The Best On-the-Go Breakfasts for Runners

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Good morning!

Runner’s World recently reached out to me about their first-ever list of the “Best Packaged Foods for Runners.” And, of course, in a perfect world, we’d all buy the freshest food available, but we all depend on packaged foods, too, for quick, on-the-go options. Being an athlete and runner myself, I know that finding a healthy choice with a short prep-time is super important.

Runner’s World selected an expert panel of registered dietitians to identified the best foods while keeping healthy factors in mind, including: a preference for organic and non-GMO selections, simple/recognizable ingredients (e.g. whole foods, whole grains), taste, calories, and convenience. The selections were then divided into categories of the Best Foods for each specific meal to guide runners throughout the day: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Fuel-Up (Pre-run, Mid-run, and Post-run selections), Snacks & Sips and Desserts.

I actually had the opportunity to connect with Runner’s World’s Food and Nutrition Editor, Heather Mayer Irvine, who edits all food and nutrition content across print and Web. She knew all about the findings from this list and shared a few quick and easy breakfasts to make with these packaged foods. Read on to see what she came up with!

The Best On-the-Go Breakfasts for Runners

QUICK IN THE BLENDER SMOOTHIE: This low-prep time option gives you the balance of carbohydrates, protein, fat, and probiotics for a great post-run breakfast. 

  • Lifeway Organic Plain Whole Milk Kefir
  • Wyman’s of Maine Frozen Triple Berry Blend
  • Cheribundi Tart Cherry Juice
  • Nuttzo Power Fuel


FIBER AND PROTEIN PACKED PB&J ENGLISH MUFFINS: Start your morning off right with a boost of fiber and protein. Aim for options with less than 300 mg of sodium and at least three grams of fiber. The flax English muffins – with sprouted whole gains – and chia seeds are both high in fiber, and the chia seeds also have a dose of healthy fat. 

  • 1 Food for Life Ezekiel 4:9 Flax English Muffin
  • Justin’s Classic Peanut Butter
  • Fiordifrutta Organic Strawberry Fruit Spread
  • Navitas Naturals Chia Seeds


THE SUPER BOWL OF OVERNIGHT OATS: Prep this one the night before to wake up to a heart-healthy breakfast.

  • Old-Fashioned Quaker Oats
  • Wyman’s of Maine Frozen Triple Berry Blend
  • Organic Valley Reduced Fat 2% Milk
  • Blue Diamond Whole Natural Almonds

Note: Heather doesn’t recommend exact measurements. Instead, she says she believes in including amounts to individual preference (e.g. add more berries if you want extra flavor/antioxidants) or more nuts for protein, but it’s always important to keep calories in mind.

Question of the Day

What’s your favorite on-the-go breakfast?

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