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A Good Breakfast Before Going To Work

Updated on February 6, 2015

My Work Day Breakfast

My Mother was always a big believer in starting the day with a good breakfast. As a result, the habit of starting the day with a good breakfast has been a lifelong habit with me.

For me, breakfast on work days has usually consisted of cereal, fresh fruit or juice, toast or English muffin and a cup of tea or coffee. I have always found this to not only be a tasty combination but it is also nutritious and provides energy to launch my work day.

Currently my work day breakfast consists of oatmeal which I spice up by mixing in some cinnamon and adding a spoonful of honey to sweeten it.

I also add a tablespoon full of cold milled flax.

It doesn’t affect the taste or consistency of the oatmeal but is supposed to be healthy and that keeps my wife and doctor happy.

For fruit, I generally thaw a small bowl of large, frozen blueberries which I mix with yogurt.

I then add two or three tablespoons of un-salted, hulled and roasted sunflower seeds. The sunflower seeds taste good and add some crunch to the mixture.

I round out my breakfast with a cup of coffee in which I add some cinnamon to the grounds before brewing.

In addition to good taste, this breakfast is quick and easy to make as well as keeping me going until lunch which I don’t get to eat until five or six hours later.

On Weekends, A Leisurly Breakfast With My Wife

While I eat alone on work days as I leave for work before my wife wakes up, non-work days are different.

On these days I still get up before my wife but there is no rush to make breakfast quickly and get to work.

On these days I still get up first and then take my time brewing coffee and preparing breakfast for both of us. Some days it is simple consisting of coffee, fruit and toast or pastry.

Other times we may have omelets, fried eggs, french toast, pancakes or scrambled eggs along with some fruit and a toasted English muffin.

My wife is usually awake by the time breakfast is ready so I bring it to her on a table tray so she can eat it in bed. I then get a lap tray for my breakfast and pull up a chair next to our bed where we enjoy a leisurely breakfast and watch TV until we are ready to begin our day.

A Breakfast Quiz

Do You Eat Breakfast Before Starting Your Work Day?

See results

© 2011 Chuck Nugent


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      Chuck Nugent 4 years ago from Tucson, Arizona

      Hawkstryker - Thanks for visiting and commenting on this Hub. If you reduce the water by a little or let the oatmeal stand for a few minutes after taking it out of the microwave it will be thicker and not so much like a soup or porridge. Adding the cinnamon and honey does, in my opinion, improve the taste considerably.

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      Matt Dawes 4 years ago from England

      I've never been too much of a fan of oatmeal/porridge but I've always felt as if I should! I may have to give this a go! Cheers Chuck!

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      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 7 years ago from USA

      Great hub Chuck. I've been eating a lot of oatmeal lately too.

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      Leslie 7 years ago

      Chuck sounds so romantic, smart and healthy. I think I'm in love with Chuck, LOL.

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      thanks 7 years ago

      this is so simple and cost effective

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      ShortStory 7 years ago

      crack a raw egg over some very, very hot rice, mix in some soy sauce and you're in business. for bonus points add natto.

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      EmmaMedu 7 years ago

      Hi Chuck, I really enjoyed reading this hub. Just like you, I also have one type of breakfast during the workdays, but together with my husband, because we wake up at the same time.

      Mostly it is milk and cereals. And on weekends we have something different and not so quick.

      I always have breakfast and I would never go out of my home hungry.

      I loved the oatmeal idea, I will try it for sure.


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      PR Morgan 7 years ago from Sarasota Florida

      You eat a very healthy breakfast. I do cereals or wheat toast during the week. But on the weekends I love bacon and eggs!

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      Steph Harris 7 years ago from Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom

      Wonderful, you made my mouth water, what a way to start the day, full of good food and energy.

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      sanasuleman 7 years ago

      well really ur right but i hve no time to take a healthy breakfast before go college...:-(

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      eudociadavis 7 years ago

      Superb hub,Breakfast gives us energy to work mentally and physically good!

      Great work please carry on.

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      Emma 7 years ago from Houston TX

      Really having breakfast before going to work is good.

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      chikotel4real 7 years ago

      i'm really hungry and i think your hub prompted this hunger

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      Ghaelach 7 years ago

      Nice hub Chuck. I'm feeling a bit hungry after reading it though. It reminds me of when i worked away from home and stayed in B&B's for weeks at a time. Your breakfast was your main meal of the day. Keep up the good work.


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      marshacanada 7 years ago from Vancouver BC

      My breakfast porridge is one of my favorite meals

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      DeniseNTexas 7 years ago

      I'm not much of a breakfast eater, myself, but am trying to be better about it. Oatmeal spikes my blood sugar, though, so I don't eat it often. Instead, I make low carb egg and cheese muffins, turkey bacon wraps, etc. I'd love to eat oatmeal often, though. I'm jealous. ;)

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      ocbill 7 years ago from hopefully somewhere peaceful and nice

      I am a lover of oatmeal too; not the fine type though. You can throw some blueberries in there or top it off with cinnamon. I did find with certain foods or cereals I gained more weight. Once I cut if off or reduced it, weight was not gained so easily. Mix it up with an egg and toast or a banana & milk. So many possibilities.

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      bugslady8949 7 years ago from The Bahamas

      I totally agree that having breakfast is important but sometimes you do not have the time or the money to make a good breakfast. You covered all the food groups in the morning which will make sure you do not overeat at lunch time. you did a great job the hub, keep up the good work.

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      ekenzy 7 years ago

      my diet was complete today!!!!

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      Alejendro Chhangte 7 years ago from Aizawl

      the most important meal I must say... but it doesn't sound yummy though.. :-P

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      WizeTech 7 years ago

      What a wonderful life you have :)

      I'm a bit jealous, hehehe....

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      Insight Island 7 years ago

      beautiful work,break fast gives to the strength to start the day

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      thedietview 7 years ago

      i totally agree with you also as i wrote myself in my own hub, breakfast is indeed the most important meal of the day :)

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      Terry Harris 7 years ago from Essex

      Breakfast is the most important meal of the day! - eating a healthy breakfast can be one of the best diet your body can have..

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      lyjo 7 years ago

      Awesome, we love breakfast around here,short & simple during the week...but a big deal on the weekend, but always a healthy one....lucky for us our dinners are always together too! Oh...and what a lucky wife you have! Thanks for sharing! Take care!

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      Ruchira 7 years ago from United States

      I support your idea of a good b'fast.

      It is said that one should eat your b'fast like a king, lunch like a queen and dinner like a pauper :)

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      ekenzy 7 years ago

      i love this if taken as a breakfast.

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      SUSIE DUZY 7 years ago from Delray Beach, Florida

      I usually have oatmeal and fruit. It seems to work for me.

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      Pamela Bogwald 7 years ago from Oak Ridge, NJ

      Hey you eat like I eat in the morning. I step it up sometimes and add cooked chick peas or bananas. Cooking it on stove top is so easy. Just boil a pot of water shut it off add the oatmeal stir wait a minute and strain and rinse. Nice and fluffy not sticky. Love it.

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      tebo 7 years ago from New Zealand

      Adding all those interesting bits and pieces to your oatmeal is a great way to include many food groups into breakfast easily. I have a blackberry in fruit at the moment, so toss some of those in but must add the seeds etc. Great.

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      suncat 7 years ago

      Dear Chuck.

      Going from breakfast with you to oatmeal with me with berries on top is a sweet tasty road anyone can Hub for.

      You're doing the right thing by cooking your own work day breakfast and also making breakfast in bed on weekends. Or is it 'breakfast for bed', LOL, ))

      I've also posted a Very Controversial question about 'do you believe in using microwave for food' about 3 days ago; cooking we do... :))

      Cook with you later.


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      Chuck Nugent 7 years ago from Tucson, Arizona

      suncat - I am glad you enjoyed this Hub and thanks for posting the question which prompted me to write this Hub.

      I checked your Hub describing how to make oatmeal from scratch. It is a great Hub and a recipe I will have to try some weekend - during the week I resort to the microwave for my oatmeal.

      Here is a link to your Hub so that others can enjoy it.


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      Primpo 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York

      I lost 185 pounds in a matter of 2 1/2 years. Managed to keep it off and am going for 70 more. It is very difficult to eat breakfast in the morning, but I find it is necessary to have especially since I dont get to eat something until 3 hours into work. I find that If I get up a little early to have oatmeal in am. I then pack a banana and orange. energy bar with fiber and i snack through the next three hours. keeps your energy up and makes you feel great. I'm a great fan of breakfast.. great hub

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      chspublish 7 years ago from Ireland

      Good nourishing food for the engine of the mind and body.

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      breakfastpop 7 years ago

      I love breakfast!

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      suncat 7 years ago

      Hi Chuck.

      I'm flattered I brought you inspiration for such a tasty hub.

      Never counted on getting such a complete answer with/to my question.

      Even more interesting, well, to me anyway :) I wrote a complete oatmeal making course - hub just before that.

      Glad to know we have similar taste in breakfast :)

      Complete with seeds and fruits.

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      inmate702 7 years ago

      There is an old Chinese proverb saying:

      "Eat your breakfast alone; share lunch with your friend; give dinner to your friend"

      Somehow in the Western Cultures we do just the opposite...

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      Nan Mynatt 7 years ago from Illinois

      We all need to have breakfast, I tell my kids that they would not drive a car without oil, so they should not try to operate without food. The long run of not taking care of your car will take a toll on its engine, so no nutrition will take a toll on your body. Good recipes and quick to fix for breakfast. Moments with your wife will always be treasurable.

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      Chuck Nugent 7 years ago from Tucson, Arizona

      nicomp - Thanks for catching my error. Not a Freudian slip, just poor proof reading.

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      nicomp really 7 years ago from Ohio, USA

      "For fruit, I generally thaw a small bowel of large, frozen blueberries which I mix with yogurt. "

      Freudian slip?

      Bowl, perhaps? :)

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      sameerk 7 years ago from India

      nice one