTW, good for you. That's VERY early :)

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    1. re: c oliver

      or a fried egg with broken yolk on bread or torilla is an eat and run type meal.

    2. Do you care for oatmeal (add in fresh fruit, dried fruit, or preserves), yogurt (add in granola and/or fruit), or cereal? Could you bake muffins (or pre-make pancakes) on the weekend for the upsoming 5 days of work? Sweet potatoes or yams with cottage cheese and a sprinkle of cinamon are also an option.

      1. You'll probably need some protein after your workout. I like yogurt with almonds and berries. Or english muffin with peanut butter and banana slices. Sometimes I'll eat toasted frozen waffles with PB&J. Cereal with milk. Oatmeal with anything. Hardboiled egg whites are delicious, with toast and cheese and you can put it in the toaster oven or microwave for a bit to heat it. Good luck with boot camp!!

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        1. re: ShakeNBake

          Why hardboiled egg WHITES and not the whole egg?

          1. re: c oliver

            all the nutrition is in the yolk!

            breakfast burritos freeze well and you can nuke them at work.

            1. re: hotoynoodle

              All the flavor is in the yolks!

              These peanut butter oatmeal banana muffins are good:


              1. re: hotoynoodle

                wrong, not all the nutrition is in the yolk (from the nutritionist).

          2. My sons used to microwave scrambled egg in a glass custard cup (oiled first) and it came out great...you could store some eggs in your fridge at work and then microwave scrambled eggs on a whole wheat English muffin...perhaps add turkey sausage pattie to it if you need more lean protein. Would that work for you? Another idea might be some Greek yogurt stored at work...mixed with fresh fruit and/or fruit preserves and ground flax seed.

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            1. re: Val

              My husband and I are new addicts to Greek yogurt - to the point I'm thinking about starting a thread. With some fruit on/in it, it's to die for. Mmmm. Getting ready to fix that for our dessert.

              1. re: c oliver

                It's the best, period! Very satisfying...it was another Chowhound revelation for me and I'm hooked.

                  1. re: chowser

                    Ooooh, thank you! I'll add to that one. I wish I'd discovered this product years ago. It's like the first time I made my own sausage. My husband said "If this is sausage, what's the stuff we've been earting all those years that's called sausage?" I'll never eat Yoplait etc. again.

              2. How about making strata? Put whatever you like in it: mushrooms, onions, other vegies. Cut into wedges and freeze. Pull out of the freezer when you leave home or the night before. Then heat up in the micro at work. You can never get tired of all the options cause you can put anything in them and use different cheeses.

                Or make little waffles and freeze. Reheat in your toaster at work.

                  1. If you have time the day before make some turnovers or danishes, thaw some pastry dough, fill it with some fruit such as blueberries. If you like, you can mix in some sugar and cornstarch to sweeten and thicken it or just mix some yogurt into it. I usually make these when I have extra fruit around the house, it's enough for 2-3 days of breakfast, snack.

                    1. It's really easy to make up a bunch of breakfast burritos, wrap in plastic wrap and freeze. Take one with you in the morning and it will be defrosted, ready to throw into the microwave (use microwavable wrap like Saran) to warm up. Peel back the plastic to eat -no utensils or plate needed, and very little risk of drips/stains. I used store-bought lavash, syrian, or tortillas, made a variety of add-ins like sauteed onions, peppers, mushrooms, grated cheese or a thin slice laid on the tortilla before spooning on some scrambled egg and folding the bottom edge over the filling before rolling it up from the adjacent side. It takes about 30 minutes to assembly-line a week's worth of breakfast wraps.

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                      1. re: greygarious

                        I like the idea of that just for having at home, gg. There are times when there's nothing in the house for breakfast (that sounds appealing) and it would be great to pull a couple of those out. I suppose I could put it on the defrost cycle of the MW for thawing?

                      2. I keep two small bags at work with breakfast items- one at my desk and one in the fridge. A bunch of items lets you mix and match and eat what you're in the mood for..
                        - peanut and almond butter (I get the fresh ground from WF in small containers)
                        - instant oatmeal
                        - homemade mix of nuts and dried fruit
                        - granola
                        - melba toast
                        - apples and berries
                        - small brick of cheddar
                        - bread/ English muffins

                        One of my favorites is an apple and a piece of toast with cheese.

                        1. Muesili. You soak the oats over night, have all your toppings in a separate container ready to go. Very easy and very delicious, healthy too. I like to soak mine in milk overnight and add green apple, raisins, and almond slivers. I started with some brown sugar at first but weened myself off of the sugar.


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                          1. re: Rick

                            We've been eating "Biblical Breafast Burritos" from Paula Wolfert's Med. Greens and Grains for about 4 years now. It's a mix of chopped flat leafe parsley, onion, cukes, tomatoes, green peppers and some chili flakes mixed with olive oil and feta cheese. This is piled onto a microwaved flat bread like a taco. Extremely good. You can also mix this concoction with some low-fat cream cheese to make a spread for bagels, muffins, etc.

                            This stuff keeps for a couple of days in the fridge. Also very good with coffee (even with cream).

                          2. An easy to transport high protein option is cottage cheese. Along with some fruit it is tasty. Another easy thing is to make a fritata the night before. You can have it room temp or warmed up and it can be filled with lots of veggies.

                            1. Thanks to everyone for the ideas. The class starts on September 9th so I've got some time to wrap my head around SIX A.M.! I'm trying to get in the habit of waking up early, but it's not going so well. Last night I went to bed at nine but still got up at seven!

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                              1. re: Jetgirly

                                PS - My new breakfast concoction this week has been oatmeal made with vanilla soy milk, with a banana sliced in and then... mmmmm... a teaspoon of Nutella. I did some contract work for Ferrero in Italy a few years ago and this breakfast is making me all nostalgic!