I am SO excited about this post. I am teaming up with Peapod to share four healthy breakfasts you can make in five minutes or less. And here's the best part: two lucky readers will win a $50 Peapod gift card each! (See bottom of this post for details.)
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So, one thing I think a lot of us have in common is that we want to lead happy, healthy lives, but two roadblocks often get in the way: time and convenience. Grocery shopping is not always convenient (especially in NYC) and when you're leading a busy life you don't always have the time to run to the market. On a similar note, breakfast is the most important meal of the day but it's not always convenient to stop and eat in the middle of a jam-packed morning, nor do we always have the time to prepare something fueling and filling.
I think a lot of people either don't care for or skip breakfast because they think of it in very limited terms. The truth is breakfast can be delicious AND wholesome, and it can be both convenient and timely. Don't have time to run to the market? Enter Peapod! Order your groceries online and have them delivered to your front door. It's the epitome of convenience. And if you don't have a lot of time for breakfast, check out these ideas below.
1 cup nonfat Greek yogurt
1/4 cup slivered almonds
1/3 organic blueberries
1-2 tsp organic honey
I usually like to spoon the yogurt into a paper bowl when I can. It makes mixing all the goodness together much easier and less messy! There's also something methodical about putting it together this way that helps me to slow down my eating, which is always a good thing. This is a great, filling breakfast if you're cutting back on grains.
1 multigrain, whole wheat or flax wrap
1/2 banana, mashed or sliced thinly
1 TBSP smooth peanut butter
1-2 tsp organic honey
Depending on the state of the banana (ripe or really ripe) I like to slice it very thinly or mash it. Chunky banana slices in a wrap don't work quite as well, as you can imagine. You could have the whole banana but you don't need it. I like to save the other half for later or throw it into the freezer to be used in a smoothie. This is a filling breakfast that's kid-friendly, too.
1 apple or 1 serving apple slices
1 hard boiled egg (I buy the Eggland's Best bags of pre-cooked and peeled hard boiled eggs - such a timesaver!)
1 slice or serving of fiber bread
1 packet of nut butter
I know what you're thinking and yes: this is TOTALLY a rip off of Starbucks' "Protein Pack". If you're really pressed for time and prefer to graze over the course of the morning rather than eat a "meal" all at once then this is the perfect breakfast for you. Take a few minutes on Sunday to pull together five servings of this combo. You'll thank yourself later! Save your pretty pennies for lattes and make these packs ahead of time.
1 serving egg salad (2 hard boiled eggs mixed with a tablespoon of mayonnaise, salt and pepper)
1 serving whole grain crackers
1 small container fruit salad (I like to mix 1/3 cup organic blueberries or raspberries and 1/2 banana)
This breakfast definitely requires a bit of thought, container-wise (if you don't have small tupperware or little bowls with lids, now may be the time to invest). You could just as easily make an egg salad sandwich, but I'm a big proponent of slowing the process down whenever possible. I believe you're much likely to eat more mindfully when you're putting the egg salad onto the cracker seconds before you put it into your mouth. This is a great combo of healthy carbs, protein and fiber.
I hope the above suggestions help inspire your breakfast choices this week. I know I feel uninspired sometimes and it's always nice to hear or read ideas that I hadn't thought of or delicious combos I'd somehow forgotten about! You can find all of the ingredients I mention above by copying and pasting them into the search button on Peapod and choosing the brand and variety of your choice!
A HUGE thank you to my friends at Peapod for partnering on this post and for hosting the below giveaway! Enter to win by 4/15/2015. Good luck!