Heigh ho, heigh ho, it’s off to work you go – with no time for breakfast. If that’s your tune each morning, it’s time to do something nice for your body and mind: Eat that first meal of the day before you leave the house. Eating breakfast (and we’re talking about something more substantial than a cup of coffee laden with cream and sugar) gives you energy to kick-start your day. It’s also a great habit to start the New Year on the right foot!
A good bet is Enjoy Life Perky’s Crunchy Flax™ Cereal. This crunchy cereal contains six grams of fiber and seven grams of protein to keep you full all morning long. In addition, the omega-3s provide you with essential fats. Flavored with honey, this gluten-free cereal tastes fabulous with vanilla almond milk.
And then there are days where sitting down and eating a bowl of cereal isn’t on the agenda. Your “no excuses” solution: A ready-to-drink protein shake! Go for a high protein, low carb, smooth, creamy Frosty Chocolate Worldwide Sports Nutrition Ultra Pure Protein™ Shake. Your body will enjoy the satisfying, long-lasting protein power (an impressive 35 grams!), your waistline will appreciate the fact that it has less than 200 calories and your taste buds will say “ooh lala!” to the rich chocolate taste.
Smitten with smoothies instead? Try these 3 energizing smoothies to start your day. Just toss a few ingredients in the blender, hit the button and you’re done.
What if cereal reminds you of elementary school, and liquid meals don’t appeal? Then practice your British accent and feel like royalty by toasting an Ener-G English Muffin. These gluten-free muffins are just sweet enough, thanks to natural sweetening in the form of pear juice and apple sauce. After you’ve toasted one lightly, spread with a tablespoon of Justin’s Natural Maple Almond Butter for a breakfast that can easily become a healthy addiction.
When the weather outside is frightful, a bowl of hot cereal tastes delightful! And when you have no time to make it, Vitacost has your solution with CytoSport Muscle Milk N Oats Whole Grain Oatmeal Banana Walnut. Just add hot water, stir and dig into this high-protein (30 grams!), warming and energizing cereal.
And there are those days where you only have time to grab that cup of coffee to drink on the way to work. Solution: Take breakfast with you! Recommended: Dark Chocolate Decadence Atkins Advantage Bars. With just 1 gram of sugar, 10 grams of protein and 150 calories, these bars are ideal combined with a banana or apple and that precious cup of coffee.
Joanne Eglash, Vitacost.com’s Diet Diva, has a master of science in holistic nutrition and more than 15 years experience as a nutrition consultant, blogger, author and journalist. She has written for a wide range of publications and websites, including ediets.com,Natural Health magazine, Shape magazine, Success magazine, Energy for Women and Chefs. Joanne is currently the national Diets columnist for the online news and entertainment site, Examiner.com, and a features food columnist for Yahoo.