What do you eat before work?


  • Specializes in Pediatrics, Neurology, Public Health Education. Has 10 years experience.

I recently have had problems with hypoglycemia during the morning and I think its because I'm not eating enough breakfast. I ate two scrambled eggs and toast before my clinical and still felt a bit faint and hot when listening to morning report.

What do you eat before work/clinical and does it help keep up your blood sugar and energy?

Specializes in NICU, Peds, Med-Surg. Has 29 years experience.

Was your toast whole grain/ 100% whole wheat? As you know, if it was white bread (simple carb!), that won't hold you as long. Are you drinking too much coffee or other caffeine? I used to take a homeade smoothie with me, made with fruit, ice, 3 scoops of flax seed, and a scoop of protein powder, and fresh spinach---lots of FIBER and PROTEIN, sooo good for you, and YUMMY!

Also, think about bringing some nuts---they are a nice, quick source of protein.....I keep them in the car for those times when I'm very hungry but don't want to eat a meal....good luck! :)

Specializes in NICU, Peds, Med-Surg. Has 29 years experience.

if not the smoothie, another thing I'd bring with me is yogurt (LOW sugar!!!), and a couple scoops of flax seed for mid-morning when I started getting hungry after being so busy.

I work nights.. I typically have some kind of meat protein like chicken, tuna/tilapia, or steak, paired with vegetables like green beans or broccoli, sometimes red potato or sweet potato instead. I like the smoothie idea listed above! On non-work days, I like oatmeal with berries or raisins, or toast with peanut butter and cinnamon.. things like that, combinations of protein & whole grains. On work days I think it's a psychological thing - can't eat what feels like breakfast food since it's the evening! But I would not turn down whole-grain waffles & berries if they were available, with a side of greek yogurt. :)

RNperdiem, RN

4,580 Posts

Has 14 years experience.

Oatmeal! Breakfast is at 0530, and lunch might not be until 2pm some days. Staying busy, I never notice how hungry I am until after noon.

Specializes in Emergency. Has 13 years experience.

Oatmeal with raisins and peanut butter/pumpkin seeds...yummy and keeps me going!


395 Posts

Specializes in Peds Urology,primary care, hem/onc.

I normally eat a peanut butter and honey sandwich on whole wheat bread and a Greek yogurt. That gives me enough protein and is quick because I need every minute of sleep I can get in the morning. I often eat the sandwich in the car! You can forgo the honey if you want but I think it is too dry without it. I love the Greek yogurt because there is so much protein in it keeps you full for awhile. I normally will have 1 or 2 throughout the day as a quick snack. I am not a fan of oatmeal, eggs take too much time to make early in the morning and anything with simple carbs makes me starving in an hour.


11 Posts

I have no time to ear breakfast ! LOL If I do Its something really fast like toast aand butter and jelly or something completely unhealthy hahaha. who wants to eat at 630am anyways?!?


300 Posts

Depends what I'm working. Sometimes nothing or sometimes musli with yogurt

Specializes in Inpatient psych, Hospice, ED psych, Surgical Care. Has 9 years experience.

i just started eating pita bread with peanut butter, cut up bananas, and some choc chips. Melt it in the microwave for about 20 sec. its yummy and filling! :cheeky:


650 Posts

Has 8+ years experience.

I am never hungry before work. That early in the morning the only thing I can eat is yogurt. However, I bring two hard boiled eggs with me and if I end up feeling too hungry before break they are very easy to eat quickly. I don't have problems with hypoglycemia, however. I like the smoothie idea someone suggested, though my trick with the eggs could work for you too.

twinmommy+2, ADN, BSN, MSN

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Specializes in ED. Has 18 years experience.

I'm a bad one but I usually eat a big breakfast with lots of protien, because I'm never sure when I'm going to have lunch in the afternoon.