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Eat this, not that: 5 healthy on-the-go breakfast options

 

 

In a rush in the morning on your way to school, but need something to eat to keep your stomach from growling until lunch? You don't have to trade nutrition for convenience (or flavor!) with these five on-the-go breakfast ideas. Try one and see what ya think!

 

Fruit and Nuts: Grab an apple and a handful of almonds on your way out the door for a quick and easy breakfast. The apple will provide you super healthy fiber and add a sweet kick to your morning. Almonds are high in protein, which will keep you full and energized well through your a.m. classes.

 

Greek Yogurt and Granola: Choose your fave flavor of Greek yogurt and pair it with some granola to please your taste buds and fill up in the morning. Greek yogurt gives you lots of calcium, and contains more protein and less sugar than traditional American yogurt (not to mention it tastes great!). Adding a li’l granola makes it all the better with a touch of crunch—just be sure to keep it low on sugars and fat. There are oodles of organic brands with better-for-ya options.

 

Whole Grain Toaster Waffle with Peanut or Almond Butter: Pop a whole grain waffle in your toaster and spread on two-three tablespoons or peanut/almond butter. Go whole grain as it offers lots of antioxidants, fiber and vitamins. Plus, over time it has been proven to help lower your risk of diabetes and heart disease. Cut out the sugary syrup, and let peanut/almond butter provide you important protein for the day. Sure, almond butter isn’t as popular as peanut butter, but it’s way healthier, boasting less fats and sugars. Bonus: Almond butter is also a yummy alternative for those with peanut allergies.

 

Very Berry Smoothie: Not enough time to sit down and eat? Blend together this delicious smoothie to take along with you. Add half a banana, 1/4 cup blackberries, 1/2 cup fresh raspberries, 1/2 container of vanilla yogurt, 1 teaspoon honey and two ice cubes into a blender and mix it up until it's smooth. The tart berries will jump start your energy, while the yogurt and banana will help fill you up longer, making for a delicious, nutritious drink.

 

Breakfast Wrap: Take a whole grain tortilla and roll in lean meat (think: turkey or chicken) and low-fat cheese. For a not-too-sweet and healthy treat, spread on peanut/almond butter and slices of banana. The protein-rich meat and nut butters will keep you full, while the low-fat cheese and bananas add yummy flavor and nutrients. Yum!

 

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