Does anyone else eat breakfast at their desk every day? I've always brought my breakfast to work since I started working after college. Partly because I like to sleep as late as possible and I don't want to get up earlier to eat, and partly because I like to eat breakfast a little bit later in the morning (around 8:30 or 9:00).
Since I'm not at home for breakfast 4 or 5 days a week, I've gotten used to packing two meals + snacks in my lunchbox every day, and have figured out breakfasts that are portable, easy and delicious. With a little prep work on the weekend, my breakfasts come together super quickly each morning so I can have a healthy, hearty breakfast every day.
1. Soft boiled eggs + turkey burger (or other protein) + guac. My personal favorite. I throw it all in a Tupperware container and eat the turkey burger at room temp. (For soft boiled eggs, just boil them for about 7 minutes and put them in an ice bath to stop the cooking.) I generally buy the guac packets from Aldi or Trader Joe's.
2. Oatmeal 3 ways. The night before, add 1/2 c. rolled oats, 2/3 cup milk/almond milk, and toppings you like (dollop of nut butter, toasted coconut, cinnamon, nuts, etc.) to a glass bowl or mason jar. The next day, top with berries and eat it cold (also known as overnight oats- option #1), or warm it up and then top with berries (option #2). You could also make a pan of baked oatmeal (option #3) over the weekend, portion it out and just heat up at work!
3. Yogurt parfait. On the weekend, layer plain whole milk yogurt and your desired toppings (nuts, fruit, drizzle of maple syrup/honey for sweetness, granola) in a mason jar. Grab a spoon and a jar from the fridge, and you're off!
4. Muffin tin egg cups. Over the weekend, make some muffin tin egg cups to grab and go during the week. You can customize them however you want, and they are so easy to make! Recipe ideas here.
5. Cereal/granola. Pour some cereal in a Tupperware bowl and put some milk in a mason jar. Pour the milk in the bowl when you get to work.
6. Smoothies. I'm not big on drinking my breakfast, but you could easily make up a healthy, hearty smoothie at home and bring it to work with you. Sneak in some greens for an extra serving of veggies and it's even better! One of my favorite smoothies is 1 frozen banana (we peel + freeze the ones that are about to go bad), ~1 c. almond milk, 3-4 frozen coconut milk cubes and frozen mixed berries. Add more almond milk as needed to get your desired consistency.
7. Leftovers. I love leftovers for breakfast, especially casserole type dishes with meat, veggies and potatoes. Add a warmed up soft boiled egg, and it's golden!
Additional tips for eating breakfast (and lunch) at work:
- Keep a set of silverware (fork, spoon, butter knife, steak knife), a bowl and plate in a desk drawer so you're never without. I also keep an apple corer, a few cups and a salt and pepper shaker in my cube. Less waste, and I'm never without!
- Skip the stinky stuff. Be kind to your co-workers and don't bring fish or stinky food to your desk. Save that for the cafeteria!
- Get some good containers. If you're bringing breakfast and lunch to work, you'll be bringing lots of dishes to work. I love our glass containers because they don't get stained from sauces and you can cut with a knife in them without scratching them up. Plus, no chemicals from plastic!