If you're one of the many Americans who eat breakfast (or one of the many who don't because it takes too long) - then this post is for you.
Try out these healthful breakfast ideas with a WooFood twist - here are a few of my favorite ideas. I'll be using them when my Surgery rotation starts in a couple of weeks... and they could benefit just about everyone else who tends to skip breakfast and/or eat a doughnut to start their day out.
Sound out in the comment sections if you have an idea that works for you!
Update 8/4/11 - More burrito tips
Some tips on the burritos:
- Strain the chopped and sauteed veggies after cooking so that the burrito isn't soggy when you reheat.
- Press the burrito in a hot pan (preferably cast iron, but a good quality nonstick pan is OK if you don't get it too hot. Think of how you would make a grilled cheese - you can use a little Smart Balance or Earth Balance. This will keep the burrito together better
- Wrap the burritos in plastic wrap and freeze. Defrost one burrito in the fridge the night before. Then unwrap the burrito from the plastic wrap before you microwave so that you don't steam it (again to avoid sogginess)
Starbucks VIA - Instant Iced Coffee
Time per day: 45 seconds
Cost: ~70 cents/cup
Keep it WooFood Certified... use little or no sweetener and no cream! Soy milk or Skim milk is ok. Research has shown coffee to decrease the rate of invasive prostate cancer AND diabetes (IF it's not loaded with sugar). Consult your doctor if you have a heart condition - but recent research has not shown any evidence of increased rate of stroke or heart attacks. Even decaf coffee has been shown do decrease the rate of invasive prostate cancer!
Healthful Breakfast Burritos
Time once per week: 30 min
Time per day: 1 min (reheat)
Cost: ~$1 per burrito
Solution from Lifehacker.com:
"Homemade breakfast burritos, made at home and frozen for later...Over the weekend, Trent wrapped up eggs, black beans and salsa into tortilla shells, tightly wound them in plastic wrap, and calculated the total cost at about 75 cents each. And that's with everything bought brand-new—the salsa, wrap, and tortillas could certainly be knocked down to store brands, and breakfast burritos are almost infinitely customizable in fillings and seasonings."
Whole Grain Steel Cut Oats for the week
Time (once per week): 5 min
Time per day: 1 min (reheat)
Steel cut oats or "irish oats" are the whole grain, least processed version of oats - and contain all the original nutrients that they are supposed to have and will keep you satisfied longer (sorry if this sounds like a late night adult TV advertisement). There's just one problem... they take up to 45 minutes to make!
Solution from Lifehacker.com and the Kitchn
"....Basically you combine oats and water, bring them to a boil, then cover and turn off the heat. Leave overnight and in the morning simply warm them up. They'll be perfectly cooked - tender, chewy, and creamy. [...] Do this just once on Sunday night, and divide the oatmeal between five jars. You're immediately set up for a week of breakfasts!"
Keep it WooFood certified: Add flax oil for your daily omega 3's and fresh wild blueberries or banana. Try peanut-butter or walnuts for some protein. Keep the honey and brown sugar to a minimum...but a little isn't going to hurt ya! Let's try to leave the heavy cream out of it - and if you try something weird like bacon... just don't tell us about it, and we can still be friends.
If you've been keeping count:
Total Cost per day: $2.70
Total Cost Per Week: $13.50
Weekday Prep Time: 2 min, 45 seconds
Total time per week: 49 min