Easy On-the-Go Breakfast Ideas

Think fast: What is your morning routine like? Do you frequently miss out on a healthy breakfast because you’re running late for work or busy getting the kids off to school? Too often the pace of everyday life leaves us with little time to cook and prepare healthy meals — especially breakfast. It may seem easier to grab a bagel or doughnut on the way to the office or skip breakfast altogether, but these habits won’t help you reach your weight-loss goals. Fortunately, there’s such a variety of delicious grab-and-go South Beach Diet–friendly breakfast options that you can start those rush-rush days feeling healthy and energized. Consider some of these Phase-specific ideas and even combine a few of them within Phases for a more complete meal:

Phase 1

  • Precooked deviled or hard-boiled eggs (hard-boiled eggs will stay fresh in the fridge for up to a week)
  • Celery sticks with natural peanut butter, almond butter, or cashew butter (fill the celery the night before and wrap)
  • Single-serving nonfat or 1% cottage-cheese cups
  • Individual reduced-fat cheese slices or cheese sticks
  • Sliced all-natural, lower-sodium, nitrite- and nitrate-free turkey, ham, or other lean deli meats
  • Low-sodium tomato juice or vegetable-juice blend in single-serving cans
  • 4- to 6-ounce container of nonfat plain regular or Greek yogurt

Phases 2 and 3
All of the above, plus:

  • Reduced-fat or nonfat artificially sweetened, flavored yogurt (limit to 6 ounces daily and make sure to avoid yogurts with added sugars)
  • 1 slice 100% whole-grain bread or 1/2 whole-grain English muffin topped with reduced-fat cheese, such as Swiss or part-skim ricotta
  • Microwaveable quick-cooking steel-cut oatmeal with fat-free or 1% milk and without added sugar (bring with you in a thermos and microwave at work)
  • A peach, plum, or other seasonal fruit
  • A South Beach Diet Meal Bar, Protein Fit Bar, or Good to Go Bar

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