6 Breakfast Hacks for Non-Morning People

10:19 AM

I am NOT a morning person.

See those extra minutes left before 7? I need those.

I procaffeinate.

My system runs more efficiently on lunar power.

My work starts early, earlier than the usual 8-5.

That means all activities are reduced to a minimum. We have different struggles in life. My mornings are made up of making the most out of sleep and stripping away the unnecessary rituals in life in favor of getting more shut-eye.

Yes, science has evidence that hitting the snooze button isn't good for you, but it makes me happier. I will hit you if you don't give me those precious 15 minutes to do something that can be done after coffee.

I'm a grumpy, violent minimalist in the morning--if that sounds any better.

But when I do wake up, breakfast is important.

If you're like me, here are some things I like doing to make sure I still get breakfast food that doesn't scream fast food or empty calories. It has to be easily stuffed in my bag in an ugly fashion or is available in or near my office.

Remember, it's all about being resourceful.
Do you have a hot water dispenser or a microwave? Is there a grocery that opens early or a convenience store nearby?

Oatmeal + Fruits + Milk/Yogurt

There's a plus sign because you could do with just one or all of them together. Of course, the real treat would be whole rolled oatmeal with fruits, nuts, and milk. But I'm not as lucky every day.
I usually pack portions of uncooked oatmeal in my bag or office desk. Make use of the hot water dispenser-that usually does the trick for me, but if you like it more cooked, nuke it for a bit.

Steamed Plantain Bananas/Sweet Potatoes

Where to get them: Jollijeep/random maglalako

By far the easiest and cheapest option. A steamed plantain banana (saging na saba) costs around 4-5 pesos a piece and will cover much of your carb needs for the rest of the morning.
I prefer sweet potatoes over the bananas, but they're not available all year.

Hard Boiled Eggs

Where to get them: 711/Your local jollijeep

Cons: 711 has a habit of boiling cold eggs or worse, heating refrigerated cooked eggs. In doing that, inner skin of the egg sticks and can be extremely frustrating / With Jollijeeps, you need to make sure they are newly boiled that day.


Where to get them: Office pantry/convenience store. 

When I'm running extremely slow, but I'm still too sleepy to eat, a glass of milk keeps me from going cray-cray.

Easy Open Canned Tuna

Protein, salt, and a long shelf life! It doesn't need delicate handling, and you can stash some under your desk if you're allowed to do that. I suggest looking for chunks in brine and making sure to grab the ones low in sodium. 

Omelette Marguerita Mug

Ah, a glimpse of the good life. There was a time when I arrived a the office early. Only because the shuttle arrives too early or too late, a corporate Russian Roulette if you ask me.

In those times, I'd bring whole eggs, bell peppers, tomatoes, and basil. Crack the eggs in a mug, roughly chop peppers, tomatoes, basil, add and whisk with a fork. Plus points if you bought salt and pepper. Pop in the microwave for 4-6 minutes. And there's your good morning right there.

They're no fancy mason jar salads, and they're almost guaranteed to have very little visual appeal, but it helps me get by ghastly mornings and doesn't really leave a burning hole in my pocket.

How about you? What keeps jumpstarts your morning?

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