If you are like me, you get really tired of what some truck stops offer for breakfast – hard biscuits with sausage and egg, pizza, hot dogs, muffins or doughnuts. All are high fat, high carbs, and high sugar. This stuff will get you going in the morning but is likely to leave you hungry in a couple of hours. I shouldn’t even need to mention that the nutrition is almost nonexistent.
Fortunately, some truck stops are attempting to offer healthy fare with options like steel cut oatmeal, which you can top with hot apples and cinnamon, and fresh fruit selections. Hard-boiled eggs are also a good choice for some quick protein.
Get creative with breakfast
One of my favorite breakfasts is cooked in the lunchbox cooker. I measure out steel cut oats (I prefer them to rolled oats but rolled works too) and the amount of water for one serving, put them in the foil pan, add a little salt (optional), and then add fruit and/or nuts. Apples, blueberries, bananas, or peaches work well with walnuts or pecans. Add cinnamon for more flavor. Close the lid and plug in the cooker. In less than thirty minutes, you have a healthy breakfast that will stick with you.
Scrambled eggs in the cooker are another breakfast idea. Add all sorts of veggies and meats for more variety. Whisk the eggs right in the foil pan, add your favorite fillings, and set it to cook. Be sure to stir it every so often until it is cooked to your liking.
If you don’t really like breakfast food, nothing says you have to eat it. How about a sandwich for breakfast? I found a quick and healthy breakfast sandwich in Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s book, Eat to Live:
Banana-Cashew Lettuce Wrap (serves 2)
¼ cup raw cashew butter
12 romaine lettuce leaves
2 bananas, thinly sliced
Spread about 1 teaspoon cashew butter on each lettuce leaf. Lay a few banana slices on each leaf and roll up like a burrito.
I’ll say it again, get creative with your breakfasts! Try to get as much nutrition as you can from each calorie. Watch the saturated fat and sugars.