Shop at Night, Not in the Morning
A rush-hour stop at the grocery store is roughly equivalent to sitting in a line of smog-coughing SUVs in the queue at the drive-through, so grocery shop once a week and stock up.
Stock Up on Fruit
Nothing is more portable and easy to eat on the go than an apple or pear. No packaging is more green than a banana's. Full of antioxidants, vitamins (and even those addictive breakfast sugars), fruit is an easy option. Check The Daily Green's guide to the dirty dozen foods you should try to buy organic (and the "clean 15" foods unlikely to carry a pesticide residue).
Mix Up a Fruit Salad, a Yogurt Parfait or a Smoothie
Slice and dice your fruit the night before, pack in a reusable container and sample an assortment of fresh fruits in the car or at the office. Or, try mixing your favorite fruits or berries with organic yogurt (it's a superfood!) and granola for a simple parfait you can enjoy at your desk. A few minutes of preparation at night lets you avoid all the hassle in the morning. Making smoothies, too, can be surprisingly quick if you've prepared the fruit the night before. After blending the ingredients, give the blender a good rinse and then set aside for a thorough cleaning after work.
Bake Your Own Breakfast Bars
Try The Incredible, Edible (and Portable) Egg
Hard-boiled eggs are easy to make, easy to carry and easy to eat. Set aside a few minutes twice a week to boil eggs, and you'll have a high-protein breakfast waiting for you each morning. Find a neighbor who raises chickens and buy local, organic eggs if possible — it's not only good for the environment and local economy, but will turn a stressful trip to the supermarket into a relaxing visit to the farm. (See why you should be skeptical of the free-range label.)
Brew Your Own Coffee
Get a reusable travel mug and make coffee at home. It will help you resist the temptation to eat a sweet, sticky something at the coffee counter -- and save you a bundle over the course of a year. Can't manage the hassle of measuring coffee in the morning? At least have your coffee shop refill your mug to save on disposable cup waste. (Oh, and look for fair trade, rainforest and organic coffee roasts whenever possible.)
Re-imagine the Breakfast Sandwich
Why not take the cue from lunch and "brown bag" a sandwich? (Better yet, green bag it.) Natural peanut butter and honey on whole wheat bread is about as simple a meal as there is to prepare, and it's loaded with vitamins, minerals, protein and all the health benefits of honey. (Want to get a little more fancy? Try this peanut butter banana bread recipe and enjoy a slice each morning for a week.) The scare seems to be over, but before you spread, check your cabinets against the FDA peanut recall list first!
Heat Cereal at Your Desk
Take advantage of that hot water spigot on the company water cooler, and treat yourself to some hot oatmeal in the office. Buying a tub of oats is among the cheapest ways to eat breakfast, most any cubicle can find space to store one, and the meal can be spiced up with dried fruit. Or, if your office has a refrigerator, there's no reason you can't bring a bowl and a box of cereal and eat breakfast while skimming through the morning e-mail. Because they're fortified, cereals can be among the most nutrient-rich sources of Vitamin B12, Vitamin B6 and iron.
Get Creative with Your Carpool
If you share a car to get to work (it's a great recession-busting money-saver!), or sit a cubicle wall away from your best office buddy, why not designate one person each week to be responsible for breakfast for the group? Set some ground rules about health parameters, and then let the creative spirit lead you to new discoveries.
If You Must Eat Fast, Eat Smart
If the day gets away from you before it's begun, think twice before you eat. Stop at the grocery store for some oatmeal from the breakfast bar before you pull into the drive-through lane. Consider a whole wheat bagel. And choose options with the least amount of packaging, so at least the problem of empty calories won't be compounded by overstuffed landfills. See more tips for greening your diet.