I’m really bad at mornings, so on days when I have school I almost never have time for a sit-down meal at home before I dash. Therefore, I’ve been working hard to come up with ideas for breakfast to go, something I can eat while I drive to class.
Disclaimer: I live at home, not in a dorm, so I have a full kitchen.
My favorite right now is smoothies. I have a plastic cup with a lid and a washable straw, so it’s easy to whiz up a smoothie and leave with it. My recipe is:
- plain kefir or yogurt [you can use flavored kinds, but I use plain to keep the sugar down]
- frozen fruit or sometimes greens [frozen seems to blend up better]
- water or plain soymilk [again, trying to keep the sugar low]
- sometimes I add flaxseeds or wheat germ for extra nutrients.
My blender carafe has measurements on the side, so that’s how I measure the quantities. I put in a half cup to one cup of kefir [or a single-serve container of yogurt or something], add fruit up to the 3 cup mark, then add the liquid so that it almost covers the fruit. Blend it until it’s all smooth. That makes about 3 cups and is enough for my whole breakfast. The leftovers don’t seem to keep very well, so if that’s too much smoothie for you, make less.
If you’re vegan, feel free to swap the kefir for something better. I use it to add creaminess, protein, and probiotics. Vegan yogurt is good, or try silken tofu [not tested, but plausible].
In the winter I don’t drink many smoothies because I put so many cold things in them, so I get chilled. Also, sometimes I run out of smoothie stuff. So my other favorite is finger food for breakfast.
Anything goes as long as there’s some sort of fruit or vegetable, and something with a sizable amount of protein [like more than five grams at least]. Also, it needs to be something dry, not crumbly, and in bite-size pieces; otherwise it’s too tricky to eat.
Cut-up apples, carrots, and/or berries are good in the fruit/veg department, and bananas are nice too [if slightly trickier to eat]. For protein-y foods, string cheese is both tasty and easy, and I think Wheat Thins have enough protein in them, so I eat them too. Or I’ll make a peanut butter sandwich. Later when it gets colder and I start wanting finger food more than smoothies, I’ll experiment with making a lot of finger food-y things in advance, like boiled eggs, mini muffins and quiches, baked tofu, homemade veggie burgers. If you’re a meat person, leftover chicken or cold cuts would probably be pretty good too.
I put my food in a tupperware box or, even better, a big plastic cup that I can put in my car’s cupholder. I’m tagging this post as lunch too, because finger food also makes an extremely packable lunch. It’s also easy to make it vegan.
The general goal is to eat healthfully and also not be late for English, and both of these ideas satisfy pretty well.