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Enjoy Your Breakfast on the Fly.
Excerpt By Brian Good and Kimberly Flynn,

Eight products that will allow you to enjoy your breakfast on the fly.

Two thousand 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.

Nice story, 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.

That's why 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.

Instant Bagels


Prep time: three minutes

The Frankensteins 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 "Shoppe."

Make them better by … 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


Prep time: two minutes

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 by … 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 alertness.

Per serving with 1 percent milk: 310 calories, 14 g protein, 55 g carbohydrates, 5 g fat

Bowl of Cereal in Bar Form


Prep time: None

When the 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.

Make them better by … 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.

Per three bars: 480 calories, 18 g protein, 78 g carbohydrates, 12 g fat


Prep time: three minutes

Exactly like 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.

Make them better by … 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.

Per three slices with cream cheese: 420 calories, 12 g protein, 65 g carbohydrates, 12 g fat

Pancakes and Small Sandwiches


Prep time: three minutes

Like the 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.

Make them better by … 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.

Per sandwich: 81 calories, 7 g protein, 8 g carbohydrates, 3 g fat


Prep time: two minutes

The best 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 by … spreading on some peanut butter. One teaspoon of reduced-fat peanut butter slathered between two toasted slices ups the protein by 2 grams.

Per sandwich: 427 calories, 13 g protein, 56 g carbohydrates, 16 g fat

Filled Waffles


Prep time: two minutes

Drop two 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.

Make them better by … 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


Prep time: one minute

Sweetened 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.

Make them better by … 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 drenching.

Per tube with yogurt: 455 calories, 17 g protein, 88 g carbohydrates, 5 g fat


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