7 Ways To Squeeze Breakfast Into Your Schedule

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Here is a great article by Julie Davis that was emailed to me.....

If you're running late or feeling tired, it's tempting to skip out on your morning meal. Here's how to work in a quick breakfast for the best start to your day.

Whether you’re up early to rush to an office or to get your kids out the door to school, or both, you may feel too pressed for time to deal with your own breakfast. But remember, skipping out on your morning meal also means losing out on that extra boost of energy and mental alertness that a balanced breakfast provides. Here are a few easy ways to work breakfast into your morning routine.

Squeeze Breakfast Into Your Schedule

7 Ways to Squeeze in a Quick Breakfast

“Think of your body as a car going cross country,” says Barbara Schmidt, MS, RD, lifestyle specialist at Norwalk Hospital and a nutritionist in private practice in New Canaan, CT. “When you are going on a trip you have to put the gas in your tank before you leave, not when you get to the other coast. Breakfast gets your metabolism going, and you simply can’t do without it.”

1. Set your alarm clock for 10 minutes earlier. “How long does it take to have some cold cereal? It doesn’t really take that long,” says Schmidt, who suggests four quick breakfast choices: fresh fruit with yogurt; a peanut butter sandwich on whole grain bread; high fiber cereal, skim milk, and fruit; a breakfast wrap made with a whole grain tortilla filled with leftovers like sautéed vegetables or turkey; or low-fat cheese — no muss, no fuss, and no cooking involved.

2. Cut off nighttime eating at 9 p.m. You don’t want to wake up starving, but you want to have an appetite for breakfast. This is a mindset and a habit to cultivate, just like any other choice you make.

3. Do some advance planning. “You don’t want any spontaneous eating,” says Schmidt. “You want to plan what you’ll be having for breakfast.” This means shopping ahead for breakfast foods to have at home or convenience foods to bring to work. If there’s no refrigerator at work to store milk, fill up a thermos and take in with you to save on the expense of buying a half pint each day. If you have a long commute, buy a soft cooler tote or bag that will hold breakfast and maybe lunch, too.

4. Make breakfast the night before. No one wants to be dicing fruit in the morning and hunting around for the right container lid when up against a ticking clock. Do all your prep work the night before; place any refrigerated items in the front on the top shelf, and have your soft cooler bag on the counter ready to pack. If you usually take your lunch, adding breakfast will only require a few more steps.

5. Make eating breakfast part of your commute. Buy a quick breakfast on the way in. Coffee bars and convenience marts at commuter stations have gotten savvy about offering better breakfast choices. Pick up a yogurt parfait from the prepared foods section, a container of zero-fat Greek yogurt, or a yogurt smoothie from the refrigerator case. Cut up chunks of fresh fruit — always a better choice than juice, which has most of the fiber removed.

6. Stock essentials at your desk. If you can’t eat at home or on the way to the office, eat when you get there. “Healthy cereals can be bought in individual containers — you peel off the lid and it’s a bowl. Just add milk and eat it at your desk.” Focus on your breakfast, even if it’s just for five minutes. In a pinch, order in. You might not think twice about ordering lunch, but think of a breakfast delivery as an extravagance.

7. Be flexible about breakfast time. You may not be able to eat at the very start of your day — maybe you have to squeeze in an early workout or your workday starts with an 8:00 a.m. group meeting — but that doesn’t mean you need to slog through until lunchtime on an empty stomach. Have a small breakfast after your workout or right after your meeting.

Quick Breakfast Caveats

As important as breakfast is, making the wrong choices for the sake of convenience can undo all the benefits of breakfast.

  • Skip most baked goods. “Today’s bagel is equivalent to six slices of bread,” warns Schmidt. “The only people eating bagels should be marathon runners. If you eat a bagel every day, you will look like that bagel without the hole: round. A bagel has too many calories to have at one time and is not high in fiber. And muffins are now small cakes with a whole lot of sugar.”
  • Read labels for sugar content. Be aware of how much sugar has been added to packaged breakfast foods, even those that sound healthy, like granola bars. “Remember that anything ending in ‘ose’ is sugar — fructose, maltose — and so are honey and molasses. Many breakfast bars are glorified cookies. You have to compare calories, fiber, and protein. Some bars are small, so they aren’t filling although they pack a lot of calories,” says Schmidt.

It may take more thought than simply grabbing a doughnut from the coffee cart, but just a few minutes of planning at the start of each week can help make all your breakfasts quick and nutritious.

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Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
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Daniel, never had that...probably  never will :-)

Larry, I agree !!!  GO PACK!  HE HE HEEEE


John, you are most welcome!

Jan 22, 2011 03:06 AM #6
Deborah Byron Leffler BzyBee Real Estate Lady!
Keller Williams Realty Boise - Nampa, ID

Great advice....I have to eat breakfast...and some times it is pretty creative!  LOL  I usually eat some thing before i work out early then some thing when i get home.   It does help me wirh more energy throughout the day!   And my blood sugar doesn't get messed up! 

Jan 22, 2011 03:06 AM #7
Scott Hayes
(512) 786-8300 - Austin, TX
Realty Austin, Broker Associate


I was going to remark about convenience, or working commuting in to breakfast. But the line about eating bagels will make you look like a bagel cracked me up. 

Great breakfast tips, and it really is the most important meal of the day.

Jan 22, 2011 03:12 AM #8
Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

What would we do without you Mini Martha?  You are just a ray of sunshine "in the rain".  Breakfast is such an important meal............I did't realize that until just a few years ago.  Thanks for the great tips.

Jan 22, 2011 03:54 AM #9
Connie Goodrich
Keller Williams Realty - McKinney, TX
CRS ABR (McKinney Realtor)Texas

Great tips for those who avoid their breakfast meal.  That meal starts my day and I certainly know and feel it's importance.  Never understood those who just skip ... my body would be screaming at me!

Jan 22, 2011 03:56 AM #10
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Realty Center - Waukesha, WI
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Deborah, you are a wise woman!

Scott, glad you giggled!

ROger, YOu are soo kind to me!

COnnie, mine would too!

Jan 22, 2011 03:57 AM #11
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

I'm pretty good about breakfast Kristin and had finally experimented with and recently added the Greek yogurt to the menu.  It's texture is so much better than a typical light style.  Also, the sugar level is much, much better.  Schmidt was too funny with the "ose" in sugar that got me thinking about ho's in honey.  The 9PM cut-off is one that's difficult but I can work on that.  Better choices for sure.

Jan 22, 2011 03:59 AM #12
Kim Inman
Mountains to Lakes Real Estate, Inc. - Harriman, TN
CRS, Broker/Owner

Kristin...mornings are not my thing, but I do get up about 30 minutes before everyone else so that I can have time to cook breakfast.  My 10 year old is in 4-H and we have chickens (part of a 4-H project).  Most every morning I have 2 fresh eggs, 1 slice of wheat toast and half an avocado.  A great way for me to start the day! Also, Dr. Oz says that eggs are the BEST source of protein in our diets and not bad for cholestoral.

Jan 22, 2011 04:03 AM #13
Pat Walmsley
Lake Keowee Real Estate - Seneca, SC
REALTOR, Over 30 Years Experience, let me help you

Oh how I need this bog!  Thank s...(I am starting over!!)

Jan 22, 2011 04:04 AM #14
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Great tips Kris!!  Come Monday morning, the Packers will have plenty of time to fix breakfast while the Bears prepare for the Super Bowl!  ;)

Jan 22, 2011 04:27 AM #15
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Realty Center - Waukesha, WI
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Kevin...I have to get on the greek yogurt bandwagon....yup, every little bit helps

Kim, I love watching dr OZ!!

Pat, at least you are starting, right?  :-)


TOny, ohhh you little devil you!!!  I am still HOPING for a packer win!!!!!!!!!!!

Jan 22, 2011 05:03 AM #16
Cindy Edwards
RE/MAX Checkmate - Johnson City, TN
CRS, GRI, PMN - Northeast Tennessee - 423-677-6677

I LOVE breakfast.  If I miss it, I'm a mess.  Such an important. meal.  Cindy

Jan 22, 2011 09:12 AM #17
Valerie Osterhoudt
Johnson Real Estate, Inc. - Cromwell, CT
ABR, Cromwell, CT Real Estate ~ 860.883.8889

Kristin.. I truly believe breakfast *IS* the most important meal of the day.  However, I can NOT eat first thing when I get up.  Within the hour I do... but I WILL have a cup of coffee before doing anything.  There has to be some benefits in that... right?

Jan 22, 2011 09:31 AM #18
Craig Rutman
Helping people in transition - Cary, NC
Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor

I don't care what's going on in my life, I always eat breakfast! After all, I'm a growing boy and I need my 3 meals a day!

Jan 22, 2011 10:07 AM #19
Chris Alston
Chris Alston (Keller Williams Realty, Silicon Valley, California) - Campbell, CA
Silicon Valley, California

Great stuff...  I try to end night eating at 7pm... 
SOMETIMES, it works...  HA!

Jan 22, 2011 10:42 AM #20
Toula Rosebrock
Diane Turton, Realtors, Forked River, NJ - Lacey Township, NJ
Broker/Sales Associate, Realtor, Lacey Township,

Hi Kristin:

All excellent points.

But I've got to admit, I usually only have a glass of OJ for breakfast.

Jan 22, 2011 01:41 PM #21
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Realty Center - Waukesha, WI
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CIndy, you are a wise lady!!

Val, I am totally the same way! 

Craig, this year, I am going to try for 4-5 smaller meals a day since they say that is best !

Chris, I do too, most of the time that is :-)

Toula, shame shame shame LOL...get more in you for breakfast young lady!

Jan 23, 2011 01:43 AM #22
Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

Why not, you're one of my favorite AR friends MM.

Jan 23, 2011 03:37 AM #23
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Realty Center - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

Awww shucks ROger...I feel the same way about you!  GO PACK!~!!!

Jan 23, 2011 03:53 AM #24
Juli Vosmik
Dominion Fine Properties - Scottsdale, AZ
Scottsdale/Cave Creek, AZ real estate 480-710-0739

Great suggestions, Kristin.  I, for one, don't like to eat breakfast right away, but within an hour of waking up.  So, shower, put on makeup, dry hair, then I'm ready. 

Jan 23, 2011 08:02 AM #25
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