Your Breakfast on the Fly.
Good and Kimberly Flynn, ABCNews.com
products that will allow you to enjoy your breakfast on the fly.
pounds of cereal, 660 gallons of milk. When these two forces of
nature collided on April 17, 1998, in the piece of desert better
known as the United Arab Emirates, the record for the world's
largest breakfast was instantly set.
except for one thing: Men without oil wells in their front yards
don't have enough time in the morning to sit down and eat one
bowl of cereal, let alone 14,000. What's more, the average working
guy has to squeeze in breakfast under more trying conditions than
dining in the desert. He's up against miles of stop-and-swallow
traffic, a car with jackhammer shocks, and a clean suit that desperately
needs to stay that way.
an attempt at a more practical record seemed in order
the one for the world's fastest, healthiest, and most commuter-friendly
breakfast. And we did it eight times. We took the convenience
and speed of prepackaged supermarket meals, combined it with all
of our nutrition know-how, and then tossed out anything that either
tasted lousy or had a fair chance of dripping, dribbling, or otherwise
depositing itself on your self. The final record-setters are listed
below. Try 'em; we'll bet you start showing up at work full, clean,
and always on time.
TOASTER BAGEL SHOPPE BAGELS
of the breakfast-food aisle, these hole-less wonders combine the
best features of Pop-Tarts a prefilled middle and a perfect
fit for the toaster with the authentic doughy flavor of
a traditional New Yawk bagel. Look for strawberry, blueberry,
cinnamon, or cream-cheese flavors. A winner despite the spelling
turning two bagels into a lox sandwich. Three
ounces of lox thinly sliced smoked salmon is packed
with 16 grams of protein and 70 percent of your daily requirement
of omega-3 fatty acids. A morning hit of omega-3s will help protect
you from heart disease and depression.
Per two bagels
plus lox: 360 calories, 24 grams (g) protein, 48 g carbohydrates,
7 g fat
If oats can
help power thoroughbreds around the track, imagine what the stuff'll
do for you at the office. This version comes in its own bowl,
which means you just stir in boiling water, then grab a plastic
spoon and your keys. Down a spoonful at every red light or when
traffic hits a standstill. The taste? It has the same grainy,
slightly buttery flavor as regular instant oatmeal, with a choice
of apple, peach, or brown-sugar doctoring.
Make it better
swapping in 1 percent milk for the water. The oatmeal
will turn out creamier and have double the protein after
coffee, the nutrient a man needs most to achieve maximum morning
with 1 percent milk: 310 calories, 14 g protein, 55 g carbohydrates,
5 g fat
Bowl of Cereal in Bar Form
CHEERIOS MILK 'N CEREAL BARS
folks at General Mills zapped a bowl of Cheerios and milk with
their top-secret Dehydro-Beam, they successfully removed the ingredient
for wetness (and front-seat spillage). Fortunately, they left
behind the cereal's cholesterol-lowering power; in one study,
eating a daily bowl of Cheerios lowered LDL cholesterol by 4 percent.
And in case you're wondering what getting healthy on the way to
work tastes like, think Rice Krispies treats.
eating more than one. A single bar is as nutritionally
balanced as a bowl of milk and cereal, but who eats just 1 cup
of cereal? If you want to feel full, shove a couple more bars
in your briefcase.
bars: 480 calories, 18 g protein, 78 g carbohydrates, 12 g fat
a blueberry muffin that's been violently smashed into
the shape of a slice of bread. The fresh berry flavor and moist,
cakelike texture are similar to bakery muffins, with one road-worthy
difference: They're virtually crumb-free.
turning three toasted slices and two tablespoons
of fat-free cream cheese into a triple-decker sandwich. You get
an extra two grams of protein per tablespoon of cream cheese.
slices with cream cheese: 420 calories, 12 g protein, 65 g carbohydrates,
12 g fat
Pancakes and Small Sandwiches
silver-dollar kind you never have time to go and order at IHOP,
these frozen pancakes have a rich, biscuit-like flavor. Even better,
they're low in calories each cake has just 18 calories
and less than a gram of fat.
sandwiching a slice of Canadian bacon between
two frozen pancakes, spearing the whole thing with a toothpick,
and microwaving it on high for close to a minute. Since these
sandwiches are small, you can eat up to five.
81 calories, 7 g protein, 8 g carbohydrates, 3 g fat
FARM CINNAMON FRENCH TOAST
thing Pepperidge Farm has grown since Goldfish. Thick slabs of
bread are topped with an egg coating that doesn't peel off after
it's been warmed.
Make it better
spreading on some peanut butter. One teaspoon of reduced-fat
peanut butter slathered between two toasted slices ups the protein
by 2 grams.
427 calories, 13 g protein, 56 g carbohydrates, 16 g fat
in the toaster and two minutes later a complete waffle breakfast
will pop up. How? Kellogg's grabbed a regular Eggo, jabbed it
with a hypodermic needle, and injected the waffle with either
maple syrup, strawberry jelly, or apple-cinnamon filling (at least
that's how we like to imagine it happened). The result is a surprisingly
light and crisp waffle with just the right amount of filling for
maximum flavor with minimum drip.
washing down your waffles with a pint of milk.
It'll give you 16 more grams of protein and, if you do it right,
a really stupid-looking milk mustache you can pretend you don't
know is there.
Per two waffles
plus 1 percent milk: 520 calories, 22 g protein, 76 g carbohydrates,
15 g fat
oatmeal cereal brown sugar or cinnamon flavored
packed in a single-serving tube similar to a snack-size Pringles
can. The only downside: no room for a Pokémon toy inside.
stirring in a cup of low-fat vanilla yogurt.
You'll probably need to eat a handful of cereal before you can
squeeze the yogurt in, but once you do, you'll get more protein
than you would from adding milk, without the risk of a slam-on-the-brakes
with yogurt: 455 calories, 17 g protein, 88 g carbohydrates, 5
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