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Specializes in Emergency Nursing.

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itsmejuli

Specializes in Home Care.

Weight Watchers has egg mcmuffin type breakfast in the freezer section. Yum!

On the way to work I eat a whole wheat muffin with peanut butter and banana.

And I'm a coffee addict, I drink at least 2 cups before I hit the road and take a cup with me in the car. I also bring a thermos of coffee with me to work. I think I'm going to start bringing my coffee thermos to school too. The coffee in the cafeteria sucks.

I would do a smoothie made with protein powder and flax oil then some whole grain toast with peanut butter to go with. Both can be consumed in the car easily if you're short on time. Flax oil is kind of nasty by itself but if you blend it into a smoothie, you can't really taste it.

I do the slimfast shakes as they tide me over for a good 2-4 hours pending how active my morning is :clown: This semester though I'm going to try to get up earlier and make my own protein shakes as I get like 32 ounces when I make them myself and they have fruits as well as protein. But, that snooze button always seems more enticing then making a shake, lol

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I tend to a bagel with cream cheese or an english muffin and chocolate milk. The chocolate milk is nice and filling and seems to help with my sensitive stomach in the morning. I also frequently grab doughnuts on my way in, not healthy, but yummy.

oh YUM! How do you make them yourself? I'd love to try that!

Sent you a pm with the recipe.

Moogie

Specializes in Gerontology, nursing education.

I guess I am the only junk food junkie here. When I was in my ADN program, I remember scarfing a Hostess fruit pie and a Pepsi before morning clinicals. Of course, I was eighteen-nineteen at the time...

Couldn't even look at that stuff without gaining fifteen pounds now! :eek:

I wake up at 5:15 (2 hour drive to school, class starts at 8:15). Sometimes I eat a quick bowl of cereal (granola, milk) before I leave, if my carpooling buddy is driving, I might bring a container of greek yogurt and some granola to mix in. I set up the coffee the night before, so all I have to do is start it in the morning. I also bring almonds, fruit, or something to eat during the breaks.

tokyoROSE, BSN, RN

Specializes in Operating Room.

I'll have cereal, yogurt with some fruit. I hate eating in the morning too. I'm going to experiment a little this semester. I'm not going to have anything in the a.m., but instead carry a little baggie of almonds/peanuts/raisins/crackers with me. I see nurses on the units carry snacks and openly eating them in the nursing stations all the time, so that is what I'll do. I also make myself a cup of hospital coffee (yuck, but it works). That should sustain me til lunch and I won't have to wake up earlier to eat breakfast.

I was getting concerned, the first few posts never mentioned COFFEE! Lol

I didn't mention it with my 1st response because coffee is a given! I keep my mug in the bathroom with me and drink it while I'm getting ready and then pour some into a to-go mug to take in the car with me....along with my breakfast. I can't imagine a world without coffee...I'd crawl into a hole a die!

I have a really good smoothie recipe.

One banana

4 large strawberries

1/2 cup of milk

5 ice cubes

1 teaspoon of special kay cereal (or something similar)

blend in the blender till smooth

This is really good and healthy

OB-nurse2013, BSN, RN

Specializes in Labor and Delivery.

Really, I just drink lots of coffee. If I'm really hungry then I like smart one's breakfast hot pocket things. They're really good and low fat :)

A Luna Good Morning bar, usually blueberry. I don't like eating until around 10am or so, but then I was getting sick on clinical days because we had to be there so early. I bought those Luna bars and they are yummy, chock full of good for you things, and they are not too heavy on the tummy. Also, a couple of scrambled eggs with cheese on a tortilla go a long way too but I can't fathom getting up in the morning and making that for breakfast before clinical!

ShantheRN, BSN, RN

Specializes in Pediatric Hem/Onc.

I usually eat around 5:30 on clinical days. It's 12 hours, and while we do get time for lunch I never know when I'll get it. I'm diabetic (though on a pump so have more flexibility) so I go for protein and fiber. I'm a big fan of PB&J on whole wheat bread....or a bowl of Cheerios. Either way a full serving of milk which keeps my BS level happy. It depends on how much time I have. A big mug of coffee and Nature Valley granola bars come with me. I keep a box in my car....that way if I'm getting the "hey it's your diabetes coming to screw with you!" feeling I can duck into a staff room and munch some granola. I get the healthy kind - not the candy bar disguised as a health treat stuff. It's 30g of carb per serving so it's a perfect snack for me.

For class (when I have the luxury of sleeping till 7:30!) I like a scrambled egg and cheese sandwich on wheat toast. I usually bring an apple or yogurt to munch on during lecture. Coffee comes to class with me too!

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sandyfeet

Specializes in Emergency Nursing.

Wow, thanks everyone! So many great replies. It's also a big comfort to see that other people have trouble with this too. I am going to revisit this post often!

For those of you that go the smoothie route, do you find that it fills you up for a while? The thought of eating so early makes me feel sick, but a smoothie sounds good.. I just wonder if it would sustain me.. Would you guys recommend protein powder (or will it pack on pounds)?

I will be getting up at 5 for clinicals... Which is basically the middle of the night to me, and I don't mind eating at night, so maybe I'll be okay. :lol2:

A bowl of oatmeal usually keeps me full for several hours. Items such as pop tarts are high in sugar & fat and will not satisfy you for very long. If you are not a breakfast eater or its just too early in the am, stick a protein bar in your pocket and try to have something like juice or breakfast drink like Carnation Instant breakfast. That will satisfy you for a while too.

newbiepnp

Specializes in Pediatrics.

I've been a cereal or oatmeal person for as long as I can remember. However, now that I've been getting up at 5:30a, I can't seem to bring myself to eat something like that. So, to be sure I'm getting some energy I have been eating plain yogurt with either blueberries or a cut up fresh peach. One day I had a piece of whole grain toast with peanut butter, as well. A few days I had coffee, and yesterday I didn't. At about 9:30a I bring with me a small canister of some kind of nut mix with some dried fruit and munch on that or a banana, depending on how I'm feeling. Lunch is veggie heavy with the starch varied between brown rice or wheat pasta with some kind of protein. I've been in the habit of fixing lunch everyday while I was working, so this isn't a big stretch. I also have been throwing a granola bar or fruit/nut bar in my bag, as well in case afternoon session runs late. Small frequent meals may get you through it if you can't bring yourself to eat something heavy in the morning.

Thanks! Those are excellent suggestions! I will some to see what works the best for me. :)

newbiepnp

Specializes in Pediatrics.

I usually eat around 5:30 on clinical days. It's 12 hours, and while we do get time for lunch I never know when I'll get it. I'm diabetic (though on a pump so have more flexibility) so I go for protein and fiber. I'm a big fan of PB&J on whole wheat bread....or a bowl of Cheerios. Either way a full serving of milk which keeps my BS level happy. It depends on how much time I have. A big mug of coffee and Nature Valley granola bars come with me. I keep a box in my car....that way if I'm getting the "hey it's your diabetes coming to screw with you!" feeling I can duck into a staff room and munch some granola..

I'm diabetic as well, and on the pump, have you had any incidents where you were the actual patient class? Unexpectedly my sugar dropped to 38 in class the other day while we were doing assessments. My nurses were great caretakers. :nurse:

Hospice Nurse LPN, BSN, RN

Specializes in LTC, Psych, Hospice.

Honey Wheat bagel and a glass of milk then cup of java for the ride in.

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