A leisurely, laidback breakfast every morning is the dream. You could catch up on the news, sip some coffee, and savor every bite…heaven, right? But—reality check!—chances are, during the a.m. rush, you barely have a moment to pour a bowl of cereal let alone sit down and eat it. It could be why so many people skip breakfast altogether.
But if you’re looking to lose weight, making time for your first meal of the day could actually give your get-healthy efforts a boost. That’s because eating breakfast can keep raging hunger pangs from unexpectedly kicking in during the hours leading up to lunch. And managing your appetite is a smart move since it helps you from reaching for the first food you see—and using up all your Smartpoints®—when the clock strikes noon.
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What’s the secret to squeezing in breakfast when you can’t exactly order extra hours in the day? Easy: Take it to-go. Many breakfast foods can be prepared ahead of time and either wrapped up or stored in a portable container, allowing you to tote your meal to the office, school drop-offs, or wherever you’re headed.
So let’s get cooking! These 16 on-the-go breakfast recipes are easy to make and clock in at no more than five SmartPoints per serving. Whether you want something sweet or savory, you’ll find something to win over your taste buds. And when breakfast looks this good, why would you ever want to skip it?
If you’re in the mood for eggs:
High in satisfying protein, hard-boiled or poached eggs fill you up for a grand total of zero SmartPoints. While you could lean on simple standbys, the alternatives below add flavor without making a major dent in your daily Budget. (And they make great on-the-go breakfast options—just remember to pack a fork if you decide to make the scramble!)
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If you feel like eating something fruity:
Rich in vitamins and refreshing, fruit for breakfast is always a good idea. To start your day with a serving of produce, try one of the recipes below, which can be stowed in a mini mason jar or reusable container and tossed in your bag before heading out the door.