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What's for breakfast...? Bike commuters?

Old 05-11-10, 04:52 PM
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What's for breakfast...? Bike commuters?

I've been debating whether this is more appropriate for this forum, or for the commuter one ... but there are some special considerations for Clydes and Athenas, so I'll ask here. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and while most of us are trying to lose weight, we're all aware that you don't want to trick your body into thinking it's starving.

There's a deli on the ground level of the building I work in, but they're closing their doors tomorrow. I've been relying on them for a breakfast sandwich and an americano, but 'tis no more. I'm not a morning person, so getting out of bed is difficult for me, and I put this off until I have exactly enough time to shower, dress, and jump on the bike. Then I ride in, about five miles, and mostly up hill ( makes for a fun ride home! ), and eat at my desk.

I'm thinking about buying a box of instant oatmeal, and making due with the drop coffee in the brake-room ... but this is not appealing. What do other Clydes and Athenas who commute by bike do for breakfast? I'm sure a lot of you eat at home, which isn't something I'm going to do, but hopefully there will be some good ideas I haven't considered. If I'm lucky, someone will even give me a suggestion that's healthier and yummier than what I'm doing today...?

So what's your breakfast of champions?
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I just have one piece of buttered toast (Daves Killer Bread) and either a pear or a banana. All swished down with a glass of nonfat milk. At work I have a cup of tea and Im good to go...
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I never eat bike commuters.....too tough and gristly. I prefer Couch Potatoes......more like Kobe beef.
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Whole wheat toast with peanut butter and a couple of glasses of water. That holds me till lunch.
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Now for my honest answer:

Generaly an egg white oolette and rye toast, and my one cup of caffeinated coffee, generally either Ethiopian or Jamaican.
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I stop at a shop near my building for oatmeal and coffee after I shower and change. Sometimes I cheat and get a bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich. The sandwich holds me until lunch, but when I have oatmeal I normally eat a Cliff Bar mid-morning.
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1 cup of Go Lean Crunch cereal in a 1/2 cup of Source non-fat yogurt (lemon meringue flavour!), a cup of tea, often fresh pineapple.

At first I had to force myself to eat breakfast after years of not eating breakfast or grabbing a muffin an coffee several hours after waking. I feel much better facing the day with a bit of food in my stomach. Much less cranky and I'm not tired and listless during bike rides.
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2 egg and cheese sandwiches with 2 eggs each, fried in bacon fat smothered in hot sauce with a ton of mayo. I eat that all five days I ride. I usually have a banana then when I get to work.
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Hi all, first post but been lurking a while. Are you sure some of you are Clydes/Athenas?

I'll usually make a burrito the night before with two eggs and seven tater tots then nuke it when I get to work and throw on some medium salsa, or if I'm hungry before I leave I will make one with refried beans a little shredded cheese and medium salsa. Takes about two minutes for the refried bean combo. it also sounds like now would be a good time to buy a coffee maker with a timer so that it is ready to go when you are.

I am very new at this but this seem to be working pretty well so far and it's cheap.
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I have a (plastic) water bottle that is dedicated to carrying cold espresso + skim milk made the night before. I nuke it on arrival (in a glass mug). At my desk I keep instant oatmeal packets plus cinnamon, craisins/raisins to stir in. You can also make your own "packets" using quick-cook oatmeal and a sammich baggie. I keep a corelle bowl and real flatware at work - no plastic stuff in the microwave. They clean easily and aren't annoying like plastic spoons that break or have sharp edges.

For emergency use I also have a box of powdered milk, coffee, flavoring syrup and coffeemaker. At one time I had a cheap espresso maker at my desk. The powdered milk -- sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do. The syrup helped kill the off taste.

I have a few pieces of dried apricot and some swigs of diet coke to get me out the door at home.

Peanut butter can be kept unrefridgerated at your desk; I either take enough bread for the week on Mondays or just 3 slices each day. Frozen bread transports pretty decently. That's lunch food for me along with fruit. I am not a fulltime commuter so I stock the desk pantry on non-bike days.

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Breakfast burritos are delicious but I am a slug in the morning. I'm not human until I've had a cup of strong sweet tea along with a strong mug of coffee at my desk and even then I'm barely human. On weekend mornings (at 11:00am) I'm more alert and can operate things like forks, butter, sentences. Then I can make French toast or pancakes. But Monday to Friday it's best to challenge me with nothing more dangerous than a spoon and cereal. And to drive this Cyclokitty Is Not A Morning Person point home: my cereal bowl is metal and has a dent where I dropped it on the floor because of a lack of morning dexterity.

Really, I should insert an IV drip hooked up to a coffee pot on a timer the night before. The family would find it easier.

OP -- do you like bananas? They are pretty easy on the stomach early in the day.
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couple of eggs w/cheese and ham. protein is the key
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I'm not a commuter...but I eat 1/2 cup (or slightly more) light nonfat vanilla yogurt with 1/4 cup granola. That holds me till lunch, and will hold me for a 10+ mile bike ride, as well. If I was a commuter and worked days (I work second, no way am I commuting at midnight. No thanks) I would have a banana and a fresh mandarin orange for snack...in fact that IS my snack at work (5pm snack, 7pm dinner).

I haven't eaten a full breakfast in some time, My stomach doesn't really like a lot of food in the morning anyway.

I mix it up with a Protein shake only every so often, but that generally requires a banana or a bowl of salad later on.
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Originally Posted by Tom Stormcrowe View Post
I never eat bike commuters.....too tough and gristly. I prefer Couch Potatoes......more like Kobe beef.
I was thinking the same thing when I read the post title.



My breakfast is always a big bowl of oatmeal with raisins and dates, it gets kicked up with cinnamon and a dash of nutmeg, and gets sweetened with a little maple syrup.

Then I go out and eat commuters for dessert... seems like too many of them skip breakfast and are easy to catch.
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I have an Access shake (or bar) before I leave and then, about 10am I have a instant porridge (sorry oatmeal)
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I like pumpernikle bread, toasted with natural pb, sliced banana and a little honey drizzled over it.
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Been a while since I've been on BF... anyway. Breakfast depends on the day. My more bike friendly commute is mixed mode 8ish miles to the commuter rail and another 2 miles in the city. I usually eat a couple pieces of fruit before I head out, and a small handful of nuts when I get to work, maybe a hard boiled egg. If I'm really hungry I'll go up to the cafeteria and get something else. A breakfast sandwich or a cup of fruit with some cottage cheese.
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I start with a bowl of cereal, bran with rasins or corn flakes with non-fat milk. Then at the office after my 8.5 mile commute, I have a couple of cups of coffee and a granola bar. Then a break time, around 10am I have a package of instant oatmeal then I'm good until lunch.
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Originally Posted by Tom Stormcrowe View Post
I never eat bike commuters.....too tough and gristly. I prefer Couch Potatoes......more like Kobe beef.
I don't eat bike commuters, because they're too fast! ( I can't catch 'em. )

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OP -- do you like bananas? They are pretty easy on the stomach early in the day.
I do. They aren't as yummylicious as raspberries, but they're good ... and they have potassium, which helps our leg muscles recover. I think I'll be eating more of these staring tomorrow.
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Oatmeal and some fresh fruit...usually strawberries and blueberries...and a cup of tea

...and the ass of anyone who bugs me while I'm eating.
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Low carb for me: 2 pieces of Canadian bacon and 3 eggs, scrambled in coconut oil, bacon fat or butter. In season, organic arugula. A mug of french pressed Ethiopian coffee. All before I leave the house. This sustains me for about 5-5.5 hours. Sometimes a handful of walnuts mid-morning.
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+1 for whole wheat toast with peanut butter. That's the standard.

Every once in a while I'll break up the routine for a week or so and make my own breakfast sandwiches at home - one cooked egg (fried or omelet style) and a slice of cheese on bread or an English muffin.

I sometimes add a banana or a glass of juice if that's not enough.
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...and here I was expecting a thread about eating commuters for breakfast.
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I make a protein shake consisting of 4 oz. non-fat yogurt, 3/4 cup liquid egg whites, 1Tbsp natural peanut butter, and one packet of instant "Weight Control" oatmeal (usually maple & brown sugar flavor). It tastes much nicer than it sounds. That and a handful of raspberries or blackberries and I'm good for a while.

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Tea and either Cheerios, Raisin Bran or Corn Flakes - and away we go.

If there is an epic event on the day - like a Donut ride or the like - then it is fried or poached eggs and maybe some pancakes - with tea.
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