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5 Ideas for Breakfast at the Office

I don't know about you all, but my morning routine does NOT include making breakfast for myself at home. It's usually spent willing my closet to spit out an outfit that isn't too wrinkled and shoveling workout clothes, school items and food into bags for the day. Sounds really calm, right?

Life is a little crazy for me right now. I'm juggling work and multiple prerequisite classes for grad school so I can become a Registered Dietician. That being said, when it comes to my eating schedule for the day, I don't mess around. I'm on it. I'm pretty lucky right now because I work for a nutrition start-up that has a wonderful employee kitchen stocked with a 6 burner gas range, pots, pans, multiple microwaves, a toaster oven, and even a Vitamix. Geek city. I've definitely worked at places where I didn't have access to much (or anything at all) so I've perfected my breakfast ideas over the years.

Depending on how hungry I am when I wake up, I'll vary the amount I eat but here are some quick ideas on preparing breakfast at work.

**Disclaimer: The below ideas are based on the assumption that you have access to a fridge, microwave, and toaster in your office. I know some places don't have that but in my experience, that's been pretty standard.

1. Breakfast Salad

A salad? For breakfast?! Damn right! Starting the day with greens feels so awesome. Plus, adding high quality fat and protein is a solid way to feel satisfied until lunch. If you're a Trader Joe's or Whole Foods shopper, it's easy to get a pre-packaged greens and proteins like smoked salmon to throw in a bowl and create a yummy meal within minutes. Feel free to get creative... this is one variation that is a go to for me.

Quick breakfast salad at work!

Ingredients:

1 cup arugula

1-2 hard boiled eggs

2-3 oz. smoked salmon

1/2 avocado

1 tsp. hemp hearts

1 tsp. nutritional yeast

handful of olives

2 tbs. Extra Virgin Olive Oil

2. Coconut Yogurt Parfait

This parfait feels more like a desert to me and admittedly it does frequent my after dinner plans. The fat and protein in the yogurt & almond butter keep me full for a while.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup coconut yogurt (I like the Coyo brand at Whole Foods)

1/3 cup berries

1 tsp. cocoa nibs

1 tbsp. almond butter

dash of cinnamon

3. Avocado Toast

I'm sure there is a collective groan around this one. But save the eye-roll because this is cheaper and there isn't a person out there that can argue that creamy healthy fat on crunch toast is bad! Keep it simple or make it fancy by adding some bacon or leftover smoked salmon. Here's a version I'm on board with:

Ingredients:

1-2 slices toast (I prefer Bread Srsly Sourdough)

1/2 ripe avocado

1 tbsp. Kite Hill Chive Cream Cheese spread

1 slice bacon

1 -2 slices of tomato

dash of salt and EVOO

4. Cauliflower Rice Tex-Mex Bowl

This Tex-Mex bowl is easy peasy to assemble in the morning. All you need is access to a microwave to heat up your rice, meat and veggies, add some salsa and avocado on top and nom... you got yourself a filling start to the day.

Ingredients:

1 cup cauliflower rice

1/3 cup cooked chorizo (or any type of sausage)

1 cup veggie of choice (I like using leftover veggies but bagged collard greens, kale, or spinach works great)

1/3 cup pico de gallo

slices of avocado

hot sauce

5. Chia Seed Pudding

This option is CRAZY easy. You can even make it right when you get to work in the AM and get into it a hour later. This pudding is a great blank canvas. Eat it plain, add some fruit or nuts, sprinkle some anti-inflammatory turmeric and cinnamon and voila! All done. An entire container of this will easily last you a week.

Ingredients:

1/4 cup chia seeds

1 can full fat coconut milk

Optional:

- Add some almond milk to thin it out if you like a less thick consistency

-1 tsp vanilla extract or cacao powder for some extra flavor

Mix together chia seeds and coconut milk a container. Use a fork or whisk to make sure the seeds don't stick together. Keep in the fridge for at least a hour until the chia seeds start to become more gelatinous.

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