Not all at once, mind you. Eating breakfast at the office is new to me. For a year and a half, I was getting up early every morning to prepare breakfast pour deux. It was stressful rushing to make something, sure, but I felt deliciously self-righteous starting my day with an over-easy egg or Cheerios and banana. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, right?
Well, this past November, I took a new job requiring me to be at the office at an ungodly hour. I’m the only one getting up this early in my household. So there went any romantic breakfast ideas, along with my resolve.
Fortunately (but not for my thighs), my new gig is at an events-centered office with free food on a nearly daily basis. Namely: mini croissants, muffins, bagels, juices, coffee with cream, cookies, carrot cake, and more. If I don’t eat that, I starve until lunch.
It only took, oh, 2 months for my conscience to kick in. Yesterday, I rushed down to CVS, breathless (remember the croissants?) and full of resolve to find something healthier to eat. Yes, at CVS. (Guess I wasn’t hired for my good judgment). Anyway, absent any fresh food, I tried to find things that were high in fiber and whole ingredients and low in my new dietary staples of icing, marzipan, and white flour.
That was the idea at least. Right now, one of my desk drawers resembles a mini bomb shelter packed with dried fruit and nuts, popcorn, Kashi granola bars, (generic) Fig Newtons, Triscuits, peanut butter pretzels, and Fiber One cereal.
Hopefully, supplemented with whatever fresh fruit I can pilfer from food service, I can cobble together a decent, pastry-free breakfast. Maybe I’ll even start bringing yogurt cups. That might just be too wholesome.
How do the rest of you manage breakfast?