Healthy Grab & Go Breakfasts for Travelers

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Rise and shine! Although travelers can't always start the day with a home-cooked meal, there are plenty of tasty products that pack a wholesome punch and fit handily in your carry-on. Pack these ready-to-eat breakfasts full of nutrients, flavor, and, most importantly, convenience.


Justin’s Peanut Butter with Banana Chips

This non-perishable, packable banana and peanut butter combo from natural peanut butter company Justin's is a fitting on-the-go breakfast if you don't have fresh fruit within reach. Crisp banana chips are dipped into plain or honey peanut butter, Dunkaroos style, and at just 200 calories, the portion makes for a satisfying breakfast. A banana-free version of Justin’s peanut butter, in the form of an individual squeeze packet, is another high-protein, high-flavor morning option.

The Soulfull Project Hot Cereal Cups  

If you have access to a microwave on the road, pack these breakfast cups for a quick hot get-up-and-go in your hotel room. Made from ancient and whole grains like rye, oats and quinoa, as well as flax and chia seeds, this porridge-like option comes in flavors like tart cherry, blueberry almond, and cinnamon spice. Just add hot water or microwave the cups to heat tap water and breakfast is served! And speaking of being served, this company operates on a buy-one-give-one model, donating a pack to charities every time you buy one for yourself. 

EPIC’s Smoked Maple Bacon Bar

If you’re a meat-in-the-morning type, there’s no reason to slink down to a fast food breakfast sandwich for a soggy bacon fix. Instead, carry a supply of EPIC’s uncured bacon bars, which is best described as a cross between beef jerky and an all-natural Slim Jim, packing in 8 grams of protein in a single, very bacon-y, not-skillet-needed bar.

Chia Squeeze Packets by Mamma Chia

Making chia pudding is something of a high-maintenance affair involving a lot of stirring and waiting. Chia seeds can absorb up to nine times their weight in liquid, making for a pretty gooey potion. But thanks to the miracle of modern food packaging, obsessives can ditch their mason jars and dried seeds in exchange for this no-utensil-needed pouch, an organic, vegan jolt of omega-3s. The rainbow of flavors includes mango coconut, strawberry banana, and wild raspberry. 

Bulletproof Cold Brew Coffee

If you prefer your breakfast in liquid form, this shelf-stable (though not TSA-friendly, the bottle is 11.1 oz) nutrient-enhanced coffee may be your best bet for an active morning. Bulletproof coffee, an unsweetened cuppa joe infused with grass-fed butter and collagen protein, has very committed fans who swear by its ability to curb hunger, boost physical performance, and increase focus. These packets of paleo-friendly fuel come in flavors like vanilla and mocha. 

Vital Protein’s Instant Bone Broth

Health-obsessed urbanites have been turning to bone broth in the last few years to replace or supplement a morning coffee. It's developed something of a cult following, with trendy spots like New York’s Brodo, ladling beef and chicken stock into cardboard cups and topping it off with turmeric or ginger, for a spicy, protein-filled pick-me-up. To get the same protein-jolt on the road, these instant broth packets do the trick.

Annie’s Organic Toaster Pastries

A Pop-Tart-like treat isn’t exactly a healthy breakfast, but if you’re going the packaged pastry route, it may was well be organic, right? Just like Pop-Tarts, these jam-stuffed frosted pastries can be eaten straight out of the bag. They’re completely free of artificial flavors, synthetic colors, preservatives, and high-fructose corn syrup, so you can feel slightly less guilty about the dessert-like start to the day. 

Quaker Overnight Oats

Access to a mini-fridge scores you fresh breakfast in the morning if you pack this shelf-stable individual cup of flavored oats. Just mix in milk, nut milk or water before you go to sleep, refrigerate the contents of the container and wake up to semi-homemade blueberry banana oats.

ONE Protein Bars

Yes, it's a bar, but it is granola-free and much more dessert-like than you may think you deserve upon waking up. However, 20 grams of protein to fuel your adventures and a gram of sugar make this sweet, frosting coated bar a legitimate breakfast option, and it’s easy to scarf down in the hotel elevator while simultaneously Google mapping your first sightseeing stop for the morning.

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