PARIS — My mornings go like this: Alarm goes off at 5:30, throw back a coffee while I check overnight e-mails, quick shower, hop on the metro for yoga on the other side of town, do yoga, jump on the metro to go back to the apartment, grab breakfast, walk Rosedog. After all of that, my workday can begin.
The “grab breakfast” part is always something to go, because I’m on the run and usually running late. I’ve learned to pack something — banana, almonds, dates — when I go to yoga, so I can have something to eat right afterward. By the time I get to the apartment, I’m still hungry and needing to grab something before I hop in the car to take Rose to the park for her walk.
This is very often a blueberry-mango smoothie, but lately I’ve been wanting something more.
Enter the peanut butter oatmeal bars and the do-ahead breakfast baguette, two take-along, protein-packed breakfasts that satisfy people who crave sweets in the morning, like me, and those who can dive right into the savory. (I like to save — and savor — eggy things for lunch or dinnertime, which is completely acceptable. No rules. You can have your breakfast baguette any time you want.)
I happily nibbled on one of the peanut butter oatmeal bars after yoga last week while waiting for the train to Brussels. Between the peanut butter, walnuts and oats, I felt satisfied — and oh so smart for stuffing one into my carry-on.
I just wish I’d packed two, so I could’ve eaten one on the way home the next day. Now that I’ve learned the value of the PBO bar, I’ll be traveling with these all the time. Next time I make these I plan to add chocolate chips, because as everyone knows now, chocolate is a great antioxidant.
I’m loving breakfast more and more each day.