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What do you eat at 5am for breakfast?

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BluegrassRN has 14 years experience.

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

Sent you a pm with the recipe.

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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:

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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.

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tokyoROSE has 2 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Operating Room.

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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.

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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!

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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

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OB-nurse2013 has 3 years experience and specializes in Labor and Delivery.

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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 :)

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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!

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ShantheRN has 4 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Pediatric Hem/Onc.

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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 has 5 years experience and specializes in Emergency Nursing.

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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!

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MInurse.st has 1 years experience.

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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:

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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.

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