5 Healthy Breakfast Options When On-The-Go
There's no easy way to say this. I hate breakfast. I do, I really really do. (Except bacon. I love bacon.)
Unless I make muffins or my beet granola or chia pudding, I struggle in the morning trying to decide what to eat. If I have the luxury of time, I'll whip up a bowl of bran flakes, berries, and almond milk as that's been my reliable go-to for years - traditional, yet satisfying. More often than not though, I'm either not feeling hungry or I'm rushing out the door. When this happens, I like to grab something to go and stick it in my bag to eat when I do work up an appetite or as I'm driving to my destination.
Nutrition on the go can be hard, and it's often sacrificed for convenience when we're busy. But nutrition is even more important when we're rushing from A to B! If you're not properly fueling yourself throughout the day, you'll crash and burn, and this always happens at the worst time.
Below are 5 products I stock up on so that I always have something nutritious and delicious on hand! All of the products below are ones that I have personally tried, loved, and continue to purchase.
My Top 5 Breakfast Options for on-the-go:
First and foremost, these bars are DELICIOUS! I adore the wafer crunchiness these bars have as the texture reminds me of a candy bar. Protein bars are often pretty dense, but not these. These bars are light and airy, and very easy to eat. I actually thought for the longest time they were whey-free as they don't have that whey taste; surprisingly, these do have whey, and are not vegetarian/vegan friendly. Another bonus here is that these are easy to find. I order boxes on Amazon to always have a supply on hand, and I have found them at gas stations, supermarkets, and corner stores. This is a big plus in my mind as I like having a reliable go-to. I recommend the triple chocolate bar and the peanut butter bar.
Organic, gluten-free, vitamins, minerals! What's not to love about these bars?! These aren't as nice of an eating experience as the Power Crunch bars as these are dense and chewy. They do really fill you up though, and these are the bars I bring with me as a breakfast replacement on backpacking trips or as an energy boost on long bike rides. If you need a post workout bite, these are the bars to help with your recovery. I recommend the coconut almond bar as it's the perfect blend of sweetness.
Naturally, we have to include our very own Bushka breakfast, our citrus chia morning bowl! This bowl is great for so many situations! Out in the backcountry? Make the night before by putting the meal in a thermos and adding hot water or eat as soon as you wake up by boiling some water. In the office? Fill up from your hot water dispenser! 3am duck hunt? We got you. This meal takes almost no time at all so you'll be ready at a moment's notice!
I searched high and low for a whey-free protein powder that has a smooth texture and a nice, natural taste. Whey protein usually makes me gag, and I struggled for a long time finding a protein shake for post workouts. I consumed Vega for about two years (bars, electrolyte mixes, and protein blends), and while they seem to have a cult like following in the non-whey crowd, I have to admit that I really don't like their products. Everything I've tried from them seems to have a gritty texture and a fake flavor; not so much a chemical flavor, more of a “I've never tasted anything else that tastes like this, but not in a good way” flavor. I stumbled across Warriors Blend by accident; I was out of protein powder, and I popped into GNC to buy a new shaker as I had lost my favorite one in a move. I struck of a conversation with the guy working the register, and after hearing I hated whey protein powders, he highly recommended SunWarrior - Warrior Blend. It was on sale, so I bought a container of the chocolate flavor, and that's all I've used for the past few years. It's seriously amazing and is good with almond milk or just plain water. It shakes nice and smooth and has a really great taste. Honestly, I cannot say enough good things about this powder. I love it, and I'm not looking back. I recommend the chocolate flavor.
This is a relatively new company (Q3 2017), and their reach so far is in supermarkets in/near the larger metropolitan areas in the US. They caught my attention because I am all about maintaining a healthy gut. I'll admit though, I was super skeptical of this little pouch and whether their “oat snack” would squeeze easily out of the pouch. The first time I tried it, I fully expected this thin, runny oatmeal flavored goop to come out of the top. All I can say is whoah! The oats actually have texture and feel and chew like oats. It's not high in calories, so this pouch will tide you over, but not act as a full meal replacement. Now, there's a few downsides to Gutzy. As mentioned, the snacks are low in calories, so you may not feel very satisfied depending on what your calorie intake is. They are also fairly expensive and need to be refrigerated. I buy these as a special treat, and since I don't eat very much in the morning these do act as a meal replacement for me. I can also see children loving these! I recommend the Apple, Mixed Berries & Steel Cut Oats pouch.