What do you eat for breakfast?

  1. I hate breakfast. More to the point, I hate mornings and the last thing I want to do is cook something. Unfortunately, eating little to no breakfast is incompatible with nursing school. Too often, I find myself ravenous or shaky from too low blood sugar with lunch still hours away. This happens most often during 12 hour clinicals that start at 6:30 AM. I've looked into breakfast burritos, but the ones I've made at home don't heat evenly and the ones from the store are too salty. What do you eat for breakfast to keep your energy going until lunchtime?


    Edit: Because we're supposed to be critical thinkers, I wanted to add that I've been screened for diabetes mellitus and everything is fine in that department. I just don't eat enough breakfast most of the time.
    Last edit by Ioreth on Jan 22
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  3. by   ItsThatJenGirl
    I usually grab a greek yogurt and throw in some fresh fruit. I don't generally like to eat breakfast, so this is my compromise. It's quick and light, but keeps me full for a good while.
  4. by   Trust in Jesus
    Here are some ideas:

    Oatmeal (add nuts for some protein)
    Fried egg with a bagel/toast and cream cheese
    Avocado toast
    Yoghurt/Cottage cheese with fruit and granola
    Hard boiled eggs with a muffin
    Smoothies (they aren't the most filling, but it's better than nothing and you can make it the night before)
  5. by   idkmybffjill
    I feel you. I hate eating breakfast. I never feel hungry once I wake up. But I can also get low blood sugar somewhat easily, so if I'm going somewhere, I usually eat something like boiled eggs, a smoothie with greek yogurt for more protein, or some peanut butter and a banana. Sometimes just cereal if I actually have milk. I'd probably do something with avocados if I didn't completely hate them.

    I try to think of easy things from items that should have a portion of protein and/or fiber.
  6. by   thewhitechickoj
    The idea of breakfast makes me nauseous. I'm never hungry when I wake up and the idea of food doesn't sit well on my stomach. However, I know if I don't eat anything I'll regret it later in the morning. I pack a lunch to take with me and snack during breaks or in between classes. Nature Valley granola bars, bananas, sliced apples, peanut butter filled pretzels, nutragrain bars, yogurt, etc... Anything quick and easy to eat.
  7. by   Wuzzie
    Microwave an egg while toasting an English muffin. Put egg on muffin with lettuce tomato and cheese. Yum!
  8. by   ThatFutureRNLife
    I found meal prepping helped me a lot. I hate eating breakfast, but know that I need to. Having things ready to go to just eat cold, as is, or pop into the microwave helps. If you strive to eat healthy... you can prep oatmeal in mason jars, hard boiled eggs, have yogurt handy, granola bars, cereal to go, fresh fruit, apple sauce, etc. I also do protein shakes as it helps to keep you full. You can mix in fruits (cut a bit of these up as well and add as needed) and yogurt as well to make it extra filling. If I do eat breakfast, I still bring an extra snack and have a shaker with protein powder it in. There are bottles that allow you to store protein in the bottom if you want to bring more than one serving.

    Lastly, look into getting a lunch bag that keeps your food cold. If I am really and I mean really not in the mood for breakfast then I use that method or just grab some pop tarts. I have learned I am a little lazy when it comes to cooking and convenience matters a great deal. Meal prepping saves potential victims of my hanger.
  9. by   ThatFutureRNLife
    Quote from Trust in Jesus
    Here are some ideas:

    Oatmeal (add nuts for some protein)
    Fried egg with a bagel/toast and cream cheese
    Avocado toast
    Yoghurt/Cottage cheese with fruit and granola
    Hard boiled eggs with a muffin
    Smoothies (they aren't the most filling, but it's better than nothing and you can make it the night before)
    Try adding flax and/or protein powder to your smoothies! It helps to keep you a tad more full.
  10. by   thoughtful21
    Yeah, it's hard to eat when our stomachs aren't awake yet!
    There are a lot of good ideas in the comments. Healthy smoothies are a great idea. Sometimes it's easier to drink our calories than to eat them.
    Have you tried GoGo Squeez applesauce? It's quick and easy - you can even eat it in the car
  11. by   Oldmahubbard
    If I don't feel like eating first thing and have to go to work, I tend to carry small packs of nuts, or those cheese sticks.

    I cannot go until noon to eat, but I've been lucky enough to have jobs recently where I can pretty much eat when I want.
  12. by   emmjayy
    Egg "muffins." Pick a meat and some veggies/cheese of your choice divided into muffin cups, then beat 10-12 eggs and pour them over the meat/veggie/cheese mixture. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes or so. Refrigerate and just grab a couple on your way out the door every morning. They're super customizable, easy to make, relatively healthy, and as someone who normally hates eggs, I love them. Add in a piece of fruit and some coffee (or tea... or water) and you've got a fairly decent breakfast with relatively little effort.
  13. by   mindofmidwifery
    I usually eat a yogurt or grab a protein bar and it lasts me until lunch time.
  14. by   RNrhythm
    My typical 12-hour work day nutrition:
    - 0600: 3 boiled eggs with a little soy sauce and half a cup of nonfat milk in a very large travel mug with coffee. Head off to work.
    - 1000: Low carb protein bar in my pocket, more coffee, usually while charting.
    - Whenever I get my lunch: I always pack my lunch (high protein, low simple carbs, tabasco or salsa).
    - Afternoon or drive home: Always a banana plus an apple or an orange.

    If I work 2 or 3 days in a row I pack my food all at once. Whole fruit is great for commuting. It will wake you up and stop me from being ravenous when I get home. Makes drive-thru easier to resist.

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